The Jewish Leadership Conference (JLC) aims to develop a new political and cultural vision for American Jewry, and to bring together Jews who believe that conservative ideas can help strengthen the Jewish people, the Jewish nation, and the American civic future.

A Conservative Manifesto

In December 2017 the JLC convened our inaugural conference on Jews and Conservatism. On Sunday, October 28, 2018, we invite you to join us once again. Along with political leaders and rabbis, journalists and commentators, educators and activists, we came together in the belief that now is the time for American Jews to articulate and advance a new agenda: in defense of religious freedom, in favor of school choice, allied with Israel in a dangerous world, tough-minded in the global fight against anti-Semitism, and supportive of the traditional family.

We invite everyone who is interested in these ideas to learn more about our core principles, watch the full videos from our 2017 Conference, and read our inaugural essay from the May 2017 issue of Commentary Magazine, “Jewish Conservatism: A Manifesto.”

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Executive Director

Jonathan Silver

Jonathan Silver is the Executive Director of the Jewish Leadership Conference, and is a Senior Director at the Tikvah Fund, where he has conducted scores of interviews with Jewish intellectuals, political figures, rabbis, and writers as the host of the Tikvah Podcast on Great Jewish Essays and Ideas, and Tikvah’s online courses. He was educated at Tufts University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Georgetown University.


Conference Co-Chairs

Roger Hertog

Roger Hertog is the President of the Hertog Foundation and Chairman of the Tikvah Fund. One of the founding partners of the investment research and management firm Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., which he joined in 1968, Mr. Hertog served as the firm’s president before its merger with Alliance Capital Management in 2000. In 2006 he retired from the successor company, AllianceBernstein, and is currently vice-chairman emeritus. An alumnus of the City College of New York, Mr. Hertog was previously chairman of The New-York Historical Society and The Manhattan Institute; he has also served on the boards of the American Enterprise Institute, the New York Philharmonic, the New York Public Library, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, and the Washington Institute for Near-East Policy. In 2007 Mr. Hertog was awarded the National Humanities Medal in recognition of his philanthropic efforts. In 2010 he received the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.

Eric Cohen

Eric Cohen has been the Executive Director of the Tikvah Fund since 2007. He was the founder and remains editor-at-large of the New Atlantis, serves as the publisher of the Jewish Review of Books and Mosaic Magazine, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the Witherspoon Institute, and National Affairs and on the Editorial Advisory Board of First Things. Mr. Cohen has published in numerous academic and popular journals, magazines, and newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington PostWeekly StandardCommentaryThe New RepublicFirst Things, and numerous others. He is the author of In the Shadow of Progress: Being Human in the Age of Technology (2008) and co-editor of The Future is Now: America Confronts the New Genetics (2002). He was previously managing editor of the Public Interest and served as a senior consultant to the President’s Council on Bioethics.


Israel Chair

Aylana Meisel

Aylana Meisel is Deputy Director of the Tikvah Fund in Jerusalem, where she assists in mission development, strategy, and implementation across the Fund’s educational activities. Previously she worked for seven years at the Tikvah Fund US, helping to cultivate Jewish and conservative leadership in the United States and Israel. She has recruited and worked with hundreds of young leaders, as well as more senior professionals in policy, academia, journalism, government, and other disciplines. Her professional background includes experience in journalism, policy, and law. She obtained her J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. in Jewish Studies from the Macaulay Honors College at Queens College (CUNY). She has been published inThe Jerusalem PostCommentary MagazineWashington Free Beacon, and Mosaic Magazine.