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Board and Staff

The American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam was founded in the mid-1980s through the efforts of founding Directors Iva Kaufman and Sharon Burde and Board co-Presidents J. Zel Lurie and Dr. Harriet Arnone.

Honorary Council

Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski
Sara Ehrman
David Hitchcock
Khalil Jahshan
Hani Masri
Hon. Richard Murphy
Naomi Shihab Nye
Shibley Telhami
Elie Wiesel

Board of Directors & Affiliations

Executive Committee

Judith Steingieser Dubin, President
Child Development Specialist 
Santa Monica, CA

Rev. Gordon Webster, Vice President 
Brockport, NY

David Matz, Vice President
Mediator, Professor 
Boston, MA

Deborah First, Secretary 
Professor 
Chautauqua, NY

Theodore First, Treasurer
Chautauqua, NY

Adeeb Fadil, Compliance
Attorney
New York, NY  

Christina Brodie Strategic Planning & Development Committee Chair
Plymouth, MA

Board of Directors

Judith Tuller
Financial Advisor – Smith Barney
New York, NY

Susan Lurie
Israel

Gordie Fellman
Professor of Sociology
Cambridge, MA

Rima Mahmoud
Jamaica Plain, MA

Jesse Zel Lurie
Journalist; former editor in chief Of Hadassah Magazine
Delray Beach, FL

Richard Goodwin
CEO, Goodwin Enterprises
Snowmass Village, CO

Daniel Schwartz,
Los Angeles, CA

Herb Adelman,
Del Mar, CA

Michael Fadil,
Atlanta, GA


National Staff

Abir Elzowidi, Operations Manager

Sarah P. Burns, Director of Development