2019 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

  • Norman Podhoretz was Editor-in-Chief of Commentary from 1960 to 1995 and currently serves as Editor-at-Large. He is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

  • Henry Kissinger served as the fifty-sixth Secretary of State of the United States. He is a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and author of over one dozen books on diplomatic history and international relations.

  • Judge Neomi Rao has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since March 2019. She previously served as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget.

  • Victor Davis Hanson is Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author and editor of 24 books.

  • Ruth Wisse is an award-winning professor of Yiddish literature, author on Jewish history and culture, and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Tikvah Fund.

  • Malcolm Hoenlein is Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and a lecturer on many topics including international relations, Israel and Middle East affairs, and terrorism.

  • John Podhoretz is Editor of Commentary magazine, a columnist at the New York Post, and a political commentator.

  • Roger Hertog is Co-chairman of the Jewish Leadership Conference, President of the Hertog Foundation, Chairman of the Tikvah Fund, and a noted businessman and philanthropist.

  • Yoram Hazony is President of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem and chairman of the Edmund Burke Foundation. He is the author of the bestselling book, The Virtue of Nationalism.

  • Andrew Roberts is Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department at King’s College, London, and author and editor of nineteen books, including Churchill: Walking With Destiny.

  • Rabbi Soloveichik is Director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University, Rabbi of Shearith Israel congregation in New York City, and a writer on theology, ethics, and Jewish-Christian relations.

  • Michael Doran is Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, specialist in Middle East security issues, and previously, Senior Director of National Security Council under President George W. Bush.

  • Moshe Koppel is Chairman of the Kohelet Policy Forum and a member of the Department of Computer Science at Bar-Ilan University. He also serves on the board of directors of the Tikvah Fund.

  • Russ Robert is John and Jean De Nault Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, host of the EconTalk podcast, and author of several books on economics.

  • Tamara Berens is one of two inaugural Krauthammer Fellows at Mosaic magazine. Her writing has appeared in publications such as the American Conservative, the Jerusalem Post, the National Interest, National Review Online, Standpoint, and the Weekly Standard.

  • Mark Rienzi is Professor at the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and President of the Becket Fund.

  • Daniel Mark is former Chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, Assistant Professor of political science at Villanova University, and Fellow at the Witherspoon Institute.

  • Amiad Cohen is the CEO of the Tikvah Fund in Israel, publisher of Hashiloach, and partner to several business initiatives in the security and technology fields.

  • Rabbi Pfeffer heads the Tikvah Fund’s haredi education division in Israel, teaches at Yeshivas Chedvas HaTorah, and is Editor-in-Chief of the new Tzarich Iyun (“Needs Further Study”) online journal.

  • Talia Katz recently graduated the University of Michigan and is a Summer Fellow at the Tikvah Fund. She will soon begin a fellowship program in D.C. with the Public Interest Fellowship.

  • Eric Cohen is Co-Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Conference and has been the Executive Director of the Tikvah Fund since 2007.

  • Jonathan Silver is Executive Director of the Jewish Leadership Conference and a Senior Director at the Tikvah Fund, where he hosts the Tikvah Podcast on Great Jewish Essays and Ideas.

Program Sessions

Jews and the Culture
The Jewish Case for God
Anti-Semitism in America: How to Counter the Threats We Face
Israel’s Role
Among the Nations
Jews on Campus:
Student Leaders on the Front Lines
Haredi Conservatism and the
Israeli Culture Wars
What Adam Smith Can Teach the Jews
Statesmanship
Modern Statesmanship:
Why Leaders Matter
The Trump Doctrine: America, Israel, and the Middle East
Israel and the Muscular
Spirit of the West
Winston Churchill:
The Great British Zionist
Politics
The Strategy of Jewish Conservatism
Socialism and the Jews:
An Autopsy
Teaching Market Economics
in Israel
Religious Freedom and the Courts
Strengthening Democracy and Resisting Judicial Tyranny in Israel

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