Born in the village of Daliat el Carmel, Adwan studied film and TV at Tel Hai College in Israel. Over the years he collaborated with some of Israel's leading filmmakers, including Eitan Harris, and Ali Nasser.
His first feature film, Wana Wahdi, was produced by Al Jazeera in 2009. Since he has created documentaries and shorts for cinema and TV, as well as wrote and directed for theater, including the award winning plays I do not feel, which received Honorable Mention Award at the Acre Festival in 2011.
Arabani is Adwan's first feature film.
Journalist &Deputy Director at Merchavim, the Institute for the Advancement of Shared Citizenship in Israel.
A Jaffa native, married to Suzy and father of 3 kids, Ali holds a BA degree in Political sciences from the Open University in Tel Aviv, and an MA in History of the Middle East from the Tel Aviv University. For 4 years he served as the Principal of the high school at the College des Freres in Jaffa where he himself was graduated in 1991.
Ali worked for three years as the Municipal Correspondent in Jaffa for Hai'r, Haaretz' local supplement in Tel Aviv. Between June 2000 and January 2011 Ali was the Arab and Palestinian Affairs Correspondent of Ynet (Yedioth Ahronot news website). He is also the Middle East and Israel Affairs analyst of several international media. Since March 2012 he is the Deputy Director and Head of the Kulanana society - building initiative at Merchavim, the Institute for the Advancement of Shared Citizenship in Israel.
In September 2013, Ali won the Israeli Oscar – the Ophir Prize for best screenplay for “Bethlehem”, a movie which he co-wrote with Yuval Adler. The film won the best film award.
Ami Nahshon has served since 2003 as International President of The Abraham Fund Initiatives, a non-partisan non-profit organization working since 1989 to advance a shared society of coexistence and equality among Israel's Jewish and Palestinian-Arab citizens.
Prior to assuming his position at The Abraham Fund, Nahshon served as Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Community Federation and Foundation of Oakland, California for nearly 20 years.
Nahshon is a founding member of Foundations for Peace, an international network of activist NGOs working in divided societies around the globe, and a founding member of The Alliance for Middle East Peace, a US-based coalition of more than 75 non-profit organizations working for Jewish-Arab coexistence in Israel and the Middle East.
Anat Zuria is an Israeli independent film director, creator of the films "Purity", "Sentenced to Marriage" and "Black Bus" - a documentary trilogy, dealing with women's stories within the Jewish Religious world. The three films all dealt with sexuality, independence and other social taboos which were never before documented in Israeli cinema.
Her current film, "the Lesson", follows the extraordinary story of an Egyptian women fighting for her independence. "The Lesson" premiered at the Haifa Film Festival 2012.
Ari Shavit is a leading Israeli columnist and writer. Born in Rehovot, Israel, Shavit served as a paratrooper in the IDF and studied philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jersualem. In the 1980s he wrote for the progressive weekly Koteret Rashit, in the early 1990s he was chairperson of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, and in 1995 he joined Haaretz, where he serves on the editorial board. Shavit is also a leading commentator on Israeli public television. He is married, has a daughter and two sons, and lives in Kfar Shmariahu.
Role: Speaker, The Garden of Eden
Ayala Levin is a doctoral candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture in the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. She received a BA in Comparative Literature and the Multidisciplinary Program in the Arts from Tel Aviv University, and an MA in Cultural Studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She acted as assistant curator for the exhibition "Bare Life" at the Museum on the Seam, a socio-political contemporary art museum in Jerusalem. Levin has been awarded the Fulbright Fellowship, and the Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship among others. She is currently completing her dissertation on the export of Israeli architecture and planning to Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia as part of Israeli-African diplomatic relationships in the 1960s, and teaching at the Art History department at Columbia University.
Role: Moderator, Arabani
Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen is the inaugural Director of The Center for Jewish Living and the David H. Sonabend Center for Israel at the JCC in Manhattan. A writer and activist, she served for a decade at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the world’s largest LGBTQ synagogue for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Rabbi Cohen is co-editor of “Siddur B’chol Levavcha,” a prayer book featuring LGBTQ and feminist liturgy, and the forthcoming "Changing Lives, Making History: Congregation Beit Simchat Torah at 40.” She serves as vice-chair of Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.
Beejhy Barhany was born in Ethiopia, but spent a significant portion of her life in Israel after fulfilling aliyah at the early age of 4. In 2001 Ms. Barhany founded the Beta Israel of North America Cultural Foundation Inc. (BINA), a501c3 non-profit, organization devoted to preserving the history and culture of the Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jews). The organization was developed to foster understanding about the Beta Israel community; to facilitate dialogue and interaction between the Beta Israel and greater Jewish and African-American communities within the US; and to promote the culture and heritage of the Ethiopian jewish community.
Through BINA, she has developed showcases, conferences and events, including the Annual Sheba Film Festival which highlights film and art works created by various Ethiopian artists advancing the ideals, history and
culture of Ethiopia.
