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Joel Rubin

  • Primary Approved
  • 6th District, maryland

Joel Rubin grew up in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, a hub of Jewish activism, surrounded by family, neighbors, and conversation about social justice at the dinner table each night that informed his view of the world and desire to devote his life to public service. Joel also served three terms in municipal government, including as his town’s Vice Mayor, where he was hands-on in helping constituents during the pandemic, and served as an advisor to Senator Bernie Sanders on Jewish community affairs.

Motivated by his experience of being a civil servant in the Bush Administration when it went to war in Iraq, Joel committed himself to peace and was an early employee of  J Street. He served on the board of the Jewish Democratic Council of America and from 2020-2022 was executive director of the American Jewish Congress, where he led an initiative tracking antisemitism on the far right. He also served in the Obama Administration in a senior State Department role, where he led the agency’s work with the House of Representatives.

Rubin is a nationally known national security expert who has long been committed to J Street's mission. Joel strongly supports a two-state solution with a Jewish state living and working side-by-side peacefully next to a Palestinian State. He is a major advocate of leveraging the power of American diplomacy to achieve a peaceful resolution that benefits both Israelis and Palestinians.

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