Daniel Posner, 53, Athletes for Israel founder


Daniel Posner, 53, is the founder of Athletes for Israel, a nonprofit organization that brings high-profile athletes to Israel to help them gain a better understanding of the country and its people. “I founded Athletes for Israel because I was frustrated by the negative coverage in the media and the misunderstanding of Israel and the Jewish people by so many,” the Upper West Sider tells us. “By bringing professional athletes to Israel, they experience the culture and people first hand. They are able to correct prior misconceptions and then explain to others about their experiences.”

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