Bob Simon is among a handful of elite journalists who have covered most major overseas conflicts and news stories from the late sixties to the present, earning an unprecedented number of awards in the process. He has been contributing regularly to 60 Minutes since 1996. At the same time, he was a correspondent for all seven seasons of "60 Minutes II," from January 1999 to June 2005, after which he became a full-time 60 Minutes correspondent. The 2013-14 season is his 18th on the broadcast.
Simon's foreign coverage has appeared on all CBS News broadcasts and has earned him scores of other major awards. His 24 Emmys may be the most held by a journalist for field reporting.
He won electronic journalism's highest honor, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, for "Shame of Srebrenica," a "60 Minutes II" report on heinous acts of genocide during the Bosnian War.
Simon was named CBS News' chief Middle Eastern correspondent in 1987, where he distinguished himself as the premier broadcast journalist in that part of the world, working out of the Tel Aviv bureau for over 20 years. In 1996, he received an OPC Award, a Peabody Award and two Emmy Awards for his coverage of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and another OPC Award in 1991 for his coverage of the Gulf War.
He was born on May 29, 1941, in the Bronx, N.Y., and was graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University in 1962 with a degree in history. He and his wife, Francoise, have a daughter, Tanya, who is a producer for CBS News' 60 Minutes in New York.
Brenda Bodenheimer Zlatin
Brenda Bodenheimer Zlatin is a Senior Program Officer at the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation in Baltimore, MD. Her portfolio includes numerous grants to promote shared society and equality between Jews and Arabs in Israel, with a particular focus on coexistence in the Negev. Before joining the foundation in 2001, Brenda held progressively responsible positions at the New Israel Fund, an international philanthropy that promotes democracy, human rights and civil society in Israel. Brenda returned to the U.S. in 1999 to attend a mid-career professional development program at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. In addition to the Master of Public Policy she received from Princeton in 2000, Brenda holds a Master of Arts in Religion (1987) from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion (1980) from Princeton University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Brenda lives in New Jersey with her husband Avraham Zlatin and their two sons.
Role: Speaker, Mom, Dad, I'm A Muslim
Daisy Khan is Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), a New York-based non-profit dedicated to strengthening an expression of Islam based on cultural and religious harmony. At ASMA, She has launched two groundbreaking flagship programs: Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow (MLT), a global network of young civic leaders and Women's Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE), a global movements to empower Muslim women. She lectures around the globe and has participated in panels with Christians, Jews and Buddhists and produced cutting edge interfaith events like the theater production Same Difference and the Cordoba Bread Fest banquet.
Khan has lectured at prestigious forums such as Council of Foreign relations, 92nd street Y, Aspen Institute & Chautauqua Institution. She has appeared on numerous media outlets, including CNN, Al Jazeera, and BBC World’s, Fox, NPR, Doha Debates, and she often contributes to documentaries on Islam and Muslims. She is a weekly columnist for the Washington Post’s “On Faith” and is frequently quoted in print publications such as Time Magazine, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, and the New York Times.
Born in Kashmir, Khan spent twenty-five years as an interior architect for various Fortune 500 companies before committing to full-time community service. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Interfaith Center’s Award for Promoting Peace and Interfaith Understanding, Auburn Seminary's Lives of Commitment Award, the Annual Faith Leaders Award, Women’s E New’s 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, Arab American Support Center “Women who Inspire”, Shalom Center’s Prophetic Voices, NY Open Center’s Award for interfaith understanding and Voices That Challenge Award" from The Interfaith Alliance of New York State.
Dan Friedman is the managing editor for the Jewish Daily Forward (and the editor-in-chief of the Backward!). He wrote for “Da Ali G Show” and has written for, among others, the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, NYTimes.com, Financial Times, Reuters and Yahoo.
He has a PhD in Comparative Literature from Yale and an MA in English Literature from Cambridge and has taught poetry, literature, writing and film at Cambridge, Yale and Yeshiva University.
Daniel Kedem is an award winning cinematographer residing in Israel and working globally. At age 15, after a working in construction, grocery delivery, citrus fruit picking and gardening, he got a job as an electric on a TV show and it's been a slippery slope ever since.
Over the years, Daniel has managed to combine his love of film with travel and adventure. Film projects have taken him to dozens of countries on five continents. While not filming, he has managed to cover several thousand miles overland across the globe, hitchhiking across Patagonia and Mongolia and hopping on and off the Trans Siberian train.
As a cinematographer, Daniel is pleased to work in both the narrative and documentary worlds, receiving different and complimentary gratification from them. He was twice awarded the best cinematography award at the DocAviv film festival (Long Distance - 2009; Under the Rug - 2011). More recently, the film The Garden of Eden, which he shot, received wide critical praise for its cinematography and the directing award at the Jerusalem International film festival. Other documentary films that he shot in recent years premiered at IDFA, Hot Docs, FIPA, Dok Leipzig, Haife IFF and more. He is currently filming his fifth full length narrative feature with previous films presented at the Berlinale, Moscow IFF, Haifa IFF and other international festivals.
