Virtual Presenter Backgrounds

Dr. Tal BeckerDr. Tal Becker is a diplomat, legal advisor, international law expert, and renowned author and lecturer on Israeli and Israeli affairs. Having earned his doctorate from Columbia University, Dr. Becker has served as an Israeli peace negotiator, been awarded the Rabin Peace Prize, has served as Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, Legal Adviser of Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute of New East Policy, counsel to Israel’s UN Mission in New York, and international law expert for the Israel Defense Forces.


Video – From No Home to Two Homes
Video – Controversial Legislation in the Israeli Knesset

Rafi DanzigerDr. Raphael Danziger is a professor, author, historian and noted commentator on Israeli history and Middle Eastern affairs and has become a frequent lecturer on these and related subjects. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, an M.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle, and a B.A. in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. During the 1980s, Dr. Danziger has been a foreign policy analyst at the American Jewish Congress, was Director of Research and Information during 1990-2010 at American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and from 1992 -2010 was Editor-in-Chief of the Near East Report, AIPAC’s periodic newsletter publication on the Middle East. He currently holds the position of Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the Near East Report. Dr. Danziger has previously taught modern Middle Eastern history at the University of Haifa in Israel and the University of Washington in Seattle. He was also a visiting fellow at Princeton University and a consultant on Middle Eastern affairs at the Hudson Institute.  His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times and other leading publications.
Video – Founding of the State of Israel
Video – History of Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

Ambassador (ret.) Yoram EttingerAmbassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger is an Israeli diplomat, author, lecturer and expert on U.S./Israel relations and Mideast affairs, a consultant to members of Israel’s Cabinet and Knesset, and regularly briefs U.S. legislators and their staff on topics such as the threat of a nuclear Iran, Israel’s contribution to vital U.S. interests, Palestinian issues, the root causes of international terrorism, and  other issues of mutual concern. Yoram Ettinger’s opinions have been published in Israel and in the United States, and he is a regular on Israel and U.S. television and radio news programs. A graduate of UCLA and the University of Texas at El Paso, he has served as Minister for Congressional Affairs at Israel’s Embassy in Washington, Israel’s Consul General in Houston, and Director of Israel’s Government Press Office. He is the author of the highly regarded publication “The Ettinger Report” and is the editor of numerous newsletters on issues of national security and Israel’s high-tech industries.

Video – Early Pilgrims and the Modern-Day Exodus
Webinar – Sorting out Arab Talk v. Arab Walk

Dr. Mordechai KedarDr. Mordechai Kedar is an Israeli scholar, published author, and knowledgeable lecturer regarding Arabic culture. Dr. Kedar was born 1952 in Tel Aviv to Polish-Jewish parents who had immigrated to the Palestine territory in the 1930s and considers himself a religious Zionist and conservative. Dr. Kedar is an expert in Israeli – Arab culture, having served for 25 years in IDF Military Intelligence, where he specialized in Islamic groups, Arab political discourse, and the Arabic press.


Podcast – Is There a Divide between American and Israeli Jewry?
Video – Arab Myth – Israel is Occupying Palestine

Neil LazarusNeil Lazarus is a Jewish educator and an internationally acclaimed expert in the fields of Middle Eastern and Israeli politics, public diplomacy, and effective pro-Israel advocacy. Born in London, England, he immigrated to Israel in 1988 at age 21, and obtained his the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Mr. Lazarus has served as a consultant to many organizations including the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jewish Federations, Keshet Yad Vashem, Hillel, Hadassah, Birthright Israel, and the Jewish Agency. His lectures and seminars offered though his organization, Awesome Seminars, are in widespread demand, both in person and by videoconferencing.


Video – The Middle East UnMasked
Video – Should Israel Annex the West Bank?
Video – What do Palestinians Think?

Alma Research & Education CenterAlma Research & Education Center is an Israeli education center, dedicated to researching and providing factual education on the security challenges on Israel’s northern borders.  Alma  provides an authentic, unique, and professional perspective regarding the areas along the border of Israel with Lebanon and Syria that interweaves the special diversity of societies along those borders with geography, politics, and military capabilities – all combining together to impact the ever-changing security climate in the region. Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Sarit Zehavi, Founder and CEO of the Alma Research and Education Center, served 15 years in the IDF Intelligence Corp, and is a recognized authority and impactful speaker on the security issues along the border of Israel with Lebanon and Syria.

Article – Alma’s Weekly Report
Video – On the Road along the Border

IsraAIDIsraAID is Israel’s leading humanitarian aid non-governmental organization.  It provides emergency relief and durable solutions for populations affected by natural disasters, epidemics and post conflict situations. Since its inception in 2001, IsraAID has responded to crises in more than 53 different countries, and currently has on-going programs in 16 countries. Drawing on an extensive roster of leading Israeli and international experts, the organization designs and implements high-quality, cost-effective, and innovative programming.


