Rabbi

Rabbi Peter Berg, Atlanta

Rabbi Peter Berg is the senior rabbi of The Temple in Atlanta, Georgia. A native of Ocean Township, New Jersey, Rabbi Berg holds a degree in Education and Human Development, with a focus in human services, counseling and Judaic Studies from The George Washington University.

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He earned his M.A. in Hebrew Literature and his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and Jerusalem, where he was a Steinhardt Fellow.
In July 2008, Peter Berg became the fifth person to hold the title of senior rabbi of The Temple since 1895. Prior to coming to The Temple, he served as rabbi of Temple Beth Or in Washington Township, New Jersey and as the Associate Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, Texas. Additionally, he served Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, New York as a rabbinic intern and at Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia, as its Youth Director.
Over the years, Rabbi Berg has spent a great deal of time working with advocacy groups on issues such as separation of church and state, the death penalty, civil rights, religious freedom, welfare reform, hate crimes, and the environment. In addition to CIE, Rabbi Berg currently serves on the Board of American Jewish Committee, The Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, URJ Camp Coleman Clergy Advisory Board, The Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS), and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Rabbi Berg is on the editorial committee for the new machzor (High Holy Day Prayer Book) for the Central Conference of American Rabbis. He is a member of the Greater Atlanta Reform Clergy Association and the Atlanta Rabbinical Association.

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Marc Berman, Chicago

Partner of O'Connor Partners

Marc Berman is a Partner of O’Connor Partners in Chicago, IL. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Joffrey Ballet and is Chairman of its Audit Committee and an Ad-hoc member of its Executive

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 Committee. Marc is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Baruch College Fund of Baruch College of the City University of New York. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Counsel of Jewish Elderly.  A graduate of Baruch College with a BBA in Accounting, Mr. Berman earned his JD from the Brooklyn Law School. He was previously the President of Congregation B’nai Torah in Highland Park and a Board Member of the Jewish Federation of Chicago.

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Ted Blum, Atlanta

Lawyer

Ted Blum is the Managing Shareholder of the Atlanta Office of Greenberg Traurig and chair of the firm’s Atlanta Corporate and Securities Practice.

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As Managing Shareholder, Ted is responsible for the growth and strategic direction of the Atlanta office, which has more than 100 attorneys.  An accomplished attorney, Ted leads and advises a team with the strategic business, legal and market experience needed to manage and close complex business transactions, as well as to provide counsel on day-to-day operations.  Ted has been recognized for his legal work through listings in The Best Lawyers in America (2007-2017), Georgia Super Lawyers (2006-2017), Chambers USA (2007-2017), and Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite (2008-2013, 2015-2016).
Ted supports his community through his involvement with several organizations.  He currently serves as chairman of the Chick-fil-A Foundation’s Advisory Board supporting youth education, is on the board of trustees for Junior Achievement, is the Chair of the Task Force of the Rotary Club of Atlanta to Fight Human Trafficking and Slavery, and acts as General Counsel to the Jack & Jill Foundation.
Ted is also active in an array of Jewish Philanthropic roles and serves as General Counsel of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, as well as being active in a variety of Jewish charities.  In 2015 Ted, his wife Leah, and their family were honored at the annual celebration of The Epstein School.
A native of Champaign, Illinois, Ted graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.  He earned a law degree from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in 1992 before moving to his wife Leah’s hometown of Atlanta. Ted and Leah have three children: Josh, Abigail, and Evan.

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Diana Fiedotin, Atlanta

Jewish professional

Diana Fiedotin is the Director of Strategic Relations for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).

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Throughout her professional and voluntary career, Diana has channeled her skills toward safeguarding the welfare of Jews in distress and strengthening Jewish communities. A veteran JDC professional, she specializes in cultivating relations between JDC and North American federations and philanthropists, to secure their support for its projects throughout the world, including the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Argentina, Africa, and Israel.
Diana has traveled extensively in order to be an effective and informed advocate for people in need. Previously, as a senior executive of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, she stood at the helm of the Federation’s efforts to provide relief in the aftermath of disasters such as earthquakes in Haiti and Japan and the Carmel wildfire in Israel. Prior to her tenure at the Los Angeles Federation, Diana founded Lifeline to Argentina which, in partnership with the Los Angeles Federation, raised over $2 million for the Jewish community during the country’s economic crisis of 2001-2004.
Diana is a graduate of Brown University and served on the National Young Leadership Cabinet of United Jewish Communities (forerunner of Jewish Federations of North America).