Darya Shaikh joined OneVoice in January 2004, working as the public education coordinator and program developer. She has since served as the Executive Director and Acting CEO. Currently, she is managing special projects. Darya received her B.A in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at the McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. In 2012, she completed her Masters in Conflict & Security at the New School for Public Engagement. Darya comes to OneVoice with a deep appreciation for grassroots activism and the role of civil society in creating change. Darya has been involved in reconciliation efforts in the Middle East through Hashomer Hatzair and Givat Haviva since she was 9 years old. Over the course of three years, Darya worked as the facilitator and moderator for a delegation of Jewish-Israeli, Arab-Israeli, and Bedouin Youth. Darya was selected in the first cohort of the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship for social entrepreneurship and cross-cultural exchange. She was also chosen as a Muslim Leader of Tomorrow and presented at the 2009 Doha Conference. She has written for the Huffington Post, the Guardian and the Washington Post. Darya grew up in Brooklyn; her mother is Israeli, from Hadera and her father is Pakistani, from Karachi
In 2000 Diane founded Tiara Blu Films. Since then, she has produced numerous films, including Take The Lead, starring Antonio Banderas and Narc, written and directed by Joe Carnahan, starring Ray Liotta and Jason Patric. She executive-produced The Brass Teapot starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano and Gray Matters starring Heather Graham, Sissy Spacek and Alan Cumming. Nabatoff has also executive produced many TV and theater successes. In addition, Diane produces the annual LA Human Rights Watch theatrical production, Cries From The Heart.
Prior to founding Tiara Blu Films, Diane was a Producer at Interscope Communications, where she developed and produced films that include: Very Bad Things, written and directed by Pete Berg and starring John Favreau, Cameron Diaz and Jeremy Piven; The Proposition starring Kenneth Branagh, Madeleine Stowe and William Hurt; Operation Dumbo Drop, directed by Simon Wincer and starring Danny Glover, Ray Liotta and Denis Leary; Separate Lives starring Jim Belushi and Linda Hamilton; Holy Matrimony, directed by Leonard Nimoy and starring Patricia Arquette; and Body Language starring Tom Berenger for HBO.
In addition to her career in the film industry, Diane has had diverse experiences in the entertainment field: she was a professional singer; worked with the legendary Joseph Papp at The New York Shakespeare Festival; consulted with Atlantic Productions, a London-based documentary film company as well as the New York based American Film Company; and worked in programming at HBO.
Prior to receiving a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University, where she was the first female producer of Hasty Pudding Theatricals and the founder of The Radcliffe Pitches, the first Harvard female vocal group.
Diane is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America.
Role: Director, The Gatekeeprs
Dror Moreh began his career as a D.O.P and became one of Israel’s leading cinematographers. He shot a number of feature films, including Urban Feel (Berlin official competition, 1998), Desperado Square (Winner of the Best Film Award at the Montpelier Film Festival), and many more …
Moreh has also worked as a D.O.P for many award-winning documentaries in Israel, including One Shot, Asesino, and Underdog: A War Movie. During that time, he also directed several projects.
Moreh began working as fulltime director several years ago. His projects include: The Gatekeepers: A feature-length documentary revolving around intimate dialogues with six former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service. The Rose: A 6-part documentary series about the murder of a young girl.
To Be Mayumana: A documentary film portraying an Israeli dance group heading to New York for their world premiere. Under Cover: A 4-part docudrama about undercover police officers.
Sharon: A feature-length documentary about the reasons why Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, considered the “Father of Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories,” agreed to implement the Gaza Disengagement Plan. The film was selected for the official Panorama program at the 58th Berlin Film Festival..
Eitan Anner is a writer and a director. He was born in Jerusalem in 1969. He is a graduate of the Sam Speigel Film Institute. Among his works: “Poker Face” – Best TV Drama Award, Banff intl. T.V. festival. “Love and Dance” – official selection Berlinale (Generation K+), Official selection (in competition) Moscow intl. film fest. The film was released in 18 territories, including Germany, Brazil, Australia and India.
Gal Greenspan has established, together with producer Roi Kurland, Green Productions in 2009 . The company is dedicated to the creation of quality art house films by promising young Israeli filmmakers, offering both innovation and excitement to audiences. Green Productions has earned a name for producing cutting edge creative cinema, and their films have screened in international film festivals around the globe.
Their most recent film YOUTH (written and directed by Tom Shoval) premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, won first prize in Jerusalem Film Festival and was released for commercial distribution around Europe.
Role: Director, Dove's Cry
Ganit Ilouz is the director of the film Dove's Cry, which premiered at the 15th Docaviv International Film Festival, 2013. This is her first full length documentary. Her past projects include short documentaries, amongst them Hebrew Labor, 2010, screened at the 13th Tel aviv International Student Film Festival and The Perfect Human, 2005, which won the Grillo Award at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ganit (a certified Lawyer from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem) is about to finish her studies towards the MFA Degree in the Department of Film & Television at Tel-Aviv University.
