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  • March 19: Sherrilyn Ifill, Director-Counsel of the NAACP
  • April 3: Jeffrey Bennett, astropyhsicist, editor, and former Visiting Senior Scientist at NASA Headquarters
  • April 30: Tilar Mazzeo, author of Irena’s Children, the story of Irena Sendler who saved 2500 children from the Warsaw Ghetto
  • May 16: Sandy Grimes, career CIA officer, involved in bringing Aldrich Ames to trial as a Soviet spy


  • Doron Ezickson, Anti-Defamation League’s Washington Regional Director.
  • Noah Bookbinder, Executive Director of the Committee for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington – CREW
  • Amir Tibon, Washington correspondent for Haaretz newspaper
  • William Kristol, Founder and editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard

• Michael Kazin, author of The Populist Persuasion, Professor of History, Georgetown University
• Phil Hirschkop, Lead attorney in the “Lovings vs Commonwealth of Virginia”
• Dan Arbell, American University Scholar in Residence, Brookings Institution, DCM Israeli Embassy
• Rabbi Bonita Sussman, Vice-President, Kulanu

• Allan Lichtman, author of The Keys to the White House, Distinguished Professor of History at American University
• Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research, Pew Research Center
• Paul Rosenzweig, George Washington University Law School; former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, US Department of Homeland Security
• David Cole, George Mitchell Professor of Law, Georgetown Lax School
• Miles Rapoport, President of Common Cause
• General Norton Schwartz, former Air Force Chief of Staff

• Rabbi Noah Pesner, Director of Reform Judaism’s Religious Action Center
• Professor Gal Raz, Professor Ivey Business School
• Admiral Michael McConnell, former Director of National Intelligence, former Director of the National Security Agency.
• Darrell West, Darrell West is Vice President and Director of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution
• Allan Lichtman, co-author of FDR and the Jews, Distinguished Professor of History at American University
• Juliet Eilperin covered environment issues and politics for The Washington Post. She is now a White House correspondent for the Post
• Ambassador Dennis Jett, Special Assistant to President Clinton and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council
• Colonel David Wilkerson, Chief of Staff for then Secretary of State Colin Powell, formerly Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

• Maureen Fiedler – host of NPR’s Interfaith Voices
• Ambassador David Newton – US ambassador to Iraq from 1985 to 1988 and US ambassador to Yemen from 1994 to 1997
• Robert Moses – Civil Rights Leader
• Marc Leepson journalist, historian and the author of Saving Monticello
• Ambassador Kenneth Yalowitz, Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. served twice as a U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Belarus and to Georgia

• Ambassador Daniel C. Kurtzer ¬– U.S. ambassador to Israel from 2001 to 2005; U.S. ambassador to Egypt 1997-2001. Dr. Leonard Saxe ¬– Director, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University
• Robert Kaiser ¬– Associate Editor and Senior Correspondent for The Washington Post.
• Sheryl Gay Stolberg ¬– Washington correspondent for The New York Times.

• Peter Beinart – Former editor of The New Republic author of The Crisis of Zionism. James Carroll – author of Constantine’s Sword; An American Requiem; and House of War..
• Michael O’Hanlon ¬– Senior fellow at The Brookings Institution; Program Director for Middle East and North Africa at the International Crisis Group in Washington, D.C., and a former Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton for Arab-Israeli Affairs (1998–2001).
• Thomas E. Mann – Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-author of It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism.
• Steven Pearlstein ¬– Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for the Washington Post

• Michael O’Hanlon ¬– Senior fellow And Director of research for the Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution; a member of the External Advisory Board at the Central Intelligence Agency. His most recent book is Healing the Wounded Giant: Maintaining Military Preeminence while Cutting the Defense Budget (BrookingsRon Skolnik ¬– Executive Director of Partners for Progressive Israel.
• Ambassador Martin Indyk ¬– U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, Vice President and Director for Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington, and former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs. Jared Bernstein – Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. From 2009 to 2011, Bernstein was the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden.
• Anat Hoffman – Executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center, the legal and advocacy arm of the Reform Movement in Israel.

• Peter Beinart – Former editor of The New Republic and author of The Crisis of Zionism.
• Jeffrey Rosen – Professor of law at George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. and has been the commentator on legal affairs for The New Republic since 1992. Ezra Klein – Blogger and columnist for The Washington Post, a columnist for Bloomberg, and a contributor to MSNBC.

• Michael Makovsky – CEO and executive Director of Jewish Institute for National Securty Affair (.
• Allis Radosh & Ronald Radosh – Authors of A Safe Haven.
• David Makovsky ¬– Distinguished Fellow and Director, Project on the Middle East Peace Process at The Washington Institute.
• Jonathan Schanzer – Author, scholar in Middle Eastern studies, and vice president of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
• Daniel Levy – Israeli political scientist, policy advisor and diplomat. He is director of the MENA program at the European Council on Foreign Relations, a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation.

• Peter Beinart – Former editor of The New Republic and author of The Crisis of Zionism.
• David Frum –A member of the Canada-Israel Committee, and later AIPAC, he became a speechwriter for President George W. Bush.
• Aaron David Miller – Public Policy Scholar Woodrow Wilson Center; U.S. State Department advisor.
• Robert Satloff – Director Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
• Naomi Gale – Sociologist and Legal Scholar.
• Lawrence Korb – Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and a Senior Adviser to the Center for Defense Information, formerly Director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

• Dennis Ross – Advisor on the Middle East to U.S presidents and the U.S. State Department.
• Judea Pearl – Computer scientist and philosopher.
• Rabbi David Forman – Educator, human rights activist, Jerusalem Post correspondent.
• Jeffrey Goldberg – Journalist.

• Representative Barney Frank – U.S. Congress member.
• Lt. General Moshe Ya’alon – Chief of the Israel Defense Forces; Vice Prime Minister.
• E.J. Dionne – Washington Post Political Commentator; Senior Scholar at the Brookings Institute and Georgetown Public Policy Institute.

• Ambassador Martin Indyk – U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, Vice President and Director for Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington, and former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs during the Clinton Administration.
• William Kristol – Political commentator and writer.
• Raphael Jospe – Philosopher Hebrew University.
• Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat – Advisor to President Carter; Deputy Secretary of the Treasury; U.S. Ambassador to the European Union.

• Ambassador Ivo Daalder – U.S. Permanent Representative on the NATO Council.
• Ambassador Elenea Poptodorova – Ambassaor of Bulgaria to the U.S.
• Ambassador Dennis Ross – Advisor on the Middle East U.S. State Department.

• Allida Black – Research professor and Editor of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers.
• Steven J. Rosen – American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
• Lewis Roth