Video – Israel Aids Puerto Rico
Video – Israel Trains Mental Health Workers to Treat PTSD
Video – Israel Creates a Safe Space for Children in Uganda

JNFJewish National Fund (JNF) was founded in 1901 by Theodor Herzl to buy and develop land for Jewish settlement in what was then the Ottoman Empire, the strategic vision of the JNF has always been to ensure a strong, secure, and prosperous future for the land and people of Israel. Everything JNF does is integral to its vision of building and connecting to the land. JNF plants trees, builds houses and parks, sources water solutions, buys fire trucks, and improves the lives of people with special needs. It boosts tourism, supports Aliyah (return to Israel), promotes Zionist education and engagement, builds medical centers and trauma centers, funds agricultural and culinary research, and runs an American semester abroad in a high school in Israel. Each project is consistent with its strategic vision – population growth in the north and south.

Video – Heroes to Heroes
Podcast – Gender Issues in the IDF

NGO MonitorNGO Monitor was founded in 2001/2002. NGO Monitor is an Israeli–based, globally recognized research and investigative institute researching and publishing fact-based information about non-governmental organizations (NGOs), their funders and  stakeholders, engaged in delegitimization activity about Israel, and particularly  those NGOs that operate as human rights organizations,  but have direct links to well-known terrorist groups.


Webinar – Terrorists Disguised as Human Rights Activists
Webinar – How Western Indulgence of the Palestinian Dream for a Right of Return has Obstructed all Paths to Peace.

BGUBen-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) was established in 1969 by Israeli government mandate to be an engine for the development of Israel’s Negev region. BGU was inspired by the vision of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, who believed that the future of Israel lay in the Negev region, a desert area comprising more than 60% of the country but only 10% of the population. Today, BGU is a world-renowned institution of research and higher learning that has transcended the boundaries of academia to create a new model of education and research that impacts people’s lives in the Negev region, throughout Israel, and around the world. BGU is a leader in multidisciplinary pandemic research, self-sterilizing facemasks, medical drones for delivering medications and supplies, and telemedicine research.

Webinar – How Effective is Medical Cannabis?

HUThe Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) was founded in 1918, with first Board of Governors including Albert Einstein, Martin Buber, Sigmund Freud, Chaim Nahman Bialik and Chaim Weizmann. HU is internationally recognized as a premier university and a prolific research institution. It has been recognized for its advanced knowledge and pioneer break­throughs in numerous fields benefiting humani­ty. HU researchers have developed new agricultural methods designed to help feed a growing global population, built solutions that are revolutionizing the automotive (e.g., Mobileye), security, and tech industries, and pioneered medical advances focused on treating, preventing, and eradicating disease. HU and Cleveland Clinic are partners in the virtual Center for Transformative Nanomedicine.

Video – Global Climate Change: From the Past to the Future
Webinar – COVID–19 Math – Why Social Distancing Matters, And It is Not a Quick Fix

StandWithUsStandWithUs (SWU), founded in 2001, is a non-profit, pro-Israel organization, headquartered in Los Angeles, with chapters throughout the United States, Canada, the UK, and in Israel. It specializes in educating and empowering students and communities to advocate the benefits of Israel and counter misinformation about Israel or its supporters. It employs leadership training and educational programs on hundreds of college campuses, high schools, and middle schools. SWU informs through social media, print and digital materials, films, weekly newsletters, and missions to Israel.


Video – Why a Compromise Israeli Unity Government
Video – Grill the Experts

TechnionThe Technion Israel Institute of Technology (The Technion), originally established during the Ottoman Empire, and opened for teaching more than 35 years before the founding of the State of Israel, is Israel’s oldest university. In its early years, its graduates built the infrastructure of roadways, bridges and waterways for Israel before the country even existed.  After the War for Independence, Technion continued in its leadership role in science and the technologies, advancing the country to the point where Israel’s reputation made it the Start Up or Innovation Nation. Technion is a recognized world leader in quantum engineering, stem cell research, regenerative medicine, water research and management, and smart drug delivery systems. Technion graduates have led the way in such noted achievements as Iron Dome, the PillCam, and drip irrigation, in addition to being major designers of the chips Intel and other major companies produce for our computers and cell phones. The Technion’s international reputation is evidenced by its worldwide characterization as being “The MIT of Israel”.

Webinar – The Israel Advantage in Conquering Covid–19
Video – From Race Cars to Lifesaving Lung Therapy