Ghazi Albuliwi (G.A. Wasi) was born in Jordan and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He started doing stand up comedy at the age of seventeen and performed at major clubs around New York City. After a brief stint working on Saturday Night Live he wrote/directed/and co-starred in his autobiographical film ‘West Bank Brooklyn’. The film was selected to world premiere at the prestigious AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles. Albuliwi's film became the hit of the festival circuit playing Gen Art and other notable national festivals. Named by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the top 25 New Faces of Indie film. His newest romantic comedy film ‘Peace after Marriage’ co-starring himself and Hiam Abbass won the ‘Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award’ during the Tribeca Film Festival and will be released in 2014. Albuliwi co-wrote and starred in Hiam's Abbass' directorial debut film Inheritance (Heritage) which world premiered during the 2012 Venice Film Festival.
Gina M. Angelone
Role: Producer & Director, It's Better to Jump
Gina Angelone is an established filmmaker with a history in documentary and television production. Her television work has received both a Cable Ace award and an Emmy nomination.
Gina’s television credits include Producer of Bravo’s“Inside the Actors Studio”; creator and writer Comedy Central’s“Music Shorts” and Writer/Producer/Director of “Connections: Preserving America's Landscape Legacy” (narrated by Angela Lansbury), for PBS.
In 2005, Gina’s feature documentary René & I,” about twin survivors of human experimentation in Auschwitz, won two Audience Awards, a Human Rights Award and a Special Jury Mention in international festivals and aired on NBC. Currently, Gina is shooting an on-going biography series on master landscape designers, and her film, “Geo Portrait Earth,” is part of a travelling exhibit LandSeaAir, a 400-year sonic history of earth (with Charles Morrow Associates).
Gina created the centerpiece film for the Hall of Planet Earth at the American Museum of Natural History in New York; a series of attraction videos for an interactive installation at Universal Studios/Disney World for Kodak Imagination Works; and a traveling exhibit film on Indonesia for the Smithsonian Institute.
Gina Associate Produced “Raffi on Broadway” for the Disney Channel and MCA Home Video, and produced and directed two more star-studded musical tributes with legendary music producer, Phil Ramone.
Gina has authored numerous works of original fiction. Her writing has been featured by the Literary Guild of America and received a rave review from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, as well garnering various literary awards.
Gina wrote 8 episodes for Maker Studios’ original web comedy series “Si, es I, Pepe!” Gina has scripted, directed and produced for web, TV, and film. After years of residing in New York City, Europe, Asia and South America, Gina is now residing in Southern California.
Guy Meirson is a screenwriter and novelist. His first feature film as a writer, “One Small Step” (2003, Dir: Shahar Segal), established him as one of Israel’s most promising screenwriters. Since then he has collaborated with several directors, writing and co-writing for film and television. He also directed a 50 minute drama, “Itzik,” for cable TV. His recent film Rock the Casba (Dir: Yariv Horowitz, 2012) premiered in Berlin Film Festival 2013. His second novel, “Nothing Happened” (2011), is published by Keter Books.
A Peabody Award-winning director and producer. Hilla has received three Emmy nominations, and won the Golden Warsaw Phoenix, as well as the jury awards at FIPA, audience award at Woodstock Film Festival. Hilla's most recent film “Dancing in Jaffa” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, won the editing award at Docaviv and is expected to have its theatrical release in 2014 in the US, France, Germany and Israel. Past projects include “To Die in Jerusalem” (HBO), “After the Storm” (MTV), “Happy You’re Alive” (ch1 Israel) and “Numbered” (YES) which won the Silver Hugo at Chicago International Film Festival. Hilla’s latest film is "Web Junkie" which she co-directed and produced, the film won the Honorable Mention in the Jerusalem film festival. Hilla is the co-owner of New York based, kNow Productions. She holds an M.A. from Southern Illinois University.
After studying philosophy and literary theory at Tel Aviv University, Ilan Safit completed a Master's degree in Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He holds a PhD in comparative literature from SUNY Buffalo and teaches philosophy at Pace University, NYC, where he is also the director of the Center for Ethical Thinking. In addition he is Chief Editor of Yediot America, the Hebrew language, New York based weekly magazine of Israel's largest newspaper.
Role: Director, The Fading Valley
Irit Gal has directed numerous documentary films, dealing with violation of human rights and the impact of political conflicts on individuals. Gal directed films in the occupied Israeli territories, documented areas affected by natural disasters, was the head editor of numerous television programs and was the director of the documentary department of Telad (Israel Channel 2).
Her films have been screened and won prizes in international film festivals.
Role: Producer, Arabani
Itai Tamir was born in 1958 in Kibutz Kfar Rupin, Israel.
In the year 2010 established Laila-Films an independent productions company. produced over 30 feature films and international co-productions, among them award-winning films that have received worldwide recognition
In addition to feature films, produced documentaries movies, dramas and television programs.
