The mission of the American Jewish Peace Archive is to document through oral history the accounts of Jews in the United States who have worked in support of Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation since 1967, and in so doing, to facilitate dialogue and inquiry between the generations, to provide primary source material for scholars, and to provide guidance and inspire hope for the future.
Aliza Becker is the founder and director of the American Jewish Peace Archive. A longtime activist, she became involved with New Jewish Agenda in 1986. In 2002, after a 20-year career as an immigrant educator and rights activist, Becker became the founding executive director of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom. When Brit Tzedek joined J Street in 2010, she worked as the organization's Special Projects Director. Subsequently, Becker became the North American Liaison for the Israeli Social Movement, a group of leaders of the summer 2011 Israeli social justice protests. After one of the group's members declared her candidacy for the Knesset, Becker served as the US campaign director for Member of Knesset Stav Shaffir.
Grace Gleason is the Project Assistant of the American Jewish Peace Archive. She is a Jewish educator and fellow at SVARA: A Traditional Radical Yeshiva in the Chicago area. She served as a Leadership Fellow at Mishkan Chicago from 2014-2016. Additionally, she is an activist and leader with IfNotNow. She earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with honors from the University of Chicago in 2014.
Clara Gallagher is the Digital Media Assistant at the American Jewish Peace Archive. She served as an AJPA student intern in 2016 through the generous support of the Justus and Karin Rosenberg Foundation. She earned a B.A. in Film and Electronic Arts with a Jewish Studies concentration from Bard College in December 2016.