Biography

David M. Weinberg is a government relations and foreign affairs specialist based in Israel, with corporate p.r. and lobbying experience in the fields of defense and diplomatic affairs, Jewish community affairs, academia, medicine, science, and tourism – with expansive global contacts in these fields.

He is a senior fellow at the Jerusalem-based Kohelet Forum, specializing in diplomatic and defense affairs; and a research fellow at Habithonistim: Israel’s Defense and Security Forum. He is a defense, diplomatic, political, and Jewish world columnist for The Jerusalem Post and Israel Hayom newspapers, a prominent lecturer on public affairs, and an accredited expert on Israeli and kosher wines.

He also is Israel office director of Canada’s Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.

More than 25 years of his newspaper columns are archived on this website. A selection of his columns in Hebrew are available here too.

He studied international relations and history at the University of Toronto and Bar-Ilan University; Jewish law and thought at Yeshivat Hakotel under Rabbi Chaim Yeshayahu Hadari zt”l, and at Yeshivat Har Etzion under Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l; and oenology at the London-based Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the world’s leading institute for qualifying sommeliers.

Since moving to Israel in 1990, he has served in several public positions.

He was senior advisor to then-Deputy Prime Minister Natan Sharansky and founding coordinator of the Global Forum against Anti-Semitism in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office.

He also has been spokesman of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, of the Herzliya Conference on Israel’s National Security, and of Bar-Ilan University. He was founding vice president and a fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security (JISS).

He was senior adviser of The Tikvah Fund in Israel; a public affairs and development consultant to Israel’s national hospital, the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer; and assistant director of the Anti-Defamation League Israel Office.

His consultancy, Beyad Halashon Advocacy & Communications Ltd., specializes in branding, public and government relations, corporate profile publication, editing and speechwriting. Beyad Halashon is partnered with Aurora Strategy Group International of Canada and Mesh Branding Ltd. of Israel.

A precise and passionate speaker, Mr. Weinberg’s synagogue sermons and university lectures combine learned Jewish perspectives with strategic and political insight, always with an inspirational thrust. Listeners come away informed and spiritually uplifted.

He has spoken in Israel, Canada, the US, and Europe at many shuls, federations, advocacy forums, and universities. He has appeared as an expert on CBC, CNN, Israeli television and radio, and been quoted in The New York Times and other international publications.

He conducts wine and food tours in Israel (in partnership with Kosher Travelers Ltd.), and writes about kosher wines from around the world.

He is married with adult children and grandchildren, and lives in Nof Ayalon in central Israel.

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David M. Weinberg is a think tank director, columnist and lobbyist who is a sharp critic of Israel’s detractors and of post-Zionist trends in Israel. Read more »
A passionate speaker, David M. Weinberg lectures widely in Israel, the U.S. and Canada to Jewish and non-Jewish audiences. He speaks on international politics and Middle East strategic affairs, Israeli diplomacy and defense strategy, intelligence matters and more. Click here to book David Weinberg as a speaker

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