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The Possibility of Peace

“We will never abandon our efforts to achieve peace and reconciliation with our neighbors.” —Ehud Olmert

Ehud Olmert

Former Prime Minister of Israel “Ehud Olmert was the 12th Israeli to serve as Prime Minister and probably the best politician of them all.” —TIME Magazine

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Ehud Olmert

Former Prime Minister of Israel One of the most influential leaders in Israel’s history, Ehud Olmert became Prime Minister with a courageous vision: achieving prosperity through peace. Born in 1945, Olmert began his career in public service at only 28 years old, serving seven consecutive terms in the state legislature as a member of the Foreign Affairs, Defense, Finance and Education Committees, and as Minister of Health. Even before his first public election, Olmert had earned three degrees in philosophy, psychology and law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; served with the Israel Defense Forces as a journalist and military correspondent; and was at the helm of a successful law partnership in Jerusalem. Olmert rose to international prominence when he was elected Mayor of Jerusalem in 1993. During his decade as Mayor, Olmert established the most advanced transportation infrastructure in the country, reformed the education system with hundreds of school improvements, expanded small neighborhoods into hi-tech industrial centers and established a historic budget surplus for Jerusalem’s growing economy. Olmert’s improvements changed the face of the city, but Jerusalem was constantly confronted with violent terrorism which resulted in hundreds of civilian casualties. As Mayor, he made an uncompromising decision: Olmert personally visited the home of every family in Jerusalem who lost a loved one to terrorist attacks. He also made historic advances in the city’s emergency response system, setting a new standard for safety in the region. After achieving unparalleled success in the legislature and as Mayor, Olmert was appointed by Prime Minister Sharon to serve in his cabinet as Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor. Olmert founded historic free trade agreements that bolstered Israel’s economy, resulting in a tremendous increase in exports, employment and trade routes throughout the country. For the first time in history, the scope of Israel’s exports exceeded imports; and under Olmert’s economic and financial leadership, Israel experienced unprecedented growth and regional trade expansion. In 2006, Olmert was designated Acting Prime Minister as a result of the serious stroke suffered by Prime Minister Sharon. In the historic election that followed, Olmert was elected the 12th Prime Minister of Israel, resolving to advance the focus on peace, prosperity and international diplomacy. Under Olmert’s leadership, Israel reduced casualties from terror attacks to the lowest in decades. With more families employed than ever before, Israel’s economic growth exploded even when compared with some Western nations, and his time in office left Israel with a record budget surplus. As Prime Minister, Olmert forged intimate relationships with prominent world leaders George W. Bush, Gordon Brown, Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel among others, which unified the global community with a shared vision for peace in the middle east. At the podium, Olmert offers an in-depth analysis of the world’s most difficult and complex issues, including international security, urban infrastructure, universal health care and education reform. Read more at

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Beyond Tolerance:

Mayor Cory Booker & Rabbi Shmuley Boteach More than 15 years ago, a Rabbi and a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University began a conversation that would one day inspire the values of communities worldwide. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach first garnered world recognition through his founding of the Oxford L’Chaim Society, an organization of students that, within three years of its founding, had become the second largest student organization in Oxford’s history. As a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Cory Booker attended a L’Chaim Society meeting and was seated next to the 24-year old Chabad rabbi, Shmuley Boteach. Unlikely companions, the young Baptist from New Jersey and Oxford’s rabbi of more than a decade Rabbi Shmuley Mayor Cory discovered a deeply shared belief in the power of Booker Boteach diversity and tolerance to influence meaningful change. Mayor of Newark, NJ “America’s Rabbi” Their collaboration and close friendship at Oxford, which was reported on by the world’s media, was a powerful example of the tremendous possibilities that result when people not only embrace racial, ethnic and religious tolerance, but go beyond tolerance to find mutual enrichment. Booker and Shmuley’s close friendship evolved and continues to influence change among individuals, families and entire communities. Booker took the oath of office as Mayor of New Jersey’s largest city on July 1, 2006 following a sweeping electoral victory. Under his leadership, Newark has experienced radical transformations with a 40% reduction in violence and unprecedented development of urban infrastructure. Rabbi Shmuley has been called by Newsweek magazine ‘a cultural phenomenon and the most famous Rabbi in America’ and is regularly chosen as one of the most influential Rabbis in the world. An international best-selling author of more than 20 books, Rabbi Shmuley is also the host of TLC’s award-winning relationship repair show, Shalom in the Home.’ At the podium, the two close friends, both mesmerizing speakers, bring their passion for social change to audiences, sharing stories informed by individual and shared experiences. Together they demonstrate the need for communities to embrace social values that extend beyond simple tolerance, encouraging a lifetime of enrichment through difference. Both internationally admired academic scholars, the Mayor and the Rabbi ardently discuss the state of democracy and government’s role in establishing stronger cultural and family values.

