guests

Dr. Walter Reich

Dr. Walter Reich is the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor of International Affairs, Ethics and Human Behavior, and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at The George Washington University; a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; and a former Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dr. Reich is also a Lecturer…

Elizabeth Rynecki

Elizabeth Rynecki is the great-granddaughter of Polish-Jewish artist, Moshe Rynecki (1881-1943). She grew up with her great-grandfather’s paintings prominently displayed on the walls of her family home and understood from an early age that the art connected her to a legacy from “the old country”: Poland. In 1999, Elizabeth designed the original Moshe Rynecki: Portrait…

Deborah Kalb

Deborah Kalb is a writer and editor. She spent about two decades working as a journalist in Washington, D.C., for news organizations including Gannett News Service, Congressional Quarterly, U.S. News & World Report, and The Hill. Her book blog, Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb, features hundreds of interviews she has conducted with a wide variety of authors.…

Gil Levanon

Gil has been writing, producing and directing award winning commercials, industrial and short films for over 15 years. She served in the IDF film unit where she produced the films for Israel’s Jubilee national TV celebration. She then became the youngest first Assistant Director in the TV and commercial industry in Israel. She then became…

Kat Rohrer

In 2002 Kat Rohrer founded her New York based production company GreenKat Productions. Since then Rohrer has directed and produced more the ten short films, music videos, documentaries, and a wide variety of industrials and commercials. Her short film The Search won Best Short at the 2005 LA Femme Film Festival. Kat has also acted…

Adina Appelbaum

Adina Appelbaum created and leads the Immigration Impact Lab, CAIR Coalition’s first-ever federal courts and appellate impact litigation project. She has litigated several individual and class action impact cases on behalf of detained immigrants facing deportation involving asylum law, due process and conditions of detention, and the intersection of criminal and immigration law, including Obando-Segura…

Amitai Etzioni

After receiving his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1958, Dr. Amitai Etzioni served as a Professor of Sociology at Columbia University for 20 years; part of that time as the Chairman of the department. He was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution in 1978 before serving as a Senior…

Seth Kibel

Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in jazz, swing, and more.  Wowing audiences on saxophone, clarinet, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond.  He is the featured performer with The Alexandria Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more.  Winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards…

Jason Mesches

Born in new jersey and raised at summer camp, Jason has drawn on his own experiences as a child to bring a new sound and style to the world of accessible family music. Jason has been touring for the last 4 years with his first album “oneg time” and as a member of the nationally…

Judy Meschel

Judy Meschel is a producer for local PBS station WETA. She produces WETA Arts, a half-hour magazine-style show featuring local art and artists, and Around Town, interstitial guides to local theater, museums and films. Her personal connection to Seder (the rituals observed at Passover) and masochism? She co-writes her own Haggadah (the book that lists…