Dr. David Breakstone – Deputy Chairman of The Jewish Agency for Israel

Dr. Breakstone is Deputy Chairman of The Jewish Agency for Israel, a position to which he was elected following his position of Vice Chairman of the World Zionist Organization. He is also a member of the Jewish Agency Executive and a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Before beginning his association with the JAFI and the WZO in 2000, Dr. Breakstone served as the Director of Ramah Programs in Israel. Prior to that he was the Associate Dean and Director of Education at The Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies, a position he came to after several years as Director of Hebrew University’s Pedagogic Center for Jewish Education in the Diaspora. He has long been active in the Masorti/Conservative Movement and has served both as its chairman in Israel and its executive vice president internationally.

Dr. Breakstone has published numerous articles, books, and pedagogic materials on Jewish education, the teaching of Israel, Conservative Judaism, Israel-Diaspora relations, and Zionism.

Dr. Breakstone earned his doctorate at Hebrew University in the Institute of Contemporary Jewry, specializing in the teaching of Israel. He made aliya from the United States in 1974, and performed his army service in the Education Corps of the Israel Defense Forces. He lives in Jerusalem, is married to an olah from Chile, and has three children and three grandchildren.