Ben Shapiro is editor-in-chief of DailyWire.com, as well as editor-at-large of Breitbart News. Shapiro is the author of six books, including The New York Times bestseller, "Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America" (2012). Shapiro is also a nationally syndicated columnist since age 17, a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, and the host of The Morning Answer on KRLA 870 in Los Angeles and KTIE 590 in Orange County. Shapiro has led the fight against boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel on America's campus, famously crashing UCLA's BDS hearing to singlehandedly stop the vote against Jew-hatred.
Glenn Beck calls Shapiro a “warrior for conservatism, against those who use fear and intimidation to stifle honest debate. I’ve never known him to back down from a fight.” Sarah Palin says that Americans should “consider Ben’s advice about how we must stand up and push back twice as hard against this bullying.” Sean Hannity says to join Ben Shapiro and “fight back!” against liberal bullying. And Michelle Malkin says Shapiro is “infused with the indomitable spirit of his friend and mentor Andrew Breitbart.” Even the liberal Washington Post, in the aftermath of Shapiro’s devastating destruction of Piers Morgan on national television, conceded that Shapiro is a “foe of extraordinary polemical agility.”
Dennis Prager is one of America’s most respected radio talk show hosts. He has been broadcasting on radio in Los Angeles since 1982. His popular show became nationally syndicated in 1999 and airs live, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to Noon (Pacific Time) from his home station, KRLA. Widely sought after by television shows for his opinions, he’s appeared on Fox and Friends, Red Eye, Hardball, Hannity, CBS Evening News, The Today Show and many others.
In 2011, Dennis co-founded with Allen Estrin, Prager University, an institution of higher learning on the Internet with a unique difference – all the courses are five minutes long. The courses distill the best ideas of the best minds in the world and cover the disciplines of Political Science, History, Philosophy/Religion, Economics and Psychology. The faculty includes Paul Johnson, George Gilder, Arthur Brooks, Peter Kreeft and many others.
Rabbi Elchanan Shoff is one of the dynamic young Orthodox Rabbis of our age. He combines a brilliant intellect, a great breadth of knowledge, and a deep understanding of people with his wit, humor, and engaging demeanor. A sought-after lecturer and prolific author, Rabbi Shoff is the founding Rabbi of Beis Knesses at Faircrest Heights in Los Angeles. His Torah teachings can be heard today in the vibrant, youthful, and friendly community he created. Rabbi Shoff studied in Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel of Waterbury, Connecticut, for many years, as well as the the Mir Yeshiva in Israel.
Rabbi Shoff has servied as a shoel u-meishiv in the Mir Yeshiva, as lecturer for Aish HaTorah, as well as for Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis’ Hineni International, and a Rebbi in Rabbi Shmuel Brazil’s Yeshiva in Jerusalem, Zeev HaTorah. He is the author of seven books of Torah scholarship, in both English and Hebrew.
Ariel Pardo is an educator based in Northern New Jersey. She teaches Tanach and Ivrit to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at Yeshivat He’Atid, a school in Teaneck. She is a popular kallah teacher, known for knowing Sephardic and Ashkenazic halacha. Mrs. Pardo was previously the co-director of the Orthodox Union’s JLIC program at Brandeis University and the Rebbetzin of the Sephardic Congregation of Paramus. Ariel has a BA in Anthropology from UCLA, a Master’s in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, and is an alumna of the Alisa Flatow program at Nishmat in Jersualem. Her Master’s thesis was on the Iggeret HaKodesh and Rabbi Jacob Emden's (1697-1776) use of it in his siddur.
In her spare time, Ariel enjoys movies, yoga, Agatha Christie mysteries, Broadway musicals, and arts & crafts projects with her children. A native of the Valley, she lives with her husband and four children in Fair Lawn, NJ.
Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz has twice been named one of America’s Top Rabbis by Newsweek. The Forward acknowledged Rabbi Shmuly as one of the 50 most influential Jews and named him as one of The Most Inspiring Rabbis in America. Rabbi Yanklowitz is the author of seventeen books on Jewish ethics and has written in theNew York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and the Atlantic among many other secular and religious publications. He has served as speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and a Rothschild Fellow in Cambridge, UK.
Rav Shmuly received a Masters from Harvard University and his Doctorate from Columbia University. He serves as the President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (Torah learning center), the Founder & President of Uri L’Tzedek (the Orthodox Social Justice movement), the Founder and CEO of Shamayim (Jewish animal advocacy), and the Founder and President of YATOM, (Jewish foster and adoption network). Rabbi Shmuly, his wife Shoshana, and their four children live in Scottsdale, Arizona. They are also foster parents.
Rabbi David Pardo is the Managing Director of the Torah Initiatives - the OU's department for increasing access to and quality of Torah learning available to Orthodox adults in North America - and the Executive Director of NextDor, a growing professional community of Orthodox Jews.
He left a career in finance at Merrill Lynch in Beverly Hills to pursue his passion of community building, creating contexts and infrastructures for people to live their best Jewish lives. He was previously the Executive Director of Bring Israel Home (the largest post-Birthright program in the US), the Co-Director of JLIC at Brandeis University, and an educator and organizer at a number of college and post-college level program in Israel, Canada, and America. He also served as the spiritual leader of a growing Sephardic congregation in North Jersey.
Rabbi Pardo has a BA in Economics from UCLA, rabbinic ordination from YU, and an MBA in Social Impact from Brandeis, and lives in New Jersey with his wife — a talented local educator — and their four awesome kids.