The Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM) is a non-partisan, global grassroots movement of individuals and organizations, across all religions and faiths, united to combat anti-Semitism. Our unique platform creates partnerships throughout the world, strategically implementing new and creative solutions to combat the world’s oldest hatred. We leverage the collective power of our broad-based coalition to unite individuals of all backgrounds in this fight. CAM is a registered 501(c)(3) entity organized under the Combat Hate Foundation.
CAM fights anti-Semitism wherever it occurs and across the ideological spectrum, including efforts to deny the Jewish people their right to self-determination in Israel, their ancestral homeland. Jews should not have to live in fear for their safety anywhere in the world.
Our efforts are focused on any and all individuals, organizations and governments that openly express or support anti-Semitic views or commit anti-Semitic acts. We will never be complacent or silent when confronted with anti-Jewish hatred. Our unique coalition mobilizes the grassroots and leaders to take concrete actions to help defeat anti-Semitism.
Senator Lieberman is senior counsel at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP. Senator Lieberman was the Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee in 2000 and served 24 years in the United States Senate, retiring in January 2013. He served in many leadership roles including as chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. Prior to the Senate, Senator Lieberman served as Attorney General of the State of Connecticut for six years and also served 10 years in the Connecticut State Senate.
Senator Lieberman is co-chair of the American Enterprise Institute’s American Internationalism Project, which is a cross-party initiative designed to rebuild and reshape a bipartisan consensus around American global leadership. Senator Lieberman is also on the Board of Trustees for The McCain Institute for International Leadership, the Board of Trustees for the Institute for the Study of War, and the Board of Directors of the Center for a New American Security. Lieberman is the author of a seven of books and lives in Connecticut with his wife Hadassah.
Isaac Herzog succeeded Natan Sharansky as the Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel in June 2018. Herzog was born in Israel in 1960, and is an attorney. Previously, Mr. Herzog had been a member of Knesset (Israel’s parliament) was the Chairman of Israel’s Labor Party, as well as the Knesset Opposition Leader. In 2015, Mr. Herzog was a front-runner to win the election for Israel’s Prime Minister.
In the past 15 years, Mr. Herzog has held several ministerial posts: Minister of Housing and Construction; Minister of Tourism; Minister of Diaspora Affairs, Society and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism; and Minister of Welfare and Social Services. He also served as Government Secretary and as the Israel Government Coordinator for the provision of humanitarian aid to Gaza in 2008-2009. Before entering politics, Mr. Herzog was a senior partner at the law firm of Herzog, Fox & Ne’eman. He lives in Tel Aviv with his wife, Michal. They have three sons.
Natan Sharansky is an Israeli politician, human rights activist and author who, as a refusenik in the Soviet Union during the 1970s and 1980s, spent nine years in Soviet prisons. During his time in government, including as Deputy Prime Minister – and as the head of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Sharansky fought tirelessly for the rights of new immigrants, religious minorities, and women. At the helm of the Jewish Agency, he focused on repatriation of Jews to Israel, strengthening the links between Israel and global Jewry, and made an effort to develop separate, egalitarian prayer space near the Western Wall.
Natan Sharansky currently serves as the Chairman of the Institute of the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP). Sharansky is the sole living non-US citizen to receive both the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Sharanksy is also the 2020 Genesis Prize Laureate. He is married to Avital Sharansky and has two daughters, Rachel and Hannah.
Ruth R. Wisse is the Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University emeritus. She is a noted scholar of Yiddish literature and of Jewish history and culture. Professor Wisse is currently the Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Tikvah Fund.
Her books on literary subjects include an edition of Jacob Glatstein’s two-volume fictional memoir, The Glatstein Chronicles, The Modern Jewish Canon: A Journey Through Literature and Culture, and A Little Love in Big Manhattan. She is also the author of two political studies, If I Am Not for Myself: The Liberal Betrayal of the Jews and Jews and Power. Her most recent book, No Joke: Making Jewish Humor, was recently published by Princeton University Press.
Uwe Becker is the current Mayor of the City of Frankfurt am Main in Germany, a post he has held since July 2016. Since 2007, Mr. Becker has also served as the Treasurer of the City of Frankfurt am Main. In April 2019, Mr. Becker was appointed State Commissioner for Jewish Life and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism of the State of Hesse. Uwe Becker also serves as President of the German-Israeli Society.
Uwe Becker is a member of the supervisory boards of the energy company Mainova AG, the traffic company Verkehrsgesellschaft VGF, the Trade fair Company Messe Frankfurt GmbH and the Stadtwerke Frankfurt Holding as well as of the airport company Fraport AG. He is also President of the Friends of Tel Aviv University (TAU) in Germany and Governor on the Board of Governors of the TAU, the Honorary President of the German-French Society, a Member of the Executive Board of the German-American Steuben-Schurz Society, as well as a member of several other associations, foundations and institutions. Uwe Becker is a practicing Roman Catholic and he and his wife are the parents of twins. He graduated from the “Ziehenschule” in Frankfurt in 1989. After completing his basic military service, he trained as a banker at Frankfurter Sparkasse, where he worked until 2004.