Role: Producer, The Fading Valley
Born in Guatemala to a Polish father and a German mother, Jewish refugees from WW II, Mansbach studied Psychology at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and now lives and workd in Jerusalem, where she carried out her graduate studies in Public Health and Developmental Psychology at the Hebrew University.
During most of her adult life, Ivonne has been a political activist, namely been a member of the Checkpoint Watch (Machsom-Watch) organization, an Israeli women’s protest and human rights movement, opposing policies of restriction of Palestinians’ movements by monitoring the goings-on at checkpoints and military courts.
Within this framework, Mansbach produced the documentary “The Fading Valley” which portrays the life of Palestinian farmers living in the Jordan Valley in 2012-2013, as well as “Area C”, a documentary on the topic of restrictions set by israel on building and developing in the occupied territories.
Joy Levitt is the Executive Director at The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. Prior to coming to the JCC she served as a congregational rabbi on Long Island and in New Jersey for twenty years. Most recently, she founded the Jewish Journey Project, an initiative designed to revolutionize Jewish education for children.
Kate joined J Street in 2009 as the East Coast Student Organizer working with students from Maine to Miami to advance the conversation about Israel on their campuses. She was promoted to New York Regional Director in June 2010, and in November 2012, she took on the additional role of Deputy National Field Director. As Regional Director Kate represents J Street in the NY area and works with supporters to advocate for the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As the Deputy Field Director, Kate works with the seven regional offices across the country, providing support and resources for them to bring the pro-Israel, pro-peace message to their communities. Kate has lived in and traveled extensively across Israel and West Bank. Kate has an M.A. in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
Kate Tellers is the Senior Producer, Corporate Programs at The Moth, a host of their StorySLAM series and a member of the The Moth's Creative Team.
Role: Director, Apples of the Golan
Apples of the Golan is Keith’s second feature documentary with Jill Beardsworth.
Described by Felim Mc Dermott, programmer of the Galway Film Fleadh as “major new Irish talents” Keith Walsh has been making documentaries since 2005, his debut 30 minute documentary for Irish terrestrial television, ‘I Was You’ dealt in a sensitive and innovative manner with the subject of homelessness and won second prize at Galway Film Fleadh in 2006. His first feature documentary ‘Children of Allah’ received special mention at the Medfilm festival in Rome.
His films have dealt with subjects such as addiction, depression, communal self-expression and international peacekeeping and brought him to India, Belarus, Kosovo and the USA. As well as directing, he also shoots and edits, both for his own projects and for other filmmakers. He has worked with some of Ireland’s most prestigious directors, a film he edited for Pat Collins entitled ‘Tom Robinson, Connemara’, was called “Quite simply one of the most beautiful Irish films ever made” by Gráinne Humphreys, programmer of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.
Keith Walsh brings a thoughtful sensibility and aesthetic poetry and to the films he is involved with.
Role: Moderator, The Garden of Eden
Lee Perlman is the Executive Director of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF) in Israel. Manhattan born and bred, Lee has lived in Israel since 1982. Ha'aretz newspaper recently named him as one of "Israeli Culture's 100 Most Influential Figures". Lee is a Research Fellow on Israeli Culture at the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research at Tel Aviv University. He received his Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University, writing his dissertation on Israeli theater, "Acting Side by Side on the Israeli Stage: Jewish/Palestinian Theatre Collaboration in Israel from 2000-2010". Lee has published and lectured extensively on Israeli society and the local cultural scene, including co-writing a chapter with Dr. Aida Nasrallah, 'Weaving Dialogues and Confronting Harsh Realities: Engendering Social Change in Israel through Performance' in "Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of the Conflict." Previously, Lee served as the Managing Director in Israel of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), which represents 153 Jewish Federations throughout the United States and Canada, held a senior post with the Abraham Fund Initiatives and has been a lecturer at Tel Aviv University and at Brandeis University summer programs.
Lena Slachmuijlder has lived and worked in Africa for 21 years as a journalist, editor, human rights defender, director, producer, performing artist, cultural facilitator, trainer, and project manager. Born in New York, Lena graduated from Stanford University before heading to South Africa in 1990 where she worked and lived in African townships as a journalist and human rights monitor. She has worked with us since 2001, heading Studio Ijambo while being the Great Lakes Media Manager based in Burundi. In 2005, she became our Country Director in DR Congo, making it our largest program, with seven offices around the country working on repatriation, sexual violence, governance, elections, security sector reform, and regional cohesion. In the DRC, Lena pioneered tools such as participatory theatre, a reality TV show, and innovative approaches to army and police reform. She has trained journalists and peace builders on all continents, has been an invited speaker to more than a dozen international conferences, wrote and produced a documentary film about Burundi's 'Heroes' and has supported our work in Nepal, Indonesia, Côte d'Ivoire, Rwanda and Krygyzstan. Lena is fluent in English, French, and Zulu and has working knowledge of Swahili, Lingala, and Kirundi.
