Joe Lieberman is a former United States Senator from Connecticut. A former member of the Democratic Party, he was the party’s nominee for Vice President in the 2000 election.
Born in Stamford, Connecticut, Lieberman is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School. He was elected as a “reform Democrat” in 1970 to the Connecticut Senate, where he served three terms as Majority Leader. After an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980, he served as state Attorney General from 1983 to 1989.
Lieberman was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in the 2000 United States presidential election, running with presidential nominee Al Gore, becoming the first Jewish candidate on a major American political party presidential ticket.
He was the first observant Jew to run on a major party Presidential ticket. Lieberman is the author of seven books including: “An Amazing Adventure” (2003), reflecting on his 2000 vice presidential run; “The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath” (2011) and “Ticking Time Bomb: Counter-Terrorism Lessons from the U.S. Government’s Failure to Prevent the Fort Hood Attack” (2011)
Currently Mr. Lieberman is an Attorney at the Manhattan law office of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP.
Dr. Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College. Dr. Gordis was the founding dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism, the first rabbinical college on the West Coast of the United States.
Gordis’ writing has appeared in magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, The New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, Azure,Commentary Magazine and Foreign Affairs, and his books have received numerous awards. He won the National Jewish Book Award for Saving Israel, and bothBecoming a Jewish Parent and his book (co-authored with Dr. David Ellenson of the Hebrew Union College),Pledges of Jewish Allegiance: Conversion, Law, and Policy-Making in 19th and 20th Century Orthodox Responsa (published by Stanford University Press in 2012) were Finalists for the National Jewish Book Award. The Promise of Israel: Why Its Seemingly Greatest Weakness is Actually Its Greatest Strength, was named by Jewish Ideas Daily as one of the “best Jewish books of 2012.” Commentary Magazine has called Gordis’ most recent book, Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel’s Soul “the gold standard in Begin studies.”
During the Gaza War of 2014, Bloomberg Views asked him to become a columnist explaining Israelis’ views of the conflict to the world at large. Professor Alan Dershowitz has called Gordis “one of Israel’s most thoughtful observers.” The Forward has called him “one of the most respected Israel analysts around.” In 2014, the Jerusalem Post listed him as one of the world’s 50 most influential Jews, while Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic has written, “If you asked me, ‘of all the people you know, who cares the most about the physical, moral and spiritual health of Israel?’ I would put the commentator and scholar Daniel Gordis at the top of the list.” Leonard Fein has written that Gordis is “perhaps the single most popular speaker on Israel to American Jewish audiences.”
Born and raised in Israel, studied at Nishmat, Matan, Midreshet Lindenbaum & Bar Ilan University.
Teaches Talmud & Halakha at Nishmat & Matan, works as a Yoetzet Halacha on the Nishmat Halachic hotline for ten years, Director of Matan’s advanced halakha program.
Mother of seven. Resides with her family in Nof Ayalon.
Prof. Aumann was born in Frankfurtam-Main, Germany, and emigrated as a child to New York. He received his bachelor’s degree from City College of New York, and a PhD in mathematics from MIT. He has taught in the mathematics department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since 1956. In 1990, he was among the founders of the Center for Rationality at the Hebrew University, an interdisciplinary research center for Game Theory. Aumann is the author of well over eighty research papers and six books, and has held visiting positions at Princeton, Yale, Berkeley, Louvain, Stanford, Stony Brook, and NYU. In 2005 he was awarded the Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work in Game Theory.
Six and a half years after founding Noah’s New York Bagels, he sold the business for $100 million. At that time, it was the largest kosher retailer in the United States. He is also the founder of six other ventures, including the grocery store company, Bread & Circus, once the Northeast’s largest natural foods chain and now part of Whole Foods Market.
Noah authored the book, “Business Mensch” sold through Amazon.
In this book, he weaves together Jewish ethical teachings and over 35 years of business and non-profit management experience to advance the idea of being a Mensch in business.
Noah has been a guest speaker at Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley; Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University; University of Wisconsin School of Business; as well as many national and local business and community groups.
