Alex Traiman

Alex Traiman

Alex Traiman is a veteran journalist and filmmaker, and currently the managing director and Jerusalem bureau chief of Jewish News Syndicate/JNS.org. Traiman has directed and produced award-winning documentaries, including Iranium and Honor Diaries.

Amiad Cohen

Amiad Cohen

Amiad Cohen is the CEO of the Tikvah Fund in Israel, publisher of the Hebrew-language Hashiloach journal, and a partner in several business initiatives in the security and technology fields. He served as deputy commander of the elite “Egoz” unit in the Israel Defense Forces and for several years was head of security coordination in his native settlement of Eli. He previously directed the industrial and fiscal innovation divisions of the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council.

Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is Editor-in-Chief of DailyWire.com, host of The Ben Shapiro Show, and a leading conservative speaker on college campuses. Shapiro is the author of eight books, including the #1 New York Times best-seller, The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great (2019). Shapiro is also a nationally syndicated columnist since age 17, and a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School.

Caroline Glick

Caroline Glick

Caroline B. Glick is a senior columnist at Israel Hayom, Israel’s largest circulation newspaper and is syndicated to scores of Jewish newspapers and web publications worldwide. She was previously the senior contributing and chief columnist for the Jerusalem Post, and a senior columnist for Maariv and Breitbart. She is the author of The Israeli Solution: A One State Plan for Peace in the Middle East, (Crown 2014) and of Shackled Warrior: Israel and the Global Jihad (Gefen 2008). The Israeli Solution was endorsed by leading US policymakers including Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Ted Cruz and National Security Advisor John Bolton. Shackled Warrior was endorsed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former CIA director James Woolsey.

Glick has received numerous awards for her commentary. Among others, she received the Ben Hecht award for Middle East reporting from the Zionist Organization of America, the Abramowitz Prize for Media Criticism by Israel Media Watch, the Guardian of Zion award by Bar Ilan University and the Courage of Zion Prize for Zionist pioneering by the Moskowitz Foundation. Glick blogs at her website www.carolineglick.com and on her Facebook author page.

Dan Senor

Dan Senor

Daniel S. Senor is a bestselling author and a co-founder and member of the board of directors of the Foreign Policy Initiative. His most recent government position was in the administration of George W. Bush, where Mr. Senor served as chief spokesman and senior adviser to the Coalition in Iraq. One of the longest-serving civilian officials in Iraq, Mr. Senor also served as a Pentagon adviser to U.S. Central Command in Qatar and as a foreign policy and communications aide in the U.S. Senate. He has also advised a number of candidates for U.S. Senate. During the 2012 presidential election, Mr. Senor was a senior foreign policy adviser to Governor Mitt Romney. His analytical pieces have been published by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, Time, and Newsweek. He is co-author of Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle (2011), a New York Times Business Bestseller. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Senor worked as an investment banker at the Carlyle Group. He earned a B.A. in History from the University of Western Ontario and an M.B.A from Harvard.

Amb. David Friedman

Amb. David Friedman

Ambassador David Friedman was nominated by President Trump on January 20, 2017 and served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the State of Israel until the end of the Trump Administration. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, Mr. Friedman was a nationally top-ranked attorney and a founding partner of a leading law firm in New York City where he played a key role in negotiating multilateral disputes in some of the nation’s most complex business and financial restructurings.

Throughout his posting, Ambassador Friedman actively engaged in the development and execution of President Trump’s Israel-related policies, including those with respect to the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the move of the United States Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Height, and the Abraham Accords.

Well known for his excellent public speaking, negotiating and interpersonal skills, Mr. Friedman has been active for decades in U.S. policy relating to Israel and the Middle East as well as numerous related philanthropies. Mr. Friedman earned a B.A. from Columbia University in New York City in 1978 and a J.D. from New York University School of Law in New York City in 1981. He has been happily married to Tammy since 1981, and is a proud father of five and grandfather of many more.

