Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism

“It is unconscionable that the Orthodox establishment rules over Jewish life in Israel still to this day. It belies the reality in Israel and among the Jewish people globally. As the largest denomination in Jewish

About “Looking at Zion”

As an editor and writer at Ynet (Israel’s biggest news website) for more than a decade, I became more aware of the misconceptions and stereotypes Israelis often have regarding the way Jewish people abroad perceive Israel. Consequently, the goal of my project “Looking at Zion”, is to

Answer the Questionnaire – Speak Your Mind

The goal of this project is to create a free and unbiased discussion in which members of the Diaspora can voice to Israelis their honest and diverse views regarding Israel. I believe that in order to strengthen the relationship between the Diaspora and Israel we


So far the “Looking at Zion” project includes 235 participants that are members of the Jewish communities in the following countries: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ethiopia, France, Hungary, Germany, Italy, India, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Switzerland, U.S, UK, Ukraine, Uruguay, Zimbabwe

Participants Directory

A list of “Looking at Zion” participants in Alphabetical order. A –  B  – C  – D  – E  – F  – G  – H  – I  – J  – K  –  L  – M  – N  – O  –  P  – Q  – R  – S  – T  – U  – V  – W  – X  – Y  – Z   A Abigail Kelman, Managing Partner at the

William Bietsch, Professional in the advertising industry, Chicago

“I don’t believe that all of world Jewry needs to make Aliyah which would just create another vulnerable ghetto.“ The Interviewee – William Bietsch (Born 1968), Born in Springfield, IL. I currently work on the Publicis Groupe Strategy and Growth Team and have worked in various capacities

Mira Sucharov, Associate Professor, Carleton University, Ottawa

“I feel committed to ensuring that Israel is a democracy. In its current form, I think its democratic status is eroding.” The Interviewee – Mira Sucharov (Born 1972), Associate Professor of Political Science at Carleton University in Ottawa. Columnist, Haaretz, Jewish Daily Forward, Canadian Jewish News.

Jonathan Arkush, President Board of Deputies of British Jews

“It is a privilege both to celebrate and to defend Jewish life outside Israel, as it is inside the country.” The Interviewee – Jonathan Arkush (Born 1954), President Board of Deputies of British Jews. Born in London. I live in a large Jewish community in Hertfordshire, on the

Rabbi Justin Kerber, Hospital Chaplain, St. Louis

“I do my best to defend Israel’s interests by speaking up for them when I’m able to, in speech or in writing, and simply to be the best informal ambassador I am able to be.“ The Interviewee – Rabbi Justin Kerber (Born 1969), BCC, Chaplain. I grew

Bentzion Chanowitz, President at Beis Yisroel Torah Gemach Jewish Loan Society, Brooklyn, New York

“The Jews in the diaspora have to follow what the Jews in Israel are thinking because they are front line.“ The Interviewee – Bentzion Chanowitz, I run the Beis Yisroel Torah Gemach which provides Kosher primary and secondary Torahs to start-up Shuls and Chabad centers

Belle Jarniewski, Chair at Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre, Winnipeg

“I think that Israel has for far too long related to a rightwing audience. Of course there is funding from the Sheldon Adelsons of the world and his ilk. However, I believe that there is a real danger of alienating the younger generation by continuing

William Wolff, Hillel BC Program Coordinator, Canada

“I don’t feel morally responsible for Israel’s actions but it affects my interaction with Canadian society.” The Interviewee – William Wolff, Hillel BC Program Coordinator. Born in Mexico. Moved to Canada. MA degree in psychoanalysis. Currently working for Hillel BC. In your opinion, what importance, if

Joannie Friedman, Producer, Baltimore

“The geopolitical safety of the state of Israel cannot be provided by the Orthodox segment.“ The Interviewee – Joannie Friedman, Producer. I live in Baltimore, Maryland. I’m working on bringing JOSEPHINE to the great white way…a musical based on a period of time in life of Josephine

Project Founder and Editor – Yinon Roichman

About me – I was born in 1974 and grew up in a small Moshav near Hadera. Both of my parents were born in Israel, but my family roots go back to the Jewish community in: Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Hungary. I have a B.A degree in Film,

Elizabeth Goldman, Senior at Northeastern University

“I am just back from a service of two years in the Iron Dome Unit of the IDF. Needless to say, Israel means a great deal to me. The reason why I drafted is because I feel that it was my duty as a Jew