A eleven-person Board of Directors governs The Jerusalem Fund and its humanitarian, educational, and cultural programs. The Board has four committees.

Board of Directors
From Left to Right: Dr. Tawfik Ramadan, Omar Fayez, Walid Keilani, George Hishmeh, Dr. Mohayya Khilfeh, Dr. Subhi Ali, Samera Sood, Dr. Eid Mustafa, Dr. Sari Nabulsi,


Executive Committee

Dr. Subhi Ali (Chairman)

Dr. Eid Mustafa (Vice-Chairman & Treasurer)

Omar Fayez, Esq. (Secretary)


Grants & Finance Committee

Dr. Subhi Ali

Dr. Eid Mustafa (Committee Chairman)

Walid M. Keilani

Dr. Mohayya Khilfeh

Dr. Rajai Khoury

Dr. Sari Nabulsi

Dr. Tawfik Ramadan

Samera Sood


Palestine Center Committee

Dr. Subhi Ali (Committee Chairman)

Dr. Eid Mustafa

Omar Fayez, Esq.

George Hishmeh

Dr. Mohayya Khilfeh

Said Arikat

Dr. Edmund Ghareeb [Palestine Center Senior Scholar]

Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti

Dr. Osamah Khalil


Palestine Diabetes Institute Committee

Dr. Subhi Ali

Dr. Eid Mustafa (Committee Chairman)

Dr. Mohayya Khilfeh

Dr. Shawki Harb [Detroit]

Dr. Mahmoud Ismail [Chicago]

Dr. Saleh Khaddash [New Jersey]

Dr. Tawfik Ramadan [Oklahoma]

Dr. Burhan Ghanayem [North Carolina]

Dr. George Elhaj [Houston]


Subhi D. Ali, M.D., F.A.C.S., is Chairman of the Board. A graduate of Howard University Medical School in Washington, DC, his training in General Surgery was completed at Howard University Hospitals where he was appointed as Assistant Professor of Surgery prior to relocating to Waverly, Tennessee in 1976, where he serves as Chief of Surgery at Three Rivers Hospital. He is currently the President and Treasurer of Howard University’s LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. Surgical Society Foundation. In Tennessee, he has been active in the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) since 1980. He served as President of TMA in 2003-04 and chairs the Tennessee Medical Education Fund. In 2004, he was appointed by the Governor to the Tennessee State Board of Medical Examiners where he served for 15 years, and retired as the Chairman in 2019. He is a Fellow of the National Federation of State Medical Boards where he represents the state of Tennessee. Currently, he serves on the boards of several academic and professional organizations. He served as the National President of the State Guard Association of the United States (SGAUS) from 2000-2001, and President of the SGAUS Foundation and editor of the SGAUS journal and website from 2001-2012. He is a retired Brigadier General of the Tennessee State Guard Medical Corps where he served as the Surgeon General from 1991-2001 after serving as Commander of the surgical detachment of the Tennessee Army National Guard. He also served on the Advisory board of the Center for the Study of Human Dignity and Ethics in Health Care at Aquinas College School of Medical Nursing in Nashville, Tennessee. He was appointed to the first board of directors of the Physicians Foundation that was created by the United States Court of Appeals in 2003, and currently serves as the Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Omar J. Fayez, Esq., is Secretary of the Board. He is a litigation attorney with Querrey & Harrow in Chicago, Illinois, and a member of the American Bar Association, Arab-American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, and other professional associations. He also serves as pro bono counsel for several non-profit organizations and has published on legal and political issues.

Eid B. Mustafa, M.D., F.A.C.S., is Treasurer of the Board. He is an honor graduate of Alexandria Medical School. He was trained in general surgery at Howard University in Washington, DC, where he received the Resident of the Year award, and attained plastic surgery training at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Mustafa is in private practice in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he is chief of plastic surgery at United Regional Health Care System and at Kell West Regional Hospital. He served as President of the Wichita County Medical Society, Vice President of the Texas Rehabilitation Commission Medical Committee, and as Treasurer, Vice President, and President of the National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA), from which he received the NAAMA outstanding physician award. He is a member of many professional associations including ACS, ASPS, ASAPS, and TMA. Dr. Mustafa has served as director of Physicians for Peace for which he is the founder of its Palestine chapter. He also served as President of the North Central Texas Medical Foundation for many years, and is deeply involved in medical volunteer work, particularly in Palestine. Additional awards he has received include the Americanism award from the Daughters of the American Revolution for his international volunteer work and the President’s and Physicians’ Diplomat awards by Physicians for Peace.

