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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.

Note: If a Board Member is deceased, the symbol (*) follows the name.

Honorary Council

Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski
Sara Ehrman
David Hitchcock
Khalil Jahshan
Hani Masri
Hon. Richard Murphy
Hon. Samuel W. Lewis *
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 FirstSecretary
Strategic Planning & Development Committee Chair 
Professor 
Chautauqua, NY

Theodore First, Treasurer
Chautauqua, NY

Joan C Waller,
Woodland Hills, CA

Board of Directors

Judith Tuller
Financial Advisor – Smith Barney
New York, NY

Susan Lurie Zaslavsky
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

Herb Adelman, 
Del Mar, CA

Vanessa  Karam 
Lakewood, CA  

Barbara Ridberg
Rockville, MD

National Staff

Scott Brockman, Executive Director

Abir Elzowidi, Associate Executive Director