SMC's Advisory Board is made up of a wide range of people including political activists, educators, community leaders, veteran journalists, and advocacy experts across the world who officially recognize and support Sderot Media' Center's vision to shape world opinion through the story of Sderot--via media outreach, education, and community activism.
Dr. Reuven Ehrlich
served in the IDF Intelligence Corps for 30 years, attaining the rank of colonel. He is a graduate of the National Defense College. He lectures on intelligence studies at IDC Herzliya and is the head of the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the Israel Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center for Special Studies. Dr. Ehrlich served as the Israeli government’s deputy coordinator for Lebanese affairs and was a member of the Israeli delegation to the bilateral peace talks with Lebanon. He has written five books and numerous articles on Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian affairs.
is the president and founder of the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET), an organization based in Washington that educates policy makers and the general public about Israel. Stern has also served as the National Policy Director for the ZOA from 1998-2004 and as the Director of the Office Legislative and Governmental Affairs of the American Jewish Congress (2004-2006).
Stern played a major role in the drafting and passage of many pieces of legislation, including the Syria Accountability Act, the Koby Mandell Act, and the resolution in support Israel’s right to build a security fence. She has worked on many other issues including the stationing of US troops on the Golan Heights, the sale of the Harpoon block missiles to Egypt, the hiring of Hamas agents to teach at the UNRWA camps, the issue of anti-Americanism, anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism on US college campuses.
Stern has has been published in The Jerusalem Post, the Washington Jewish Week, and the Middle East Quarterly. She is the author of one novel, "Cherished Illusions", (2005, Balfour Books), and has written a chapter in Frank Gaffney's widely acclaimed book, "War Footing" (Naval Press. 2006).
Pat Johnson serves at the Vancouver Hillel as the Development and Communications Director in since 2006. He has an extensive background in journalism and a broad understanding of the Jewish community. Pat, a native of British Columbia, writes frequently for the Jewish Independent as well as his own MVOX Multicultural Digest and is also a commentator.
Dr. Anna Geifman
is Professor of History at Boston University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate classes on the history of imperial Russia, the USSR, and psychohistory. She also presently teaches history of contemporary terrorism at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Dr. Geifman is the author of Thou Shalt Kill: Revolutionary Terrorism in Russia, 1894-1917 (Princeton University Press, 1993) and Entangled in Terror: The Azef Affair and the Russian Revolution (Rowman & Littlefeld Publishers, Inc., 2000). She is the editor of Russia under the Last Tsar: Opposition and Subversion, 1894-1917 (Blackwell, 1999). She has also authored journal articles and book chapters on Russian political and cultural history, as well as psychohistory. Her last major publication is a psychohistorical study, La mort sera votre dieu: du nihilisme russe au terrorisme islamiste (« La Table Ronde:» Paris, 2005).
Levi J. Attias
received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations and African Studies. He has served in the embassy of Israel as an assistant to the Information Attaché. In 1982, Mr. Attias received his diploma in law and was called to the Bar of England Wales and Gibraltar. He is a Barrister at Law in Gibraltar.
Mr. Attias undertakes public relations for the Jewish Community of Gibraltar, having been appointed a representative of the International Forum for a United Jerusalem for the Iberian Peninsula in 1995. In 1997, Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu conferred upon Mr. Attias the title of Gauardian of Jerusalem at the Jerusalem City Hall. He has been appointed to various non-political posts for the Government of Gibraltar.
is the Executive Director of the Betar Educational Youth Organization and is President of ZOA Cleveland. Mr. Seaman is also the founder and managing partner of Dennis Seaman & Associates Co. In addition to his professional career of protecting the rights of injured consumers, he has assisted the general community through his involvement of numerous civic organizations.
a former diplomat and lobbyist in Washington, serves as managing director of the Israel Consult, Inc. subsidiary I*Consult, a consulting firm that includes leading public relations firms, consultants and lobbyists in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Tbilisi and Israel.
From August 1997 until August 2000, Ben-David served as Israel's Deputy Chief of Mission (number two diplomat) in Washington after being appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In his three years in Washington, he served under three Israeli ambassadors and two Israeli prime ministers.
Ben-David also held senior posts in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee for 25 years, in both Washington and Israel. He was AIPAC’s director of Information and Research for 10 years in Washington and opened AIPAC's first Israel office in 1982, directing it for almost 15 years. In that capacity, he coordinated the visits of hundreds of members of Congress and political delegations to Israel.
He attended both the Madrid and Cairo Peace Conferences as an advisor to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. He has traveled throughout the Middle East and Europe, including visits to Jordan, Qatar, Egypt, and Gaza.
Ben David has appeared in television interview shows, including CNN News, PBS’ News Hour, Fox News, and CNN’s Burden of Proof.
Rufus Greenbaum speaks about Israel from having lived and worked in Israel, Europe and UK for over 30 years. He is based in London, and conducts advocacy work for Israel which consists of communicating positive, background briefings about Israel to the UK press and media. Special themes are anti-Semitism and distortion of the news coming out of Israel. He is a member of the Israel Awareness Committee of Stanmore Synagogue.
Shimon Apisdorf is the author of eleven books including Israel In a Nutshell. Two of his books have won the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award. He currently works with the Afikim Foundation on a broad range of educational initiatives. He has been involved in Israel advocacy for 25 years and is currently working on a revised and updated version of Israel In a Nutshell that will include a special section focusing on Sderot. The Apisdorf family currently resides in Baltimore though they hope to make Israel their home in the near future.
Richard Pater is the public affairs manager at the Britain Israel Communications and Research Center (BICOM). Previously, Mr. Pater worked in the foreign press department in the Israel government press office.
Bruce Orman made aliyah in 1979 and was the founder of Moshav Katif in Gush Katif. He is now president of the Life Skills Institute, an organization which assists people in achieving life goals.
Rabbi Allan Shwartz became the spiritual leader of Congregation Ohab Zedek in 1988. He is an alumnus of Yeshiva College and received his Master of Arts Degree in Bible, Rabbinics and Halacha from Yeshiva University's Bernard Revel Graduate School, where he continues to work on his doctoral thesis on Rashi's methodology. He currently holds the Raymond J. Greenwald Chair in Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, where he has taught since 1983. Rabbi Schwartz serves on the executive board of the Rabbinical Council of America and has also served as President of the Council of Orthodox Jewish Organizations of Manhattan's West Side.
Arne Nergård is a Norwegian educator and representative of the Christian community in Norway. He has been a longstanding supporter of Israel and the Jewish people.