Yotam is an accidental technologist. With experience in direct social services, he believes strongly in human dignity and equality and has the curious distinction of being a nonviolent martial artist.
Elana is an attorney by training and has been active in prison abolition, racial justice, juvenile justice, and immigrant justice work since her college days. She is passionate about systems and operations and is thrilled to use her enthusiasm and skills in those areas as she continues to pursue her ideals in a professional capacity at JVP.
Liza has been a JVP activist since 2010 when she co-founded a JVP chapter at Brandeis University and fought for inclusion in Hillel. She is a member of the Make Shift Boston co-working co-operative.
Tallie grew up in the San Fernando Valley and still thinks of herself as a Los Angeleno, despite moving away in 2001. She completed her PhD in Cultural Studies at UC Davis in June of 2014, and is currently working on a book manuscript titled ``Gay Capital: San Francisco, Tel Aviv and the Politics of Settler Colonialism.``
Joseph has organized for justice and equality for Palestinians and Israelis for over a decade. Ordained at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Boston, Rabbi Berman draws upon years of experience in advocacy and faith-based community organizing.
Samantha is originally from Seattle, but went to college at the University of Oregon, and later completed her Masters at Georgetown University. She has been writing and speaking on the topics of Jewish identity, Zionism, and Jewish institutional culture as it relates to Palestine/Israel for several years.
Originally from the San Fernando valley and a staunch valley girl, Audrey received a BA in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley with a focus on public discourse. Before joining JVP, Audrey worked as an advocate for survivors of gender based violence and she’s excited to still be doing violence prevention work, but this time armed with spreadsheets and development databases.
Erika is a self-identified ``numbers person`` with a passion for developing financial systems and processes in non-profit organizations. A recent East Coast transplant, she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the cultural center that is Oakland, California.
Jules uses graphic design to share stories and analyses among grassroots social justice movements. He's inspired by the potential of design to connect people with visions of self-determination, dignity, and transformative justice.
Naomi received a BA in peace and justice studies from Vassar College. She grew up in Portland, Oregon and brings experience with campus organizing and media relations from her work with Open Hillel and Students for Justice in Palestine at Vassar.
Michael has organized around immigrant justice and labor rights in Chicago with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, and served as the Chicago Program Director for AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps.
Stefanie has been on staff since 2009. She brings over a decade of field organizing experience, a Masters in Public Health focused on community organizing, and deep love for the beautiful, messy, exhilarating sometimes-slog of grassroots movement building.
Born and raised in the UK, Michael oversees the sending of the mass emails you either find inspiring or tedious. He lives in Maryland with his wife, a public school teacher, and aspires to one day own a dog.
Liz brings administrative experience from a variety of previous employment experiences in business and academia in order to assist in building sound infrastructure at JVP. In this way she operation-systemically participates in the larger organizing vision advocating for social justice in Israel/Palestine.
Alana got her first taste of organizing as a Reform youth leader in Columbus, Ohio. After rabble-rousing for racial justice for ten years, from campus to synagogues, and from 4th grade Talmud study to legislative chambers, she's overjoyed to make transformative change with JVP’s brilliant and bold East Coast chapters. She loves belly-laughter, movement maps, and a meeting new people.
The daughter of an American mother and a Palestinian father, Leila was born in Washington DC but grew up back and forth between the DC area and Jerusalem. Leila is especially interested in organizing around the intersections between the struggle for justice in Palestine and the broader struggles for gender, racial and economic justice worldwide.
Ilana's first organizing mentors were Palestinians in the West Bank, where she volunteered for 7 months and her second were Jewish leaders in Boston's JOIN for Justice network, where she organized rabbis and congregations for almost 5 years. Ilana is humbled to connect in spirit and strategy with some of the most courageous rabbis of our time.
Ben has developed as an organizer and activist through his experience organizing workers at Walmart warehouses, connecting migrants with humanitarian aid at the U.S.-Mexico border, and working as a journalist in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. He’s humbled and inspired to develop campus leadership that challenges Israel’s occupation and builds movement power in the struggle for justice.
Jimmy learned to channel his political passions and critical perspectives into effective organizing in Seattle, where he worked with other queers to organize for justice in Palestine/Israel and to oppose pinkwashing. He is thrilled to be a part of Jewish Voice for Peace and help build a transformative Jewish community and mass political movement for justice beyond borders.
