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Louis Nagel currently serves as Education Director at Beth Shalom Congregation in Columbia, Maryland. His 30 year long career in synagogue school administration has spanned the Reform and Conservative movements, and small, medium, and large congregations. He has served in numerous leadership positions including Chairman of the Greater Washington Education Directors Council and President of the Jewish Educators Assembly (JEA), the Conservative movement’s education professionals’ organization. He has a BS in Early Childhood Education (University of Maryland), an MA in Jewish Studies (Baltimore Hebrew College), and a PhD in Education Policy and Administration (University of Maryland). His most recognized achievements have been in teacher professional development, curriculum development and special needs education. In 2015, he was presented the JEA Lifetime Achievement Award. He has two daughters, Margo and Jamie with whom he shares a passion for skiing, hiking, cooking, travel and Israel. His favorite holiday is Hanukkah and most appreciated Torah verse is, "Justice, justice you shall pursue" (Devarim 16:20).

Kristen Nelson is Of Counsel to a boutique Los Angeles law firm focusing on transnational and civil litigation, international business and family law and is the Assistant Managing Editor of the European Court of Human Rights module for Oxford Reports on International Law. She was the Project Manager and Lead Researcher on a multi-year Holocaust real property restitution study commissioned by the Prague-based European Shoah Legacy Institute (ESLI), which was published by Oxford University Press in 2019 as Searching for Justice after the Holocaust: Fulfilling the Terezin Declaration and Immovable Property Restitution. Kristen is also the author of a number of forthcoming legal articles and book chapters relating to Holocaust property restitution. She has extensive experience in litigating high stakes atrocities and asset recovery cases in United States courts relating, in particular, to the Armenian genocide. Kristen has a JD from Pepperdine University School of Law and a Master of Laws in Human Rights from the University of Hong Kong.

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