Abbreviated Bios of Law and Ethics Panelists and Moderators

Law and Ethics Panelists and Moderators

The Very Reverend James Kowalski was the Dean of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine from 2001 to 2017. Earlier, he was rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Darien, Ct.

Rabbi Jack Bemporad, Director of the Center for Interreligious Understanding, also serves as the Director of the John Paul II Center and Professor of Interreligious Studies at the Vatican’s Angelicum University in Rome. He is also Senior Rabbinic Scholar at Chavurah Beth Shalom in Alpine, NJ.

Prof. Marshall Breger has been teaching law at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University for the past 13 years. Earlier, he was an alternate delegate of the U.S. to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva.

Imam Mohamed Magid (Mohamed H. Musa Ali) is Imam of the All-Dulles-Area Muslim Society, Herndon, VA and is past President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

Amb. Ira Forman was Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism from 2013 to 2017. Earlier, he served for nearly 15 years as the Executive Director of the National Jewish Democratic Council.

Rabbi Saul Berman is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of Law and a contributor to the Encyclopedia Judaica.

Dr. Ahmet Kurucan is the author of Dialogue in Islam: Qur’an, Sunnah, History. His specialty is Islamic legal tradition.

Jennifer Breger appraises  rare books and Judaica specializing in manuscripts related to Jewish women. For 10 years she edited the journal of the  Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA)

Rabbi Judith Hauptman is the E. Billi Ivry Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Dr. Hauptman is also the founder of Ohel Ayalah, a Jewish outreach program.

Dr. Azizah al-Hibri is Professor Emerita of the T.C. School of Law, University of Richmond, founder and Chair, Karaman: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, as well as founding editor of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy.