Eli Sperling is the Israel specialist and assistant program coordinator at the nonprofit Center for Israel Education at Emory University. He regularly writes about Israel and CIE programs for the AJT and other media outlets. Sperling’s education in Israel and extensive travels throughout the Middle East have led him to coordinate numerous workshops and conferences and lead countless student groups and delegations to Israel.
“Atlanta’s Jewish community has some of the most robust Jewish cultural festivals and opportunities for intellectual and spiritual engagement of any community in the U.S., providing an endless array of opportunities for anyone in my generation to get involved, regardless of their political, religious or institutional affiliations,” Sperling said. “As Atlanta progresses as a major international city, our Jewish community has an opportunity to be center stage in defining how to approach Jewish communal life. Already a trendsetter in Jewish organizational, congregational and cultural models, I hope to see Atlanta continue to be a beacon of cutting-edge approaches to American Judaism.”