JVP STAFF
Ari
Senior National Organizer (BIJOCSM Network)

Ari@jvp.org

Beth
Senior Government Affairs Manager

Beth@jvp.org

D
Operations and Communications Coordinator

D@jvp.org

Elana
Director of Finance, General Counsel, Special Assistant to the Executive Director

Elana@jvp.org

Elena
Senior New York City Organizer

Elena.Stein@jvp.org

Emily
Legislative and Electoral Grassroots Organizer

Emily@jvp.org

Emma
Data and Development Coordinator

Emma@jvp.org

Jemma
Senior National Field Organizer

Jemma@jvp.org

Katie
Senior Communications Coordinator

Katie@jvp.org

Lena
Storyteller and Designer

Lena@jvp.org

Lisbeth
Organizing Director

Lisbeth@jvp.org

Liz
Operations Senior Coordinator

Liz@jvp.org

Maya
Grassroots Fundraising Organizer

Maya.jo@jvp.org

Melissa
National Organizer (Arts, Culture and Ritual)

Melissa@jvp.org

Rachel
Storyteller and Designer

Rachel@jvp.org

Rachel
Operations and Media Coordinator

Rachel.Weinberg@jvp.org

Reuben
National Organizer (BIJOCSM Organizing)

Reuben@jvp.org

Samantha
Director of Operations

Samantha@jvp.org

Shannon
Development Director

Shannon@jvp.org

Sonya
Interim Communications Senior Manager

Sonya@jvp.org

Stefanie
Executive Director

Stefanie@jvp.org

Tallie
Director of Special Projects

Tallie@jvp.org

Tei
Human Resources Manager

Tei@jvp.org

Zoe
Senior Development Officer

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

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 Health Advisory Council includes physicians, nurses, mental health workers, social workers, public health workers, allied health professionals, complementary health practitioners, as well as others interested in human health.

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.

JVP BOARD OF DIRECTORS

GRACE LILE, CHAIR (Brooklyn, NY) is Director of Operations at the Center for Constitutional Rights. Prior to joining CCR, Grace was Chief Operating Officer at WITNESS, the global organization at the forefront of innovative and ethical use of video in human rights advocacy. Also an archivist, Grace co-authored the Activist’s Guide to Archiving Video, an award-winning online resource to support digital video archiving in social justice movements, and teaches in New York University’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.

 

SETH MORRISON, TREASURER (Las Vegas, NV) 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

ESTEE CHANDLER (Los Angeles, CA) is the founding organizer of JVP Los Angeles which was launched in 2010. She hosts and produces the long running Middle East in Focus Radio show on KPFK along with Nagwa Ibrahim; and is the executive producer, co-creator and host of The Middle East Minute+, a short format weekday news report also on KPFK.

 

ERAN EFRATI is the executive director of RAIA (Researching the American-Israeli Alliance), an investigative researcher into the Israeli military, and former director of ICAHD-USA. He formerly served as the chief researcher of Breaking the Silence, where he collected testimonies from hundreds of IDF soldiers about their activities. He has worked with the International Criminal Court and participated in both independent and UN investigations into Israeli military operations. His investigative reports have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian, among others. Today his research is focused on international military and police partnerships between the United States and Israel.

 

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.

 

ANNIE KAUFMAN (Chicago, IL) is a plus-size fashion designer who lives in Baltimore, where she teaches patternmaking and Talmud, enjoys her Yiddishist community, and organizes with Baltimore Palestine Solidarity and JVP.

 

LINA MORALES (Boston, MA) is a longstanding member of JVP and former Education Chair for JVP Boston and a core member of the Jews of Color Mizrahim Sephardim Caucus in partnership with JVP. She is a biracial Ashkenazi jew from Chicago who has been active organizer and educator in the Palestine solidarity movement since 1998.

 

JESSIE SPECTOR (Brunswick, ME) is the Director of Donor Organizing at Thousand Currents, a social justice foundation supporting grassroots movements in the Global South and advocating in the field of philanthropy for more equitable, just and power-sharing practices. Prior to this role, Jessie was the Executive Director of Resource Generation, working with young people with wealth and class privilege toward the equitable distribution of land, wealth, and power. J

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  ז״ל
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 ז״ל
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 ז״ל
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

WATCH JVP’S STORY

Back in the mid-90s, three young Jewish women realized they could no longer keep silent about Israel’s occupation – and decided to do something about it. Watch their story – our story – here.

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GET THE DEADLY EXCHANGE REPORT

Researching the American Israeli Alliance and Jewish Voice for Peace’s report reveals the extent of massive training programs between U.S. law enforcement and Israeli police, military, and the Shin Bet.

End the Deadly Exchange

When US law enforcement trade tactics with the Israeli police and military, Israel deepens its military occupation and the US heightens its violence of policing.

Booking.com: Tell the Truth

Days ago, Booking.com bowed to pro-Israel activists and started describing all of Jerusalem as a “city in Israel” – literally erasing Palestinian East Jerusalem. Let’s get Booking.com to tell the truth: East Jerusalem is occupied territory.

Senators: Investigate Israeli Violence!

No one should be killed for taking part in a peaceful protest. It’s up to us to call on progressive Senators to investigate Israel’s massacre in Gaza that killed over 100 Palestinians wounded 12,000 others.

Huge Palestinian march with text overlaid reading "support the #greatreturnmarch"