An artist and activist whose interests include collaborative works with scholars on land, disputed territories, re-imagination of landscapes and possibilities. Founder of an oral history and public health project that focuses on HIV/AIDS and issues of loss, migration, and community spaces like dance clubs. Graduate of Antioch College, graduate studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Human Sexuality.
Natasha officially joined JVP in April of 2015. She has over 19 years of experience managing programs at non-profits in the Bay Area and New York City including the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC); The Contemporary Jewish Museum; and the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS).
Ilana has been involved in Palestine solidarity activism since 2009 with Students for Justice in Palestine, the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, and Minnesota Break the Bonds. The daughter of a Reform rabbi, Ilana is interested in leveraging the collective voice of Jews committed to human rights and equality, and redefining and building Jewish community based on those values.
Had the occupation of Korea by Japan not ended, Granate wouldn’t be here today. The daughter of a Korean immigrant mother and (New York) Russian/Bialystock Jewish father, Granate wishes people took Emma Goldman’s words about being able to dance at the revolution more seriously.
Rebecca has been a member of JVP since 2001. She lived with her family in Israel from 2006-2009. In 2010 she was named one of the 50 most influential Jewish American leaders by the Forward, and was named one of ``14 Women to Watch`` in 2014.
Alissa was the founding co-chair of the JVP Rabbinical Council and the co-founder of the Nakba Education Project (NEP), which offers educational resources to an American audience about the history of the Nakba and its implications in Palestine/Israel today.
Shalva calls Brooklyn home and carries Cincinnati in her heart. With a Masters in Social Work, a deep relationship to Jewish education and social justice work, and a track record of dynamic artistic/cultural productions, she is thrilled to be working with both the Artist Council and the Development Team.
Ari is from Oakland, CA. Before coming to JVP, he was the Development Director at Critical Resistance, and has worked extensively with grassroots organizations fighting the prison industrial complex.
Born and raised in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, Jesse now calls Oakland home and wonders if he will always live near large estuaries. Jesse is inspired by the long and ongoing legacy of people collectively organizing to move the world as it is towards the world as it could be.
GRACE LILE, CHAIR (Brooklyn, NY) is Chief Operating Officer at the human rights organization WITNESS. She founded the WITNESS Media Archive in 2003, and has been a leading proponent of the importance of archives and documentation to human rights advocacy and activism. She teaches in NYU’s graduate Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program. Grace traveled to Palestine in 2013 with Librarians and Archivists with Palestine, with whom she remains active. She has been a member of congregation Kolot Chayeinu in Brooklyn since 2002.
RABBI LINDA HOLTZMAN, VICE-CHAIR (Philadelphia, PA) is the rabbi of a newly founded Tikkun Olam Chavurah and is on the regular faculty of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC). She was the senior rabbi of Mishkan Shalom, a Reconstructionist congregation until June 2013. A native Philadelphian who was ordained by the RRC in 1979, Rabbi Holtzman has received a B.A. and M.A. in English from Temple University and a B.H.L. from Gratz College. She has served as the rabbi of Beth Israel, a Conservative congregation in Coatesville, PA, as part-time rabbi of Beth Ahavah, the LGBT congregation in Philadelphia, as director of the religious school at Mishkan Shalom, and for many years as Associate Professor and Director of Practical Rabbinics at RRC. She is the founder and organizer of the Reconstructionist Chevra Kadisha of Philadelphia, on the board of Philadelphia’s New Sanctuary Movement and a member of POWER.
GLEN HAUER, SECRETARY (Berkeley, CA) is working toward a society that will support everyone to thrive. Since 2000, he has helped build JVP on the theory that transforming U.S. Jews into a force for liberation would be an excellent first step. He was a founding board member of JVP and assisted the organization’s transitions from an all-volunteer to a staffed organization, and from a local to a national one. Glen wrote the article “How The System Of Anti-Semitism Can Derail Progress Towards Peace & Justice In Israel And Palestine, And What To Do About It.” He is U.S. Coordinator of International Healing from War workshops, which take place in Warsaw, Poland, and at the former death camps of Auschwitz-Birkinau. He is a leader in his San Francisco synagogue, and a retired appellate lawyer.
SETH MORRISON, TREASURER (Arlington, VA) has been active in Jewish and Zionist organization for his entire life. He was formerly a leader in J Street and other Jewish organizations before becoming a BDS activist. Professionally he recently retired from a career in marketing and strategic planning in the cable television industry.
