JOEL LEYDEN – Biography – Updated 2019
Joel Leyden, a native of New York, has practiced international public relations, public affairs, crisis communications, journalism, social media and digital marketing for over 20 years.
Joel Leyden, whose Zionism goes back to being a war volunteer in the Yom Kippur War, has served as a senior media consultant to the Israel Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Trade, Tourism and Defense and the US State Department.
As an Internet and digital public relations pioneer, he co-created Israel’s first commercial Website – NetKing in 1995. In addition, Joel Leyden produced the first Website for an Israeli prime minister, established the first condolence Website for assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, co-created the Israel Defense Forces Website, was the first SEO – search engine optimizer in Israel and serves today as both commercial PR / SEO () and publisher of the Israel News Agency, Israel’s first on-line English news organization, Jewish News Agency and the United States News Agency.
Leyden has worked as an international media consultant for the Israel Prime Minister’s Office, Ehud Olmert, the prime minister of Israel , Shimon Peres, the office of Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Israel Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Israel Ministry of Tourism and the Israel Defense Forces  where he was awarded a commendation for his crisis communications work during Operation Defensive Shield.
When Israeli Astronaut Col. Ilan Ramon perished in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster on February 1, 2003, Leyden prepared the first communications to the media from the IDF.
Joel Leyden, a political centrist, has served in the IDF combat engineers, the IDF Spokespersons Office and today serves in the Israel Border Police (res.) – MAGAV.
Leyden has also served several times as a humanitarian officer in the Israel Defense Forces and promoted the concept  of improving relations with the Palestinians at one of the very few points of contact between Israelis and Palestinians – Israeli security checkpoints.
On Facebook, Twitter and Google getting the word out (using a gas generator)
in Haiti on the humanitarian work that the Israel Defense Forces rescue
and medical teams were performing in saving lives.
Joel Leyden, who is a professional cross-cultural consultant and served as director for Berlitz’s Middle-East cross cultural programs   , has created dozens of local and international community and professional social media forums  in Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo which today consists of thousands of members reaching over 5 million worldwide.
During the IDF Operation Grapes of Wrath Leyden provided free Internet service to the hundreds of Israeli children who were confined to air raid shelters in northern Israel.
Covering AIPAC 2019 for the Israel News Agency.
Joel Leyden, the father of three children, is a leading father’s and children’s rights activist in Israel advocating equal access and reforms in Israel’s gender bias family court custody laws and public child welfare departments for children of separated and divorced parents in Israel.
In 2008, Joel created the Family First party and ran for mayor of the city of Ra’anana, Israel.
He was not interested in securing the office, but as stated in the Haaretz newspaper, wanted to make father’s rights, children’s rights and the practicing of gender bias discrimination in Ra’anana’s Child Welfare department a campaign issue.
In the States, Joel Leyden was a media advisor to former New York Mayor Ed Koch, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, Senator Edward Kennedy and Senator Ted Cruz.
Joel Leyden coordinated several national media events with personalities including former President Ronald Reagan, Nixon adviser Henry Kissinger and holocaust survivor Elie Weisel.
Leyden served on the first board of directors of the Alzheimer’s Association in New York City.
As a former ski racer and licensed ski instructor, Leyden has promoted the Israeli Mt. Hermon ski resort. Joel Leyden was also responsible for coordinating the first marathon run through the streets of Jerusalem.
Joel Leyden has worked with HIAS, the United Jewish Appeal, the Israel Forum, the Israel Chamber of Commerce, the Association for Missing Israel Soldiers and the Israel Export Institute, served as a senior editor at the Jerusalem Post  and as a media adviser to the Israel Government Press Office.
Leyden reporting for the Israel News Agency on the historic visit of
US President George W. Bush to Israel for her 60th birthday.
Joel Leyden founded the IsraelPr Internet discussion group. This group brings together over 200 public relations and public affairs consultants world wide who are able to provide various Israeli governmental ministries with real-time advice. He is also credited for creating and operating several non-profit on-line community support groups on Facebook for Israel’s Anglo community such as NewRaanana, Israel Anglo Singles, Israel Children , Israel Anglo Homes and Doing Business In Israel.
Leyden created the first global SEO political contest in response to the Holocaust cartoon contest sponsored by Iran’s best selling daily newspaper Hamshahri.  There were over 40 million Internet page views indexed by Alexa for this non-profit, SEO contest Website that Leyden built and mass marketed.
Joel Leyden is the Director of Jews Against Hate which confronts
anti-semitism and all forms of racism off and online.
Joel, a pioneer in Web 2.0, lectures on the development of Internet, digital marketing, digital diplomacy, crisis communications, reputation management, global security threats to Israel and the Jewish community in Israel and North America.
Joel Leyden, who has university degrees in journalism, psychology and mass communications, resides in Ra’anana, a suburb north of Tel Aviv, Israel and New York.
Joel Leyden is available for speaking engagements –
contact Joel at Linkedin.com
=== Global Media Talk About Joel Leyden ===
- Leyden Communications Website – Joel Leyden’s Primary Website.
- Israel News Agency Website – Leyden created the INA in 1995, serves as publisher.
- The Jerusalem Post – Cover story detailing latest contributions Leyden has made for the Anglo community in Israel.
- The Jerusalem Post – Home page feature on Joel Leyden.
- USA Today
- TIME Magazine
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