Mira Awad, Producer, Muna

Mira Awad is singer, songwriter, actress, and artivista (activist through art). Born in Rameh village in the Galilee, to a Palestinian father and Bulgarian mother, Mira now lives in Tel Aviv. She is a multicultural, multidisciplinary performer who has acted in theatre productions, hosted tv shows, and starred in Arab Labor. She has released two solo albums and has collaborated with artists including Noa, Idan Raichel, Andrea Boccelli, and Bobby Mc’Ferrin. Mira has developed a unique fusion of sounds, combining  Arabic language and instrumentations with Western harmonies to create a rich tapestry of sounds.  She also writes music for theatre and film. Mira’s name has become identified with promoting dialogue and co-existence, she is a relentless peace activist, and uses her art to advocate human solidarity and empathy across cultures.

Keren Ben Horin, Speaker/Co-Creator, Mrs. G

Keren Ben-Horin is a fashion historian, curator, author, and educator. She is endlessly inspired by fashion’s ability to empower, define, and transform the self. Keren is the co-creator of the Mrs. G., which was adapted in part from her MA thesis on the topic. She co-authored the fashion history survey She’s Got Legs: A History of Hemlines and Fashion and was the editor of the book The Sweater: A History. Keren has curated several fashion exhibitions and teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She is currently enrolled in the PhD program in History at NYU. Website: kerenbenhorin.com Instagram: @kerenbenhorin

Dr. Yael Berda, Speaker, The Lost Crown

Dr. Yael Berda is currently the Gerard Weinstock visiting lecturer on sociology at Harvard University. She is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Hebrew University and teaches Sociology of Law, State Bureaucracies, Sociology of Empires and Society in Israel. She received her PhD from Princeton University; MA from Tel Aviv University and  LLB from Hebrew University faculty of Law. Berda was a practicing human rights  lawyer, representing in military, district, and Supreme court in Israel. Berda has always been highly engaged in social and political struggles in Israel, from co-founding and leading the student movement Mahapach–Taghir, to involvement in public actions for equality in education, housing, and public participation, and the struggle against privatization of prisons.

Rabbi Chaim Bruk, Protagonist, The Rabbi Goes West

Rabbi Chaim Bruk is Co-Director of Chabad Lubavitch of Montana & Spiritual Leader of The Shul of Bozeman. Together with his wife Chavie they are raising their five adopted children.

Bettina Ehrhardt, Director, Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds: The Conductor Zubin Mehta

Bettina Ehrhardt is the director of Good Throughts, Good Words, Good Deeds: The Conductor Zubin Mehta.

Amy Geller, Co-Director/Producer The Rabbi Goes West

Amy Geller is a long-time producer whose credits include: the PBS/BBC broadcast docudrama Murder at Harvard (2003), the Sundance Institute-supported narrative Stay Until Tomorrow  (2005), the four-hour PBS mini-series, The War That Made America (2006), and the documentary feature, For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism  (2009). From 2012-2014, Geller served as the Artistic Director of the Boston Jewish Film Festival, where she received a young Jewish leadership award. Her feature-length directorial debut The Guys Next Door (2016) has won jury prizes and audience awards at film festivals across the country. She currently teaches production classes at Boston University.

Tovah Feldshuh, Actress, Golda’s Balcony: The Film

Tovah Feldshuh is a six-time Emmy & Tony nominee and has been awarded three honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters. Additionally for her theatre work, she has won four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, three Drama Logues, the Helen Hayes and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Actress, the Obie, and the Theatre World Awards.  She most recently was chosen to play Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Los Angeles Premiere of Sisters in Law. She has starred in numerous Broadway productions including  Yentl, Sarava!, Lend Me a Tenor, Dreyfus in Rehersal,  and Pippin. Her Off-Broadway roles included the three queens of Henry VIII,  Tallulah Bankhead and boxing promoter Yussel “The Muscle” Jacobs. She has appeared on TV shows like The Walking Dead, Law and Order, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and in films such as Kissing Jessica Stein (BJFF 2001), A Walk on the Moon, and Just My Luck. Her one-woman show Tovah is Leona!  just closed after three sold-out engagements.You can find her fan page on Facebook, her Twitter @TovahwithaV, or follow her adventures all over the world on Instagram: @tovahfeldwww.tovahfeldshuh.com

David J. Fishelson, Producer, Golda’s Balcony: The Film

David Fishelson has been a producer for film, theatre, and television, based in New York City, since 1982. He has 4 published plays, over 60 credits off and on Broadway as a producer, and his films have been on PBS as well as at over 60 film festivals.

Barbara Wallace Grossman, Moderator, Golda’s Balcony: The Film

Barbara Wallace Grossman is a theatre historian, voice specialist, director, and author with strong interests in contemporary American musicals, Holocaust and Genocide-related theatre and film, and arts advocacy. A Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at Tufts University, Grossman also directs dramatic and musical departmental productions. She was a presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts and the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and served as Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Cultural Council from 2007 to 2019. She currently is a member of several boards including the American Repertory Theater, the ADL’s  New England Region, and MassCreative.

Ramy Katz, Director, Cause of Death

Ramy A. Katz was born in Jerusalem and graduated from the Steve Tisch School of Film & Television at Tel Aviv University.  His award winning documentary film Free Flow (2011) participated in human rights film festival around the world, Cause of Death is his second documentary.