Lord Eric Pickles was appointed as the United Kingdom’s Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust issues in September 2015. Lord Pickles works closely with the wide range of Holocaust academics, survivors and educational and social organizations in the UK. Along with the former Labour Cabinet Minister Ed Balls, he co-chairs the United Kingdom’s Holocaust Memorial Foundation. He was made a Life Peer in 2018.
Lord Eric Pickles was appointed as the UK’s next Conservative Party nominee to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments in July 2019 and was subsequently appointed as Chair following an open competition, in line with the Cabinet Office Governance Code, taking up the role in April 2020. His appointment was approved following pre-appointment scrutiny by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee. First elected to Parliament in 1992 he retired as MP for Brentwood and Ongar at the 2017 general election. He was previously Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
Lord John Mann currently serves as Her Majesty’s Government Independent Adviser on Antisemitism. John Mann was the elected Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom for Bassetlaw from June 2001 until 2019. In the summer of 2005, he was appointed Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism (APPG). John has commissioned two major All-Party Inquiries into Antisemitism and a further inquiry into Electoral Conduct. In July 2019, John Mann stepped down as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism when he was appointed the Government’s Independent Adviser on Antisemitism in one of Theresa May’s final acts as Prime Minister.
In 2008, John established the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA). In 2010, he chaired the Football Association’s Task Force on Antisemitism and Islamophobia in football. John Mann joined the House of Lords in October 2019 as Lord Mann of Holbeck Moor. In May 2009, John received the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC’s) Jan Karski Award in recognition of his commitment and work in fighting antisemitism. Before entering Parliament, he worked for the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (AEEU), the TUC and TULO. He is a former Chair of Labour Students and just prior to his election he was involved in running his family’s business. Since his time in student politics, John has been vocal in his condemnation of all forms of racism and intolerance and has worked tirelessly to combat it.
Valentina Leskaj currently serves as Chairwoman of the Advisory Board of the Albanian Center for Population and Development, which she founded in 1995. She was Member of the Albanian Parliament from 2002 to 2017, when she decided to leave politics. Valentina Leskaj held important leadership roles, among others as Minister of Labor and Social Affairs and a Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Vice President of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe, Chairwoman of the Parliamentary Commissions for Education and Media and Parliamentary Commission for Country Integration.
She has been Deputy Chair of the EU-Albania, Inter- parliamentary Committee on Stabilization Association for many years. She was head of Albanian Parliament in Council of Europe from 2013-2017 and Reporter of the Council of Europe for Moldova. Alongside her political career, Valentina Leskaj has also been active in academia and civil society activities, authoring many publications on politics, human rights, gender, civil society, population and development issues. From 2013 to 2017 she served as President of the Albania – Israel Friendship Group in the Albanian Parliament.
Dr. Andrés Roemer is the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Societal Change and the Free Flow of Knowledge. He also serves as a member of the Associate Faculty of Singularity University and is a Senior Research Fellow of Columbia University and the CEO of the La Ciudad de las Ideas.
Dr. Misha Galperin is President of Zandafi Philanthropy Advisors, an international consulting firm working with philanthropists, foundations and non profits to help develop their Vision, Mission and Strategic Plans and Objectives. Zandafi LLC also provides assistance in implementation stages through offering board and staff training, recruitment and ongoing consulting in the areas of organizational development and restructuring, marketing and communications, program and grant allocation and due diligence, and financial resource development.
Dr. Galperin is a clinical psychologist and was in private practice and worked with a number of institutions before assuming executive management and leadership roles with social service, educational and community organizations He was COO of the largest US refugee resettlement agency and of UJA – Federation of New York, the largest local charity in the US. He was also the CEO of the second oldest and one of the largest settlement houses in the US, the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and President of the world’s largest Jewish non profit — The Jewish Agency for Israel where he was responsible for thousands of employees worldwide and for generating revenues of $1 million/day.
He is the author of two books and numerous professional publications and has spoken widely on philanthropy, leadership development and financial resource development topics.
Brig. Gen. (Res.) Sima Vaknin Gill is a former intelligence officer in the Israeli air force, served as the Chief Censor of the state of Israel and is a former Director General of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy. Sima is an Expert in Intelligence work, Data and research-based action and campaigns, the De-legitimization campaign against Israel, the BDS movement and Antisemitism. Sima joined the Israel Air Force in 1984 and served for more than 20 years in various positions in the Research and Operational Intelligence departments. During that time she was involved in dozens of complex operations, in low and high-intensity conflicts and directly oversaw major operational and intelligence initiatives in the Air Force and the IDF.
In 2005 Sima was appointed Chief Censor of Israel by the Defense Minister and IDF Chief of Staff, charged with the protection of Israel’s security secrets and interests and balancing that with freedom of expression.
After retiring in July 2016, she was appointed by the Government as the Ministry of Strategic Affair Director-General; she formulated the strategy of the campaign against delegitimization and BDS, created and ran the Task Force in the ministry and oversaw all of the ministry’s activities, foremost among them, its operations to counter delegitimization and BDS. She also established Concert – a joint Project between the Israeli government and Jewry.