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Jonathan Ginsberg, Atlanta

Lawyer and Website Publisher

Jonathan Ginsberg has been in private law practice in the Atlanta area since 1987, with a focus on personal bankruptcy and Social Security disability claimant representation.

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A native of Atlanta, Jonathan attended the Epstein School in Atlanta when it was first founded.  He graduated with honors from Tulane College in New Orleans and thereafter from Tulane College of Law. Jonathan has developed and published over 50 websites and blogs about his areas of law practice and he directs and produces videos for his firm’s YouTube channels.  He has published two books about Social Security disability and is a regular contributor to a variety of websites including credit.com and the Circle of Legal Trust.  Jonathan regularly teaches at live continuing legal education training and he serves on the faculty of Solo Practice University, an on-line learning portal for small firm lawyers.

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Mark Goldfeder, Atlanta

Emory Law School

Dr. Mark Goldfeder, Esq. is Special Counsel for International Affairs at the American Center for Law and Justice, Senior Lecturer at Emory University School of Law, Spruill Family Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, and Director of

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the Restoring Religious Freedom Project. He is also Editor of the Cambridge University Press Series on Law and Judaism, and has served as an adviser to the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations.
Dr. Goldfeder received his Law Degree from the NYU School of Law, and his LLM and doctorate from Emory University. He also holds two rabbinic ordinations (yoreh yoreh; Yeshiva University and Rivavot Ephraim) and two judicial ordinations (yadin yadin; Rav Gedaliah Dov Schwartz, Av Beth Din, Rabbinical Council of America and Chicago Rabbinical Council, and Rav Dovid Schochet, President, Toronto Rabbinical Council)
Goldfeder’s work focuses primarily on law and religion, international law, family law, and Israeli law, and he publishes widely in those areas. Most recently, he co-authored the newest edition of the five-volume treatise Religious Organizations and the Law (Westlaw, 2017).  A frequent speaker at national and international conferences, Goldfeder has also taught courses at Georgia State University School of Law and Florida Southern College (USA), University of Padua and Scuola Galileana (Italy), and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliyah’s Radzyner Law School (Israel).

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Josh Goldstein, Cleveland

Businessman

Josh Goldstein is a 1994 graduate of Emory University, where he wrote his honors thesis on the Camp David Peace Agreement with guidance from Dr. Ken Stein.

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In 1997, he earned his law degree from Case Western Reserve University and was a summer clerk at the Department of Justice-Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. He practiced law for four years as a litigator/city prosecutor at Taft Stettinius and Hollister in Cleveland, later joining his family’s small manufacturing business. In 2008, Josh started a bronze memorial company called Family Bronze. He has taught Israeli history to high schoolers at Temple Tifereth and Park Synagogue in Cleveland for 10 years and spends his free time researching and writing Jewish history.

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Reuven Hazan, Jerusalem

Professor of Political Science

A ninth generation Israeli, Professor Reuven Hazan is a political scientist, diplomat, political affairs commentator and chairman of the Political Science Department at The Hebrew University of

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Jerusalem.  After receiving his BA and MA at The Hebrew University and PhD at Columbia University, Professor Hazan has held academic appointments at The Hebrew University since 1995. He was a visiting Professor in the Government Department of Harvard University from 2009-2010, and a Visiting Associate Professor in Political Science at Emory University from 2003-2004. Reuven was the advisor to the Speaker of the Israeli Parliament on reforming its internal structure. He has served as a leading consultant for several political parties in Israel and works with the nation’s foremost think tanks. He has served on the Presidential Commission on the Structure of Government in Israel and as a member of the Sub-Committee on Reform was in charge of the Israeli Parliament’s Committees Reform Project (1999-2000), and has been extensively involved with the Israel Democracy Institute as project director and chief researcher. He is the author of several books and dozens of articles on democratic political institutions in general and Israeli politics in particular. Professor Hazan has given presentations at CIE summer workshops since 2003.