Role: Actor, Arabani & Under the Same Sun
Lucy Aharish is an Israeli news presenter, reporter, and television host. She currently co-hosts a late-night show and a current events program for teenagers on Channel One. Aharish is notable for being the first Arab news presenter on mainstream Israeli television.
Makram J. Khoury is an Israeli Arab, born 30 May 1945 in Jerusalem.
Khoury trained in Israel and from 1970 to 1973 he studied for three years at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, England. He later became involved with the Cameri Theater in Tel Aviv and the Haifa Municipal Theater, continuing as a member of the latter for twenty years.
Makram has recently returned to Haifa following a year long tour playing Tierno Bokar in Peter Brook's 11 and 12.
His acting filmography includes a long list of award-winning films by renowned directors of international productions, including The Syrian Bride by Eran Riklis, Free Zone by Amos Gitai, Munich by Steven Spielberg,
Miral by Julian Schnabel and many more.
He was the youngest artist and the first Arab to win the Israel Prize, the highest civic honor in Israel. He is one of the most accomplished and well-known Israeli actors.
Most recently, Makram was awarded Best Actor by the Israeli Film Academy for his roll in The Magic Man.
Rabbi Melissa Weintraub
Rabbi Melissa Weintraub is a social entrepreneur, educator, and thought leader who trains leaders and builds programs at the intersections of Israel, Jewish thought and conflict resolution. Among other projects, Melissa is currently directing the Jewish Council for Public Affair’s new national Civility Initiative, working to transform communal norms around Israel and other charged issues from tension and avoidance to productive deliberation across political divides. Melissa was the founding director of Encounter, an organization dedicated to strengthening the capacity of the Jewish people to be agents of change in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Melissa built Encounter from the ground up to an internationally recognized organization, and was awarded the Grinnell Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize honoring individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary accomplishment in effecting social change. Melissa has lectured and taught in hundreds of Jewish communal institutions, universities, and international forums, and is a faculty member for the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She was ordained as a Conservative Rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary and graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University.
Michael Moore was born in Flint, Michigan. Moore is the Oscar and Emmy-winning director of the ground-breaking, record-setting films "Roger & Me," "Bowling for Columbine," and "Fahrenheit 9/11," which also won the top prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and went on to become the highest grossing documentary of all time. It became the first documentary ever to premier No. 1 at the box-office in its opening weekend. Film Comment called it "The Film of the Year."
His 2007 documentary, "Sicko" is self described as, "a comedy about 45 million people with no health care in the richest country on Earth." Moore investigated American health care horror stories, focusing on large American pharmaceutical companies, the corruption in the Food and Drug Administration, and even brought injured 9/11 rescue workers to Cuba to receive treatment.
Moore also earned the label of America's No. 1 selling nonfiction author, with such books as "Stupid White Men and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation," and "Dude, Where's My Country." No other author has spent more weeks on the New York Times hardcover non-fiction list from 2002-04 than Michael Moore. "Stupid White Men" was also awarded Britain's top book honor, "British Book of the Year," the first time the award has been bestowed on an American author.
Moore has two additional books published by Simon and Schuster: "Will They Ever Trust Us Again: Letters from the War Zone," which is a compilation of letters he has received from soldiers in Iraq and from their families back home; and "The Official Fahrenheit 9/11 Reader," which contains loads of backup materials for the film, plus essays, and the film's screenplay.
In addition to winning the Academy Award for "Bowling for Columbine," Moore won the Emmy Award for his NBC and Fox series, "TV Nation" and was also nominated for his other series, "The Awful Truth" (which the L.A. Times called "the smartest and funniest show on TV.")
Moore also wrote and directed the comedy feature "Canadian Bacon" starring the late John Candy, and the BBC documentary, "The Big One." He has directed music videos for R.E.M., Rage Against the Machine, Neil Young, and System of a Down.
Mohammad Bakri was born in the Arab village of Bi'ina (see Shaghur) in the Galilee in 1953. He went to elementary school in his hometown and received his secondary education in the nearby city of Acre. He studied acting and Arabic literature at Tel Aviv University in 1973 and graduated three years later. Bakri began his professional acting career in plays in several theaters in Israel and the West Bank notably the Habima National Theatre in Tel-Aviv, the Haifa theater and al-Kasaba theater in Ramallah. After a few years of acting in Israeli film, Bakri began to act in international films in nations such as France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Canada. Bakri also directed two documentary films including the controversial "Jenin, Jenin" and most recently the autobiographical documentaries "Since You Left", and "Zahara".
Morad is a New York-based entrepreneur and former athlete. His career began in financial services with Goldman Sachs. He went on to join leading management consulting firm to the financial services industry, First Manhattan Consulting Group Morad’s focus in recent years has been on innovative, progressive real estate. Going one step further than green real estate, Morad co-founded Delos Living. Working alongside world-class institutions and experts, Delos has created Wellness Real Estate™, which is being recognized as a paradigm shift not just within real estate and sustainability, but health and wellness. Morad is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s Business Council; Morad also serves on the Board of Soccer for Peace.
