Today is February 26, 2018 -
Beyond The Conflict: Teaching and Learning about Israel and the Middle East
We invite you to listen to Dr. Stephen Berk, distinguished Henry and Sally Schaeffer chair of Holocaust and Jewish Studies at Union College and former chair of the Department of History. He is an internationally respected authority on American foreign policy in the Middle East and frequently serves as a consultant for the media.
An inspiring and dynamic speaker, Professor Berk has spoken worldwide on issues related to Anti-Semitism, Israel, the Holocaust, and Russian history.
A riveting speaker, Professor Peter Hayes’ latest book is Why? Explaining the Holocaust that provides us with, as one reviewer wrote, “… judicious, thoughtful and balanced answers to difficult and often inflammatory questions.”
Building A Better Tomorrow: An author, television host, speaker, and nonprofit executive, Alison combines her penchant for humor with her unique gift for storytelling to deliver inspiring messages about living and giving by example.
Congressman Engel is the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and also serves on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, including the subcommittees on Health, Energy and Power. He is the founder and Co-Chair of the House Oil and National Security Caucus, which is seeking clean, energy-efficient alternatives to America’s over-reliance on oil. Engel is also a member of the Democratic Task Force on Health and serves on the Commission on Human Rights.
Congressman Engel is the author of the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003, which successfully sparked international pressure on Syria to withdraw from Lebanon, and sponsored a key resolution recognizing Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel. He is the leader in the House of Representatives on U.S. policy toward Latin American and the Caribbean. He also authored the ALS Registry Act that established a national registry for the collection/storage of data on those suffering from ALS.
Understanding ISIS; the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS); and more
Dr. Asaf Romirowsky, Middle East analyst, is a fellow at the Middle East Forum and co-author of Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief. He served in the Israel Defense Forces as an international relations liaison officer in the West Bank and Jordan.
He is the Executive Director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East in Philadelphia.
Dr. Romirowsky has a BA, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, master’s degrees, Villanova University and West Chester University, and a doctorate from Kings College London.
Former lawmaker, bestselling author, Bar-Zohar was a member of the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, and envoy to the Council of Europe. His book, Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service is an eye-opening, boots-on-the-ground account of the most dangerous Mossad missions. It is the bestselling book in Israel’s history.
According to Simon Peres, former President of Israel, “Bar-Zohar’s gripping, white-knuckle account tells what should have been known and isn’t—that Israel’s hidden force is as formidable as its recognized physical strength.”
Bar-Zohar is one of Israel’s foremost experts on espionage and the official biographer of David Ben-Gurion and Shimon Peres. His book Enigma was made into a Hollywood movie starring Martin Sheen.
He was knighted by the President of France as Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur.
Joe Hyams is CEO of HonestReporting.com a USA and Israel non-profit organization dedicated to fair and accurate media coverage for Israel. With a background in media & marketing communications, he is a former strategic planner for Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, and speaks on communication strategy and the challenges of education versus advocacy. He trains Israel supporters in the planning of campaign strategy and evaluation and the identification of media bias and effective responses in the digital age.
Through media monitoring, grass roots education and the provision of services to journalists in the region via their Media Central program, Hyams works to raise the bar in media standards as well as community consciousness of the power of media to influence and impact policy and opinion.
Joe is a regular guest speaker for Israel Mission delegations and community leadership seminars. He has spoken to Jewish Federations, the AIPAC National Policy Conference, and community events across the USA, South America, Australia, Hong Kong, and Israel.
Joe currently resides in Boston as an MA/MBA candidate at the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program & Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
Professor Jay Ladin made headlines around the world when, after years of teaching literature at Yeshiva University, he returned to the Orthodox Jewish campus as a woman–Joy Ladin. In Through the Door of Life, Ladin takes readers on a distinctly Jewish journey through the transition process–not just of changing genders, but of creating a new self.
With unsparing honesty and surprising humor, Ladin wrestles with both the practical problems of gender transition and the larger moral, spiritual, and philosophical questions that arise.
Ladin is a Fulbright Scholar and the author of seven books. She is the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution.
Intermarriage – it’s a highly charged emotional issue. Some surveys suggest that there will soon be more intermarried households in the Jewish community than there are in-married households. What are the ramifications? What does it mean for the Jewish community – now and for the future? Rabbi Olitzky helps us delve into questions we face when intermarriage occurs in our family.
Rabbi Olitzky explores ways to encourage everyone to make Jewish choices about their home and family. He is the Executive Director of the Jewish Outreach Institute, an organization that helps to welcome interfaith and unaffiliated families into the Jewish community.