Rabbi Jack Bemporad, Co-Director, John Paul II Center

Rabbi Jack Bemporad is Co-Director of the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue and Professor of Interreligious Studies at the Angelicum University (Rome). He has been Director of the Center for Interreligious Understanding (U.S.) since its inception in 1992, as well as Senior Rabbinic Scholar at Chavurah Beth Shalom (Tenafly, NJ, U.S.) Promoting interfaith dialogue for more than 30 years, he has met with world religious leaders, from private meetings with Pope John Paul II, to appearing on panels with the Dalai Lama. In 2013, he led eight leading Imams and Muslim leaders from the Middle East and developing world to Auschwitz, and as a result of their experience, the Imams issued a landmark public statement condemning Holocaust Denial and anti-Semitism. Most recently, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Theology, honoris causa from the Angelicum. Click here to read full bio. 

Angelica Berrie, President, Russell Berrie Foundation

Angelica Berrie is President of The Russell Berrie Foundation. Angelica currently serves as Chairman of Shalom Hartman Institute North America, a center for transformative study and thinking. She Chairs the Board of the Center for Inter-Religious Understanding in New Jersey. She helped found Gilda's Club of Northern New Jersey and became Board Chair of Gilda's Club Worldwide, a free social and emotional support network of clubhouses for families living with cancer across North America. She is on the Board of the Joint Distribution Committee and President of Ofanim, a nonprofit organization in Israel whose mission is to deliver high-quality supplemental education to children in the periphery using mobile classrooms. Click here to read full bio. 

Huda Abuarquob, Regional Director, Alliance for Middle East Peace

Huda Abuarquob is the first on-the-ground regional director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP), a network of more than 100 civil society organizations working in conflict transformation, development, and coexistence in the Middle East among Palestinians, Israelis, Arabs, and Jews. She has years of experience in conflict transformation, NGO leadership, and social change education and activism, as well as a life-long commitment to building strong people-to-people relations across conflicts. She has long been an active leader in grassroots Palestinian and Israeli initiatives focused on Feminist Inclusive Political Activism (FIPA) and track two diplomacy. She is a well-known speaker on issues related to Middle East politics and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, narratives of competing victimhood and narratives of liberation. Click here for full bio. 

Aart Bos, CEO, MasterPeace

Aart Bos is an empathic natural leader, a true “connector”. His drive to contribute makes him a passionate leader at MasterPeace. A grassroot organization that fits with his value of being positive and using talents to contribute on a personal, professional level to society He started as financial controller and IT project manager in 1979 at a consumer goods company. As financial manager in the late eighties, Aart has worked for a number of software companies, to facilitate "promising" new business plans. As manager of a multimedia company for sales and marketing he gained experience in technology application. In this for over fifteen years line management experience, his main inspiration has been to establish improvements between people and teams, to reduce bureaucracy and to work with passion. Not only because he is so, but also because it provides the best results. Click here to read full bio.

Joyce S. Dubensky, Esq., CEO, Tanenbaum

For 17 years, Joyce Dubensky has directed Tanenbaum’s dramatic expansion adding new initiatives to each of Tanenbaum’s core programs. As its CEO, her dynamic leadership transformed Tanenbaum from a well-regarded U.S. institution to an internationally recognized thought leader. Ms. Dubensky has overseen many Tanenbaum firsts, each a new contribution to the burgeoning field of interreligious understanding: the first toolkit on religious diversity for workplace managers, the first comprehensive guide on the intersections of religion and health care, and the first publication of in-depth case studies on the compelling life stories of Tanenbaum’s Peacemakers in Action Network. She later served as the editor of Tanenbaum’s second volume of Peacemaker case studies, and currently is working on a Peacemakers mentee project to help ensure that the legacies and work of the Peacemakers perseveres. Click here for full bio. 

Sr. Lucy Thorson, NDS, Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion

Sr. Lucy Thorson, NDS, is a member of the international Roman Catholic Congregation of the Sisters of our Lady of Sion. The Congregation spans twenty-two counties including Brazil, Italy, Australia, Argentina, Costa Rica, Israel, Phillipines, UK, Spain, Canada, USA and others. The Sisters of Sion’s vocation in the church involves a particular responsibility to promote understanding and justice for the Jewish community and to seek to build bridges of peace among people of all faith traditions. Born in Saskatoon, Canada, Sr. Lucy spent many years of service in Jerusalem and Rome. She completed her Masters of Theology in conjunction with the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and St. Michael’s University College at the University of Toronto. Her thesis dealt with ‘The Communal Dimension of Repentance in Jewish and Christian Liturgies’. Click here for full bio.