Justin Long, Actor, Safe Spaces

Justin Long is the star of such films as He’s Just Not That Into You, Dodgeball and Live Free or Die Hard and TV series such as “The New Girl,” “Ed” and “King of the Hill.”

 

Judith Manassen Ramon, Producer, The Lost Crown

Judith Manassen Ramon is a producer of documentary films and interactive projects and the founder of Micha’s films. Judith’s films include Dolphin Boy (BJFF 2011), One Angry Vegan, and The Lost Crown. She also produced Place,  a VR documentary  journey through time to a space that no longer exists. She is currently writing her PhD thesis in Media Psychology and teaches cinema therapy.

Dani Menkin, Director, Picture of His Life

Dani Menkin is a two-times Israeli Academy Award winner. His award-winning narrative and documentary films include Picture of His Life, On the Map (BJFF 2016), Aulcie, Dolphin Boy (BJFF 2011), 39 Pounds of Love (BJFF 2005), and Is That You?.  His movies have been sold world-wide including to Disney and HBO. Menkin is an internationally renowned speaker and film juror at International Festivals around the world, as well as a film professor in universities and colleges in Israel and the U.S. He co-founded “Hey Jude Productions.” Dani currently lives with his family in Los Angeles.

Élise Otzenberg, Director, My Polish Honeymoon

Elise Otzenberger started her career acting in Classical Theatre. Her first film role was in Gerard Jugnot’s Most Promising Young Actress. She has kept alternated between roles in classical theatre and modern comedies for the stage while continuing to shoot films and TV Series, including Après Vous, Le Doux Amour des Hommes, La Jungle, Gamines, and Love and Bruises. She wrote and directed her first one woman show My Hollywood… Dear Mr Spielberg in 2006 and has since continued working as a screenwriter for TV and films. My Polish Honeymoon is her directorial debut.

Gerald Perry, Co-Director/Writer, The Rabbi Goes West

Gerald Peary is the director-writer of For the Love of Movies: American Film Criticism (2009) and Archie’s Betty (2015). He was a film studies professor at Suffolk University, is a veteran film critic for The Boston Phoenix, and acted in the 2013 feature film, Computer Chess, which premiered at Sundance. Currently, he writes reviews for The Arts Fuse and is the programmer of the Boston University Cinematheque.

Oren Rudavsky, Director, Witness Theater

Oren Rudavsky’s documentary films include Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People, Colliding Dreams,  The Ruins of Lifta, Hiding and Seeking, and A Life Apart: Hasidism in America. His feature film, The Treatment, was awarded Best Film at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival where it was awarded Best Film. Rudavsky is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and several National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts grants.

Daniel Schechter, Director, Safe Spaces

Daniel Schechter is the writer and director of Life of Crime (2014) starring Jennifer Aniston, Supporting Characters (2012) starring Lena Dunham and the Safe Spaces which stars Justin Long, Kate Berlant and Fran Drescher.

H. Alan Scott, Protagonist/Writer/ Executive Producer, Latter Day Jew

H. Alan Scott is a writer/comedian/producer whose work has been published on VICE, Fusion, Esquire, Newsweek, Nerdist, MTV, and OUT. He’s contributed to Jim Henson’s “No, You Shut Up” on Fusion, TV Land’s “Younger,” and BBC’s “Danger Mouse.” He co-hosts Out on the Lanai: The Golden Girls Podcast; and Talking Crime: A “Not So Serious” True Crime Response Podcast. He’s appeared on MTV, Fusion, CNN, ABC, “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and “Ellen.” Scott resides in LA with his cat Frasier and possesses perhaps the world’s most kickass “Golden Girls” tattoo.

Rachel Sharanksy Danziger, Speaker, From Slavery to Freedom 

Rachel Sharansky Danziger is a Jerusalem-born writer and a lover of juxtapositions. She blogs about the intersections between life, parenting, history, and text for The times of Israel, 929, Kveller, and other online venues. Having researched connections between religion, emotion, and storytelling for her MA thesis in American history, she now explores similar connections in the Bible and in real life.

Barnabas Tóth, Director, Those Who Remained

Barnabas Tóth a director of short and feature length films. His 2013 short film My Guide was viewed on Vimeo over 1.5 million times within a week making it one of the most successful short films ever made in Hungary. His latest short film, Chuchotage (2018), was shortlisted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the 91st Oscars in 2019. Those Who Remained is his second feature and is Hungary’s official entry for the 2020 Oscars.

Kelly Woyan, Executive Producer, Latter Day Jew

Kelly Woyan has nearly 20 years experience as a producer, author, freelance writer, and television personality. Currently she’s producing Imaginary Friend, an animated feature film. Kelly has experience in story development and as a production assistant, is the author of three books, wrote an award-winning blog, has appeared on national television shows including The Today Show and Martha Stewart Living and in publications such as LA Home, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Chicago Tribune.  Prior to her work in film and publishing, Kelly worked as a producer at CBS Morning News in Chicago. Kelly is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at University of Southern California.

William Novak

William Novak, Moderator, From Slavery to Freedom

William Novak is the author or co-author of some two dozen books, including the memoirs of Lee Iacocca, Tip O’Neill, Magic Johnson, Oliver North, Nancy Reagan, Tim Russert, and Natan Sharansky’s Fear No Evil.   He is the co-editor, with Moshe Waldoks, of The Big Book of Jewish Humor.   His most recent work is: Die Laughing: Killer Jokes for Newly Old Folks.