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Global Perspectives, Family Affairs: Campbell Brown & Dan Senor

Together the husband-and-wife team speak about global affairs in the unique dual view of media reporter and government policy-maker. Brown and Senor combine to share more than two decades of experience in politics, government and the press, leading to a spirited discussion. Dan Senor and Campbell Brown met in Baghdad shortly after the start of the Iraqi War—with Senor serving as the Bush Administration’s Chief Spokesman in Baghdad, and Brown in her role as correspondent for NBC’s Today: Weekend Edition and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Campbell Brown is one of the most respected and recognizable faces in American news. She won an Campbell Brown Emmy for her reporting during Hurricane Katrina; Dan Senor Award-winning Journalist was on the trail during two presidential elections; Foreign Policy Expert & CNN Anchor and has made numerous trips to Iraq to report on the Iraqi elections, abuses at Abu Graib prison and the trial of Saddam Hussein. From 2008-2010 she was the host of CNN’s Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull. Prior to joining CNN, Brown was with NBC News for 11 years. In addition to her work in the news, Brown shares with audiences her heart-warming and often hilarious story of attempting to raise two children in a traditional Jewish family while trying to “have it all” professionally; her struggle to understand her mother-in-law and how they developed a true bond when Brown discovered the secrets of a childhood spent on the run from the Nazis Dan Senor was the Chief Spokesperson for the U.S.-led Coalition in Iraq, and a Senior Advisor to Presidential Envoy L. Paul Bremer III, the Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority. Senor rode into Baghdad on the first convoy of civilians into Iraq from Kuwait, less than two weeks after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime. Working closely with the military under often less-than-ideal conditions, Senor advised the Bush Administration, the Blair Government in the U.K. and Ambassador Bremer on a variety of Iraqi strategic, policy and communication issues and was the civilian face of the Coalition Authority to Americans, Europeans, Iraqis and the world.

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How the Global Economy and Cyberterrorism Affects Foreign Relations James Steinberg “An invaluable friend and colleague — a calm head during crises, a voice of reason and experience during policy debates, and always a consistent advocate for the women and men of the State Department and USAID” -Secretary of State Hillary Clinton James B. Steinberg served as the Deputy Secretary of State at the U.S. Department of State, functioning as the “go to” person in the Obama administration on all matters of diplomacy and foreign relations. He was a principal actor in East Asia policy, including extensive high level interaction with leaders in China, Japan and Korea, and has written and spoken extensively on these issues including to the Council on Foreign Relations. At the podium, Steinberg thoroughly engages audiences with his profound insight into East Asia policy. He examines the impact that broad changes in the global landscape have on business and the economy at home. Additionally he discusses new and innovative strategies for global governance, national security and public policy brought about by globalization and emerging technologies. He addresses the need for a James Steinberg partnership between the public and private sectors to tackle the complex Former Deputy Secretary of public policy issues created by the Internet, including the appropriate limits State & Foreign Policy Expert of regulation, privacy and cyber security. His views on the wired world and its effect on national security, foreign policy and public interest are invaluable to everyone living in the information age. Currently, Steinberg is the Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Prior to his work for the Obama administration, he was dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs from January 2006 to January 2009. Before joining the School, he was the vice president and director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. (2001-2005), where he supervised a wide-ranging research program on U.S. foreign policy. In addition Steinberg was a member of the Commission on National Security in the Information Age and a contributing writer to Protecting the Homeland, a book by a team of Brookings scholars that offered a four-tier plan to defend the U.S. from terrorist attacks. Previously, Steinberg was Senior Advisor to the Markle Foundation, a non-profit organization seeking to realize the full potential of communications media and information technology to improve people’s lives. Steinberg held several senior positions in the Clinton Administration, including Deputy National Security Advisor to the President. His responsibilities covered the full range of issues in international economics and national security, including U.S.-Japan relations, U.S.-European political, economic and security issues, and the Middle East. He was one of the key architects of President Clinton’s policy toward China.

