Dr. David Breakstone is deputy chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel and a member of the executive of the World Zionist Organization, serving as the senior representative of the worldwide Masorti/Conservative movement in both institutions. In the past he served as vice chairman of the World Zionist Organization, as the head of its Department for Zionist Activities and as founding director of its Herzl Museum and Educational Center. An educator by training, he has also served as Director of Hebrew University’s Pedagogic Center for Jewish Education, as Associate Dean and Director of Education at The Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies, and as Director of Ramah Programs in Israel.
Dr. Breakstone, who made Aliyah from the United States in 1974 and earned his doctorate from Hebrew University in the field of Contemporary Jewry and Israel education, has published numerous articles, books, and pedagogic materials on the teaching of Israel, Israel-Diaspora relations, Zionism and Masorti Judaism – all topics on which he lectures extensively. He writes a regular column for The Jerusalem Post and blogs for the Times of Israel, dealing primarily with contemporary issues in Israeli society, particularly as they relate to the life of the Jewish community worldwide.
As a volunteer, Dr. Breakstone has been active in the Masorti (Conservative) Movement for more than 35 years, having served as both chairman and treasurer of the movement in Israel, supervisor of the TALI Education Fund, Chairman of the Educational Center at Kibbutz Hannaton, and Chairman of the Executive of the Schechter Institute, where he continues to serve as a member of the board.