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About us


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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Who we are


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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.


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

A visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution on the United States and Europe and the Project on International Order and Strategy. Kirchick is a broadly published journalist, he is the author of “The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age”, a columnist for Tablet Magazine. A leading voice on American gay politics and international gay rights, he is a recipient of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Journalist of the Year Award.

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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.


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


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, Ph.D.

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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Rabbi Mark Cohn

Rabbinic Liaison 

Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Emanuel in Winston-Salem, NC, after twenty-one years as senior rabbi. Rabbi Cohn is currently the rabbi of Temple Sholom in New Milford, CT, a part-time Development Officer for the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, and Rabbinic Liaison for JILV. Rabbi Cohn 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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Daniel Newman


 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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Dr. Brandy Shufutinsky

Director of Education and Community Engagement

Dr. 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 her practice, education, and research.

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