About us

About us

Why JILV?

The current picture inside the Jewish community

Currently, the response to Critical Social Justice has been mixed in the Jewish world. There are Jewish groups that firmly oppose or ignore CSJ. There are groups that enthusiastically endorse it. And there are many mainstream Jewish organizations—national and local—that have yet to develop a clearly defined position. The Jewish Institute for Liberal Values will help Jewish organizations and individuals hold constructive conversations about CSJ and ensure balanced approaches.

 

Goals for JILV

  •  Enable, empower and equip Jews who support liberalism and oppose the imposition of CSJ to come forward
  • Raise awareness in  mainstream Jewish organizations on the complexities of social justice and encourage deliberation
  • Ensure that Jewish civic culture does not become dominated by a single ideology
  • Educate the larger Jewish community on the dangers of imposing CSJ and build a strong counter-movement
  • Highlight how CSJ ideology fuels novel forms of anti-Zionism and antisemitism
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Jonathan Greenberg, Chair

Jonathan Greenberg serves as the Director of Freedom Initiatives at the Jack Miller Family Foundation. He is a former Midwest Political Director at AIPAC and was ordained a rabbi at Hebrew Union College in 2006 

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Dr. Misha Galperin

Dr. Misha Galperin is the President of Zandafi Philanthropy Advisors and CEO of the National Museum of American Jewish History. He formerly served as CEO and president of Jewish Agency International Development and former CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

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Samantha Harris

Samantha Harris is a founding partner at Allen Harris PLLC, where she concentrates her practice in the areas of campus discipline, Title IX, and free speech. She advises students, faculty, administrators, and attorneys on issues of free speech and due process on campus.

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James Kirchick

James Kirchick is a widely published journalist, a senior fellow with the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, and author of the instant New York Times bestseller, Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington. He has reported from over 40 countries and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the New York Review of Books, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and the Times Literary Supplement, among many other publications across the United States and around the world.

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Dr. Pamela Paresky

Dr. Pamela Paresky is a psychologist, consultant and writer. As Visiting Senior Research Associate at the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge (SIFK) at the University of Chicago, she focuses on experiential education, including “Habits of a Free Mind” courses and workshops. As Senior Scholar at the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI) she researches online antisemitism and other forms of disinformation and extremism. 

 

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Rebecca Roiphe

Rebecca Roiphe is the Trustee Professor of Law and Co-Dean for Faculty Development at New York Law School. She teaches criminal law and ethics and writes about the importance of neutral legal institutions and principles to American democracy. Her opinion pieces on prosecution, legal ethics, and politics have appeared in Slate, the New York Review of Books Daily, Politico, and the Washington Post. She is a legal news contributor for CBS News and appears as an expert on MSNBC and CNN.

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Dr. Brandy Shufutinsky

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Dr. Brandy Shufutinsky is a social worker, writer, researcher, and advocate. She has worked towards advancing the rights of victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through practice, education, and research, and is now focusing her advocacy on developing intercultural and academic opportunities to enhance liberal democratic ideals.

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Dr. Christina Hoff Sommers

Dr. Christina Marie Hoff Sommers is an American author and philosopher. Specializing in ethics, she is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Sommers is known for her critique of contemporary feminism. Her work includes the books Who Stole Feminism? and The War Against Boys.

Core Team

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Bret Stephens

Bret Stephens is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, editor, and columnist. He began working as an opinion columnist for The New York Times in April 2017 and as a senior contributor to NBC News in June 2017.

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Rabbi David Wolpe

David J. Wolpe is the Max Webb Senior Rabbi of Sinai Temple. Named the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek Magazine and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post.

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David Bernstein

Founder/CEO

A passionate advocate of the free expression of ideas, Bernstein is past President and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and former executive director of the David Project.  He is the author of “Woke Antisemitism: How a Progressive Ideology Harms Jews.”

 

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Marcy Braverman Goldstein, PhD

Director of Academic Affairs

Marcy earned her doctorate in Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, focusing on Indian traditions. She founded Sanskrit Revolution, through which she teaches ethical speech, the language, and the history of yoga. She has taught at UC Riverside, American Jewish University, Davidson College, and elsewhere.

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Christina Buttons

Social Media Manager

Christina is a journalist, researcher, and graphic artist, and illustrator. She edits and writes the Gender Medicine Monthly newsletter and periodically for Quillette. Christina is committed to creating impactful and informative content.

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Rabbi Mark Cohn

Director of Partnership Development

Mark is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Emanuel in Winston-Salem, NC, after twenty-one years as senior rabbi. In addition to working for JILV he is the rabbi of Temple Sholom in New Milford, CT. Mark received his master’s degree in History at Lehigh University and his rabbinic ordination through the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem and Cincinnati, OH. 

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Alan Gill

Senior Advisor

Alan served as CEO of JDC from 2013-2017, capping a 23-year tenure with the organization. 

In 2010, Alan’s work at JDC was the subject of a book published by Brandeis University, “Mission, Meaning, Money”. Upon his retirement, the Board of Directors honored Gill with a lifetime appointment as its CEO Emeritus.

Alan serves on the faculty of the Mandel Executive Leadership Institute in North America and the Boards of Directors of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, as well as the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Jaffa.

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Mika Hackner, PhD

Research Associate

Mika is a Research Associate at JILV.  She has a PhD in Politics from Brandeis University. Her research focuses on Militant Democracy and institutional threats to liberal democracy.

 

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Daniel Newman

COO

 Daniel has been working with us since our inception. Daniel operated tech departments and startups for 20 years before pivoting into Jewish philanthropic projects. Daniel oversees technical and administrative functions for the organization.

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Tikvah Shachter

 Development Associate

Tikvah received her J.D from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and her B.A. from Yeshiva University-Stern College for Women. After practicing business litigation and corporate law, Tikvah found her passion writing in the non-profit arena. 

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Dr. Brandy Shufutinsky

Director of Education and Community Engagement

Brandy is a social worker, writer, researcher, and advocate. She has worked towards advancing the rights of victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through her practice, education, and research.

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Joshua Weiner

Chief Marketing and Development Officer

Josh has 15 years of experience in sales and marketing, most recently with success leading sales teams and go-to-market strategy development and execution within the marketing, media, and advertising technology industry. During his career he has helped several non-profits improve donor acquisition and retention through effective utilization of data for insights and personalization including AIPAC, EDF, & Lions Clubs International Foundation.

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