Performers and Speakers

Mira Awad is a singer, songwriter and actress. She became world renowned at Eurovision 2009 when performing with Israeli singer Achinoam Nini (“Noa”). Born in the Arab village of Rameh in the Galilee to a Palestinian father and Bulgarian mother, she studied at the Rimon School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and now lives in Tel-Aviv. Mira has released two solo albums and collaborated with many artists including Noa, David Broza, Idan Raichel, Andrea Boccelli, and Bobby McFerrin. Mira’s unique East-West fusion weaves Arabic and its oriental ornaments with Western harmonies to create a rich musical tapestry. As an actress, Mira has performed in theatre, hosted TV shows, and starred in the acclaimed series “Arab Labor.” She is a relentless peace activist and works towards dialogue and co-existence. She serves on the board of NIF grantee The Abraham Fund Initiatives.

Rabbi Claudia KreimanRabbi Claudia Kreiman is the rabbi at Temple Beth Zion in Brookline. She grew up in Santiago, Chile, where her father was the country’s Chief Rabbi. Living under the repressive dictatorship there inspired her to work for social justice. In 1994, Rav Claudia’s mother, Susy Wolynski Kreiman, was killed in the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) bombing in Buenos Aires, along with 84 other victims. Rav Claudia chose to honor her mother’s legacy by committing herself to Jewish education. She later made aliyah to Israel and worked for the Masorti movement before moving to Boston. She is active in the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, J Street’s Rabbinic Cabinet, and Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.

Libby LenkinskiLibby Lenkinski is the Vice President for Public Engagement at the New Israel Fund. Prior to joining NIF, Libby worked in Israel for almost a decade. Most recently, she worked as Director of International Relations at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and as a strategy consultant for human rights organizations, documentary films, and for progressive campaigns in Israel. She is a founding member of ZAZIM-Community Action. Currently, Libby sits on the board of Comet-ME, on the National Board of Hashomer Hatzair and is an advisor to +972 Magazine and #IfNotNow.