Executive Director

Jeff Mendelsohn

Jeff Mendelsohn is the founding Executive Director of Pro-Israel America. Jeff brings years of legislative, political and organizational experience, having served as chief of staff for two Texas members of Congress for a dozen years. During his ten-plus years at AIPAC, Jeff launched and managed the AIPAC Outreach Program which successfully engaged non-Jewish constituencies, including Hispanics, African Americans, progressives, veterans and evangelical Christians in pro-Israel activism.

Board of Directors

Jon Diamond

Jon Diamond is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and attended The Ohio State University. In 2005, Jon was named to the national governing board of AIPAC, where he served for 15 years. Jon is also a past member of the Executive Committee of The Columbus Jewish Federation. Jon has served in various capacities for numerous local organizations including, Central Ohio State of Israel Bonds, Schottenstein Chabad House of The Ohio State University, The Leo Yassenoff Jewish Community Center and Wexner Heritage Village. He was active on the Columbus Torah Academy Board, including a term as President from 2000-2002. Jon was the founding Vice-Chairman of the Columbus Community Kollel and the founding President of Torat Emet Synagogue. Jon is a 2000 graduate of the Wexner Heritage Leadership program. Jon and his wife Susie reside in Bal Harbour, Florida and Aspen, Colorado. They enjoy golf, skiing, biking, tennis, travel and spending time with family and friends.

Daneh Farahi

Daneh Farahi has engaged in pro-Israel activism throughout her life as a lay leader and as a professional on the AIPAC staff in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Today she chooses motherhood professionally and together with her husband is working hard to engage the Millennial generation in combating antisemitism and advancing bipartisan support for Israel. She holds a B.A. in Economics from New York University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Abbie Green SnyderAbbie Green Snyder graduated from Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, formerly known as Akiba Hebrew Academy. She received a B.A. in Political Science and History from Temple University in 1978 and later received her J.D. from Widener University School of Law (Delaware Law School) in 1981. . Mrs. Snyder presently serves on the boards of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, the United Way of Southern Nevada, the Shane Victorino Foundation, National Museum of American Jewish History,  Temple Beth Sholom and the Solomon Schechter School, and Atlantic County Federation.  Mrs. Snyder is a member of the Nevada Women’s Philanthropy, the AIPAC (Minion Club, Congressional Club and Legacy Level of the AIPAC Tomorrow Campaign).   Mrs. Snyder formerly served as Board President of the Hebrew Academy of Las Vegas (Adelson Hebrew Academy) andChairman of the Las Vegas chapter/council of AIPAC.  Abbie Green Snyder resides primarily in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband, Jim Snyder, the evening news Anchor at NBC, Channel 3 Las Vegas.

Danielle Ames Spivak

Danielle Ames Spivak is a community leader, producer, non-profit executive and philanthropist. Danielle is the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic. Prior to joining AFIPO, Danielle worked in development for the Israel Museum. Passionate about politics and the arts, Danielle received a B.A in both Political Science and Art History from McGill University and an M.A in Museum Studies from NYU. Danielle studied in Jerusalem for a year prior to attending McGill and visits Israel as often as possible. Born in Vancouver, Canada, Danielle now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Ryan Spivak, M.D., and their five children.

Joan Hoffman

Joan Hoffman has been a pro-Israel activist for twenty years. Since 2008 she has been a member of AIPAC’s National Council and was Co-Chair of AIPAC’s Palm Beach, Florida region together with her husband, Peter, from 2015 to 2018. Joan is a founding leader of the AIPAC Palm Beach Women’s Initiative, nurturing and developing women pro-Israel activists and leaders. For many years, she has been a member of pro-Israel political networks both in New England and South Florida. Joan graduated with a B.S. degree in Education from New York University.

Michelle Lobel

Michelle Lobel is the Co-Founder of Bryn Pharma LLC and is involved in all aspects of this medical device company that is developing improved rescue epinephrine treatment options. Deeply engaged in community leadership, Michelle currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sinai Akiba Academy where she oversees the Annual Giving Campaign. She has become increasingly involved in pro-Israel political activities and, among other things, helped launch a women’s leadership program in Los Angeles to train women to be more effective pro-Israel political activists.  Through her active community service, Michelle has developed a comprehensive network of relationships and public relations expertise.

Gail Perl

Gail Perl was President of The Women’s International Zionist Organization USA, WIZO, until 2019 having served for the past 8 years.  Gail represented WIZO at The Conference of Presidents. She is also a founding member of the AIPAC Women’s Division and current co-chair of the AIPAC Women’s Council and sits on the Board of the American Section of the World Jewish Congress.  Gail is actively managing her family Real Estate concerns. Gail graduated with a B.A from Boston University and lives with her husband and three children in Manhattan.

Emil Pitkin

Emil Pitkin holds a BA in mathematics from Harvard and PhD in statistics from the Wharton School, where he now teaches. Emil founded and led GovPredict, a B2B software company in the government relations sphere, until its successful exit to Frontier Growth-backed Phone2Action in 2020. He has been recognized as a Maverick PAC Under 40 leader, serves on the board of the Government Relations Association, and won the Anvil Award as Wharton’s top instructor.

Manuel Rajunov

Manuel Rajunov, Board Chair, is a partner at the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery where he provides cross-border tax and transactional counsel to US and non-US multinational entities, with a particular focus on inbound and outbound Latin American investment strategies. This includes Israel-based companies on their investments in Latin America, and Latin American-based entities on their foreign investments. Manuel also counsels clients on real estate investments, structured finance transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. Manuel is active with AIPAC serving on the National Council since 2012, he is the current chair of the AIPAC Dallas Executive Council (2018-2021), an alumni of the AIPAC Lonnie Kaplan Leadership Institute class of 2019, and the recipient of the 2019 Jon Barkan New Leadership Network Award.  Manuel has been married for 21 years to Debbie, and together, they have two children (Abby, 19 and Josh, 16).

Art Sandler

Art Sandler is a real estate developer, businessman, and philanthropist based in Virginia Beach, VA. As a former Board Member and Conference Chairman of AIPAC, Art has worked extensively to advance pro-Israel activism. He has served on the boards of major Jewish and community organizations, including the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, the United Jewish Appeal (UJA), the Jewish Agency (JAI), and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).  Sandler completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Richmond and earned a Master’s degree in Middle East History from the University of Wisconsin.

Seth ‘Yossi’ Siegel

Seth ‘Yossi’ Siegel is a lawyer, serial entrepreneur, communal activist, and a New York Times bestselling author. His critically acclaimed, award-winning book Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World has been published in 19 languages and is on sale in more than 50 countries. His newest work, Troubled Water: What’s Wrong with What We Drink, sets forth an ambitious agenda for a fundamental rethinking of America’s drinking water system. Other People’s Words: Wisdom for an Inspired and Productive Life will go on sale in May 2021. Seth has long been a community leader, including many years of service as a member of AIPAC’s National Board of Directors. He is widely known by his nickname, Yossi.

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