Featured Presenters

Maurice N. Eisendrath Bearer of Light Award

The Tri-Faith Initiative is a unique and ambitious project in the field of interfaith relations in design, scale, and scope. It brings together into permanent residency a synagogue, church, mosque, and interfaith center on one 38-acre campus in the middle of America’s heartland.


By its very model it challenges people of faith and goodwill to be conscious and proactive about the assets of faith in civil life in a religiously pluralistic society. The Tri-Faith Initiative aims to create a more inclusive culture in which religious pluralism is socially normative.

Alexander M. Schindler Award for Service to World Jewry

Over the past eight years, Julie Fisher has taken a personal interest in the conversation about the safety, care, and education of the children of African asylum seekers in South Tel Aviv and has worked with NGOs and other partners to improve conditions in schools and childcare facilities through fundraisers and hands-on repair projects. In 2018, she created the Consortium for Israel and the Asylum Seekers in order to bring attention to the issue of supporting the African asylum-seeking community in Israel.

Daniel B. Shapiro was named Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Tel Aviv University’s Institute of National Security Studies (INSS) in March 2017, following a a diverse career of over 20 years in senior foreign policy and national security positions in the United States government including United States Ambassador to Israel, a position he held from July 2011 until the end of the Obama Administration.  

Debbie Friedman Award for Contributions to Jewish Music

At age twenty-two Barbara Ostfeld became the first woman ordained as a cantor. Now that Barbara is 66, the female Reform cantorate is 336 women strong! Barbara served for twenty-seven years as cantor of congregations in Clifton, New Jersey, in Great Neck, Rochester, and Buffalo, New York, and then for ten more years as the placement director of the American Conference of Cantors.

(List in formation)

Amy Asin

Vice President, Union for Reform Judaism

Rabbi Marla Feldman

Executive Director, Women of Reform Judaism

Marc Freedman

President & CEO, Encore.org & Author

Rabbi Matthew L. Green

Assistant Rabbi, Congregation Beth Elohim, Brooklyn, NY

Sarah Hurwitz

Author & Speechwriter

Jodi Kantor

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist

Rabbi Karyn Kedar

Senior Rabbi, B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim

Deborah Lipstadt

Professor of Holocaust Studies, Emory University

Ferne Pearlstein

Documentary Filmmaker

Sue Phillips

Sacred Design Lab

Rabbi David Saperstein

President, World Union for Progressive Judaism

Pamela Schuller

Comedian, Speaker, Inclusion Advocate

Casper ter Kuile

Sacred Design Lab

Rich Cohen

Award-Winning Author

Rabbi Allie Fischman

URJ Camp Newman

Marra Gad

Author, Independent Film & Television Producer

Rabbi Rachel Greengrass

Associate Rabbi,
Temple Beth Am, Miami, FL

AJ Jacobs

Author, Journalist, & Speaker

Jennifer Kaufman

Chair Nominee,
Union for Reform Judaism

Rabbi Gilad Kariv

President & CEO, Israel Movement for Reform & Progressive Judaism

Michael Masters

National Director & CEO, Secure Community Network

Rabbi Hara Person

Chief Executive, Central Conference of American Rabbis

Abigail Pogrebin


Rabbi Amy Schwartzman

Senior Rabbi, Temple Rodef Shalom, Falls Church, VA

Alden Solovy

Teacher, Writing Coach, Essayist & Journalist

Rabbi Mary Zamore

Executive Director, Women's Rabbinic Network

Rabbi Ellen Weinberg Dreyfus

Rabbi Emerita, Shir Tikvah, Homewood, IL

Kathryn Fleischer

Gun Violence Prevention Activist

Rabbi Laura Geller

Rabbi Emerita, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

Anat Hoffman

Executive Director, Israel Religious Action Center

Rabbi Rick Jacobs

President, Union for Reform Judaism

Idit Klein

President & CEO, Keshet

Rabbi Seth Limmer

Senior Rabbi, Chicago Sinai Congregation

Daryl Messinger

Chair, URJ North American Board

Rabbi Jonah Pesner

Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Andrew Rehfeld

President, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Susan Weidman Schneider

Editor-in-Chief, Lilith

Soul Children of Chicago

Community Musical Group


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