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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


Pamela Paresky

Dr. Pamela Paresky, Chair

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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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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Jonathan Greenberg

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 


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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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

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.

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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.

Core Team

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David Bernstein


A passionate advocate of the free expression of ideas, Bernstein is past President and CEO of Jewish Council for Public Affairs and former executive director of the David Project. 


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Elina Kaplan


Co-Founder of the Alliance for Constructive Ethnic Studies (ACES), a grassroots coalition working to ensure that K-12 California Ethnic Studies provide a balanced range of perspectives, is free from a political agenda and inspires mutual respect and dignity.

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Nicole Levitt

Policy and Legal Affairs

A cum laude graduate of Tulane University Law School. Levitt practices family law in Pennsylvania has a master’s degree in counseling & psychology from Chestnut Hill College and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). 

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Daniel Newman


An entrepreneurial executive who leads nonprofits by sourcing essential tools and executing highly effective marketing strategies.

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Dr. Monica Osborne


An author, professor, and expert in critical theory. Dr. Osborne heads up the Jewish Journal’s The Speech Project which discusses issues of free speech and brings resources to combat the growth of illiberalism.

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