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Michael Sfard is a lawyer and political activist specializing in international human rights law and the laws of war. He has served as counsel in various cases on these topics in Israel. Sfard has represented a variety of Israeli and Palestinian human rights and peace organizations, movements and activists at the Israeli Supreme Court. His clients are mostly Palestinians who live in the West Bank and need permits to come into Israel. According to the New York Times, he has brought many cases to challenge the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, represented hundreds of Israeli soldiers who have refused to serve, with the work mostly being financed "by Israel's premier left-wing nonprofit organizations, which in turn are financed in part by European governments." Sfard and his law office provide legal counsel for Yesh Din. Sfard is also the legal counsel for Peace Now.
Libby Lenkinski has led outreach and engagement efforts for documentary films, media outfits and human rights organizations in Israel and Palestine for almost a decade. She recently moved back to the United States after 7 years living in Tel Aviv. She was the outreach producer for Sundance Award-winning documentary The Law in These Parts and worked with Just Vision on Israeli engagement for Puma Impact Award-winner Budrus. Libby consults for +972 Magazine, an online magazine that brings progressive voices from Israel and Palestine and serves on the Board of Comet-ME, an organization that provides renewable energy systems to off-the-grid Palestinian communities in the West Bank. She currently works as Field Director for the Western US at the New Israel Fund (NIF) and is based in the Bay Area.
Elaine Reuben received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in English, American and Dramatic Literature, fields in which she taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A leader in the development of Women's Studies and affirmative attention to women faculty and students, Elaine was a member, then co-chair, of the Modern Language Association Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession, and was visiting associate professor and the first full-time faculty director of women's studies at The George Washington Graduate School. While national coordinator of the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) she taught in the American Studies program at the University of Maryland, College Park, where NWSA was based, and directed the NWSA/FIPSE Project to Improve Service Learning in Women's Studies. Subsequently, Elaine served as a special assistant to the deputy undersecretary for management at the U.S. Department of Education, conducted executive search for colleges and universities, was acting executive director of the Network of East-West Women, and provided training, consulting, editorial and organizational assistance to academic and non-profit organizations.
A past president of the Jewish Study Center in Washington, DC, and among the founding trustees of the Tikkun Olan Women's Foundation of Greater Washington, she is a council member of Theater J at the Washington DCJCC, a supporter of the Mosaic Theater Company of DC, and patron of the Timbrel Artist-in-Residence at the Summer Institute of the National Havurah Committee. She co-chaired the Middle East Peace and Democracy Circle of the Women Donor's Network, and is a member of J Street President's Council and Finance Committee and of the New Israel Fund's DC Leadership and International Councils; she is a supporter of DC's Jeremiah Fellowship, a program of Jews United for Justice, and of the ACLU of the National Capital Area. On the HBI board, Elaine founded the Reuben/Rifkin Jewish Women Writers Series, a joint project of HBI and the Feminist Press, where she was also a board member for many years, and recently supported the HBI Spring 2016 Scholars-in-Residence Seminar on Jewish Women Writers in North America.