SMC Board of Directors
Noam Bedein directs the Sderot Media Center, founded three years ago. Noam, a native of Tzfat, grew up in Efrat, Israel. Mr. Bedein served for three years as an IDF sergeant for an artillery scout unit along the Lebanese border. After the army, Noam served as an emissary for The Jewish Agency in Boston, and then traveled to the Far East for a year.
Upon his return to Israel, Mr. Bedein relocated to Sderot and pioneered the "Sderot Media Center for the Western Negev Ltd", which has spawned the Sderot Media Center. In this position, Noam provides briefings in Sderot and the Western Negev for foreign diplomats, government officials, student groups, and other visiting organizations from all over the world. Mr. Bedein has helped produce a segment for EuroNews, a major European broadcasting outlet with over 200 million viewers, and was twice featured in a weekend edition articles in The Sunday Times Magazine of London. In early January 2008, Mr. Bedein assisted the bureau chief of the New York Times, Steve Erlanger, who wrote a front page feature for the New York Times about the situation in Sderot.
Mr. Bedein has appeared on numerous US and Israeli radio and television stations, and has been published in the Jerusalem Post, IsraelInsider Magazine, NFC and Israel National News. He has lectured about Sderot on countless college campuses and communities across the US, England, Canada and Norway. Recently, Mr. Bedein briefed congressmen and their staffers at Capitol Hill on the rocket situation in southern Israel, in a meeting organized by EMET.
is a research fellow at The International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) and a Member of the Board of the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace. He also serves as the Vice president of the Center for Freedom in the Middle East and as a consultant in the areas of Middle East policy. Prior to his return to Israel, in 2004, he served as the Vice President of the Washington based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD). Mr. Boms held a position at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC as the Academic Liaison, serving as an educator, specialist and guest lecturer on Israeli and Middle Eastern affairs.
His articles appear in The Wall Street Journal, The Jerusalem Post, The National Review, Front Page Magazine, The Asia Times, Iran Times International, The Washington Times, The National Interests, Ynet and Ha’aretz among others.
During the course of his career, Mr. Boms has taught and lectured in Australia, Bulgaria, England, Hungary, Poland, Turkey and the United States on issues relating to the Middle East, Terrorism, Islam and Democracy. He is fluent in Hebrew, English and Arabic. Mr. Boms served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a communication officer and holds the rank of Lieutenant (Res).
Gary P. Ratner
is the executive director of the Zionist Organization of America. He previously served as the Western Regional Director of the American Jewish Congress for nine years, countering anti-Jewish and anti-Israel environment on US campuses. He has been the leader of many Jewish organizations both in the US and Israel, including begin a member of the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University, the board of the Chicago Jewish Federation, the Executive Committee of AIPAC, and the National Committee for an Effective Congress.
Mr. Ratner was a consultant to Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews to develop Jewish support for the fellowship and their humanitarian projects in Russia and the FIS as well as Israel in 1999.
Mr. Ratner received his master’s degree in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington and Bologna, Italy, his B.A. from Northwestern University. He also studied at Concordia College in Montreal, the Sorbonne in Paris, and two years as a law student at Georgetown.
is the Bureau Chief of the Israel Resource News Agency, located in Jerusalem since 1987, where he also serves as the Middle East correspondent for the Philadelphia Bulletin.
Mr. Bedein acts as a living witness to breaking events.
Mr. Bedein has provided hands on coverage of critical middle east negotiations and has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, the New Israel Fund and UNRWA. Mr. Bedein is the author of the forthcoming book, "Swimming Against the Mainstream"
Danny Dahan is the spokesperson for the Sderot Small Businesses Association. He is the manager of Sderot’s SuperDahan, his family-owned supermarket that has been serving Sderot families for over 40 years. Mr. Dahan lives in Sderot with his wife and children.
Shalom Halevi, a native of Sderot is a Sderot municipality representative.
Rabbi Moshe Zev Pizem is the director of the Chabad-Lubavitch of Sderot. He lives in Sderot with his family.