URJ/ARZA Israel Speakers Bureau

We have created the URJ/ARZA Israel Speakers Bureau to offer presenters to congregations seeking programmatic resources on Israel and Zionism that reflect our Movement, values, and ideology. If there is a speaker on our list that you are interested in connecting with, Please submit this form. Please note that some speakers do require honorarium fees. This information will be shared after a request is submitted. Someone from the URJ will follow up with you directly.

Andrew Keene

Washington, DC

Management Committee, WUPJ // Board of Governors, JAFI

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Topics:

  • Israeli civil society and Israeli culture
  • Religious Pluralism in Israel
  • Israeli Politics and the government
  • How to Speak about Israel
  • National Institutions

Professor Charles Freilich

NY, Boston, and Israel

A former deputy national security advisor in Israel

Click here for Professor Charles Freilich’s bio

Topics:

  • Israeli Politics
  • Conflict between Israel and the Palestinians
  • Israel’s National Security Strategy
  • US-Israeli Relations
  • Israeli National Security Decision-Making Processes
  • Israel’s Purported Nuclear Capabilities
  • Israel and the Cyber Threat – my forthcoming book, 2021
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Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin

West Palm Beach, FL

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Topics:

  • Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism
  • The history of Zionism
  • Israel education
  • Conflict between Israel and the Palestinians 
  • “Zany For Zion: What Makes People Go Nuts About Zionism and Israel.”
  • “Rock of Israel: Israeli Singer-Songwriters You Should Know and Love.”
  • “American Jews are from Mars; Israeli Jews are from Venus”

Jo-Ann Mort

Brooklyn, NY

Writer/Consultant

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Topics:

  • Israeli civil society
  • Antisemitism and Anti Zionism
  • The History of Israel and Zionism
  • Israeli culture
  • Israeli Politics
  • Social Justice in Israel
  • Educating our Youth on Israel
  • Conflict between Israel and the Palestinians
  • How to Speak about Israel

Rabbi John Rosove

Los Angeles, CA

Senior Rabbi Emeritus – Temple Israel of Hollywood

Topics:

  • “Why Reform Zionism Matters”
  • “The Case for Aspirational Zionism”
  • “Navigating between Liberalism and Zionism”
  • “Avraham Shapira – Veteran of the Haganah and Hebrew Guard”
  • “The International Campaign Against Israel”
  • “Young American Progressive Jews and Israel”
  • Anti Semitism and Anti Zionism
  • The History of Israel and Zionism
  • Conflict between Israel and the Palestinians
  • How to Speak about Israel

 

Rabbi Joshua Weisberg

Jerusalem, Israel

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Topics:

 

  • Stories of Israel” a series of short fifteen-minute documentaries, brings you into the lives of engaging Israelis and, by tackling issues such as race, gender, religious pluralism, spiritual search, Ashkenazi and Sephardi identity, and Arab identify in Israel, gives you a taste of the life behind the headlines.
  • Israeli civil society
  • Israeli culture
  • Religious Pluralism in Israel
  • Social Justice in Israel

Rabbi Leon Morris

Jerusalem, Israel

President, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

Topics:

  • Israeli culture
  • The Four HQ’s
  • A historical analysis of the prayers for the State of Israel
  • American Jewish universalism and Israel Jewish particularism: Why we need each other
  • Pop Liturgy: Israeli musical artists creative contributions to Jewish prayer

Rabbi Lisa D. Grant, Ph.D.

Brooklyn, NY

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Topics:

  • The History of Israel
  • Israeli culture
  • Religious Pluralism in Israel
  • Educating our Youth on Israel
  • Touring the Land of Israel
  • How to Speak about Israel

Rabbi Marc Rosenstein

Shorashim, Israel

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Topics:

  • Israeli civil society and Israeli culture
  • The History of Israel and Zionism
  • Religious Pluralism in Israel
  • Social Justice in Israel
  • Israel Education
  • Touring the Land of Israel
  • Conflict between Israel and the Palestinians

Rabbi Neal Gold

Natick, MA

Jewish Chaplain and Hillel Director at Babson College

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Topics:

  • Tzedakah / Tikkun Olam Opportunities in Israel
  • The Land of Israel in Legend and Midrash
  • Jerusalem in Jewish Lore and Midrash
  • Antisemitism and Anti Zionism
  • The History of Israel and Zionism
  • Hebrew Language and Literature
  • Religious Pluralism in Israel
  • Israel education
  • Touring the Land of Israel
  • Biblical Israel
  • Conflict between Israel and the Palestinians
     

Rabbi Noa Sattath

Jerusalem, Israel

Director, IRAC

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Topics:

  • Social Justice in Israel
  • Israeli Politics
  • Religious Freedom and Pluralism
  • Advancing Racial Equality and combatting hate

Robbie Gringras

DN Bikat Beit Hakerem, Israel

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Topics:

  • The Four HQ’s
  • Mizrachi issue through culture;
  • Theater shows about Jews-Arabs in Israel
  • Celebrating Israel’s complexities
  • 2nd Intifada
  • Israeli civil society
  • Israeli culture
  • Israeli Politics
  • Educating our Youth on Israel
  • Conflict between Israel and the Palestinians
  • How to Speak about Israel
     

Rabbi Shai Beloosesky

Augusta. GA

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Topics:

  • My way to be a reform rabbi
  • Israeli civil society
  • The History of Israel and Zionism
  • Israeli culture
  • Religious Pluralism in Israel
  • Israeli Politics
  • Biblical Israel
  • Conflict between Israel and the Palestinians
  • How to Speak about Israel

Dr. Sivan Zakai

Los Angeles, CA

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Topics:

  • Children’s thinking about Israel
  • Educating our Youth on Israel
  • How to Speak about Israel