PHYLLIS BENNIS (Washington, DC) is a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, and of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. She is a longtime activist and analyst on Israel/Palestine, other Middle East and U.S. war issues, and helped found both the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and the United for Peace & Justice anti-war coalition. She writes and speaks widely, and her most recent books are Understanding ISIS & the New Global War on Terror, and Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer. Phyllis has worked closely with UN officials and agencies on Palestine, co-chaired the UN-based International Coordinating Network on Palestine, and was short-listed twice to become the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Palestine.
JESSIE SPECTOR (Brunswick, ME) is Executive Director of Resource Generation, a national economic justice non-profit.
JOELLEN CHERNOW (Chicago, IL) plays a key role in driving the Center for Popular Democracy’s minimum wage campaign efforts and economic justice work. JoEllen has worked in progressive grassroots organizations and labor unions for 15 years. Before coming to the Center for Popular Democracy, JoEllen organized a wide range of workers, including industrial laundry workers for UNITE-HERE, Registered Nurses for the California Nurses Association and public sector workers for AFSCME. She has also worked internationally for UNI Global, primarily in Colombia, Spain and Portugal.
SCOUT BRATT (Chicago, IL) teaches body-positive sexual health education in Chicago Public Schools and community-based organizations. Originally introduced to anti-occupation organizing through feminist philosophy and feminist critiques of the occupation, intersectional feminism remains a key part of not only Scout’s Judaism but also Scout’s Palestinian solidarity work. Scout majored in Peace Studies and Philosophy at Goucher College and is currently studying Youth Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
KAREN ACKERMAN (Takoma Park, MD) has long been active in the movement for social and economic justice. She spent many years as a union organizer, leading organizing campaigns and contract/bargaining fights for the Hospital Workers Union, United Auto Workers, and Communications Workers of America. She was appointed the Political Director of the Public Employees Federation of NY. In 1992 she was the campaign manager for the successful campaign of Nydia Velazquez, the first Puerto Rican Woman ever elected to the US Congress and became the Congresswoman’s Chief of Staff in DC. In 1996, Karen was recruited to the AFL-CIO to become its deputy Political Director and seven years later, became the first woman Political Director of the AFL-CIO where she served in that position until 2011. Karen is helping to develop JVP’s Congressional Outreach Program.
BETH HARRIS (Ithaca, NY) began her social justice activism concerning Israel and Palestine 20 years ago as chair of the Tikkun Olam committee at Congregation Eitz Or in Seattle. From 1999-2014, Beth worked as a professor in the Department of Politics at Ithaca College, where she served as co-coordinator of the Classrooms Beyond Borders Initiative and co-taught a transnational classroom with an An Najah University professor. After Beth’s first research trip to Palestine and Israel, she co-founded the Finger Lakes Interfaith Coalition for a Just Peace in August 2000. In 2010 she was a founding member of the Ithaca chapter of JVP and two years later became chairperson of the Israel-Palestine Social Justice Work Group at Ithaca’s Reform Congregation Tikkun v’Or. Beth is also a founding member of the Ithaca Committee for Justice in Palestine, which formed in 2014.
Filmmaker, writer, and visual artist, Freedom Theater of the Jenin refugee camp
Actor and Emmy award winner
Rabbi Buzz Bogage
Director of Jewish Life, Depauw University
Professor of Talmudic Studies, UC Berkeley
Maxine Elliot Professor of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley
Academy Award winning documentary maker
Film producer, poet, professor of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley
Linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, political activist, author and lecturer
Member of Israeli-Palestinian Parents Forum; lost daughter to a suicide bombing
Obie Award winning playwright, performer, and feminist activist
Ronnie Gilbert ז״ל
Actress, singer, former member of the Weavers
Musician & performer
Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb
Co-founder of Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence and The Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point
Author and journalist
Author, scholar, founding director of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice
Journalist, syndicated columnist, author and activist
Playwright, Pulitzer Prize winner
Professor of cognitive linguistics, UC Berkeley
Poet, essayist, historian
Writer and Co-founder of Israel’s New Profile
Younger son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, founder and Executive Director of Rosenberg Fund for Children
Michael Ratner ז״ל
Academic, activist, attorney, author and President of the Center for Constitutional Rights
Adrienne Rich ז״ל
Poet and writer, Winner National Book Award
Writer, playwright and historian. Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the City University of New York
Actor and playwright
Microcredit, community organizing and development activist. Founder, the Shimkin Foundation.
Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford
Former Deputy Director, Jewish Voice for Peace
Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman
Congregation Shaarei Shamayim in Madison, Wisconsin
Howard Zinn ז״ל
Author and historian