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Jewish Community in Bozeman, Montana

Shabbaton speakers

regevRabbi Uri Regev is an internationally renowned leader and advocate of religious liberty and the liberal movements of Judaism in his native Israel and around the world. He currently serves as the President and CEO of the educational and advocacy Israel-Diaspora partnership, “Freedom Of Religion for Israel” and of its Israeli counterpart, “Hiddush – For Freedom of Religion and Equality”. He was previously president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, which serves more than 1,200 congregations and communities in 42 countries on six continents. He has headed up many tikkun olam initiatives through social advocacy programs on both the local level and in partnership with prominent international non-governmental organizations such as the United Nations. For more information, see The Case for Hiddush (PDF).

wilmerDr. Franke Wilmer is a Board member at Congregation Beth Shalom and a full professor of Political Science at Montana State University. She received both a PhD and Masters from the University of Maryland in 1990. She was a member of the Montana House of Representatives, from 2007–2013, and previously chaired the Montana Human Rights Commission. She has published several important books on human rights in international politics. She just returned from a research trip to Israel, where she has been working on issues of grassroots peace-making.

davidDr. Andy David is the Israeli consul general in the United States, stationed in San Francisco. In addition to serving as a policy adviser and deputy spokesman in Israel’s Foreign Ministry, he served from 2004-2008 as a deputy consul general in Chicago (overseeing a region of 11 Midwestern states), and also had high-level postings in Azerbaijan and Hong Kong. A dentist by training, he put down the drill in favor of the Israeli foreign ministry after the assassination of Yitzchak Rabin, which called him to public service.