Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat is an American diplomat, attorney and celebrated author. He served in prestigious government posts as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Treasury and Ambassador to the European Union.
Over the last decade, he successfully negotiated restitution agreements with the Swiss, German, Austrian and French governments. For his dedication to Holocaust restitution matters, he has received high civilian awards from the governments of France, Germany, Austria, and Belgium and has received several honorary doctorate degrees from universities and academic institutions. Currently, he is a partner at the Washington, D.C. based law firm Covington & Burling LLP where he heads their international practice..
Professor Ilan Troen
President, Association for Israel Studies.
Ilan Troen is the Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies at Brandeis University and founding Director of its Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. In this capacity he has contributed to the rapid development of Israel Studies beyond Israel by training faculty from more than 200 universities worldwide. Ilan made aliyah from the U.S to Ben-Gurion University where he was the founding Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Director of the Ben-Gurion Research Institute and Archives in the Negev, the Israeli equivalent of an American presidential institute. He has published extensively on American, Jewish and Israeli topics in English and Hebrew and is the founding editor of Israel Studies, the leading international journal in the field.
Born in Worms, Eric was brought out of Germany by an Anglican women. When she showed her English passport to a Gestapo officer, she saved his life.
In November 1942, at the age of 14, he became a messenger for the French Resistance until liberation of the area, in July 1944.
His parents were murdered by the Nazi's. His mother died in Belzec in March 1942 and his father while trying to escape from Sobibor.
Since 1947, Eric lives in the United States and in 1953 he married his wife, Edith, in Baltimore. They have two sons, Ronald who lives in Hawaii is not married, and Robert who is married and the father of Lindsey, lives in Douglaston, NY.
Vanessa Lapa, Founder and Treasurer
Born and raised in Belgium, Vanessa Lapa has been living in Israel since 1995. Vanessa speaks French, Hebrew, English, German, Dutch, Spanish and Arabic.
An accomplished journalist, she produced and directed over a hundred factual reportages for Israeli television. Her documentary film “OLMERT – CITIZEN NUMBER 1” (Israel, 2009) was hailed as a unique cinéma vérite achievement, revealing the behind-the-scenes of the government and the private life of Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
Vanessa was also on the Israeli side of the production and content for the 52-minute documentary “Straddling the Fence” (USA, 2003) directed by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, which aired worldwide.
Producer and director of award winning and acclaimed documentary Film “The Decent One”, based on 151 sources of archival footage.
In 2006, she founded the Tel Aviv based independent documentary film production company Realworks Studios.
Tomer Eliav, Founder and President
Born and raised in Israel, Tomer is an officer degree at the IDF.
Tomer Eliav is an award winning sound designer. He has been a sound designer for TV and cinema, feature and documentary films for the last 20 years.
In 2014, he accepted the challenge to "rescue" the legendary "MIX ROOM" in Tel-Aviv, where Realworks Studios is located.
Sound designer of award winning and acclaimed documentary film “The Decent One”, based on 151 sources of silent archival footage.