Board Members

The American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam was founded in the mid-1980s through the efforts of founding Directors Iva Kaufman and Sharon Burde and Board co-Presidents J. Zel Lurie and Dr. Harriet Arnone.

Honorary Council

  • Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski 
  • Sara Ehrman 
  • David Hitchcock 
  • Khalil Jahshan 
  • Hani Masri 
  • Hon. Richard Murphy
  • Naomi Shihab Nye 
  • Shibley Telhami 

Board of Directors & Affiliations

Executive Committee 

Rev. Gordon Webster, President
Brockport, NY

Joan C Waller, Co President 
Woodland Hills, CA

Judith Steingieser Dubin, Vice President
Child Development Specialist 
Santa Monica, CA

David Matz, Vice President 
Mediator, Professor 
Boston, MA

Deborah First, Secretary
Strategic Planning & Development Committee Chair 
Professor 
Chautauqua, NY

Theodore First, Treasurer (Non Board Member)
Chautauqua, NY

Herb Adelman, Co Treasurer
Del Mar, CA

Board of Directors

Judith Tuller 
Financial Advisor – Smith Barney 
New York, NY 

Susan Lurie Zaslavsky
Israel

Gordie Fellman 
Professor of Sociology
Cambridge, MA

Rima Mahmoud 
Jamaica Plain, MA 

Jesse Zel Lurie 
Journalist; former editor in chief Of Hadassah Magazine 
Delray Beach, FL

Richard Goodwin 
CEO, Goodwin Enterprises 
Snowmass Village, CO

Vanessa  Karam 
Lakewood, CA  

Barbara Ridberg
Rockville, MD