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

  • David Hitchcock 
  • Khalil Jahshan 
  • Hani Masri 
  • Hon. Richard Murphy
  • Naomi Shihab Nye 
  • Shibley Telhami 

Board of Directors & Affiliations

Executive Committee 

Rev. Gordon Webster, Co President
Brockport, NY

Joan C Waller, Co President 
Woodland Hills, CA

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

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

Theodore First, Treasurer
Chautauqua, NY

Board of Directors

Herb Adelman, Del Mar, CA

Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels, Los Angeles, CA

Gordie Fellman , Cambridge, MA

Ashraf Hussein, Brookline, MA

Rola Karam, Long Beach, CA

Richard Goodwin, Snowmass Village, CO

Robert Green, Kinderhook, NY

Barbara Ridberg, Rockville, MD 

Judith Tuller, New York, NY 

Susan Lurie Zaslavsky, Israel