The Honorable Madam Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella
Rosalie Silberman Abella was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004 after serving on the Ontario Court of Appeal for 12 years. She practiced civil and criminal litigation until she was appointed to the Ontario Family Court in 1976. She subsequently chaired the Ontario Law Reform Commission and the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Justice Abella was the sole Commissioner and author of the 1984 Royal Commission on Equality in Employment, creating the term and concept of “employment equity”. She was the Boulton Visiting Professor at McGill Law School from 1988-1992, teaching jurisprudence, administrative law, and constitutional law. She is a specially elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in classical piano. She was a judge of the Giller Literary Prize, has written over 90 articles and written or co-edited four books on a wide variety of legal topics, and chairs the Rhodes Selection Committee for Ontario. She has 30 honorary degrees. Justice Abella is married to Canadian history professor Irving Abella and they have two sons, Jacob and Zachary, both lawyers. She is the first Jewish woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.
The Honorable Stuart E. Eizenstat
Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat is Senior Counsel at Covington and Burling LLP where he heads the firm’s international practice. During a decade and a half of public service in three U.S. administrations, Ambassador Eizenstat held a number of key senior positions, most recently as Ambassador to the European Union, Under Secretary of Commerce, Under Secretary of State, and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton. He was a domestic policy advisor to President Carter and a staff member in the Johnson White House. As Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State on Holocaust-Era Issues in the Clinton administration, Ambassador Eizenstat negotiated major agreements with European countries for restitution of property and other compensatory payments resulting from Nazi-era atrocities. He is published often in the international press and prestigious journals, and is the author of two books, Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, and the Unfinished Business of World War II, and The Future of the Jews: How Global Forces are Impacting the Jewish People, Israel, and Its Relationship with the United States. He has received seven honorary degrees, and civilian citations from the governments of France, Germany, Austria and Belgium. Ambassador Eizenstat, a native of Atlanta, is a cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard Law School. He was married to the late Frances Eizenstat and has two sons and five grandchildren.
The Honorable Dan Meridor
Dan Meridor recently served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy in the Israeli Cabinet. He served as Senior Partner at Haim Zadok and Co., a leading Israeli legal firm. Mr. Meridor was Minister of Strategic Affairs until February 2003. He served as the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Knesset from 1999-2001; Minister of Finance from 1996-1997, and the Minister of Justice from 1988-1992. From 1982 to 1984 Mr. Meridor served as the Secretary of the Cabinet under Prime Ministers Menahem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir. A member of the Knesset between 1984 and 2003, and again from 2009 to 2013, Mr. Meridor served on the Committee of Constitution, Law and Justice, and the Ethics Committee. He is Captain (res.) in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and fought as a tank commander in the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Israel Museum and as Chairman of the Public Council of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gesher Theater. From 2003 until he joined the Cabinet in 2009, Mr. Meridor served as Chairman of The Jerusalem Foundation. He is married to Dr. Leora Meridor, an economist, and they have four children.
Professor Amitai Ziv, MD, MHA
Professor Amitai Ziv, MD, MHA is the Founder and Director of MSR, the Israel Center for Medical Simulation and Deputy Director of Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer. Influenced by his training as a combat pilot in the Israeli Air Force, he has become a world leader in the field of simulation based medical education aiming to improve patient safety. Simulation is used to enhance clinical and communication skills of healthcare professionals – training them to make better decisions for their patients, enhancing teamwork, improving responses in emergency settings and extracting invaluable lessons from past errors – without endangering real patients. Professor Ziv is broadly involved in humanitarian initiatives and in developing national training and evaluation programs in collaboration with other social and medical organizations, including the IDF Medical Corps' preparation for battlefield conditions. He has been sought after by medical centers around the world, including Mayo Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, McGill University, Albert Einstein Medical Center (Brazil), and the US Department of the Army. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and briefed the Department of Homeland Security on the use of simulation in medical emergency preparedness. He is married to Dr. Margalit Ziv, an education specialist, and they have three children.
Professor Ziv was the recipient of The Charles Bronfman Prize 2007.
The Honorable James D. Wolfensohn: Emeritus
James Wolfensohn has had a long and distinguished career in business, finance and public service, focused mainly on investment banking and economic development of emerging market economies. He currently serves as Chairman of Wolfensohn & Company, LLC, a private investment firm advising corporations and governments. He is Chairman of Citigroup International Advisory Board, and is also advisor to Citigroup’s senior management on global strategy and on international matters. Mr. Wolfensohn served as the ninth President of the World Bank Group (from 1995 to 2005). During his ten years as President of the World Bank, he focused the spotlight back on the Bank's true purpose: fighting global poverty and helping the world's poor forge a better life. He has participated in a wide range of cultural and volunteer activities throughout his life, especially the performing arts. He established the Wolfensohn Center, a research initiative focused on global poverty at the Brookings Institution and serves as Chairman Emeritus of both Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Wolfensohn’s autobiography, A Global Life: My Journey Among Rich and Poor, from Sydney to Wall Street to the World Bank, was published in October 2010. He is married to Elaine Wolfensohn, an education specialist, and they have three children.