JVP STAFF

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Yotam Amit
Technology Solutions Coordinator

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.

Yotam@jvp.org

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Elana Baurer
Director of Operations and General Counsel

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.

Elana@jvp.org

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Liza Behrendt
Boston Organizer

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.

Liza@jvp.org

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Tallie Ben Daniel
Campus Program Manager

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.``

Tallie@jvp.org

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Rabbi Joseph Berman
Government Affairs Manager

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.

Joseph@jvp.org

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Samantha Brotman
Membership Coordinator

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.

Samantha@jvp.org

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Audrey Bruner
Development Coordinator

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.

Audrey@jvp.org

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Erika Chasia
Accountant

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.

Erika@jvp.org

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Jules Cowan
Design and Website Coordinator

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.

Jules@jvp.org

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Naomi Dann
Media Program Manager

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.

Naomi@jvp.org

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Michael Deheeger
Chicago Organizer

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.

Michael@jvp.org

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Stefanie Fox
Deputy Director

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.

Stefanie@jvp.org

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Michael Franklin
Digital Coordinator

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.

Michael.Franklin@jvp.org

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Liz Ingenthron
Office Manager

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.

Liz@jvp.org

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Alana Krivo-Kaufman
Senior Regional Organizer

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.

Alana@jvp.org

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Leila
Campaign Organizing Fellow

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.

Leila@jvp.org

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Ilana Lerman
Rabinnical Council Organizer

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.

Ilana.Lerman@jvp.org

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Ben Lorber
Campus Coordinator

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.

Ben@jvp.org

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Jimmy Pasch
West Regional Organizer

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.

Jimmy@jvp.org

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Tei
Administrative Associate

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.

Tei@jvp.org

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Natasha Perlis
Project Manager

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).

Natasha@jvp.org

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Ilana Rossoff
Midwest Regional Organizer

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.

Ilana@jvp.org

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Granate Sosnoff
Communications Strategist

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.

Granate@jvp.org

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Rebecca Vilkomerson
Executive Director

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.

Rebecca@jvp.org

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Rabbi Alissa Wise
Deputy Director

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.

Alissa@jvp.org

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Shalva Wise
Artist Council Organizer & Projects Coordinator

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.

shalva@jvp.org

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Ari Wohlfeiler
Deputy Director

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.

Ari@jvp.org

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Jesse Yurow
Digital Coordinator

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.

Jesse@jvp.org

JVP COUNCILS

The Artists and Cultural Workers Council is made up of Jews and allies who represent a broader network of hundreds of influential and talented artists and makers.

The Academic Advisory Council is a fast-growing, diverse network of tenured professors, contingent faculty, independent scholars and graduate students invested for justice for Palestine.

The JVP Rabbinical Council is a fast growing network of rabbis, cantors and rabbinical students that have come together to speak out on behalf of justice for all peoples in the Middle East.

The Network Against Islamophobia provides support and resources for those interested in organizing against Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism.

JVP BOARD OF DIRECTORS

GRACE LILE, CHAIR (Brooklyn, NY) has spent 11 years at the human rights organization WITNESS where she has served as Director of Operations and Archives since 2010.  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 is a longtime member of congregation Kolot Chayeinu in Brooklyn.

 

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 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 is Executive Director of Resource Generation, a national economic justice non-profit.

 

JOELLEN CHERNOW 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.

 

DONNA NEVEL (New York, NY), a community psychologist and educator, coordinates the Participatory Action Research Center for Education Organizing (PARCEO) in partnership with the Educational Leadership Program at NYU Steinhardt, where she teaches PAR. She has been involved with Palestine/Israel peace and justice work since the 1970’s and is also part of groups to challenge Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism.

JVP ADVISORY BOARD

Udi Aloni
Filmmaker, writer, and visual artist, Freedom Theater of the Jenin refugee camp

Ed Asner
Actor and Emmy award winner

Rabbi Buzz Bogage
Director of Jewish Life, Depauw University

Daniel Boyarin
Professor of Talmudic Studies, UC Berkeley

Judith Butler
Maxine Elliot Professor of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

Debra Chasnoff
Academy Award winning documentary maker

Sami Chetrit
Film producer, poet, professor of Near Eastern Studies,  UC Berkeley

Noam Chomsky
Linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, political activist, author and lecturer

Rami Elhanan
Member of Israeli-Palestinian Parents Forum; lost daughter to  a suicide bombing

Eve Ensler
Obie Award winning playwright, performer, and feminist activist

Ronnie Gilbert  ז״ל
Actress, singer, former member of the Weavers

Goapele
Musician & performer

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb
Co-founder of Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence and The Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point

Adam Hochschild
Author and journalist

Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz
Author, scholar, founding director of Jews for Racial & Economic  Justice

Naomi Klein
Journalist, syndicated columnist, author and activist

Tony Kushner
Playwright, Pulitzer Prize winner

George Lakoff
Professor of cognitive linguistics, UC Berkeley

Aurora Levins-Morales
Poet, essayist, historian

Rela Mazali
Writer and Co-founder of Israel’s New Profile

Robert Meeropol
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

Sarah Schulman
Writer, playwright and historian. Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the City University of New York

Wallace Shawn
Actor and playwright

Michael Shimkin
Microcredit, community organizing and development activist. Founder, the Shimkin Foundation.

Avi Shlaim
Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford

Cecilie Surasky
Former Deputy Director, Jewish Voice for Peace

Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman
Congregation Shaarei Shamayim in Madison, Wisconsin

Howard Zinn  ז״ל
Author and historian

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