In 2004, Morad took time off from his professional career to play for the Palestinian National Soccer Team in its quest to qualify for FIFA’s 2006 World Cup, which was captured in the acclaimed documentary, Goal Dreams. Morad’s passion for the sport is evident in his philanthropic works. He is the founder of Project Phoenix a 501(c) 3 organization with a mission to impact impoverished communities through creating bold, innovative solutions for sporting infrastructure. Project Phoenix’s inaugural project, the Phoenix Stadium in Haiti, designed by renowned architectural designer Carlos Zapata will be a 12,000-seat world-class soccer facility and self-sustaining community for the people of Cite Soleil in Haiti. A desire to see tangible results in impoverished countries like Haiti, has led Morad to recognize the work of J/P HRO as an organization that is getting things done. Tackling many of Haiti’s challenges and great needs head on, J/P HRO moves past the rhetoric with result driven impactful initiatives. Morad is proud to support their efforts and run with the J/P HRO team at the New York City Marathon.'
Morad graduated with a degree in Economics from New York University, he is a native of New York and currently lives in Manhattan.
Role: Producer & Director, It's Better to Jump
Mouna is an artist whose first foray into filmmaking was with “It’s Better To Jump.”
She played a central role in the project. A Palestinian herself, she is fluent in both Arabic and English and served not only as a translator and interviewer, but also as a Producer, gaining access and entrée to people and places that would otherwise be inaccessible.
Her collateral as a native and her insights into the culture created an instant bond of trust with all the interviewees. Mouna is very dedicated to the subject matter as well as a steadfast researcher.
Role: Producer, Dancing in Jaffa
Neta is a film and television producer and co-founder of New York based Know Productions. Her film Dancing in Jaffa premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival and was picked up by Sundance Selects/IFC for theatrical release in 2014 and will also be release theatrically in Germany and France next year. The film was executive produced by Morgan Spurlock, LaToya Jackson and Nigel Lythgoe and won the editing award at DokAviv and the "Honorary One Future" award at Munich DokFest. Dancing in Jaffa is supported by Speilberg's Righteous Persons Foundation, The Good Pitch, IFP, Film Independent, The PUMA Creative Catalyst Award, Fohs Family Foundation, Foundation for Jewish Culture, and more. Neta most recently produced Web Junkie, which was executive produced by Morgan Spurlock and Eve Ensler and made with the support of Impact Partners, Gucci Tribeca, Chicken & Egg. Neta’s film “Numbered” won the Silver Hugo Award at the Chicago Film Festival and “Best Debut Documentary” at the Israeli Documentary Awards. Additionally, Neta has produced a variety of other films, TV shows, commercials, and art projects. She holds a Master’s of Communication Arts in Public Relations and a Bachelor of Arts in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy.
Ori Winitzer is a banker and investor in the media, entertainment and technology industries. His transaction experience includes successful engagements with Discovery Communications, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Google, Univision, Intel and many more. Ori began his career in the media industry itself, with roles at the Walt Disney Company and Clear Channel Communications. Upon graduating from business school he began to focus on the industry from a financial perspective, with roles at Goldman Sachs, Rothschild and now LionTree LLC, a newly formed merchant bank in NY.
By night, Ori is Founder and Director of Soccer for Peace, an organization that unites Jewish and Arab children in their shared love of sport. For over a decade, Soccer for Peace has held overnight camps and after school programs in northern Israel. Ori is also a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Board Member of a very cool music festival named Afropunk.
Ori lives in Manhattan with his lovely wife Judy and their charming (if sometimes diabolical) twin boys, Rafi and Gabi.
Patrick A. Stewart
Role: Director & Producer, It's Better to Jump
Born and raised in Hollywood, CA and graduate of the University Of Santa Clara, Patrick began working in television in 1982. The decade of the 2000s saw Patrick Stewart work directly with three Oscar winning Directors. In 2000, he was the Director of Photography for Mike Figgis’ groundbreaking film “Timecode.” Pairing again the next year with Figgis, he shot another envelope pushing film, “Hotel,” in Venice, Italy.
Stewart then continued with Mike to shoot a portion of Martin Scorsese’s blues documentary “Red White and Blues.” Later in 2007, Patrick paired with Peter Bogdonovich to shoot the Tom Petty feature documentary “Runnin’ Down a Dream.” Finally, Stewart worked with Clint Eastwood and his company Malpaso to shoot the documentaries: “Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet way”, and “Johnny Mercer: The Dream’s On Me”.
In television, Patrick was the Director of Photography on the quirky, popular HBO series “Flight Of The Concords”, and currently just finished the 4th season of FX’s comedy “The League.”
In addition, for 18 years Stewart has run his own production company, Patrick Stewart Productions, which has produced hundreds of segments for television programs including specials, commercials, documentaries and webcasts.
Peter Alexander Beinart is an American political comentator. A former editor of The New Republic, he has written for Time, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books among other periodicals, and is the author of three books. He is associate professor of journalism and political science at City University of New York, senior political writer for The Daily Beast and the editor of its blog "Open Zion".