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Ethical & Social Responsibility Challenging Today’s Social Norms Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield

David Grossman

Founders of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are the men behind one of the most talkedabout and least conventional success stories in American business. Founders of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., they built a store-front venture into a $300 million ice cream empire by harnessing the power of social responsibility and creative management. With their best-selling Ben & Jerry’s Double-Dip: How to Run a Values Led Business and Make Money Too, they created a nuts-and-bolts guidebook to the promise and pitfalls of “values-led” business, as well as an inspiring wake-up call about the growing international influence of the “socially conscious” or “mission driven” corporation Read more at

Carl Bernstein

Born in Jerusalem in 1954, David Grossman is a leading Israeli writer of his generation and his work has been translated into more than 30 languages. Considered one of Israel’s most perceptive writers, at the podium Grossman’s powerful prose comes to life in this rare and extraordinary experience. Expressing the courage, pain and occasionally brutal truth of Israeli reality with strength and honesty, Grossman’s words will change the way audiences view the world, and perhaps even themselves, proving to be an experience audiences will never forget. Read More at

Lee Hirsch

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist and Political Analyst In the early 1970s, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post and set the standard for modern investigative reporting, for which they and The Post were awarded the Pulitzer Prize. At the podium, Bernstein engages audiences through his passion, humor and wit as he draws analogies between Watergate and the major political issues affecting America today. He discusses the weaknesses in our political system, the strength of the media and identifies why the political system is failing. Read more at

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Internationally Acclaimed Best-Selling Author

Award-Winning Director of Bully As filmmaker Lee Hirsch sees it, America is at a tipping point. Hirsch, a former victim of bullying himself, spent a year following five students and families trying to understand how bullying is handled within the schools. The result is, Bully, a stark portrait of what bullying looks like from the perspective of the victims. At the podium Hirsch tackles the issue of bullying and how it affects students, their families, the schools and society at large. He engages audiences in “The Bully Project,” a social action campaign to end bullying that started as a result of the film. The program highlights solutions that both address immediate needs and lead to systemic change. Read more at 212.645.4200

Perspectives for a Challenging World Leaders on the Global & National Stage

Z a c h a r y Karabell

Bob Simon 60 Minutes & Veteran Foreign Correspondent

A veteran foreign correspondent, Simon was based in Saigon, London and TelAviv for most of his career prior to joining 60 Minutes in 1996. He brings his unique Middle East and Israeli expertise to the podium to help audiences get a better understanding of the real situation there. Using humorous anecdotes, authentic perspective and charming wit, Simon connects with his audiences to explain the issues and how they will affect them in laymen terms. Simon’s extensive foreign coverage has earned him scores of major awards including 24 Emmys. Read more at

Economic Analyst, Political Historian & Award Winning Author

With a prolific, award winning writing career, an illustrious background on Wall Street and a Ph.D. from Harvard, Karabell brings a unique perspective to the discussion of globalization, the domestic and world economy, the greening of business and the shape of things to come. At the podium, Karabell goes beyond data points to explore the complex and multifaceted shifts in our world economy. Known for his humorous anecdotes, uplifting perspective and hyperactive wit, Karabell transforms complex issues with simplicity and a signature intellectual charm Read more at www.greatertalent. com/ZacharyKarabell

