Named the most influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek Magazine and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post, David Wolpe is the Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, California. He has taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, The American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Hunter College, and UCLA. Rabbi Wolpe writes for many publications, including regular columns for the New York Jewish Week, Washington Post “On Faith”, as well as periodic contributions to the Jerusalem Post, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. He has been on television numerous times, featured in series on PBS, A&E, as well as serving as a commentator on the Face the Nation, the TODAY show, CNN and CBS This Morning. Rabbi Wolpe is the author of seven books, including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times. Rabbi Wolpe’s most recent book is Why Faith Matters (HarperOne).
Lynn Garson graduated from Tulane University with a degree in art history and holds a law degree from Emory University School of Law. She has lived in Paris, New York, and Hong Kong and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. The author is a practicing healthcare attorney with a prominent national law firm. In her earlier incarnation as a retailer, she owned one of Atlanta’s best-known gift and tabletop stores. Garson Goodman was the first store in the Southeast to import a number of luxury lines from France, England, Italy and Portugal. This sense of style informs the book, particularly as the author describes the elegant life that she enjoyed as a child and young woman. The author has a son and two daughters. Southern Vapors is the author’s first book and is currently being adapted for the stage.
Jamie D. Grant is a master magician from Vancouver, Canada who has been hired to perform and entertain some of the most famous people in the world. From Sarah MacLaughlin to Cirque du Soleil to friends on the street, Jamie has had the distinct pleasure of bringing wonder and joy to all walks of life. Also featured in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not for his “Anything Is Possible” bottle (a sealed deck of cards in a bottle) Jamie has achieved worldwide fame for his Send Wonder Campaign wherein he leaves these works of art at random locations around the world for people to find and keep as a way of inspiring and giving back. While not performing and creating, Jamie can be found writing for various magazines, teaching MAGIC 101 at the University of British Columbia, working as a paramedic, and laughing as he counts the number of views on one of his Youtube videos. Over a quarter of a million.
Sarah Johnson is Assistant Director of the Democracy Program at The Carter Center. She manages governance and election observation activities, and has had a principle focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for several years. She has managed several of the the Center’s election observation missions in the region, including Libya (2012), Tunisia (2011), Sudan/South Sudan (2010 and 2011) and Lebanon (2009), as well as ongoing work to monitor political transition and constitution drafting processes. She has also managed the Carter Center’s activities focused on governance and electoral reform in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) since 2007. In previous roles, she designed, implemented, and managed democracy and governance programming in Morocco and the OPT, and has professional experience working on political party building, communications, women’s political participation, and public opinion research in the MENA region, Europe, and the United States.