Sima holds a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations and an MA in National Security Studies from the National Defense College.
Robert Singer served as the Chief Executive Officer of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), the leading umbrella organization of Jewish communities around the world from 2013-2019, and as Chief Executive Officer of World ORT (WO), the world’s largest Jewish education and training organization from 1999-2013. Mr. Singer traveled extensively throughout the world, visiting Jewish communities in more than 60 countries while enhancing the WJC and WO’s global diplomatic and educational presence. He has participated in meetings with presidents and prime ministers of various nations, as well as prominent government, business, faith and civil society leaders, including Pope Francis, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, International Red Cross President Peter Maurer and many others. Currently, Mr. Singer serves as Chairman & CEO of Spero Impact Solutions, Chairman of SASA Setton and Chairman of Alumot Or, as well as other public positions.
Mr. Singer has also spoken at, and participated in, many high-profile events on behalf of the world Jewry including at the United Nations in New York, addressing a demonstration outside the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the 75th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre in Kyiv, international conferences of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Organization of American States (OAS) counter-terrorism sessions, and the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem’s (ICEJ) Feast of Tabernacles, among others.
On behalf of Diaspora Jewish communities, Mr. Singer regularly engaged with Israeli government officials and other institutions in the Jewish state. Robert Singer was born in Ukraine in 1956 and immigrated to Israel at the age of 15. He graduated from Tel Aviv University, Israel, in 1976 with a degree in Political Science and History. Mr. Singer served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for eleven years and left the army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1987. Mr. Singer spent twelve years with the Office of the Prime Minister in Israel in a number of senior posts. In 1996, he received a Master’s degree in management engineering from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Revital Yakin Krakovsky has vast experience in strategy and communications in both the public and private sectors. Over the years, Revital had worked with presidents, government ministers, mayors, international organizations, nonprofit foundations, Jewish institutions and more. Revital filled various executive positions within the “communication cycle”: senior PR and media positions; a senior position in a large international nonprofit organization and senior public sector- government positions.
Sacha Roytman-Dratwa serves as the Director of CAM. Prior to joining CAM, Sacha led the Digital Advocacy Unit at the World Jewish Congress. At WJC Sacha led the #WeRemember Campaign for International Holocaust Remembrance, the world’s largest digital educational campaign. He previously worked for Rimon Cohen Sheinkman, a leading PR firm in Israel, as the director of digital media communication and prior to that commanded the Israel Defense Forces’ New Media Operations team. Sacha holds a bachelor’s degree in Interactive Communications from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. He can be reached at [email protected].
Daniel West Cohen is the CAM Director of Partnerships. Daniel was previously the Campaigns Manager at the World Jewish Congress. Most recently, he led the WJC’s online activist community and global social media initiatives. Prior to Jewish advocacy, Daniel worked in the journalism and in the human rights field in Nicaragua, Greece, Spain, and Israel. Daniel holds a BA from New York University and an LLM in International Criminal Law from the University of Turin / UNICRI. Daniel can be reached at [email protected]
Arthur Maserjian joined CAM as the Assistant Director of Content & Partnerships, after working on a consultative basis since its launch. Before joining CAM, Arthur was a non-profit and investment research consultant. Previously, Arthur worked in business development for a technology start-up, and in banking at several large financial institutions. Arthur holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern University. He can be reached at [email protected].
EJ Kimball serves as Director of Christian Outreach and Engagement for CAM. EJ is a foreign policy and national security consultant with 15 years experience working in Washington, DC. EJ is the President of EJK Strategies, a national security consulting firm specializing in government relations and building strategic alliances. EJ previously served as the Director of US Operations for the Israel Allies Foundation where he built a niche pro-Israel organization into the “go-to” resource on Capitol Hill for pro-Israel and Middle East policy. He served as Foreign Policy Counsel to US Congresswoman Sue Myrick (NC) and was Staff Director of the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus. Following his time on the Hill, EJ was Director of Government Relations for Jorge Scientific Corporation. He graduated from Boston University, earned his Juris Doctor from Western New England College, and received a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the American University School of International Service. He can be reached at [email protected]
Prior to joining CAM, Hadas was previously the Deputy Director of the Digital Department at The Israel Project (TIP). Before TIP, Hadas worked in the marketing department of the Friends of Zion Museum and promoted events for the evangelical community in Israel. Hadas holds a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Hadas served in the Israel Defense Forces for seven years, achieving the rank of Captain and is an active reservist logistics officer in an artillery brigade. She can be reached at [email protected].
Barney Breen-Portnoy is the Israel-based editor-in-chief of the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement. A native of Washington, DC, he has previously worked in both Israel and the United States as a journalist, for outlets including The Algemeiner, Israel Hayom, Haaretz and Charlottesville Daily Progress. He also served in the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. Barney holds a BA degree in Government and History from the University of Virginia. He can be reached at [email protected].