Hear from leading figures on the left and right in Israel.
The list below also includes talks about other issues facing our people.
The Israel Committee updates this list, found at http://IsraelUpdate.INFO, almost daily. Below find the current list. To join the Israel Committee, contact Eli Cohen at EliCohen@IsraelUpdate.info.
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Aliyah: How the Face of Immigration to Israel is Changing
Wednesday, March 15 at 9:00 am
with Jewish Telegraphic Agency Three prominent American immigrants to Israel from different generations — former Knesset member Dov Lipman, journalist Yossi Klein Halevi, and educator Abi Dauber Sterne — personify how much aliyah has changed over the years. We’ll hear their personal stories and talk about the future of immigration to Israel. Part of JTA’s series, Israel at 75: Where Do We Go From Here?
U.S. Jews & Israel
Wednesday, March 15, 9:00 am
The relationship between U.S. Jews and Israel has changed significantly in recent years. What does each owe the other, and what’s the future of this relationship in an age when the two communities appear to be growing apart? With Naama Klar, director of the Koret International School for Jewish studies at ANU, Museum of the Jewish People, and Shaul Kelner, professor of sociology and Jewish studies at Vanderbilt University.
Log in at https://70facesmedia.zoom.us/j/85828991351
When will Saudi Arabia Sign Peace with Israel?
Thursday, March 16 9 am
Hussain Abdul-Hussain, research fellow at Foundation for Defense of Democracies. The world has changed and Saudi Arabia is changing. While many Palestinians insist that the Saudis should stay the course, continue boycotting Israel and supporting the open-ended conflict, Riyadh seems to have moved on.
Register at https://www.asmeascholars.org/webinar
Ukraine: One Year Later
March 16 9 am
We’ll hear from Gelena Blishteyn Jonathan Ornstein, Danielle Mor, and Inna Vdovichenko about the latest happenings on the ground, the specific ways your support has made a critical impact, and what pressing needs will continue to mount in the months to come as we hope and pray for a resolution.
The Political Potential of the Protests with Tzipi Livni
March 16 11 am
Israel is now in its tenth consecutive week of widespread pro-democracy protests, which have mobilized hundreds of thousands of Israelis across the country against the Netanyahu government’s judicial overhaul. Meanwhile, despite public pressure from leading economists, retired security officials, IDF reservists, the high-tech sector, academics, and even President Isaac Herzog, the coalition is quickly pushing forward with its package of legislation to remove all meaningful judicial restraints on the power of the government.
Religious Zionism: Past and Present with Professor Yehuda Mirsky
March 16 11 am
This week in conversation with CCFP Director Ari Ingel is Prof. Yehuda Mirsky, who Teaches Judaic and Israel Studies at Brandeis University.
Jews of Iran: A Photographic Chronicle
Tuesday, March 21 at 12pm
Featuring over one hundred full color photos, take a step into one of the most beautiful and complicated untold stories of our time.
White Supremacy in America with Dr. Simon Purdue
March 22 11 am
Dr. Simon Purdue of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) Discussing White Supremacy in America and Why the Jewish Community Needs to be Very Concerned.
Cracking the Language Barrier: Holding BBC Arabic to Account
March 23 noon
BBC’s Arabic department (“BBC Arabic”) has been broadcasting disturbing programs and news bulletins about Jews and Israel to the Arabic-speaking world. Don’t miss this one-time opportunity to hear how the Jewish Chronicle and CAMERA’s Arabic department are working to expose and combat anti-Israel extremism and antisemitism within the influential British news world.
This talk from CAMERA ARABIC will NOT be recorded!
Israel’s Debate: The Judiciary, Law of Return, and Democracy
Thursday, March 23 at 2pm PDT
Gain insight into the debates about proposed reforms to Israel’s judiciary, the Law of Return, and other reforms which some see as a major test of its democracy.
The Vatican, the Holocaust and World War II: Uncovering the Secret History
Thu / Mar 23 / 4:00 pm
Prof. David Kertzer, Abraham Foxman, and Rabbi Cosgrove What did the Catholic Church, led by Pope Pius XII during World War II, know about the activities of Mussolini and Hitler, and what decisions were made by the church as Italy was enveloped in the war and the Holocaust unfolded throughout Europe? When faced with decisions of moral leadership, power, and more, how did the Church respond, and what were the consequences? Using newly opened Vatican archives as well as archives in Italy, Germany, France, the UK, and the US, Professor David Kertzer uncovers the conduct of the Church prior to and during World War II and examines the failure of the Pope to take a clear stand against fascism, Hitler’s onslaught, and Nazi genocide. He will be joined by Abe Foxman, National Director Emeritus of the ADL. Together with Rabbi Cosgrove they will discuss these questions and more to gain a greater understanding of the Holocaust.
