...native of Chicago, Illinois, worked in public relations for many years, primarily for the Jerusalem Reclamation Project in the Old City of Jerusalem. He received rabbinic ordination from the late Rabbi Y. Ruderman of the Ner Israel College in Baltimore and from the Hebrew Institute of California. Rabbi Selavan is beginning work on his doctorate in archaeology at Tel Aviv University. He is a sought-after lecturer, tour guide and educator. He specializes in Jerusalem’s Old City and the Western Wall excavations, and is the author of the successful book, “Tzaddik's Guide to Jerusalem's Old City.” Selavan also serves as co-host of LandMinds - an international internet podcast (formerly broadcast live on Israel National Radio).
Barnea Selavan working with teachers in San Diego 2014
Barnea Selavan speaking at KINS in Chicago 2012
...formerly of Los Angeles, grew up on the fringe of Hollywood. He earned an MA Ed from Loyola Marymount University, specializing in Marriage Family and Child Counseling, and has worked extensively in both formal and informal Jewish education. He is currently an MA candidate in archaeology at the University of Haifa - doing research for his thesis on Bar Kochva. Willner, who studied at the Hebrew Institute of California, has directed programs and projects for NCSY, JCCA, the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, and the Jewish Agency in Israel. The founder of Mountain High Productions, a company providing graphic design and media consulting services, he brings a wealth of experience in media and education to Foundation Stone's ongoing activities. Willner also serves as producer and co-host of LandMinds - an internet radio show (formerly on Israel National Radio - Arutz 7), and now an independently produced international podcast. He currently divides his time between Efrat and Nahariya.
* Partial list of speakers from both past and upcoming programs. The 2021 program will be finalised at a later date.