Current CAIR-Philadelphia Staff

Jacob Bender, Executive Director

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. Read Full Bio…

Timothy Welbeck, Esq., Civil Rights Attorney

Prior to joining CAIR, Timothy’s legal practice primarily focused on medical malpractice, personal injury, family law, entertainment law, and corporate liability. Timothy’s scholarly work examines and interrogates contemporary issues of racial identity in America, in addition to the intersection of racial classification and the law within the American context.

He currently lectures in the Department of Africology and African American Studies at Temple University, and has previously taught at other schools in the Delaware Valley area including, Philadelphia University, Lincoln University, and Widener University. Read Full Bio…

Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu, PhD, Outreach and Education Director

Ahmet Selim hails from Turkey and has lived in the US for more than a decade. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Boston University and a Master’s in International Relations from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. His research focuses on the American religious landscape, politics of ethno-religious identities, and Muslim minorities in the West. He has taught classes on race and ethnicity, international relations, and Islamic studies at Boston University and George Mason University. Read Full Bio…

Leena Jaffer, Operations and Marketing Manager

Leena has worked with CAIR-Philadelphia since its founding in 2004, first as volunteer and later as our indispensable Operations Manager. Her continuity and dedication has made her our archivist and the collective memory of our chapter, while her technical brilliance and calmness under pressure has kept the office running smoothly, even at the most challenging of times.

See Past CAIR-Philadelphia Staff