Our Experts

Meet our exceptional army of influencers, artists, writers, researchers, and educators.  Bring us to your community to experience inspiring, cutting-edge, and unique perspectives on Jewish identity. We offer speaking, teaching, press appearances, writing, and consulting.

Hen Mazzig, Senior Fellow

A globally-recognized speaker, educator, and digital influencer. Historians credit him as the founder of "Mizrahi Hertiage Month," and he has written for NBC News, Newsweek, and the LA Times. He has appeared as an expert on Jewish issues on four continents, over 500 college campuses, BBC, SkyNews, TEDx, and countless Shabbat dinners. He was named in Algemeiner's top 100 people positively influencing Jewish life, the top 50 online pro-Israel Influencers, Top 50 LGBTQ+ Influencers, and won CAMERA’s Portrait in Courage Award.

Dr. Olga Kirschbaum-Shirazki, Visiting Fellow

Dr. Olga Kirschbaum-Shirazki is a historian and co-founder of the Tel Aviv Review of Books. She has a PhD in modern European history from NYU. As a researcher and translator she has collaborated with numerous  authors and organizations on the topics of Jewish history, inter-religious encounters and the universal in Judaism.  She is also the co founder and editor of Tel Aviv Review of Books, an online review that presents the entire spectrum of views from and about Israeli culture, religion, and politics to an international audience.

Dr. Matthias J. Becker, Visiting Fellow

A linguist whose research focuses on discrimination in mainstream society and the construction of implicit hate speech. Since 2020, Dr. Becker leads the international research project “Decoding Antisemitism”. In this 3-year pilot project, 9 researchers analyze antisemitism on mainstream news websites and social media platforms in Germany, France, and in the UK based on a mixed-methods approach, also integrating AI technology. who analyze antisemitism on news sites and social media using AI.

Advisory Board

Yossi Klein Halevi

An award-winning journalist and NY Times Bestselling author. His book, Like Dreamers, won the Jewish Book Council's Everett Book of the Year Award. His latest book, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, is a New York Times bestseller. He writes for leading op-ed pages in the US, including the Times and the Wall Street Journal, and is a former contributing editor to the New Republic. A senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, he co-directs the Institute's Muslim Leadership Initiative, which teaches Muslim American leaders about Judaism.

Cathy Heller

The host of the podcast "Don't Keep Your Day Job," which has been featured in Forbes, HuffPost, Business Insider, NY Times, and Inc Magazine’s “top 9 podcasts”, and has over 28 million downloads. Cathy has heart-to-heart conversations with trailblazers such as Matthew McConaughey, Rachael Ray, Bobbi Brown, Malcolm Gladwell, Rob Lowe, Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer, Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. Cathy’s book Don’t Keep Your Day Job was released in 2019 with Macmillan.

Lahav Harkov

The Senior Contributing Editor and Diplomatic Correspondent of The Jerusalem Post. She reports on and analyzes Israel's relations with the world, the Prime Minister's office, the National Security Council, the Foreign Ministry, and more. She interviews major figures across the Israeli political spectrum and is well-connected to the country's top lawmakers and diplomats. She is often invited to lecture on Israeli government and politics, and international news outlets, such as the BBC, France 24 and Sky News have sought her insights.

Rev. Dr. Nigel A. Pearce

Senior Pastor of Grace Congregational Church of Harlem. Pastor Pearce has served on the Board of Directors for The Lighthouse, the Samaritan Health Services, Make-A-Wish Foundation and now currently serves on the board of HCCI and Chairperson of the real estate committee. Before joining the ministry, Reverend Pearce was a successful investment banker. Here, he serviced and invested money for urban economic developments and helped entrepreneurs raise start-up funding, write business plans and organize.

Jake Cohen

The New York Times bestselling author of Jew-ish. Jake studied at the Culinary Institute of America. At SAVEUR magazine, where Jake led up recipe testing in the publication’s test kitchen. After SAVEUR, his career led him to write and contribute to dozens of food publications, as well as serving as the Food Editor of TastingTable.com and the food critic for Time Out New York. He's appeared in the Huffington Post, Food and Wine, Food52, Taste Cooking, Real Simple, Everyday with Rachel Ray, Extra Crispy, Genius Kitchen, and PureWow.

Lyn Julius

The daughter of Iraqi-Jewish refugees, Lyn Julius founded Harif, the UK Association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa. This organization raises awareness of the history and culture of the vanishing Jews from Arab and Muslim lands. She has organized over 200 events - talks, film screenings, concerts, debates, and book launches on subjects ranging from Judeo-Arabic to the Iranian revolution. Her book Uprooted: How 3,000 years of Jewish Civilisation in the Arab World vanished overnight was published in 2017.

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