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Board of Advisers

Dr. Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi

Dr. Mohammed Dajani Daoudi, is a professor emeritus of political science and international relations; founding director, American Studies Institute, Al-Quds University; founding director of the Wasatia Moderate Islamic Movement in Palestine. He is a Jerusalem-born scholar and peace activist with two doctorate degrees (University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 1981; University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1984). He is chairman, Board of Directors, House of Water and Environment; member Board of Directors, YMCA-West Jerusalem; Founding Director, Jerusalem Studies and Research Institute.

Rabbi David Rosen

Rabbi David Rosen is International Director of Interreligious Affairs of AJC and its Heilbrunn Institute for International Interreligious Understanding. Former Chief Rabbi of Ireland and past Chairman of IJCIC, the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (a broad-based coalition of Jewish organizations representing world Jewry to other religions), he is a co-president of the World Conference of Religions for Peace, Honorary President of the International Council of Christians and Jews, and serves on the Executive of the World Council of Religious Leaders. Rabbi Rosen received a papal Knighthood in 2005 for his contribution to Jewish-Catholic reconciliation and in 2010 he was made a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II for his work promoting interfaith understanding and cooperation. 

For additional videos of Rabbi Rosen on ecology, see:
On Love of the Divine and God’s Creation (four minutes)
On Judaism, Ecology, and Global Responsibility (eight minutes)

Dr. Donald Kennedy

Dr. Donald Kennedy works on the intersection of science and public policy and earned his AB and Ph.D. in biology from Harvard. He served as Stanford University Chairman of the Department of Biology and Chairman of the Human Biology Program, which he helped create. In 1977, Dr. Kennedy took a leave to become Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and returned to Stanford in 1979 to serve for a year as Provost and then for twelve years as President. His present research involves interdisciplinary studies on policies regarding trans-boundary environmental issues like major land-use changes, economically driven alterations in agriculture, climate change, and the development of regulatory policies. Dr. Kennedy was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1972 and is a Board Member of the Health Effects Institute and the California Nature Conservancy. He currently serves as Director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and is Co-Chairman of the NAS Project on Science, Technology & Law. He is a published author and served as Editor-in-Chief of Science Magazine from 2000-2008.

Most Rev. Bishop William Shomali

Most Rev. Bishop Shomali was born in Beit Sahour (Palestine) in 1950. He earned a B.A. in philosophy and Theology and was subsequently ordained as a priest in Jerusalem in 1972. He earned a Doctor of Divinity degree, and served as professor of liturgy, vice-rector and dean of studies at the Faculty of Philosophy and Theology of the Major Seminary of Jerusalem. In 2005 he became Rector of the same seminary. In 2009, he became Chancellor of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. In 2010 he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as auxiliary bishop to the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem.

Dr. Joan Lurie

Dr. Lurie is a physicist and business development consultant living in New York City and dealing with applications of satellite imagery and technology transfer. She is the Principal Scientist for Verdant Enterprises. Her current interests include using satellite imagery to study the environment and the assessment of sustainable development projects. At the United Nations she represents an accredited Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), International Council of Jewish Women, and is a member of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development where her work emphasizes the relationship between women’s rights and sustainability.

Rev. Dr. Martin Otto Zimmann

Rev. Dr. Martin Otto Zimmann holds a PhD in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  A graduate of the Lutheran Theological School at Gettysburg, Martin served at St. John Lutheran Church in Dundee Michigan from 1998-2008, and part-time at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Temperance, Michigan from 2009-2013. Recently, Martin was the Co-Pastor (with his spouse, Angela) of the English Speaking Congregation at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem where he served as Special Assistant to Bishop Munib Younan, President of the Lutheran World Federation and presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. Martin lives on campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg with his wife, Angela, and their two children, Seth (15) & Chelsea (11). He currently serves as the Interim Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

Rev. Dr. Angela Zimmann

Rev. Angela Zimmann, Ph.D., serves as an Advancement and Communications Executive and Visiting Professor of Homiletics at the oldest Lutheran seminary in the Western hemisphere, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Prior to that appointment, Angela was the pastor at The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem, and Assistant to Bishop Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL). While in Jerusalem, Angela served on the Board of the Anglican International School in Jerusalem (AISJ). Angela is married to Rev. Martin Otto Zimmann, Ph.D., and is the mother of two children, Seth and Chelsea.