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Kevin Roche, FAIA is an Irish-born American Pritzker Prize-winning architect. He has been responsible for the design/master planning for over 200 built projects in both the U.S. and abroad.  These projects include eight museums, 38 corporate headquarters, seven research facilities, performing arts centers, theaters, and campus buildings for six universities and the Central Park Zoo.

In 1967 Mr. Roche created the master plan for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and since then has designed all of the new wings and installation of many collections including the American and Islamic wings.  He designed the Museum of Jewish Heritage as well as additions to the Jewish Museum on Fifth Avenue.  He was the second American architect to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1982 and has been the recipient of numerous other awards including the Gold Medal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Gold Medal Award from the American Institute of Architects in 1993.

 
Shoshana Bederman is the co-founder and president of
Students & Parents Against Campus Anti-Semitism (SPACA). Shoshana was born in Israel, holds a BA from NYU and a JD from Cardozo School of Law. She has served as a prosecuting attorney for New York City.

For the past 20 years Shoshana has been an activist and advocate for the State of Israel, and is a founding member of the Westchester & Southern Connecticut branch of Jewish National Fund. As president of SPACA, Shoshana educates, supports, and empowers   high school and college students to stand up to anti-Israel campaigns and anti-Semitism on campus.

 
Joel Chasnoff is not your grandfather’s Jewish comedian.
Joel is clever. Hip. Daring and edgy, yet 100% clean. From his stint on the Solomon Schechter basketball team to his tour of duty in the Israeli Army, nothing escapes Joel’s sharp wit. Audiences across the spectrum of knowledge and observance find Joel’s humor uplifting, powerful, and hilarious.

Joel performs in North America, Europe, and Israel, including the
Montreal Comedy Festival, Israeli late-night TV, multiple appearances on NPR and PBS...plus, more than 1,000 Jewish events, and counting.

In 2010, Simon and Schuster published The 188th Crybaby Brigade, Joel’s comedic memoir about his service in the Israeli Army.
Kirkus Reviews called Crybaby Brigade, “Horrifyingly hilarious.”

The film is currently in production at Paramount.

In 2013, Joel co-authored the cookbook Balaboosta with Israeli chef and Chopped! Champion Einat Admony. Joel also writes extensively about the plight of IDF Lone Soldiers, including highly-acclaimed editorials in the Washington Post and Jewish Week. His writing has been featured in the Forward, The Big Book of Jewish Humor—25th Anniversary Edition, and The Idiot’s Guide to Jokes.

A portion of proceeds from Joel’s comedy and book sales is
donated to his foundation, Project Elijah. In its first venture,
Project Elijah sent 100 low-income New York City schoolchildren
to the circus.