Born in Jaffa, Palestine, but his family fled to the United Kingdom in 1948 at the creation of the State of Israel when he was four.
Dulaine began to dance at the age of 14, performing in venues ranging from Germany, East Africa and the Caribbean. By 1972, Pierre ended up in New York City, where he still maintains a home.
In 1984 Pierre and his dancing partner Yvonne founded The American Ballroom Theater Company and as the Artistic Directors they performed with the company all over the USA, at Saddlers Wells in London, and numerous countries around the world. The New York Times dubbed Pierre a “Dancer and Teacher Extraordinaire.” In addition to teaching and being on the faculties of George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre and the Juilliard School, Pierre founded Dancing Classrooms in 1994 to build social awareness, confidence, and self- esteem in children through the practice of social dance.
In 2005 Mad Hot Ballroom, the hit documentary based on Pierre’s work with the New York City Public Schools children through Dancing Classrooms was released and in 2006, Pierre’s life was the focus of a major motion picture called Take the Lead, with Antonio Banderas portraying his work with children.
Pierre’s latest project took him back to his birthplace of Jaffa ... a documentary called Dancing in Jaffa is to be released in 2013; it follows his efforts to use dance to help Israeli- Palestinian and Israeli-Jewish children – and their families – to peacefully coexist.
Since the program was founded in 1994, it has served over 400,000 children. Pierre himself has trained over 500 Teaching Artists in the Dulaine Method, and the numbers keep growing.
Shlomi Eldar is a contributing writer for Al-Monitor’s Israel Pulse. For the past two decades, he has covered the Palestinian Authority and especially the Gaza Strip for Israel’s Channels 1 and 10, and has reported on the emergence of Hamas. In 2007, he was awarded the Sokolov Prize, Israel’s most important media award, for this work. He has published two books: Eyeless in Gaza (2005), which anticipated the Hamas victory in the subsequent Palestinian elections, and Getting to Know Hamas (2012).
His documentary film, Precious Life (2010), won best documentary award of the Israeli Academy Ophir Awards, and was among 15 documentary features shortlisted for an Academy Award (Oscars) in the best documentary category.
Role: Director, Good Garbage
For the past 10 years, Shosh Shlam has produced and directed a long list of award winning documentaries, which were featured in prestige film festivals and TV channels world-wide. Among her films are: Last Journey into Silence (Producer,2003), a story about Holocaust survivors in mental institutions in Israel; Be Fruitful and Multiply (2005 Director/Producer), about women's oppression in the ultra orthodox society.
More recently, together with director Ada Ushpiz, Shosh has directed and produced Good Garbage. The film describes the struggle for survival at the garbage dump in the West Bank. The film won an award for best documentary in Shanghai film festival in China, FICA film festival in Brazil, an award for best cinematography at the Israeli documentary Forum awards. Recently the film was chosen by Michael Moore and was screened in Travers City film festival. The film was screened in Channel 2 in Israel, Swiss TV(RSI), Russian TV(RT) and CBC Canada.
Her latest film, co-directed and produced with Hilla Medalia, Web Junkie, exposes a Beijing rehab center where Chinese teenagers are being "deprogrammed" off their addiction to computer games. The film won the Honorable Mention in the Jerusalem film festival.
Tal Harris, from Tel Aviv Israel, is the Executive Director of OneVoice Israel (OVI). Tal is responsible for overseeing all OVI programming, including grassroots campaigns, educational events, and political advocacy. Under Tal’s leadership, OneVoice Israel’s human infrastructure has grown and spread to ten university and college campuses across Israel. Through these chapters, activists committed to ending the conflict are recruited, trained, and mobilized in order to propel their elected representatives to take concrete steps towards peace.
Tal played an instrumental role in establishing the first caucus for the two-state solution in the previous Israeli Knesset, and also coordinated the formation the new caucus for ending the Israeli-Arab conflict in the current Knesset, which is comprised of eight coalition and opposition factions, and promotes legislation, petitions, and public events focused on the two-state solution. In his role as Executive Director, Tal has spoken in numerous international conferences, including at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in Qatar and Brazil, and in the House of Commons in the UK. Tal has also published op-eds in The Huffington Post, Haaretz, the Jerusalem Post, and other outlets.
Beyond OneVoice, Tal is actively engaged in national and local Israeli politics, and served in senior positions in the Tel Aviv University Student Union. Additionally, Tal has experience in informal education with various age groups, conducting trainings and seminars on best practices for working with underprivileged children, instructing on how to help the child better integrate into his/her family cell and wider social surroundings, and how to help improve his/her achievements in class. Tal graduated with honors from the Open University with bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and political science and holds a master’s from Tel Aviv University in diplomacy. His master’s thesis on the reform of German citizenship law was conducted under the tutelage of Prof. Yossi Shain (Georgetown University) during two research semesters at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Tal still serves on reserve duty in the Israeli Air Force.