2019 RABBIS & LECTURERS
RABBI ABRAHAM COOPER
Rabbi Abraham Cooper is the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish human rights organization with over 400,000 family members. He has been a longtime activist for Jewish and human rights’ causes on six continents. Since 1977, Rabbi Cooper has overseen the Wiesenthal Center’s international social action agenda and worldwide promotion of tolerance education. He is widely recognized as a pioneer and international authority on issues related to Digital Hate and Terrorism.
Rabbi Cooper regularly meets with numerous influential religious and political leaders, and has coordinated international conferences at UNESCO, Berlin, Geneva and multi-faith conferences on religion and terrorism in Bali and Mumbai. He has testified before the United Nations, the United States Senate, the Japanese Diet, the French Parliament, and the OSCE.
Rabbi Cooper served as project manager of the Center’s historical exhibition, People, Book, Land: The 3,500 Year Relationship of The Jewish People with The Holy Land, coorganized with UNESCO, that has been presented at the United Nations, the U.S. Congress, UNESCO, and Israeli Knesset.
His op-eds appear internationally in the secular and Jewish media. Newsweek/Daily Beast lists Rabbi Cooper together with Rabbi Hier as #8 among the “50 Most Influential Rabbis in the United States”. He is a founding member of Israel’s Global Forum on Anti-Semitism.
RABBI YAAKOV GLASSER
Rabbi Yaakov Glasser serves as the Rabbi of the Young Israel of Passaic-Clifton, and the Dean of the Center for the Jewish Future at Yeshiva University. He was previously the Regional Director of the Etz Chaim/New Jersey region of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth. Rabbi Glasser has Yoreh Yoreh Semicha from Yeshiva University, as well as an MS in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School. He is also a member of Yeshiva University’s Kollel LeHoraah. Rabbi Glasser possesses extensive experience in youth work and informal Jewish education, having served as founding director of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Student Union in New Jersey, a network of public school clubs for Jewish teens.
RABBI JASON WEINER
Rabbi Jason Weiner, BCC, serves as the senior rabbi and director of the Spiritual Care Department at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, where he is responsible for the chaplaincy team and all aspects of spiritual care.
Rabbi Weiner previously served as the assistant rabbi at Young Israel of Century City in West Los Angeles. He has earned two rabbinic ordinations, as well as a master’s degree in bioethics and health policy from Loyola University (Chicago), where he is completing a doctorate in clinical bioethics. He has also earned a master’s degree in Jewish history from Yeshiva University. Rabbi Weiner has completed four units of clinical pastoral education. He is a board-certified chaplain through Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC), and he sits on their board. He is also a member of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA).
Rabbi Weiner is a past-president of the Southern California Board of Rabbis and has been honored with Rabbinic Leadership Awards from the Orthodox Union and Chai Lifeline. He is a member of the Cedars-Sinai End of Life Committee, Organ Donor Council and Bioethics Committee, for which he serves on the internal advisory board. Rabbi Weiner is also the rabbi of Knesset Israel Synagogue of Beverlywood, and he frequently serves as a scholar-in-residence at conferences and synagogues throughout the nation on topics related to Jewish medical ethics, pastoral care, health and wellness.
He is the author of Jewish Guide to Practical Medical Decision-Making (Urim Press) and Guide to Observance of Jewish Law in a Hospital (Kodesh Press). He developed Cedars-Sinai’s innovative Jewish Advance Healthcare Directive and has published more than two dozen scholarly articles and book chapters, as well as a number of “popular” pieces.
RABBI JOSH MASLOW
Rabbi Josh Maslow is the Director of Community Education at LINK and Noted Lecturer. Rabbi Maslow, originally from Cedarhurst, NY, began his rabbinic career as a rabbinic intern at the Riverdale Jewish Center. He served at the Riverdale Jewish Center for two years while pursuing Semicha at Yeshiva University. After completing his Semicha, Rabbi Maslow moved out to the West Coast and served with distinction as the Assistant Rabbi at Young Israel of Century City under the tutelage of Rabbi Elazar Muskin. He now serves as the Director of Community Education at the LINK Kollel and Shul where he is a much-sought after teacher and lecturer. In addition to this, Rabbi Maslow has experience in the fields of education and psychology and is currently pursuing an MSW at Boston University’s Online School of Social Work. He and his wife Shira are the proud parents of their 2 year old son Yehuda.