Tova Ben-Dov is the incumbent President of the Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO), the largest women’s Zionist organization in the world. She was elected to succeed Helena Glaser in 2012. She is also Vice President of the World Jewish Congress, a board member of the Jewish Agency for Israel and a board member of the International Alliance of Women. She was formerly Chair of Public Relations; Chair of the Assets, Buildings and Development; Vice Chair of Fund Raising and Treasurer of World WIZO, Vice Chair of the Executive and Chair of the Executive of World WIZO.
She was born in Tel Aviv, studied at the Lewinsky College for Education and served in the army as a teacher, before she studied political science at Tel Aviv University.
See her entry on her Facebook Page about the Be A Mensch Hebrew Book Launch:
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Tal Brody is Israel’s first modern-day sports hero. A University of Illinois All America in 1965, Brody joined the Maccabi-Tel Aviv team after leading his United States team to a gold medal in the 1965 Maccabiah Games.
In 1967, the New Jersey-born basketball star was named Israel’s Sportsman of the Year
Brody played two seasons for Maccabi Tel-Aviv team taking the team in his first year to the finals of the Cup of Cups of Europe.
In 1968, Brody was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served primarily on the All-Army and All-Armed Forces basketball teams.
He was selected to play for the USA team in the 1970 World Championships in Belgrade before making “Aliyah” to Israel upon finishing his US Army service.
In what was then the State of Israel’s greatest international sporting achievement, Brody led his 1977 Maccabi team to the European Cup Championship. In Israel’s quest for the title, competition on the court occasionally needed to surmount political intrigue. At the height of the Cold War and a Soviet boycott of Israel, the Middle East champions were matched against ZSKA Moscow (the Red Army team), champions of the Soviet Union and winners of the four previous European Cups. The Soviets refused to play their semifinal match versus Maccabi in Tel Aviv and would not allow the Israelis to come to Moscow. Virton, Belgium, was selected as a neutral site, but the location did not help the Bolsheviks. Brody’s Maccabi team triumphed 91-79. Excitement broke out after the game in Virton and all over Israel as Brody declared on National TV, :We are on the Map, and we are staying on the Map, not only in Sports, but in everything.”
The championship contest against Italy’s Mobil Girgi was held in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, also a communist country at the time. The El Al plane that delivered Maccabi-Tel Aviv to the event was the first Israeli plane permitted to land in the country. “The little team that could” won the tournament of 23 national champion teams by defeating Italy’s best 78-77, to capture the European title.
During his playing career, Brody’s Maccabi-Tel Aviv teams won 10 Israeli championships and 6 Israeli State Cups.
At the University of Illinois, the 6’2″ guard won All American & All Academic honors in 1965. That year, he was the thirteenth NBA Draft pick overall and number 2 selection of the Baltimore Bullets , but opted to return to Illinois for his Master’s Degree and return to Israel to take up the challenge presented to him by Maccabi Tel-Aviv during the 7th Maccabiah Games, to take the Israeli Basketball & sport to another level.
In 1979, Brody was awarded the Israel Prize, the country’s highest civilian honor and today serves the State of Israel as the country’s first Ambassador of Goodwill.
Video of Tal Brody:
Founder/CEO of Life Vest Inside
Director of Kindness Boomerang
Orly Wahba is an educator, entrepreneur, and community activist passionate about inspiring and motivating people to make the world a kinder place. In 2011, Orly founded Life Vest Inside, a non-profit organization with a mission to empower and unite the world with kindness. Through Life Vest Inside, Orly encourages people to embrace the incredible power of giving and recognize that in times of hardship, kindness, like a life vest, keeps the world afloat. LVI sets out to affect global change through inspirational media, technology, on the ground social engagement and education.
LVI gained international acclaim when Orly’s award-winning film Kindness Boomerang went viral, receiving over 30 million views and counting and eventually landing her a spot to speak at TED2013 on the magic of kindness.
Orly began her career in Kindness as a Middle School educator at the Yeshivah of Flatbush in Brooklyn, NY, teaching the children to embrace unity, build their self-esteem, and use the power they have to influence the world for good. As her kindness community grows by the thousands, more people are experiencing the addictiveness in the giving of kindness.