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

  • David Hitchcock 
  • Khalil Jahshan 
  • Hani Masri 
  • Hon. Richard Murphy
  • Naomi Shihab Nye 
  • Shibley Telhami 

Board of Directors & Affiliations

Executive Committee 

Rev. Gordon Webster, President
Brockport, NY

Joan C Waller, Co President 
Woodland Hills, CA

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

Deborah First, Secretary
Strategic Planning & Development Committee Chair 
Professor 
Chautauqua, NY

Herb Adelman, Treasurer
Del Mar, CA

Board of Directors

Gordie Fellman , Professor of Sociology
Cambridge, MA

Richard Goodwin, Snowmass Village, CO

Robert Green, Kinderhook, NY

Rima Mahmoud , Jamaica Plain, MA

Barbara Ridberg, Rockville, MD 

Judith Tuller, New York, NY 

Susan Lurie Zaslavsky, Israel