Jonathan Alter

Lesley Stahl

Legendary Broadcast Journalist and Co-Editor of 60 Minutes

Newsweek Senior Editor & NBC News Correspondent Newsweek columnist and best-selling historian Jonathan Alter takes audiences through the key national and global events in each decade since Israel’s founding, offering essential context for appreciating where the nation has been—and where the nation hopes to go. Frequently interviewing a slew of world leaders, he has gained a wealth of knowledge on domestic and international affairs. Alter moves at high speed through Israeli history, with the wit and insight that delights audiences. Read more at

Lesley Stahl is a 21-year veteran host of CBS’ 60 Minutes and former CBS White House correspondent during the Carter, Reagan and George H.W. Bush presidencies. Stahl has covered a range of major stories since joining CBS News in 1972 from Watergate through the first Gulf War. At the podium, Stahl discusses her professional and personal life as one of the first female television reporters and offers her insights on the major news stories she covered, including Watergate, the Iranian hostage crisis, and Iran-Contra. Read more at LesleyStahl

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Inspiring Strong Communities Looking Ahead with a Positive Attitude Wendy Mogel

Clinical Psychologist, Parenting Expert & Author Mogel helps parents learn how to turn their children’s worst traits into their greatest attributes. Starting with stories of everyday parenting problems and examining them through the lens of the Torah, the Talmud, and other important Jewish teachings, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee shows parents how to teach children to honor their parents and to respect others, escape the danger of overvaluing children’s need for self-expression so that their kids don’t become “little attorneys,” and treasure the power and holiness of the present moment. Read more at WendyMogel

Saul Singer

Best-Selling Author of Start Up Nation Saul Singer is the co-author, with Dan Senor, of the bestselling book Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle and a former Editorial Page Editor and columnist at the Jerusalem Post. At the podium, Singer shares his deep breadth of knowledge on the ever-changing globalpolitical situation. A seasoned speaker, Singer shares with audiences a fascinating look into the phenomena that is the entrepreneurshipdriven Israeli economy. Providing crucial insights for any company looking to thrive in the economic hardships of today, Singer delivers a truly informative and decisive program that no CEO or company will want to miss. Read more at SaulSinger

Jeffrey Toobin

Kati Marton

CNN Senior Analyst & Best-Selling Author A high-profile senior analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin is one of the country’s most esteemed experts on politics, media and the law. With clarity, insight, humor and a deep understanding of the law, Toobin deconstructs the events, the players and the often-Byzantine intricacies of our judicial system, ending up with a remarkable account of one of the most significant periods in our nation’s history. At the podium, Toobin is an unbiased, deeply analytic expert on all matters of American law, politics and procedure. Read more at JeffreyToobin

Journalist & Acclaimed Humanitarian Kati Marton has successfully combined a career as a reporter and writer with human rights advocacy. Drawing compassion from her journalistic experiences in many of the political hotbeds of the globe, Marton is actively involved in humanitarian causes and was Chief of Outreach at the United Nations, where she was the primary advocate for children in war zones for the Secretary General of the U.N. Marton’s latest book, The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World, describes the journey and experiences of nine extraordinary Jewish men from Budapest to the New World—and how they changed the world. Read more at

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Icons of Optimism

Entertainment Legends with Motivational Messages Henry Winkler

Marlee Matlin

Actor, Author, Director & Producer Winkler’s portrayal of “The Fonz” for 10 seasons (197484) made him one of the most recognized actors in the world. Decades after Happy Days, Winkler continues to thrive as an actor, director, producer and best-selling author. As Winkler became increasingly visible, he found that he could use his position to help others, particularly children. His lifetime struggle with undiagnosed dyslexia—and being told he was both “lazy and stupid” as a child—inspired him to write a series of best-selling children’s novels entitled, Hank Zipzer: The World`s Most Amazing Under-Achiever. The son of parents who narrowly escaped Nazi Germany before World War II, Winkler shares his perspective on the importance of Jewish family values. Read more at www.

