About Us

For the Sake of Argument is a non-partisan educational initiative founded and directed by Abi Dauber Sterne and Robbie Gringras, with generous support from the Jim Joseph Foundation.

In a deeply divided world, we’re committed to advancing healthy arguments as a game-changer in the field of education.

We develop tools and techniques to help you engage in healthy arguments in your home, school, campus, workplace, or community.

In the first phase of our work, we’re using Israel education as our core focus area. As we research and understand more about the impact of our work, we plan to develop new resources encompassing other issues.

Meet our team

Abi Dauber Sterne has worked in the United States and in Israel as an educator and organizational leader for more than 20 years. Throughout her career, her focus has been on deepening people’s Jewish experiences, while also promoting a deep pluralism amongst those who live in community together. Through her roles in senior management at two international organizations Hillel International and The Jewish Agency for Israel's Makom: Israel Education Lab she has relationships that span the globe. She has worked with rabbis, students, educators, and organizational leaders around the world.

Abi is a Senior Schusterman Fellow and currently a rabbinical student at the Shalom Hartman Institute/HaMidrasha at Oranim. She has spoken at many international conferences, and contributes opinion pieces to several online and print publications.

Abi lives in Jerusalem, with her spouse and four children. Her family dinner table is always a raucous mixture of laughter and disagreement.

Robbie Gringras has been an internationally renowned storyteller for the past thirty years. He’s also a global Israel educator, responsible for coining the “hugging and wrestling” approach to Israel engagement around the world.

Graduating from Oxford University in English Language and Literature, he swiftly moved into professional theater as a playwright and actor. He’s the artistic force behind eleven original and acclaimed productions that fuse storytelling, physicality, and theater. His work has been performed on London’s West End, and in theaters throughout Europe, North America, Mexico, Hong Kong, Australasia, and Israel in English, Spanish, and Hebrew.

Robbie also has a parallel career in international education, having spent two decades working with global Jewish education organizations. His innovations, teachings, writings, and trainings have touched tens of thousands of Jews throughout the world.

Robbie lives in the Galilee area of Israel with his wife and two kids. He views himself as being terrible at arguments, but living in Israel has given him a lot of practice.

Originally from New York City, Ariel moved to Israel in 2015. In her role as For the Sake of Argument’s Manager of Arguments, she oversees the operations of the organization.

Before joining FSA, Ariel was the Operations and Communications Manager at OLAM.

With a background in International Development and Conflict Resolution (BA from The University of Maryland and MA from Tel Aviv University), Ariel is passionate about social justice, community building, and technological efficiency.

She lives in Modiin with her husband and twin girls. While she has extensive experience in mediation, nothing prepared her for arguing with toddlers.

Gila leads the marketing and communications efforts at For the Sake of Argument, drawing on two decades of experience in fundraising and communications in Israel and the UK.

Born and raised in London, Gila has spent most of her adult life in Israel. Over the years, she directed international relations for prominent non-profit organizations, including the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and the New Fund for Cinema and Television (NFCT).

In 2019, Gila founded GO Creative Content, a content agency dedicated to amplifying the impact of good causes. Her client portfolio includes Israeli and international non-profits, start-ups, and philanthropic foundations spanning the fields of education, health, and the environment.

Gila holds a BA in English Literature and Philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MA in English Literature and Cultural Studies from University College London. She lives in Pardes Hanna with her partner and three children. Naturally averse to arguments, she grows better at them with each passing year she spends in Israel.