Peter Geffen is the founder and Executive Director of Kivunim, an international gap year education program for young Jews. He is also founder of The Abraham Joshua Heschel School in NYC, former Director of the Israel Experience Program for the CRB Foundation and one of the most respected Israel education specialists in the world. He has been a social activist since serving as a civil rights worker for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965-66 and has been deeply involved in Arab-Jewish co-existence work since the early 1960’s. Geffen was a founding member of Breira: A Project of Diaspora-Relations in 1973 and served on the board of directors. He also served as Executive Director of The Center for Jewish History from 2003-05. He has designed and conducted international travel programs for teenagers and adults since 1969 including the Kivunim summer teachers’ programs that have served over 1500 participants since 1999. Geffen was the recipient of the Covenant Award in 2012, the highest recognition given to a Jewish educator.
Last week wasn't the only time the Jewish Defense League wounded anti-occupation Jews and Palestinians. Peter Geffen was there in 1977 when it happened.