Elliott Abrams

Elliott Abrams

Elliott Abrams is Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor in the administration of President George W. Bush, where he supervised U.S. policy in the Middle East for the White House, and as Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela in the administration of President Donald Trump. He also served as an Assistant Secretary of State in the Reagan administration. A member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom and of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, Mr. Abrams teaches U.S. foreign policy at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He is the author of Undue ProcessSecurity and Sacrifice, and Faith or Fear, and writes widely on U.S. foreign policy with special focus on the Middle East and the issues of democracy and human rights. His most recent book is Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy After the Arab Spring.

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Eric Cohen

Eric Cohen

Eric Cohen is the Co-Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Conference and 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 Executive Director of the Jewish Review of Books, and is the publisher of Mosaic. He currently serves on the boards 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 Post, the Weekly StandardCommentary, the 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.

Gadi Taub

Gadi Taub

Gadi Taub is an Israeli historian, author, screenwriter, and political commentator. A leading voice in the discourse on the meaning of modern Zionism, Taub is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Policy and the Department of Communications at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has been a regular columnist for many of the major daily newspapers in Israel, including Maariv, Yedioth Ahronoth, and Haaretz, and his work has been published internationally in the New York Times, New Republic, Die Zeit, Corriere della Sera, and others. He is the author of several books, most recently The Mobile and the Stationary (2020).

General Jack Keane

General Jack Keane

General Jack Keane (U.S. Army, Retired) is a foreign policy and national security expert who provides nationwide commentary in speeches, articles, congressional testimony and through several hundred television and radio interviews annually. He is the president of GSI Consulting and serves as Chairman of the Institute for the Study of War and the Knollwood Foundation, is Executive Chairman of AM General and a Director of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and the Smith Richardson Foundation. General Keane is also a Trustee Fellow of Fordham University and an advisor to the George C. Marshall Foundation.

John Podhoretz

John Podhoretz

John Podhoretz is the editor of Commentary magazine and a columnist at the New York Post. Previously, he has served as speechwriter to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He appears regularly on television as a political commentator on outlets such as Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC.

Jonathan Silver

Jonathan Silver

Jonathan Silver is the editor of Mosaic, host of the Tikvah Podcast, and from 2018–2020, served as the executive director of the Jewish Leadership Conference. He was educated at Tufts University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Georgetown University.

 

Leon Kass

Leon Kass

Leon R. Kass, MD, PhD, is the Addie Clark Harding Professor Emeritus in the Committee on Social Thought and the College at the University of Chicago and the Madden-Jewett Scholar Emeritus at the American Enterprise Institute. He was chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics from 2001 to 2005. His numerous articles and books include: Toward a More Natural Science: Biology and Human Affairs, The Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of Our Nature, Wing to Wing, Oar to Oar: Readings on Courting and Marrying (with Amy A. Kass), Life, Liberty, and the Defense of Dignity: The Challenge for Bioethics, The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis, What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song (with Amy A. Kass and Diana Schaub), Leading a Worthy Life: Finding Meaning in Modern Times, and most recently, Founding God’s Nation: Reading Exodus.

Martin Kramer

Martin Kramer

Following a twenty-five year career teaching at Tel-Aviv University, where he directed the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Martin Kramer was the founding president of Shalem College in Jerusalem, Israel’s first liberal arts college, where he continues to teach the modern history of the Middle East. Professor Kramer is also the Walter P. Stern fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The author of many essays and articles in Commentary, Mosaic, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and elsewhere, Professor Kramer is the author of ten books, most recently The War on Error: Israel, Islam, and the Middle East.

Matthew Continetti

Matthew Continetti

Matthew Continetti is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a contributing editor at National Review and a columnist for Commentary magazine. He was the founding editor and the editor-in-chief of The Washington Free Beacon and is the author of books on the Republican Revolution and on Sarah Palin. His articles and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Mr. Continetti teaches a course on the conservative intellectual movement for the Hertog Political Studies Program and is a regular panelist on “Meet the Press,” “Meet the Press Daily,” and “Special Report with Bret Baier.”

