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Jeannie Opdyke Smith

Daughter of Polish Rescuer, Irene Gut Opdyke (Broadway play: Irena's Vow- soon to be a movie) Jeannie Smith tells an incredible story of how "One person can make a difference."

Yisrael Campbell

Yisrael Campbell is just your average Irish, Italian, Catholic, Reform, Conservative, Unorthodox, Orthodox Jew, who was born to be funny. Audiences love him.

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Bennett Muraskin

Author of four books on Jewish folklore, biography, Yiddish literature and Jews in the American labor movement. Columnist and contributor to Jewish magazines. NJ/NY based

Dara Barnat

A poet, scholar, and educator, Dara Barnat, Ph.D. lectures widely on poetry and creative writing, and currently teaches at Tel Aviv University

Dorit Sasson

Award-winning author and inspirational speaker, Dorit Sasson uses her story of struggling with Reverse Culture Shock/leaving Israel as a catalyst for finding a home in Pittsburgh. 

Michael Margaretten Cohen

Early leader Jewish environmental movement: founding faculty, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies: Conflict Resolution faculty, Bennington College: author, Einstein's Rabbi.

Robbie Gringras

World-renowned solo theater performer, inspirational speaker, charismatic teacher, and one of the most creative voices calling for honest complex relations between Jews and Israel.

Roie Galitz

A world renowned wildlife photographer, capturing endangered animals around the world for the BBC, Nat Geo and more and raising awareness as a Greenpeace ambassador worldwide.

Sonia Levitin

Sonia Levitin is the author of dozens of famous Jewish children's books, and recipient of many awards, including the Sydney Taylor Award. She is also an artist and playwright.

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Jeff Klepper

Cantor/composer Jeff Klepper is a key figure in American Jewish music. One-half of the duo Kol B'Seder, his songs, such as "Shalom Rav," are known throughout the Jewish world.

Jeffrey Shoulson

Jeffrey Shoulson is Doris and Simon Konover Chair of Judaic Studies, Professor of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, and Professor of English at the University of Connecticut

Jessica Steinberg

Jessica Steinberg is the culture and lifestyles editor at the Times of Israel, covering the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center, and writes children's books.

Josh Shron

For 20+ years, Josh has hosted "Israel Hour Radio". He's obsessed with Israeli music, and wants to share his passion with Jewish communities worldwide.

Joshua Halickman

Sports Rabbi Josh Halickman connects Israel, Sports and Judaism delving into its past, present and enticing future weaving stories of the stars and HOW THEY IMPACT YOU!

Laura Ben-David

Laura Ben-David is an award-winning photographer whose love of Israel and adventure fuels her photos - and her talks. Author, bridge-builder, settler, lover of life.

Rachel Kann

"You Sparkle Inside" author Rachel Kann uplifts audiences and congregations from TEDx to NY's Town & Village Shul to Mishkon Tephilo in Santa Monica where she is Poet-In-Residence.