SCHOLARS-IN-RESIDENCE

MORTON A. KLEIN
National President - Zionist Organization of America
Keynote World Renowned Guest Scholar
Morton A. Klein is National President of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), the oldest pro-Israel group in the U.S., founded in 1897. He is a member of the National Council of AIPAC. Mr. Klein is widely regarded as one of the leading Jewish activists in the United States.

The national Jewish weekly, "The Forward" named him one of the top five Jewish leaders in the US today, stating "It's impossible to deny that Klein has been extraordinarily effective." The US Department of State has awarded Klein a "Certificate of Appreciation" "in recognition of outstanding contributions to national and international affairs," after he delivered a major address there. He is a member of the International Board of Governors of the College of Judea and Samaria in Ariel, Israel.

The Philadelphia Jewish Exponent named him one of the top dozen "Jewish activists of the century." The NY Jewish Week (largest Federation paper) has named him one of the top ten Jewish leaders who have made a difference. The Jewish Press recently stated that "Morton Klein is one of the best minds in this country." The Jerusalem Post has called the ZOA, "one of the most important and influential groups in the U.S. today." The Wall Street Journal called the ZOA "heroic and the most credible advocate for Israel on the American Jewish scene today " and we should "snap a salute to those who were right about Oslo and Arafat all along, including Morton Klein who was wise, brave, and unflinchingly honest. When the history of the American Jewish struggle in these years is written, Mr. Klein will emerge as an outsized figure." The New York Times, in a profile called "Public Lives," called Klein, "a man who ferrets out anti-Semitism wherever it is, a rare voice from the outset in the American Jewish community against the Oslo Accords, and an iconoclast who is a prolific speechmaker, writer, and Congressional lobbyist."

His successful campaigns against anti-Israel bias in leading textbooks, travel guides, universities, churches, and the media, as well as his work on Capitol Hill, were the subject of 30 feature stories both here and in Israel. He has been invited to testify before the US Congress, including the US House International Relations Committee, and the Israeli Knesset.

Mr. Klein is quoted internationally and has appeared in the media in countries including the U.S.A., Israel, France, Germany, Japan, Greece, Holland, etc. More than 300 of his articles and letters have been published in newspapers, magazines, and scientific journals around the world, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Washington Times, USA Today, Congressional Quarterly, New Republic, New Yorker, Commentary, Near East Report, Reform Judaism, Jerusalem Post & other leading Jewish papers, Philadelphia Inquirer, Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, Ha'aretz & Maariv (Israel) and Canadian Jewish News. Mr. Klein has appeared on TV and radio including ABC's World News Tonight, NBC National News, Jim Lehrer News Hour, O'Reilly Factor, CNN, Fox-TV, CNBC, MSNBC, NPR, BBC, C-Span, VOA and Israel TV/Radio.


MICAH D. HALPERN
Syndicated columnist and TV Talking Head
Micah D. Halpern is a syndicated columnist and a social and political commentator. He is a dynamic speaker who specializes in analyzing world events and evaluating their relevance to and impact upon Jewish communities at home and in Israel.

Micah hosts his own weekly TV show entitled Thinking Out Loud on JBS. He is a frequent analyst on network television and radio. His voice is recognized by listeners to talk radio across America, especially fans of his weekly feature, "A Safer World," on USA Radio Network, and his daily 1 minute feature "I've Been Thinking" on Town Square Media Network.

Halpern's recent book, "Thugs," spent time on Amazon's list of best-selling books. He is also the author of "What You Need To Know About: Terror." He maintains The Micah Report at www.micahhalpern.com, a daily commentary offering perspective and insight on important national and international issues.

His face and POV are known to viewers of Fox News, CBS, MSNBC and to those who watch documentaries on PBS, The Learning Channel, The History Channel, Discovery the Food Network. Following September 11th he was the CBS-2 commentator on terror. On September 11th, 2003 he appeared on ABC's The View as a guest expert.

Micah taught at Yale University and was a long-standing educator with Young Judea. He has also taught at Brandeis University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Today he offers his expertise to CEO's and leaders in private and public sectors around the world.

For fun, Micah Halpern writes a column on Kosher wines. He is one of the only exclusively kosher wine reviewers in the world.


RABBI HERSHEL LUTCH
Executive Director of MEOR
Dynamic Speaker and Scholar
Rabbi Hershel Lutch is the Executive Director of MEOR, a leading Jewish education and outreach organization active on top American university campuses. Since 2005, MEOR has inspired thousands of the most promising Jewish students on leading U.S. college campuses and effectively engaged them in the discovery of their own heritage and identity. Rabbi Lutch has also held leadership positions within Aish HaTorah, Federation, and prominent day schools.

Serving as MEOR's chief professional, Rabbi Lutch leads one of the country's most dynamic staff of Jewish educators. In addition, he oversees MEOR's fiscal management, operational planning, and fundraising activities. Rabbi Lutch focuses his energies on developing new partners, expanding MEOR's programming, and sharing the beauty and relevance of Jewish heritage with the next generation of Jewish leaders.

In addition to his work at MEOR, Rabbi Lutch speaks regularly to diverse audiences about Jewish concerns and nonprofit leadership. He has served as scholar-in-residence at many Orthodox, modern Orthodox, and outreach-oriented synagogues, and frequently engages diverse audiences on college campuses, in yeshivot, and in a variety of formal and informal educational settings.

Rabbi Lutch earned his MBA and MS in Nonprofit Management from the University of Maryland and his semicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Jerusalem. He is published in the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society.


DR. LESTER ECKMAN
Noted Lecturer and Professor at Touro College
Dr. Lester Eckman is a Holocaust survivor, a holder of seven academic degrees, author of ten major books, teacher, lecturer and full professor at Touro College. Among his books are: The Life and Works of the Hafetz Hayim, The History of the Musar Movement, The Teachings of the Fathers of the Musar Movement, From Freedom Fighter to Statesman - Menachem Begin, Corporate Morality and Jewish tradition and the History of the Mirrer Yeshiva from its establishment until 1945 and History of the Yeshivot in Lithuania and White Russia from Beginning Until Destruction. Dr. Eckman is founder and president of the Judaic Research Institute for Research and Publication of Works dealing with Judaica, ethics and the Holocaust. Dr. Eckman did graduate work in such places as Harvard, Columbia and New York Universities. He studied with such outstanding scholars as professors Salo Baron of Columbia and Abraham Katsh of New York University.


RABBI JOSEPH MAYERHOFF
Noted Rabbi and Lecturer
We are delighted to have Rabbi Mayerhoff join us again this Passover. He is returning for his 9th year with Elite Dimensions. Rabbi Mayerhoff has lectured and given shiurim at such venues as the Great Neck Synagogue in Long Island, NY and the Community Center of Monsey, NY. In addition to insightful lectures and Divrei Torah, he has lectured on Tanach, and taught Rambam, Mishnah and Gemorah. He volunteers his spare time to his community and is currently teaching a long running shiur in Mishnah every Shabbat between Mincha and Ma'ariv. He will be overseeing our synagogue services, giving D'var Torah's and drashas on a variety of topics, as well as conducting inspiring shiurim and lectures.