Rabbi Meir Y. Soloveichik

Rabbi Meir Y. Soloveichik

Meir Y. Soloveichik is Director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University and the Rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel, the oldest Jewish congregation in the United States. Prior to this, Rabbi Soloveichik served as Associate Rabbi at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in Manhattan. Rabbi Soloveichik has lectured throughout the United States, in Europe, and in Israel to both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences on topics relating to Jewish theology, bioethics, wartime ethics, and Jewish-Christian relations. His essays on these subjects have appeared in Mosaic, the Wall Street JournalCommentaryFirst Things, Azure, Tradition, and the Torah U-Madda Journal. In August 2012, he gave the invocation at the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. He is the son of Rabbi Eliyahu Soloveichik, grandson of the late Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik, and the great nephew of the late Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.

Mem D. Bernstein

Mem D. Bernstein

Mem Dryan Bernstein—venture philanthropist—is the Chairman of The AVI CHAI Foundation, a leader in Jewish education; and a trustee of both Keren Keshet (The Rainbow Foundation), whose signature project, Nextbook, promotes Jewish literature, culture, and ideas through the Jewish Encounters books series, and its website, www.tabletmag.com; and the Tikvah Fund, which supports programs and projects that educate Jewish intellectual, political, and religious leaders in Israel and the Diaspora.

Michael Eisenberg

Michael Eisenberg

Michael Eisenberg is a co-founder and Partner at Aleph, a venture capital fund focused on partnering with Israeli entrepreneurs to build large, meaningful companies and impactful global brands. Aleph has invested in over 25 companies including Lemonade, WeWork, Healthy.io, SparkBeyond, JoyTunes, and Bringg. Prior to Aleph, Michael was a General Partner at Benchmark Capital, where he led the investments in Wix.com, Gigya, and WeWork. Michael also sits on the boards of Yeshivat Har Etzion and Hashomer Hahadash and lectures frequently on topics such as the Israeli economy and Israeli entrepreneurship. Michael is the author of several books, including The Vanishing Jew, Ben Barukh, The Tree of Life and Prosperity, and Everyone Can Be Moses. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and eight children. 

Sec. Mike Pompeo

Sec. Mike Pompeo

Sec. Mike Pompeo was the 70th United States Secretary of State, serving under President Donald Trump from 2018 to 2021, following his role as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2017 to 2018. Sec. Pompeo is a former United States Army officer and was a member of the House of Representatives from 2011 to 2017, representing Kansas’s 4th congressional district. He served on the House Intelligence Committee, as well as the Energy and Commerce Committee and House Select Benghazi Committee.

Prior to his service in Congress, Sec. Pompeo founded Thayer Aerospace and later became President of Sentry International, an oilfield equipment manufacturing, distribution, and service company. Sec. Pompeo graduated first in his class at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986 and served as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall. He also served with the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the US Army’s Fourth Infantry Division. After leaving active duty, Sec. Pompeo graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He is married to Susan Pompeo and has one son, Nick.

Ran Baratz

Ran Baratz

Ran Baratz is the founding editor of the Hebrew-language conservative news site Mida and a columnist for Makor Rishon. He previously served as the director of communications for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office between 2016-2017. Baratz conducts research on matters of national policy, chiefly security, economics and government, and lectures on philosophy, history, and Zionist thought at numerous Israeli academic and informal educational institutions. He regularly publishes op-eds, essays, and studies in leading Israeli and American newspapers and periodicals.

Robert Nicholson

Robert Nicholson

Robert Nicholson is the Executive Director of The Philos Project, an American nonprofit that seeks to promote positive Christian engagement in the Middle East. Robert is also the co-publisher of Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy. He holds a BA in Hebrew Studies from Binghamton University, and both a JD and MA in Middle Eastern history from Syracuse University. A former U.S. Marine and a 2012-2013 Tikvah Fellow, Robert has published articles in, among other places, Mosaic, The American Interest, Jerusalem Post, and Times of Israel. His work focuses on spreading the vision of a multi-ethnic and multi-religious Middle East based on freedom and rule of law.

Roger Hertog

Roger Hertog

Roger Hertog is the Co-Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Conference, 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 Medal of the National Endowment for the Humanities in recognition of his philanthropic efforts. In 2010, he received the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.

