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Please join New Israel Fund in strengthening equality, democracy and a shared society in Israel at the Guardian of Democracy Dinner on Sunday, September 10th at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. Gather with established leaders and young activists working together to promote religious freedom, tolerance, equality and justice for all of Israel’s citizens. We are proud to be honoring Barbara J. Meislin, Our Purple Lady, and young adult leader Elie Lauter, and featuring New York Times journalist Roger Cohen as our keynote speaker.

For questions and more information, please contact us.

We look forward to sharing the evening with you!


SEPTEMBER 10, 2017

Followed by DINNER


757 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Speakers and Honorees

BARBARA J. MEISLINGuardian of Democracy Honoree
ELIE LAUTERNew Generations Honoree
ROGER COHENKeynote Speaker
DR. YULIA ZEMLINSKAYAGallanter Prize Winner


Honorary Co-Chairs:
Rabbi Noa Kushner and Rabbi Michael Lezak


Host Committee

Wendy Bear
Mikhal Bouganim
Michael Brodsky
Candice Gold
Leslie Kane

Stuart Kaplan
Amiee Kushner
Margie Lauter
Alex Levinson
Orlee Maimon

David Mantell
Lee Pollak
Orlee Rabin
Lauren Rauch
David Shlachter
Joelle Steefel

Honorary Dinner Committee

Fred H. Altshuler and Julia W. Cheever
American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam
Joanne and Steve Abel
Angel Alvarez-Mapp
Eileen Auerbach and Lawrence Burgheimer
Maia Azubel
Alvin H. Baum and Robert Holgate
Judy and Ed Berne
Eric Berzon and Danielle Ruymaker
David and Rachel Biale
Michael Bien and Jane Kahn
Mikhal Boughanim
Ellen Bob and David Waksberg
Shirley K. Bob
Elizabeth Friedman Branoff and Steven Branoff
Scott Brockman
Richard Cohen, President, Southern Poverty Law Center
Roberta Cohn
Morris Dees, Founder, Southern Poverty Law Center
Aaron Danzig
Lisa Erdberg and Dennis Gibbons
David Fankushen
Concepción and Irwin Federman
Rabbi Stacy Friedman
Phyllis K. Friedman
Lorraine Honig
Drs. Jonathan Fuchs and Larry Rand
Sanford and Linda Gallanter
Peter A. Geffen
Jerilyn Gelt
Alexander Germanacos
Anne and Nick Germanacos
Nancy Goldberg and Alex Rynecki
Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf
Neil Goteiner and Nadine Joseph
Carl and Gay Grunfeld
Stephen Gunther and Linda Essakow
Grace Hughes and John Levinsohn
SF Hillel
Alex Ingersoll and Martin Tannenbaum
Glenn and Gabriella Issacson
Valerie and Thierry Jahan
Nadine Joseph and Neil Goteiner
Linda and Thomas Kalinowski
Leslie Kane and Manuel Fishman
Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow
Jeff and Judy Kirshbaum
Jim and Catherine Koshland
Charles and Naomie Kremer
Hannah Kranzberg
Doris and George Krevsky
Linda and Frank Kurtz
Deborah and Jonathan Lauter
Naomi Lauter

Jeff and Rabbi Susan Leider
Judith Levy-Sender
Hon. Mark Leno
Roger M. Low
Rabbi Brian and Caroline Lurie
Jeremy Lizt
Orlee Maimon
Maxine and Michael Mantell
Jerry Meislin
Kenneth and Vera Meislin
Marla Meislin
Marin Community Foundation
Rabbi Sydney Mintz
Judy and Jay Nadel
Ernest and Eva Newbrun
Raquel H. Newman
Louis Newman and Rabbi Amy Eilberg
Richard and Susan Olshen
Don and Shari Ornstein
Oraneet Shikmah Orevi
Dr. Richard and Martha Pastcan
Norman Postone and Lisa Fruchtman
Ploughshares Fund
Daniel and Maryann Rabovsky
Don Raphael and Gail Green
Lauren Rauch
Alan and Nancy Raznick
Sue Reinhold and Deborah Newbrun
Diane Rosenberg
Barbara and Ishayahu Rosenblit
Phyllis and David Rothman
François Rothstein
Toby and Robert Rubin
Sylvia Sabel and Joel Rubinstein
Laura Saunders
Debra R. Schoenberg
Rita R. Semel
Rabbi Judy Shanks and Dr. James Gracer
Gary B. Sokol and Paul Blanc
Lynn and Paul Sedway
Vera and Harold Stein
Heidi Stewart and John Weinstein
Ingrid Tauber and Frank Taforo
Bonnie and Marty Tenenbaum
Steve Tulkin and Sydney Kapchan
Susan Romer and Donald Ungar
Paul and Dorothy Wachter
Alix Wall and Paul Bosky
Diane Jordan Wexler and Bruce Beron
Kitty Whitaker
Ruth Donig-White and Robert White
Alex and Dalia Willick
Drs. Carol and Terry Winograd
Gail Bates Yessne and Peter Yessne

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