Amy Friedkin

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Amy Rothschild Friedkin (1947-) was the first female president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), from May 2002 until May 2004, then served as the national chair of AIPAC's board.


Friedkin is a fourth-generation San Franciscan. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1968. According to Howard Kohr, AIPAC's executive director, "[Friedkin] is deeply committed to American politics and a belief in the American political system and in the empowerment of American Jewry."[1]

She was president of the Jewish Federation of the Greater East Bay from 1988-1990. She served on the United Jewish Appeal Young Women’s Leadership Cabinet and led numerous community missions to Israel.[citation needed] Friedkin was honored by the Jewish Women’s Archive[2] and the Lions of Judah. Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR) said, “Amy is a bridge between Israel and America.” Additionally, long-time friend Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) said, “When Amy looks into the eyes of a legislator, they know she speaks from the heart. She has her facts straight. She has a deep commitment for Israel. It comes through. It’s contagious and very effective.”[3]

Friedkin has two sons by a former marriage to California attorney Alan J. Sternberg. [4]

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