Ambassador Hillel Neuman
Ambassador Hillel Neuman
Ambassador Newman currently serves as Israel's Council General the US, Hillel has previously served as the Israeli ambassador to the Republics of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan,
Ambassador Newman has been an Israeli diplomat for the past 20 years. He earned a doctorate in Jewish history and Judaic studies from Israel’s Bar-Ilan University and mastered ancient Greek to research the history of Israel during the Hellenistic and Roman periods. In the mid-1980s, he served as a medic in the Israel Defense Forces during the Lebanon War. As a diplomat, he has served as the Israeli ambassador to the Republics of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, where his list of assignments included the preservation of Jewish cemeteries and “facilitation” of a supply of matzo and kosher wine for Passover.
For the past two years, Newman has served as a special policy adviser to Israeli Foreign Ministry Director Yuval Rotem, himself a former consul general in Los Angeles from 1999-2004.
As both an activist and a researcher, Newman was at the forefront of countering running attacks on the Jewish practices of circumcision and shechitah (ritual slaughtering). Today, he said, “Both Jewish life and identity are in jeopardy. There are the direct murderous attacks at synagogues in Pittsburgh and San Diego and the internal threats of assimilation and lack of Jewish education.”
A press release from the Foreign Ministry notes that Newman “has gathered extensive experience in professional advocacy, public speaking, networking, new media connectivity and the cultivation of both formal and informal contacts. … [He is] passionate about the preservation of global Jewish identity and the safety and security of the State of Israel.”
RABBI LAWRENCE HAJIOFF
SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE
Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff
Originally from London, England, Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff graduated with honors in political science from Manchester University. After working for MTV in news production, and winning the national competition ‘Jewish Stand-Up Comedian’ of the Year, Rabbi Hajioff traveled to study in Israel and then Monsey to receive his rabbinical smicha ordination from Yeshiva Ohr Somayach.
Rabbi Hajioff was the educational director of Birthright Israel Alumni in Manhattan, New York. He has been instrumental in implementing programs for Birthright Israel and has led nearly thirty trips to Israel, Poland and Prague for hundreds of young professionals. Rabbi Hajioff is on the full time faculty of Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University.
His very popular credited courses include courses on Jewish Philosophy, Mashiach, Jewish holidays, Shabbat and many others. He received the "Professor of the Year" award in Judaic Studies from the senior year students at Stern.
His very popular book "Jew Got Questions" was a best seller and his follow up "Will Jew Marry Me?" Is online at Amazon.com and in stores now. His newest book "The Future - The Jewish Messiah, Israel and the End of Days" will be out fall 2017.
Rabbi Hajioff lives in Wesley Hills with his wife Anita, and their five children
RABBI NISSIM DAHAN
ISRAEL'S FORMER MINISTER OF HEALTH AND MK MEMBER
Rabbi Nissim Dahan
Rabbi Nissim Dahan was born in Morocco, his family made aliyah in 1955. He worked in the Ministry of Religious Affairs, becoming director of its organisations and institutions department. He was also a member of the Jerusalem Development Authority for 3 years. In 1996 he was elected to the Knesset on Shas' list. under the leadership of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef,z'l. the former Israeli Sephardi chief rabbi,
Rabbi Dahan was re-elected in 1999, and was appointed Deputy Minister of Finance in Ehud Barak's government. in 2001 Rabbi Dahan was appointed and Served as Israel's Minister of Health in the Sharon Government.
He retained his seat in the 2003 elections and was appointed Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and remained in the knesset until 2006.
Rabbi Dahan currently resides in the UK and is a Scholar and lecturer.
ELI S. WEISS ESQ.
JOY CONSTRUCTION CORP. PRINCIPAL
Eli S. Weiss Esq.
Eli S. Weiss Esq.-Bio Eli Weiss is a Principal for Joy Construction Corp which has been an active builder and real estate developer in New York since 1995. He is primarily involved in overseeing the execution of the development process as well the underwriting and closing of debt and equity financing for acquisitions and construction loan transactions with both public and private sector financial institutions
for multifamily, commercial and hospitality assets.
Since joining Joy in 2008, some of the large projects that Eli has worked on The Mantena (431 West 37th Street) a 112,000 square foot/98 unit luxury rental building in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards neighborhood, The Nathaniel, 138 East 12th Street, an 85 unit luxury rental building in the East Village with 17,000 square feet of retail, St. Ann’s Terrace, an affordable mixed-income project with 850,000 SF/641 apartments for a mixed-use development in the South Bronx, Webster Commons, a 475 unit mixed
income community and Crotona Terrace, a 188 unit mixed-use and mixed-income project; both locatedin the Bronx. Moreover, Eli has overseen the acquisition and development of projects that have been leased to healthcare institutions such as Memorial Sloan Kettering, Montefiore Hospital and Hospital For Special Surgery as well as hotel assets currently operated under Marriott and Intercontinental flags.
Earlier in his career,
Eli was a Senior Project Manager at the New York City Housing Development Corporation; a quasi-government agency and the nations largest housing bond issuer. During his tenure, the agency issued a total of $3.3 billion in taxable and tax-exempt bonds for affordable housing projects in New York City. Eli began his government career working for the City of New York DRES unit,
structuring real estate acquisitions on behalf of various municipal projects including Water Tunnel #3, the Willis Avenue Bridge and the Staten Island Blue Belt Program.
Eli graduated from Yeshiva University with a B.S. in Finance and from New York University with an M.S. in Real Estate Development. He also received his J.D. from Seton Hall School of Law where he wrote his thesis for current United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito.
Eli served as an adjunct professor at NYU Schack School of Real Estate and as a Trustee of New York’s Landmarks Conservancy.
Dr. Michael Bloom
Dr. Michael Bloom completed medical school & residency training at the University of Toronto. He currently works an Anesthesiologist in the Greater Toronto Area. Dr. Bloom has a particular focus in pain management for labor & delivery as well as pain management for a broad spectrum of surgical procedures (including peri-operative nerve blocks).
Dr. Bloom serves on the board of directors & is a frequent speaker for Aish Hatorah & NCSY. He is also a motivational speaker for the Maimonides leadership training course.
MEDICAL SCHOLER AND LECTURER