Shelley Neese is President of The Jerusalem Connection. She writes regular articles for TJCI and her writing has also appeared in The Jerusalem Post, Arutz Sheva, Patheos, Algemeiner, Israel Today, and FrontPage Magazine. Shelley is also the author of the #1 New Release, The Copper Scroll Project.
While living in Boston, Shelley was the assistant to the Consul General at the Consulate of Israel to New England. In addition, she worked as a consultant at Conflict Management Group, a nonprofit connected to Harvard Law School.
Shelley lived and studied in Israel for over three years and has returned many times since. She spent the months leading up to the Gaza disengagement in Israel, working with a team of negotiators in a status report on issues relating to the “day after” Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza. In 2008 and 2009, Shelley followed the story of an archeological dig in Qumran based on the Copper Scroll.
Shelley studied in Israel from 2000 -2003, where she received her M.A in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben Gurion University. The high point of her studies—and first crack at investigative journalism—was her masters thesis examining the secret, multilateral negotiations ending the 2002 siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
A native of Louisiana, she received her B.A. in Political Science from Louisiana State University. Shelley speaks some Hebrew and has dedicated her life to supporting Israel. She currently resides in Northern Virginia with her four children and her husband, who is a Lieutenant Colonel and family physician in the U.S. Air Force.
A member of the Jewish National Fund’s Speaker’s Bureau, Shelley is an experienced public speaker and is available to speak at your church, synagogue, or organization. She has a passion to educate Christians on the spiritual, historical, and moral reasons why they should actively support Israel. She has also made the media rounds for interviews about her book, The Copper Scroll Project. Shelley has recently done interviews on the Eric Metaxas show on TBN, SkywatchTV, the Watchman with Erick Stakelbeck, Jerusalem Dateline with Chris Mitchell on CBN, and many more.