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1. Beyond Coronavirus, Connecting Our Communal Conversations

2. Just Do It! A Mechanism to Get Us Started



Reclaim Jewish-Polish Relations Before It's Too Late

9 September 2021 (Times of Israel)

Are we willing for lessons of the Holocaust to be universal?

1 March 2021 (Times of Israel)

Under Biden, the real fight against antisemitism can resume

9 December 2020 (Jerusalem Post)

After Electing Biden, Let's Repair Our Community

15 October 2020 (Times of Israel)

Jews, Don't Apologize When You Vote For Biden

6 October 2020 (Times of Israel)

Israel-UAE: The Devil in the Details

17 August 2020 (Times of Israel)


Who is Bari Weiss to complain about ‘cancel’?

15 July 2020 (The Times of Israel)


For the United States and United Nations, two heads are better than one

16 May 2020 (The Jerusalem Post)

A better way for Gulf states to engage Americans and American Jews

25 September 2018 (TRT World)

Surviving the ‘Holocaust law’ controversy

2 August 2018 (The Jerusalem Post)


Since When Is ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ A Bad Thing?

24 May 2017 (The Forward)



Why some US Jewish groups now recognize the Armenian genocide, and others don’t

13 December 2019 (The Times of Israel)

>> “There’s a division of labor in the American Jewish community,” Franklin told The Times of Israel. “If the ADL has come out in support of the resolution, a lot of groups may see them as covering the wider community on this issue.”

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Gotham will work for Libyan government

27 September 2019 (Politico)

>> Now Gerstman and another Gotham lobbyist, Shai Franklin, have been hired to lobby on behalf of Libya’s United Nations-supported government, according to disclosure filings shared with PI.

Former Trump lobbyists will represent Libya’s sovereign wealth fund  

20 August 2019 (Politico)

>> Gerstman, Schwartz and another partner at their firm, Shai Franklin, will work to “change the sanctions” affecting the Libyan Investment Authority, according to a Justice Department disclosure. They’ll also reach out to Congress, the State Department and the Treasury Department as well as the media and the “business and banking sectors,” according to the disclosure.

A tale of two Hanukkah parties: Obama’s last and Trump first

17 December 2016 (JTA/The Times of Israel)

>> “It had a good turnout, but it was pretty obvious which organizations weren’t there,” said Shai Franklin, a veteran Jewish insider who attended. “There were not a lot of liberal Jews there.”

Why did the Bahraini Crown Prince snub the USA?

8 December 2012 (The Cable) 

>> "In some sense, the crown prince was right," said U.S. non-government delegate Shai Franklin, senior fellow at the Institute on Religion and Public Policy. "Since the last time we had this summit two years ago, Bahrain has been going through a difficult period. Bahrain has been assailed on Capitol Hill and elsewhere and perhaps rightly. But what has the U.S. government done to help Bahrain get through it? We’ve left it to other countries, we’ve left it to international organizations and NGOs. Maybe that’s worked, but we can’t take credit for that."