Notable Alumni

 

Wolf Blitzer
SUNY Buffalo 1970
Journalist, Author, CNN Correspondent

Art Garfunkel
Columbia 1964
Singer/ComposerPaul Simon
Queens 1963
Singer/Composer

Mark Zuckerberg
Harvard 2006
Creator of Facebook.com

Gene Wilder
Iowa 1955
Actor/Producer/Director

Jerry Lewis
Comedian/Chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association

Chet Simmons z”l
George Washington 1950
Founder of ESPN

James L. Brooks
NYU 1958
Academy Award and Emmy Award winning Producer/Director (The Simpsons)

Richard Lewis
Ohio State 1969
Actor/Comedian

Wayne Firestone
George Washington
Past President, Hillel
President, Genesis Prize Foundation

Jerry Reinsdorff
George Washington 1957
Owner of Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox

Ron Klein
Ohio State 1979
United States Congressman

Alan Galumbeck
Old Dominion 1968
Creator of The Weather Channel

Charles Moskowitz z”l
New York 1914
Former President/Treasurer, MGM Studios

Scott Wolf
George Washington 1991
Actor
Gary Bettman
Cornell 1972
Commissioner, National Hockey League

Howard Lorber
C.W. Post 1970
CEO/President, Nathan’s Famous and Vector Group

Irving Azoff
Illinois 1970
Former Chairman of Ticketmaster & LiveNation Entertainment
Current Chairman of Azoff MSG Entertainment
Josh Mandel
Ohio State 2000
State Representative of Ohio

Myles Brand z”l
R.P.I. 1964
Former President, NCAA

Samuel (Sam) Zell
Michigan 1963
Co-founder & Chairman of Equity International
Steve Stone
Kent State 1969
Cy Young Winner 1980 Orioles,
Chicago White Sox Sportscaster

 


Brad Cohen
Bradley University 1996
Teacher, Author, Motivational Speaker
and subject of the film “Front of the Class”


Alan M. Dershowitz
Honorary Initiate
American Lawyer, Jurist, Author and Political Commentator

Michael Yormark
Maryland 1988
Former President, Florida Panthers
Current President, Roc Nation Sports Agency

 


Sanford Weill
Cornell 1955
Former CEO & Chairman, Citigroup

Newton Becker z”l
Kent State 1952
Founder, Becker CPA Review Course

Alan Barry
Toledo 1965
Former CEO, Masco Corporation 

Samuel Shapiro z”l
Illinois 1929
Former Illinois Governor

 


Craig Borten
Syracuse University 1987
Co-Writer & Academy Award Nominee, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Bernard Marcus
Rutgers University 1952
Co-Founder, Home Depot

 

 

 

Listed in alphabetical order:

Sheldon Adelson - Chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation.  Established the Adelson Family Foundation that has been a large supporter of Yad Vashem and the Birthright Israel Foundation.

Michael Albert, MIT 1969 – Political activist, economist, co-founder/co-editor of Z Magazine

Scott Arogeti, Georgia 2006 - Former Jewish Liaison to the White House

Alan Baker, Carleton University - Current Israel Ambassador to Canada

Mitchell Bard, UCSB – Author of Myths and Facts/Israel Advocate

Herbert Baum, Drake 1958 - Former president, Quaker Oil
Giora Becher, Drexel - Past Consul General of Israel-Philadelphia
Eliyahu Ben-Elissar, Johns Hopkins – Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States
Melvin Benovitz, Bradley 1958 – Cofounder of Master Charge (to become MasterCard), Senior VP of First National Bank of Louisville, Senior VP of JC Penney Credit Card Services
Jeffrey Berkowitz, American 2001 – Former White House liaison to the Jewish Community from 2005-2006
General Robert Bernstein, Vanderbilt 1942 - Former Commander of the Walter Reed Hospital (Deceased)