George Hishmeh is a founding member of the Jerusalem Fund. He was on the staff of the Washington Post and Chicago Sun-Times and editor of Mideast Magazine before joining the U.S. Information Agency as senior writer/editor, where he helped to start the Arabic-language service. Since his retirement from USIA, he has written for the Jordan Times, Gulf News, and the Daily Star. He is President of the Washington Association of Arab Journalists.

Walid M. Keilani is currently president of ASG Real Estate Company and senior financial adviser of Alshall Group, which strives to bridge the world of American and Arab businesses engaged in real estate. He is one of the founders of both companies. Mr. Keilani, born in Nablus, Palestine, is an economist with experience in financial restructuring, asset management and feasibility studies. He received an MS in economics from Utah State University in 1968 and a bachelor’s degree from Ain Shams University, Egypt in 1961. He served as an economic consultant in Canada from 1973-74 and a finance expert at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. from 1974-1977. Mr. Keilani is a poet and member of the Jordanian Writers Union.

Dr. Osamah Khalil is an Associate Professor of History at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He is the author of America’s Dream Palace: Middle East Expertise and the Rise of the National Security State (Harvard University Press, 2016) and the editor of United States Relations with China and Iran: Toward the Asian Century (Bloomsbury Press, 2019). Khalil has been a frequent media commentator and contributor, including for the Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Hill, The National, Al-Quds al-Arabi, Al Akhbar, and Al Jazeera

Mohayya H. Khilfeh, M.D., M.P.H., is currently a pediatrician with the Advocate Medical Group at the South Holland Health Center in Illinois. Her medical career has included serving as chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Illinois. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as several other professional societies. She is the chairman of the Palestine Liaison Committee of the National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA). She is also former president of the Illinois chapter of NAAMA. She served on the Board of Trustees at An-Najah University in Nablus, Palestine, from 1983 through 2000.

Rajai Khoury, M.D., FACS, RPVI

Sari A. Nabulsi, M.D., M.B.A., is currently a pediatrician at the Pediatric Medical Center and a Pediatrics Professor at Texas Tech University, Midland, Texas. He has presented on several medical topics including the diagnosis and treatment of Autism as well as the management of Down’s syndrome. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Texas Medical Association and the Midland County Society. He presently serves on the Board of Directors for NAAMA (National Arab American Medical Association).

Tawfik Z. Ramadan, M.D., M.P.H., is currently a pediatrician at Southern Oklahoma Pediatrics, a private practice, and neonatology director of the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at Valley View Regional Hospital in Ada, Oklahoma. He was also director in the development and establishment of a pediatric ward and NICU at Valley View Regional Hospital. Dr. Ramadan has been a medical officer in Palestine and Jordan for UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency). He is founder and coordinator of Outreach Clinic, a volunteer physician at Compassionate Clinic and a team member for Physicians for Peace. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, American Medical Association and the Oklahoma State Medical Association.


Samera Sood is the immediate former President of the Southern California chapter of the Palestinian American Women’s Association (PAWA), with which she has been active since the association’s founding in 1986. In addition to her work with PAWA, she was a leading board member of Al-Awda and the Los Angeles chapter of ADC, representing Al-Awda at the UNESCO International Conference in Paris in 2008. In 2004, she participated in a fact-finding mission to refugee camps in Syria and Lebanon and in 2009, she was also a part of George Galloway’s trip to break the siege on Gaza. A native of Deir Debwan in Palestine, Ms. Sood is also a business woman.



sharabiHisham Sharabi, Ph.D. (deceased), was Chairman of the Board from 1977-2005 and a founding member of The Jerusalem Fund. At his passing, he was professor emeritus of European Intellectual History and was the Omar al-Mukhtar Professor of Arab Culture at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Former President William J. Clinton was one of his many distinguished students. He authored 18 books, and numerous articles and monographs. He helped found the Association of Arab-American University Graduates as well as the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, among other organizations.


Samih Farsoun, Ph.D. (deceased), was one of the first members of the Jerusalem Fund Board of Directors, and was a founding member of the Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine, now The Palestine Center. Before his passing in June 2005, he served as Dean of Academic Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences at the newly established American University of Kuwait. Prior to that he was Professor of Sociology at the American University in Washington, DC, a position he held for 30 years. His books include Palestine and the Palestinians and Culture and Customs of the Palestinians. He has published over 75 papers, chapters, and articles.