Dr Stanley Wulf is a passionate Zionist who is dedicating his retirement to working for Israel’s founding principles set forth in “The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel” – that is, to maintain Israel as both Jewish and Democratic.
Stanley was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. His formative bond to Israel occurred during the Six Day War in June of 1967, resulting in great pride in Israel, but simultaneously great awareness of Israel’s vulnerability.
After completing medical school and internship at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, Stanley left South Africa in 1976 to complete his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and open a private practice in Los Angeles. Dr Wulf subsequently served as Chief Medical Officer for medical technology companies, and in 2009 he was chosen by his peers as one of the “100 Most Inspiring People in the Life-Sciences Industry.”
Israel and Judaism were never far from his heart and mind. In 1987 he took 2 years off from medicine to study at the liberal Pardes yeshiva in Jerusalem, and he has served as President and as Treasurer of his modern orthodox shul.
With Shimon Peres, Former Israeli President
With Salam Fayyad, Former PA Prime Minister
The turning point in his approach to understanding the conflict in the Middle East came while supporting Cal Berkeley students in fighting BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) resolutions on campus. After witnessing, night after night, the passion and conviction of both Jewish and Palestinian students, he experimented with another approach – trying to hear the Palestinian narrative. He came to realize that, while disagreeing vehemently with BDS, he could acknowledge the conflicting narrative without it destroying his own. Two years of painful re-calibration followed as Stanley realized that, as in any successful mediation or negotiation, understanding the “other” is a core requirement.
As a passionate Zionist convinced that a two-state solution is essential before Israel is demographically overtaken, Stanley began speaking to Jewish Communities across the U.S. in support of the center-left in Israel. His experiences led to the development of his latest series of presentations and workshops on how to deal with conflict among Jews when discussing Israel.
Stanley is married with two sons. They live in Berkeley, California and their family has a home in Jerusalem where they spend extended periods of time.