Gary Bettman, Cornell 1972 – Commissioner, National Hockey LeagueDr. James Borin, Yale ’93 – US Fencing Team

Matthew Brooks, Brandeis 1988 – Executive Director of the Republican Jewish Coalition

Ron Carner, Honor Initiate – President of Maccabi Games in Israel
Ken Chertow, Penn State 1989 – U.S. Wrestling Team

Jeff Cohen, UC-Berkeley 1996 – Entertainment Attorney/Actor

Matty Cohen, Florida International University - Past Deputy Consul General of Israel-Florida
Honorable Irwin Colter, McGill – Former Canadian Minister of Justice
Ehud Danoch, UC-Los Angeles – Past Consul General of Israel-Los Angeles

Rabbi Stanley Davids, Case Western 1961 – President of Assocociation of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA)

Jacob Dayan – Consul General of Israel-Los Angeles

Rabbi Shalom Denbo, Honorary Initiate – Creator of AEPi’s Jerusalem Road Trips
Alan M. Dershowitz, Honorary Initiate – American lawyer, jurist, author and political commentator
Bob Diener, University of Florida, 1979 - Founder and former owner of hotels.com and current President and Co-Founder of getaroom.com

Haim Divon, Carleton University - Former Israel Ambassador to Canada

Ian Eagle, Syracuse 1990 – Sports Broadcaster

Eric Engelmayer, Chicago 1999 – Vice-President, HSBC Private Bank of Luxembourg, Vice President of B’nai B’rith Europe

Boris Epshteyn, Georgetown 2004- Political Consultant

Jeffrey M. Ettinger, California-Los Angeles 1981 - Chairman, CEO, and President of Hormel Foods Corporation

Jay Feinberg – Founder and Executive Director, Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation

Richard H. Frank, Illinois 1964 – Former president of Walt Disney Studios

Steven Friedman, Illinois 1968 – Executive producer of NBC Nightly News

Frank Gehry, USC - Architect, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain

Leonard Goldberg, Pennsylvania 1955 – Former Chairman of 20th Century Fox

Rob Goldberg, Washington U. 2001 – Vice President of External Affairs for Hillel International

Neil Goldman, Yale ’93 – Television Writer and executive producer, Family Guy, Scrubs, Worst Week

Steve Goldman, Illinois 1964 - Executive Vice President, Paramount Pictures

Nathaniel Goldstein, NYU 1915 – Former New York Attorney General (Deceased)

Sheldon Good, Illinois 1955 – International Realtor, Former World President of FIBICA

Josh Gottheimer, Pennsylvania 1994 – Senior Counselor to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, former Presidential Speech Writer for President Bill Clinton, and author

The Right Honourable Herb Gray, Carleton - Former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, Chancellor of Carleton U.

Sanford Grossman, Alabama 1957 - Director of NFL telecasts for CBS and now FOX (Deceased)

Patrick Harker, Pennsylvania 1981 - Dean of the Wharton School of Business

David Harris, Washington University - Chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council

Merrill Hassenfeld, Pennsylvania 1938 - Creator of Hasbro Toys (Deceased)

Yoel Hasson, York – Member of Knesset

Russ Herman - Past President, Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Gil Hoffman – Chief political correspondent for the Jerusalem Post

David Horowitz, Bradley 1959 - Television Personality/Consumer Advocate

H. Robert Horvitz, M.I.T. 1968 – Nobel Prize recipient in Medicine

William Immerman, Wisconsin 1959 – Former senior VP for 20th Century Fox/Film Producer

Eddie Jacobson, Missouri – Confidant of President Harry S. Truman (Deceased)

Allan Jaffe, Pennsylvania 1957 – Family Owner of New Orleans’ Preservation Hall (Deceased)

Richard Joel – President, Yeshiva University

Jonathan Kessler – Director of AIPAC/Political Leadership Development Program

Allyn Kilsheimer, George Washington 1963 – Structural Engineer who orchestrated the rebuiling of the Pentagon after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks

Howard Kohr - Executive Director of AIPAC

Taylor Krauss, Yale 2002 – Flimmaker, Voices of Rwanda

Martin Leaf, Illinois 1947 - Family Owner, Founder, Leaf Candies and Donruss Baseball Cards

Jerry W. Levin, Michigan 1966 - Chairman & CEO of JW Levin Partners, LLC.  Current chairman of Wilton Brands, Inc.  Past chairman of The Sharper Image, American Household Inc., the Coleman Company Inc., Revlon Inc., and the Burger King Corporation.
Robert H. Lurie, Michigan 1964 - Real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist (deceased)

Dan Mariaschin, New Hampshire 1971 - Executive Director of B’nai B’rith International

David Markin, Bradley 1953 - Former Chairman of U.S. Tennis Association

Brad Meltzer, University of Michigan, 1992 – Bestselling author, host of Decoded

Phil Meltzer, New York 1957 - President Jewish Agency

Perry Mendel, Emory 1943 – Founder, Kinder Care Day Care Centers

Jerrald Nadler – 8th Congressional District of New York, Columbia

Louis Nizer - Lawyer/Novelist, Columbia (deceased)

Rabbi Bob Orkand - Current President Assoc. of Reform Zionists of America

Ron Popeil, Illinois 1957 – Inventor, Infomercial Producer, Owner, Ronco Industries

Stanley Prusiner, Pennsylvania 1962 – Nobel Prize recipient in Medicine

Adam Richman, Emory 1996 - Creator and star of Man vs. Food

Jacob Rosen – Past Consul General of Israel-Atlanta
Samuel Rothberg, Bradley – Creator of Israel Bonds (Deceased)

Avi Rubel - Director of North American Operations for MASA

Abe Saperstein, Illinois - Former owner of Harlem Globetrotters (Deceased)

Alexander Schindler, WPI – Past President of Union of American Hebrew Congregations (Deceased)

Alan Schulman, NYU 1955 – Retired CEO/Chair of Board, Ecolab, Inc.,

Michael Schwerner, Cornell 1961 – Civil Rights worker killed June 21, 1964, depicted in Mississippi Burning

Rabbi Levi Shemtov - Director Chabad, Washington, D.C.

Neal Sher – Former head of the Office of Special Investigations, former Executive Director of AIPAC

Seth “Yossi” Siegel, Cornell 1974 - Co-founder of The Beanstalk Group and Sixpoint Partners.  He was an advisor and agent for AT&T, IBM, Apple, Harley-Davidson, Unilever, Ford Motor Company, Chrysler, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Subway, Hershey Foods, and Campbell Soup.

Fred Silverman, Syracuse 1958 – Independent Producer, Former President NBC Television

Norm Sisiski, Virginia - U.S. Congressional Representative of Virginia
Randy Sklar, University of Michigan, 1994- comedian and sportscaster
Jason Sklar, University of Michigan, 1994- comedian and sportscaster

Moishe Smith – Past International President of B’nai B’rith

Jack Stahl, Emory 1976 – Current President of Revlon

Matt Weitzman, American 1989 – Co-Creator and Co-Executive Producer of American Dad

Walter Winchell, Miami – Early Gossip Columnist/Radio Personality (Deceased)

Oliver Worth, Hebrew U. – President of the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS)
Asher Yarden - Consul General of Israel-Houston
H. Albert Young, Delaware 1926 - Former Delaware Attorney General (Deceased)
Saul Zabar, Kansas 1950 - Co-owner of Zabar’s
Stanley Zabar, Pennsylvania 1953 - Co-owner of Zabar’s
Stephen N Zack, University of Florida, 1969 - past President of the American Bar Association

Mitch Zacks, Yale ’95 – Author and columnist, Chicago Sun-Times

Lew Zale, Texas 1950 - Owner of Zale’s Jewelry Corporation