Monday, December 31, 2007

Gidon D. Remba Bio

Doni Remba is Executive Director and President of the Jewish Alliance for Change (JAFC)(,) a nonprofit organization which works to educate and mobilize American Jews and the American public to support a progressive domestic and foreign policy agenda.  He also serves as co-director of the Campaign for Bedouin-Jewish Justice in Israel: A Project of Rabbis for Human Rights-North America & JAFC.

During 2008, Mr. Remba and JAFC worked to build American Jewish support for then-Senator Obama's candidacy during the presidential election by co-founding Jews for Obama, and editing its e-newsletter and website, and, among other things, producing the popular web video Israelis For Obama, and the TV ad and web video series Ain't Funny, which featured Carl Reiner, Danny DeVito, Jerry Stiller, Valerie Harper, and other iconic comedians. More recently, JAFC sponsored a benefit concert and political event in support of marriage equality legislation in New York and New Jersey; the concert, called "Broadway for a New America," featured over 30 stars from Broadway, film, TV, music and comedy, and drew an audience of 800 people in New York City.

JAFC sponsors the Campaign for Bedouin-Jewish Justice in Israel together with Rabbis for Human Rights-North America, and co-sponsored an advocacy campaign with J Street ( in support of President Obama’s bold effort to promote peace and security for Israel, defending President Obama against the new wave of smears and misinformation. JAFC also combats myths about President Obama's Middle East peace efforts at Obama Mideast Myths and Facts.

Mr. Remba has also served as Executive Director of Ameinu, the U.S. affiliate of the World Labor Zionist Organization, and co-founded and for six years was President of Americans for Peace Now’s Chicago Region. He has spent over two decades in the for-profit sector as an award-winning marketing strategist and business development manager with several Fortune 100 corporations and entrepreneurial high technology companies.

He served as Senior Foreign Press Translator and Editor in the Israel Prime Minister’s Office, from Egyptian President Sadat’s historic 1977 Jerusalem visit until the signing of the Camp David Peace Accords in 1978. He translated for the world press the public speeches and statements of Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan, Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, and other Israeli leaders, helping them develop Israel's media/communications strategy during the peace negotiations; he co-translated President Sadat’s historic Knesset speech into English for the world press.

Mr. Remba's commentaries on Israel, the Middle East and Jewish affairs have appeared widely in the Jewish and general press, including the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, the Chicago Sun Times, the Nation, Ha’aretz, the Forward, the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), Jerusalem Report, Tikkun, Israel Horizons, the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, Chicago Jewish News, JUF News, and the Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh, where he wrote a monthly column on Israel during recent years.

Mr. Remba received his B.A. with high honors in philosophy, Jewish philosophy and Middle East studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has completed his Ph.D. coursework in political philosophy at the University of Chicago. He lives with his wife and 10-year old daughter in the New York area, having relocated from Chicago.

For a List of My Publications click here.
For Press Clips about my work from 2008 - 2009 click here
For Press Clips about my work from 2007 click here

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