Ruth Wisse

Ruth Wisse

Recently retired from her position as Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard, Ruth Wisse is currently Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Tikvah Fund. Dr. Wisse’s books on literary subjects include an edition of Jacob Glatstein’s two-volume fictional memoir, The Glatstein Chronicles (2010), The Modern Jewish Canon: A Journey through Literature and Culture (2003), and A Little Love in Big Manhattan (1988). She is also the author of two political studies, If I Am Not for Myself: The Liberal Betrayal of the Jews (1992) and Jews and Power (2007). Her latest book, No Joke: Making Jewish Humor, a volume in the Tikvah-sponsored Library of Jewish Ideas, was published by Princeton University Press.

Senator Tom Cotton

Senator Tom Cotton

Tom Cotton is a United States Senator from Arkansas. Tom’s committees include the Banking Committee, where he chairs the Economic Policy Subcommittee, the Intelligence Committee, and the Armed Services Committee, where he chairs the Air Land Power Subcommittee.

Tom grew up on his family’s cattle farm in Yell County. He graduated from Dardanelle High School, Harvard, and Harvard Law School. After a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals and private law practice, Tom left the law because of the September 11th attacks. Tom served nearly five years on active duty in the United States Army as an Infantry Officer.

Tom served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne and in Afghanistan with a Provincial Reconstruction Team. Between his two combat tours, Tom served with The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Tom’s military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab.

Between the Army and the Senate, Tom worked for McKinsey & Co. and served one term in the House of Representatives.

Tom and his wife Anna have two sons, Gabriel and Daniel.

Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a Professor of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. He is also the Wayne & Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History at Hillsdale College, where he teaches courses in military history and classical culture. Among many other awards, he has been the recipient of the National Humanities Medal in 2007, and the Bradley Prize in 2008, as well as the Edmund Burke Award in 2018. Hanson is the author of hundreds of articles, book reviews, scholarly papers, and newspaper editorials on matters ranging from ancient Greek agrarian and military history to foreign affairs, domestic politics, and contemporary culture. He has written or edited twenty-four books, including, most recently, The Case for Trump.

Yaakov Katz

Yaakov Katz

Yaakov Katz is Editor-in-Chief of The Jerusalem Post. He previously served for close to a decade as the paper’s military reporter and defense analyst and is the co-author of the books Shadow Strike: Inside Israel’s Secret Mission to Eliminate Syrian Nuclear Power, The Weapon Wizards: How Israel Became a High-Tech Military Superpower and Israel vs. Iran: The Shadow War. Prior to taking up the role of Editor-in-Chief, Katz served for two years as a senior policy adviser to Israel’s Minister of Economy and Minister of Diaspora Affairs. In 2013, Katz was one of 12 international fellows to spend a year at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Originally from Chicago, Katz also has a law degree from Bar Ilan University. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and four children.

Yoram Hazony

Yoram Hazony

Yoram Hazony is an Israeli philosopher, Bible scholar and political theorist. He is President of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem, Chairman of the Edmund Burke Foundation. and the founder and former head of the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, a research institute that conducted nearly two decades of pioneering work in the fields of philosophy, political theory, Bible, Talmud, Jewish and Zionist history, Middle East Studies and archaeology. He is also the Director of the John Templeton Foundation’s project in Jewish Philosophical Theology.

Dr. Hazony researches and writes in the fields of philosophy and theology, political theory and intellectual history. His most recent book, The Virtue of Nationalism, won the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s Conservative Book of the Year Award in 2019. His previous books include The Philosophy of Hebrew ScriptureGod and Politics in Esther, and The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel’s Soul. His articles and essays have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and the New Republic, among others.

He obtained his doctorate in Political Theory at Rutgers University, and was the first editor of Princeton’s conservative undergraduate student journal. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife Yael Hazony. They have nine children.

Yuval Levin

Yuval Levin

Yuval Levin is the director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He also holds the Beth and Ravenel Curry Chair in Public Policy. The founding and current editor of National Affairs, he is also a senior editor of The New Atlantis and a contributing editor to National Review. His essays and articles have appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Commentary, and he is the author of several books on political theory and public policy—most recently A Time to Build. Mr. Levin served on the White House domestic policy staff under President George W. Bush and has also been Executive Director of the President’s Council on Bioethics and a congressional staffer. He holds a B.A. from American University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

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