Ira Weiss

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Ira is a neurophysiologist by profession now retired after 30+ years at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC.  He grew up on the lower east side of New York City where he attended an orthodox yeshiva.  He the attended MIT and The City College of New York where he received his B.A.  His  received his Ph.D. in Physiological Psychology from Syracuse University after which he served a three year post-doctoral fellowship in Sensory Neurophysiology at the Callier Center in Dallas, TX.
Ira has been interested in (some would probably say obsessed with)  the Arab-Jewish conflict ever since his Yeshiva days.  For the last 20 years, he has been more actively involved in programs and organizations that address the issues raised by that conflict.  Ira helped found and run an NGO called  Projects Encounter which, for four years, brought Palestinian and Israeli high school students to Spain for summer coexistence workshops. After that he spent about a year developing a 16 hour adult education course called History of the Arab-Jewish Conflict: Parallel Narratives Never Meet, which he has taught in  several venues in the Washington DC area.  In recent years he has worked with Palestinian and Israeli  participants in the New Story Leadership program in  DC, with Muslim and Jewish colleagues in the Washington Area Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society (JIDS) and is also active in several other interfaith and Arab-Jewish forums.  Last year he helped organize the first “Spread Hummus not Hate” campaign (1) and the Washington Summit of Rabbis and Imams (2).  He is in the process now of helping to turn those into annual events.