Rachel Pasternak holds a Master’s Degree in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. While pursuing her graduate studies, Rachel obtained access to Joachim Prinz’s private archives, conducted original research on Prinz, and wrote one of the first academic papers on his life and career. Rachel began her journalism career as a writer for the New Jersey Jewish News, where she established her own column. More recently, her work has appeared on various blogs as well as in the New York Times.
Rachel Fisher earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was the founding director of the Genealogy Institute at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan, where she developed the Samberg Family History program. She has consulted for several cultural institutions, including Beth Hatefutsoth (The Diaspora Museum) in Tel Aviv.
Stacey Reiss is an Emmy Award-winning producer who has produced hundreds of programs for a variety of networks including NBC, HBO, PBS and Discovery. Her recent documentary I Knew It Was You, about the late actor John Cazale, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
David Mehlman is an award winning filmmaker and editor whose documentaries have shown on HBO/Cinemax, PBS, ABC, A&E, MTV, TCM, Discovery, The History Channel and film festivals both internationally and throughout the United States. He edited two Oscar-winning films: The Moon and the Son (Best Animated Short, 2005), which he also sound designed; and he was supervising editor of FREEHELD (Best Documentary Short, 2007). He was one of the editors of the 2011 Oscar-nominated documentary feature, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.
Benno Schoberth is an award-winning editor and filmmaker originally from Aachen, Germany. With over twenty years of experience, working on both narrative and documentary films, his work has been seen on most networks and cable channels including PBS, ABC, CBS, History, Discovery, A&E, TLC, BRAVO and MTV. His documentary work includes the acclaimed two hour special The Trial of Adolf Eichmann which aired on PBS.
Alan Berliner is an artist and filmmaker whose works include Intimate Stranger (1991), Nobody’s Business (1996) and The Sweetest Sound (2001). A recipient of Rockefeller, Guggenheim and Jerome Foundation Fellowships, Berliner has won three Emmy Awards (he has also received six nominations) from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He was the recipient of a Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association in 1993. In 2002, Berliner was awarded a "Cultural Achievement Award in the Arts" by the National Foundation For Jewish Culture.
Cory A. Booker is the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. He took the oath of office as Mayor of New Jersey’s largest city on July 1, 2006 following a sweeping electoral victory and was re-elected to a second term on May 11, 2010. Mayor Booker’s political career began in 1998, after serving as Staff Attorney for the Urban Justice Center in Newark. He rose to prominence as Newark’s Central Ward Councilman. During his four years of service from 1998-2002, then-Councilman Booker earned a reputation as a leader with innovative ideas and bold actions, from increasing security in public housing to building new playgrounds. This work was the foundation for his leadership as Mayor. Reflecting his commitment to education, Mayor Booker is a member of numerous boards and advisory committees including Democrats for Education Reform, Columbia University Teachers’ College Board of Trustees and the Black Alliance for Educational Options. Mayor Booker received his B. A. and M. A. from Stanford University, a B. A. in Modern History at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and completed his law degree at Yale University.
Clifford Kulwin is rabbi of Temple B'nai Abraham in Livingston,New Jersey. He formerly served as a congregational rabbi in Rio de Janeiro and spent nearly two decades overseeing international expansion of the Reform movement through the World Union for Progressive Judaism.
Michael A. Meyer is the Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. He is the international president of the Leo Baeck Institute. One of the foremost scholars of modern Jewish history, Professor Meyer has published numerous academic works, three of which have won Jewish Book Awards. Professor Meyer was the editor of Joachim Prinz, Rebellious Rabbi: An Autobiography—the German and Early American Years (2007).
Deborah Prinz is the executive director of the Achieve Foundation of South Orange & Maplewood (NJ), a local education foundation. She is chairperson of the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival and a director of GreenFaith, New Jersey’s interfaith coalition for the environment. She is a member of the State of New Jersey Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and a trustee of Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston.
Jonathan J. Prinz served alongside his father as a rabbi of Temple B'nai Abraham during the 1960s. After leaving the pulpit, he spent nearly a decade as an executive on Wall Street. Since that time he has been a consultant in corporate and brand communications. The firm of which he was a principal and president served major corporations and, among others, helped launch Diet Coke, one of the most successful new products of all time. Today, in addition to consulting on his own, he is writing a book about increasing number of Americans who have left religion behind.
Lucie Prinz was a staff editor at The Atlantic Monthly for 23 years. She has been the co-author of three books, including 170 Years of Show Business by Kate Mostel and Madeline Gilford and The Joy of Insight by internationally renowned physicist Victor Weisskopf. Her writing has been published in The New York Times and The Atlantic Monthly. She is a freelance editor and lives in Massachusetts.
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