DR. MICHAEL MEDVED
Born in Philadelphia, Michael attended public schools in San Diego and Los Angeles before starting Yale at age 16 as a National Merit Scholar. He majored in American History and graduated with honors, before attending Yale Law School, where his classmates included Bill and Hillary Clinton.
After several years as a campaign speechwriter and political consultant, Michael wrote his first bestseller at age 26—WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO THE CLASS OF ’65?, a skeptical reconsideration of the “counterculture” of the 1960s that became a weekly TV series on NBC. Michael’s subsequent 12 books include THE SHADOW PRESIDENTS, hailed as the definitive history of White House chiefs of staff; HOLLYWOOD VS. AMERICA,a stinging indictment of the entertainment industry; and RIGHT TURNS, which tells the story of Michael’s transformation from “punk liberal activist to lovable conservative curmudgeon.” THE 10 BIG LIES ABOUT AMERICA (2008) and THE 5 BIG LIES ABOUT AMERICAN BUSINESS (2010), confront the most common smears against the United States and its free market system.
Medved’s most recent book, THE AMERICAN MIRACLE: DIVINE PROVIDENCE IN THE RISE OF THE REPUBLIC, describes a dozen astonishing incidents in which luck, nature or some higher power seemed to intervene on behalf the young United States. In the book, Michael argues that a “pattern of happy accidents” is still a pattern, and sides with the Founders in seeing America as “fortune’s favorite” and “destiny’s darling.”
Michael’s columns on politics and media appear frequently in USA Today, where he is a member of the Board of Contributors. His work as a film critic, based on short-lived experience as a Hollywood screen writer, featured positions at CNN (1980-84), Great Britain’s Channel 4 Network (1984), and PBS (1985-96) where he served as co-host of the popular weekly show Sneak Previews. He was also Chief Film Critic of the New York Post for five years before launching his daily radio show in 1996.
Michael has been married for 33 years to clinical psychologist Dr. Diane Medved, a bestselling author in her own right (THE CASE AGAINST DIVORCE). Diane’s latest book, DON’T DIVORCE: POWERFUL ARGUMENT FOR SAVING AND REVITALIZING YOUR MARRIAGE, was released in March, 2017. They live in the Seattle area where they raised their three children.
DR. DIANE MEDVED
Diane Medved, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, author of six major non-fiction books, blogger, and nationally-known speaker and media personality. A fifth-generation Californian, she received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from UCLA, as well as her elementary and secondary teaching and counseling credentials, supporting herself through school as a writer, teaching assistant and researcher.
Dr. Medved’s long-running blog, “Searching for Bright Light,” and frequent newspaper and magazine columns cover social media, family and politics. Her doctoral work with couples inspired a successful UCLA Extension course that became her first book. She offers workshops nationally on marriage and child-bearing decisions, as well as her unique “Eat What You Want” no-diet program that tackles distress and dissatisfaction about appearance and food.
Dr. Medved’s radio career began with syndicated features on personal issues, and expanded to her own shows for California Radio Network and the first internet radio network, TalkSpot. She’s a frequent voice on her husband’s nationally syndicated radio program, “The Michael Medved Show” that reaches 4.5 million listeners daily, and she’s appeared on dozens of television programs including “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” “CBS Morning News,” “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” “Oprah,” and “Larry King.”
Dr. Medved’s new book Don’t Divorce: Powerful Arguments for Saving and Revitalizing Your Marriage, (2017 by Regnery Publishing) immediately rose to Amazon’s number 1 in Divorce, and is receiving wide print, online, and media coverage.
Dr. Medved’s experience in her clinical practice led to her groundbreaking book, The Case Against Divorce (1989; still widely sold in paperback). In it, she shows how divorce is usually “a cure worse than the disease” and details how a casual attitude about divorce harms individuals, children and the wider community.
Dr. Medved’s other books include Children: To Have or Have Not?, First Comes Love: Deciding Whether or Not to Get Married, Saving Childhood: Protecting Our Children from the National Assault on Innocence (with her husband Michael Medved) and The American Family: Discovering the Values that Make Us Strong (with former Vice President Dan Quayle), which quickly appeared at #1 on the Los Angeles Times Best-Seller list (first printing 350,000 copies).
Diane and Michael Medved have been married for 32 years, and raised their three children in their present Seattle-area home. They became grandparents for the first time recently with the birth in January, 2017 of the adorable Julia Rose.