Academy Award Winning Actress, Author & Activist

At 21, Marlee Matlin became the youngest actress to win the Best Actress Oscar for her debut role in Children of a Lesser God. Star of numerous films and television series, such as The West Wing and The L Word, she advocates on behalf of all children and was instrumental in getting Closed Captioning legislation passed in Congress. She embodies the daring of the human spirit to strive for greatness move beyond limitations. Matlin shares personal anecdotes about her Jewish upbringing and the role her faith has played on her path to outstanding success as an actress, author, activist and mother of four. Read more at

Susie Essman Acclaimed Stand-Up Comedian, Actress, Writer and Producer

Susie Essman has played the sassy Susie Greene for all eight seasons of the critically acclaimed HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm. Her hilarious bouts of withering sarcasm and uninhibited insults have become her character’s trademark, and her streetwise vernacular is perfectly suited for her life in Manhattan, where she has been a veteran of the world of stand-up comedy for 25 years. At the podium, Essman shares with audiences the story of her tough road to comedy stardom, both as a woman breaking barriers in a male dominated industry; and having that same career pull her out of a debilitating and suicidal depression. Read more at www.

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Mia Farrow

Acclaimed Actress & Humanitarian Activist Mia Farrow is one of Hollywood’s most extraordinary women, having commited her life to raising awareness. Her latest humanitarian effort brings attention to the largely ignored genocide occurring in Darfur, Chad and Central African Republic. Believing strongly that with knowledge comes responsibility, Farrow shares photographs from her trips, bearing witness to the desperation of the people who live there in “the very crucible of human suffering.” Connecting to the humanity in all of us, she reminds us of our moral responsibility to ensure that “never again” are not just words. Read more at


Uplifting Perspectives

Humorous Viewpoints to Look Forward To Jennifer Weiner

Alan Zweibel

Best-Selling Author of In Her Shoes & Certain Girls

Renowned Writer of Saturday Night Live & Curb Your Enthusiasm

Those familiar with Weiner’s plotlines can understand her humility. Her characters have all been, not unlike herself, Jewish women with body image issues and flawed love lives. She describes them as outsiders looking in. “I know what it’s like to be a Jewish girl growing up in America. My characters are…trying to find their place in the world and being Jewish encompasses that…a history of persecution and making sense of the world you are never going to fit into perfectly.” Read more at JenniferWeiner

A five-time Emmy Award winner, Alan Zweibel’s illustrious career began writing and creating characters for legendary comedians on Saturday Night Live. Zweibel takes audiences along on his incredible journey from the days of selling jokes for seven dollars a piece to working on Broadway. In a kind of Hollywood history lesson, Zweibel takes audiences through his constant fight with censors and makes sure to recount how he got through his notso-funny moments. With great warmth, Zweibel shares hilarious anecdotes that will leave audiences beyond entertained. Read more at

Peter Sagal

Michael Uslan

Host of NPR’s Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me! As the host of NPR’s Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me! Peter Sagal is heard by more than 3 million people every week, broadcast on 450 public radio stations nationwide and via a popular podcast. The show celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2008 and received the prestigious Peabody Award. At the podium, Sagal takes audiences behind the scenes of Wait, Wait... to explore the shows beginnings, some of its more memorable moments and a look at today’s news stories. Whether providing insightful, colorful commentary on current events or a behind-the-scenes peek at the funniest show on radio, Sagal never fails to inform and entertain. Read more at

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Executive Producer of all Modern Day Batman Movies Michael Uslan is best known as the originator and Executive Producer of the Batman movie series, starting with Tim Burton’s 1989 film, and continuing to 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. Also a renowned comic book historian, Uslan addresses the founders of the comic book industry and how, not coincidentally, the majority of them are Jewish immigrants or first generation American Jews. Uslan also reveals the connection of the super-heroes created by these men and women to Jewish lore and traditions, and just how similar Superman and Moses really are. Read more at www.


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