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Deborah Lauter, New York

Executive Non-Profit Organizations

For 30 years, Deborah served in senior positions at the Anti-Defamation League in Atlanta and New York City. From 2006 to 2017 she was Director of Civil Rights and for the Anti-Defamation League, and most recently Senior Vice President, Policy and Programs.

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Previously she served as the League’s Regional Director in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Lauter oversaw domestic policy, programs and staff in three departments: Legal Affairs, which protected civil rights through litigation, legislation and education; the Center on Extremism, which monitored hate and extremism and served as a resource for law enforcement, media and policy makers; and the Library and Research Center, which provided research and analysis on the top issues on the national ADL agenda. The national office directed policy and programs for the League’s 30 regional offices across the country.
Ms. Lauter received a B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley; and a J.D. from Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, in New York.  Prior to joining the staff of ADL she practiced corporate law in San Francisco, and served as the Community Relations Director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.
Ms. Lauter has published numerous op-eds and articles on issues at the forefront of the American Jewish community, and has appeared on national and international radio and television news programs.

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Phil Rubin, Atlanta

Founder and CEO, rDialogue

Phil is the founder and CEO of rDialogue, a leading customer loyalty and relationship marketing firm, working with a range of blue-chip companies ranging from the Fortune 50 to leading mid-market brands.

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He has 25 years of strategic marketing experience with an emphasis on customer loyalty and relationship marketing, integrated communications, partnership development, promotions and program development.  Phil has an MBA with a concentration in marketing and strategy from the A. B. Freeman School at Tulane University and a BS in Finance from LSU. Mr. Rubin is also heavily involved in non-profit leadership. He serves on the boards and/or executive committees of the Anti-Defamation League, The Weber School Jewish High School in Atlanta and the American Israel Chamber of Commerce.

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Rob Rubin, Chicago

Investment Principal

Since 1998, Rob Rubin has been the Managing Principal of the Diamond Group, an investment group that operates various companies and partnerships engaged in asset management and real

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estate investments. In addition to his business interests, Mr. Rubin is Vice-Chairman of the JNF Parsons Water Fund and a member of the Board of Governors of Aleh Negev, which supports facilities for developmentally disabled children and adults in Israel. Rob received his BA from Harvard College in 1978 and his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1986.

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Phil Schatten, New York

Philip Schatten is the Chief Executive Officer of RAI Group, an asset based lending company. His volunteer engagement with Jewish communal organizations has stretched across a life-time.

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He has served on the board of directors of UJA-Federation of New York, on the board of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and was chair of the Russian Communities Committee, and is on the executive committee of the JCC Association of North America, and past Chair of its Finance Committee. Additionally he is the past Vice President of the Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA), and the past President and Chair (serving in these positions twice) of the Board of Jewish Education of New York (Jewish Education Project). He is past President and Chair of the Westchester Day School and past President and Chair of the Edith and Carl Marks JCH of Bensonhurst, which was instrumental in the resettlement of 60,000 Russian speaking Jews in its catchment area.
Phil currently heads the micro loan Program of the Hebrew Free Loan Society of New York, which successfully has loaned over seven million dollars to Russian immigrants and Ultra-Orthodox Jews. Phil is chairing a new committee to create micro loans for Eastern European Jews, building on his success with similar micro loan programs in New York, Israel, and Argentina.
Phil received his BA in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance from Pace University. He and his wife, Cheryl Fishbein, a clinical psychologist and attorney have four children and seven grandchildren.

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David Schulman, Atlanta

David Schulman is a Shareholder at the Atlanta office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP.  His law practice encompasses a wide array of corporate services, and includes representation of publicly and privately held businesses, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and lenders in all aspects of their commercial and intellectual property transactions.

