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David Bunis

The Longest Journey

David Bunis is a world-famous expert on Ladino and Jewish languages at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He will be spending the 2013-2014 academic year at the UW as a Schusterman Visiting Professor of Israel Studies. After his doctorate on the Hebrew-Aramaic component of Modern Judezmo (or Judeo-Spanish, Ladino, Spanyol) was accepted in 1980 by the Department of Linguistics, Columbia University, David M. Bunis joined the Faculty of Humanities of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as its Judezmo Studies specialist. In 2006 Bunis was appointed full professor in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Languages.

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Jason Hutt 

                             

  

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Director Jason Hutt is a New York-based documentary filmmaker whose films explore unique individuals and cultures that most people don’t know about, don’t understand or take for granted. He last attended SJFF in 2009 with his film, Orthodox Stance about Dmitriy Salita, a Russian immigrant, professional boxer and religious Jew in pursuit of a professional boxing title. Learn more on his website: oxbowlakefilms.com

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Inbal Lessner (Producer/Editor) began making films when she was in high school and later produced training films for the Israeli Defense Forces.  Since graduating NYU with honors and moving to Los Angeles, Inbal has edited hundreds of hours of non-scripted network & cable television shows. Her career reflects her passion for social justice and women's issues.

Devin Naar The Longest Journey Devin E. Naar is the Marsha and Jay Glazer Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Washington. At the UW, Dr. Naar teaches courses on modern Jewish history, Jewish culture from the Hebrew Bible until today, Sephardic history and culture, the Holocaust, and relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Mediterranean region. Dr. Naar also spearheads the new Sephardic Studies Initiative at UW as part of the Stroum Jewish Studies Program.

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Eliezer Papo The Longest Journey Dr. Eliezer “Eli” Papo is director of the Sephardic Studies Research Institute at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The Institute was established for the study, advancement and preservation of Sephardic culture – literature, folklore, history, music, and more – from all historical periods and geographical regions. Dr. Papo teaches Jewish folklore, oral Jewish literatures, and Judeo-Spanish culture at BGU, and also serves as its deputy director of the Moshe David Gaon Center for Ladino Culture.

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Joel Migdal Bethlehem Joel S. Migdal is the Robert F. Philip Professor of International Studies in the University of Washington ‘s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.  Dr. Migdal was formerly associate professor of Government at Harvard University and senior lecturer at Tel-Aviv University.  Among his books are Peasants, Politics, and Revolution; Palestinian Society and Politics; Strong Societies and Weak States; State in Society; Through the Lens of Israel; The Palestinian People: A History (with Baruch Kimmerling); and, Boundaries and Belonging.
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Dan Nichols

 Dan Nichols and Eighteen 
Doug Passon Web Doug Passon  Road to Eden 

Doug Passon is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and musician. He is President & Creative Director of D Major Films which produces commercial and narrative documentaries on topics and for organizations focused on fostering social change.  He is also a distinguished defense attorney who teaches and consults with lawyers, paralegals, and investigators around the country on how to use moving pictures as a tool of persuasion in the courtroom. 

Passon is also a recent graduate of the Wexner Heritage program, where he spent two years engaged in intensive Jewish study and leadership training. The knowlege and inspiration for Road to Eden was gained in large part from participation in that program.

He lives in Scottsdale, AZ with his wife Rachel, his two sons Nate and Dylan and a pooch named Zippy.

Jordan Passon web Jordan Passon  Road to Eden
Mathew Rovner Make Hummus Not War

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Speight Jenkins Wagner's Jews Speight Jenkins, General Director of Seattle Opera since 1983, is recognized nationally as a leading authority on opera, a politically active arts advocate, and one of the most influential and accomplished general directors in the country. His knowledge of opera is reflected in his company’s many innovative productions, substantial publications, and comprehensive education programs and services. Jenkins has strengthened and extended Seattle Opera’s reputation as a Wagner center by producing all ten of Wagner’s major operas—including two very different Ring productions. In 2006, Jenkins held Seattle Opera’s first International Wagner Competition, developed to discover and promote outstanding young singers who show promise of major careers in Wagner operas.

Mayor Nickels proclaimed April 25, 2009 as Speight Jenkins Day in Seattle in honor of his “immeasurable contributions to the city’s cultural arts and civic life”.

 

 

 

David Bunis is a world-famous expert on Ladino and Jewish languages at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He will be spending the 2013-2014 academic year at the UW as a Schusterman Visiting Professor of Israel Studies. After his doctorate on the Hebrew-Aramaic component of Modern Judezmo (or Judeo-Spanish, Ladino, Spanyol) was accepted in 1980 by the Department of Linguistics, Columbia University, David M. Bunis joined the Faculty of Humanities of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as its Judezmo Studies specialist. In 2006 Bunis was appointed full professor in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Languages.