Current CAIR-Philadelphia Staff
Jacob Bender brings to CAIR-PA decades of activism promoting mutual respect and understanding between Muslims, Christians, and Jews around the world, and on behalf of peace and justice movements in the U.S. He additionally has a long resume of professional accomplishments in the field of communications for both nonprofit and corporate clients.
Jacob has been extensively published about Muslim-West relations, as well as the Israel-Palestine Conflict, in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Jordan Times, The Gulf News, El Pais, and The Daily Star of Beirut.
Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, Jacob was one of the initiators of dialogue with the American Muslim community. He has spoken dozens of times at mosques and at large gatherings of Muslims in the United States, particularly at the conventions of ISNA, the Islamic Society of North America. Read Full Bio…
Ryan comes to CAIR from one of Philadelphia’s top law firms, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller. He brings with him a strong background in complex civil litigation and experience with the legal issues facing the American Muslim community, including religious discrimination in the workplace and by government agencies, and improper law enforcement practices.
Ryan is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where he was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow and Executive Editor of the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics. Before joining Hangley, Ryan served as a law clerk for the Hon. Jerome B. Simandle, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Read Full Bio…
“Of Counsel” Attorney
Amara Chaudhry-Kravitz was born and raised in Covington, Virginia. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and her law degree from Washington and Lee University. Amara’s interest in public interest law was first demonstrated at U.Va. where she had three internships with Virginia’s Juvenile & Domestic Courts. At W&L Law, Amara was a staff writer for the Journal of Race and Ethnic Ancestry Law, won the John W. Davis Moot Court Competition, and worked in a law school clinic which served female federal inmates.
Amara has devoted her entire professional career to the representation of historically marginalized populations in both criminal and civil proceedings. Read Full Bio…