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David has wide-ranging experience in structuring and negotiating complex technology, eCommerce and telecommunications transactions, outsourcing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, private equity investments, strategic alliances, and joint ventures. David also advises clients on general business law matters, including entity formation, corporate governance, capitalization issues, equity compensation strategies, employment matters, and customer and vendor contracts.
David is active in a broad array of community roles, both in the Jewish and broader Atlanta community.  He earned his Law Degree from Emory University School of Law and his B.A. from the Honors College of the University of Arizona.

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Adam Shapiro, New Jersey

Head of School at Golda Och Academy

Adam Shapiro is presently the Associate Head of School and Upper School Principal of Golda Och Academy in West Orange, NJ.

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In June 2015, he will succeed to the position of Head of School. Before serving at the school for the past 11 years, he graduated with an MA in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.  Prior to that, Adam earned his BA in Education and Jewish Studies at Emory University while studying with Dr. Stein. While at Emory, Adam was enamored with Israel Education and it was this passion that led him to write a high school Israel curriculum for his Masters’ thesis at JTS.  What started as simply an idea in college, led Adam to creating a course at Golda Och Academy that he was able to teach and refine over the course of the past decade.  Working with students both inside and outside of the classroom and helping them to grapple with some of life’s most difficult questions and challenges is what keeps teaching so exciting and relevant each and every day.

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Scott Sperling, Virginia

Interim Rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami of Frederick

Rabbi Scott Sperling serves as the interim rabbi at Congregation Kol Ami of Frederick. He recently retired as rabbi of Beth El Congregation in Winchester, VA. He is also an adjunct faculty member of Shenandoah University, where he teaches “Introduction to Judaism” and “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible.”

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He had most recently served as Interim Executive Director of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA). From 2001-2009, he was Director of the Union for Reform Judaism’s Mid-Atlantic Council, based in Washington, DC. During the last two years in this position, he was also a congregational consultant on communications technology. He received a BA degree in Political Science from UCLA and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College in 1976. While a student at the HUC campus in Los Angeles, he matriculated from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education and in conjunction with this program, attended the Graduate School of Education at the University of Southern California.

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Henry Spil, Atlanta

Magellan Tax Consultants

Henry, a Cuban native, has over 25 years of tax experience working with businesses and individuals.

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In 2009, Henry opened his own tax practice – Magellan Tax Consultants, LLC.  During the past 14 years, Henry has been active on the Alumni Board at Emory’s Goizueta Business School, headed the Safety Committee for his civic association in Brookhaven Fields, and was a board member and treasurer of his synagogue. He is an adjunct faculty at Oglethorpe University, where he teaches Income Tax and Estate Planning courses in the Certified Financial Planner® program.  Henry serves as a subject matter expert for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, contributing to the development of examination questions for the CFP Certification Examination. Recently, he met the requirements to become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner. Mr. Spil received his Bachelor of Business Administration at Emory University. He later earned his Master of Science in Taxation from Florida International University. Henry is the CIE Treasurer.

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Dr. Kenneth W. Stein

President

Ken is the President of the Center for Israel Education (CIE) and the Director of the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel (ISMI). Since 1977, he has taught modern Middle Eastern History, Political Science, and Israel Studies.

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The establishment of ISMI in 1998 was the first permanent Institute or Center in the U.S. created for the study of modern Israel. An off-shoot of ISMI, CIE was established in 2008. Ken is the author of four books, numerous papers and scholarly articles, whose expertise focuses on the origins of modern Israel, the conflict, Palestinian history, and U.S.-Israeli relations. Two of his books, The Land Question in Palestine, 1917-1939 (1984) and Heroic Diplomacy: Sadat, Kissinger, Carter, Begin and the Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace (1999) have remained standards in their fields. He is the recipient of awards at Emory for teaching excellence, life-long mentoring of students and for internationalizing the curriculum. Ken’s initiatives are responsible for bringing to Emory College ten visiting Israeli professors. His vision and execution are responsible for more than two dozen Center-sponsored workshops for students and educators about modern Israel. Educated at Franklin and Marshall College (BA) and the University of Michigan (two MA degrees and a doctorate in Middle Eastern History), he was an advanced graduate student at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In Spring 2006, he was a visiting professor of Political Science at Brown University. He is the primary content author of materials found on the website.