Register at https://www.tfaforms.com/5042632
We Declare! Israeli Democracy: Past, Present, and Future
Sun / Mar 26 / 6:30 am–9:00 am
Consul General Asaf Zamir, Rabbis Elliot Cosgrove and Jeremy Kalmanofsky, Nir Braudo, and Ayala Deckel
With the current political crisis unfolding in Israel, there is no timelier an occasion to come together to discuss and debate the State of Israel’s founding document, its Declaration of Independence. Led by educators from BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change, we’ll examine this document and discuss the nature and future of Israel’s democracy and democratic values. Our program will culminate in a panel discussion with our rabbis, scholars, and Asaf Zamir, Consul General of Israel to New York, on the current political situation and the future of Israeli democracy.
Register at https://www.tfaforms.com/5048383
Antisemitism and the Politics of Ethnic Studies of California’s K-12 and Higher Education Classrooms
March 26 at 9
Tammi Rossman-Benjamin (AMCHA Initiative)
Israel: the Good Neighbor with Eyal Dror
March 27 at 4:30
To Be or Not to Be: The Jewish American Paradox
March 28 at 12PM PDT
Will Judaism cease to exist, or will our diversity lead us to a new Jewish enlightenment of strengthened identity and pride?
Understanding the Settlements with David Halprin
March 29 11 am
David Halprin, CEO of the Israel Policy Formum takes us on a guided virtual tour to understand exactly what and where the settlements are.
Israel Up-Close and Personal: Shoa l’tkoma — the foundation of the state of Israel
Mon, April 3, 2023 9 am
The Arc of a Covenant: The United States, Israel, and the Fate of the Jewish People
Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at 9 am
Walter Russell Mead (Bard College)
A Conversation on Jewish-Christian Relations with Prof. Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski
April 4 11 am
CFP Director Ari Ingel is Prof. Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski, Kraft Family Chair, Director, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning. The two will be discussing Christian-Jewish relations past and present and how Israel has been politicized in Christian discourse.
Russia: The Roots of Modern Antisemitism with Izabella Tabarovsky
April 11 11 am
This week in conversation with CCFP Director Ari Ingel is Izabella Tabarovsky, who is a scholar on Russia and antisemitism, and a contributing writer to Tablet Magazine. The two will be discussing how Russia has been a driving force behind antisemitism for the past few centuries, until today.
Antisemitism in the Academy and the Fate of Jewish Studies: An Insider’s View
Sunday, April 16, 2023, at 9 am
Jarrod Tanny (University of North Carolina Wilmington)
How to Talk to Your Children and Grandchildren about Antisemitism
Thursday, May 18, 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Dr. Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath, author of #antisemitism: Coming of Age During the Resurgence of Hate, will offer suggestions and answer questions about how to talk to children about antisemitism. Additional resources will be provided. The program is free, co-sponsored by Lappin Foundation and Jewish Federation of New Hampshire. Everyone is welcome. For more information email Lynne@LappinFoundation.org.
Black Hebrew Israelites and Origins of Antisemitism
April 19 10 am
CCFP Director Ari Ingel and Bennett Clifford, Deputy Director, Program on Extremism at George Washington University. They will be discussing the roots of antisemitism in the Black community and the extremism of the Black Hebrew Israelites.
Anti-Semitism and Philo-Semitism — Their Role in the Birth of Israel
Sunday, April 23, 2023, at 9 am
Meron Medzini (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
A History of Jews in America’s Armed Forces
Tuesday, May 23, 4:30 p.m.
The history of Jews in the U.S. Military with Chaim Rosenberg, author of Shield of David: A History of Jewish Servicemen in America’s Armed Forces.
Morningstar: BDS Invades The World of Finance
April 26 at 11 am
CCFP Director Ari Ingel with Scott A Shay and Richard Goldberg. Richard Goldberg is a Senior Advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Scott A Shay is the co-founder of Signature Bank of New York. They will be discussing the recent attacks by the BDS movement in the finance sector, particularly in regards to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) ratings.
What is Israel’s Role in the Fight Against Antisemitism?
Sunday, April 30, 2023, at 9 am
Ruth Cohen-Dar (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance)
Israel Up-Close and Personal: Social welfare, economy and more — Celebrating “Yom Ha’poalim”
Mon, May 1 2023 9 am
HRW, Amnesty Intl and their Anti-Israel Crusade
May 3 at 11 am
CCFP Director Ari Ingel with Prof. Gerald M. Steinberg, President and Founder of NGO Monitor and Professor of Politics at Bar Ilan University. They will be discussing the anti-Israel crusade of Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.
Christian Supremacy: Reckoning with the Roots of Antisemitism and Racism
May 7 at 9 am
Magda Teter (Fordham University)
Israel at 75: Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities (Dr. Einat Wilf)
May 7 10 am. (We co-sponsor this event.)
Dr. Wilf will be discussing Israel at 75: Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities, reviewing Israel’s amazing progress and accomplishments, including Start-Up Nation and the Abraham Accords. She will also analyze Israel’s challenges, including an honest, balanced assessment of the current government and the durability of /risks to Israeli democracy. There will be plenty of time for a Q&A. A progressive former member of the Knesset, she was a foreign policy advisor to Shimon Peres, participated in peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, taught at Georgetown University, and has authored of seven books, explaining Israel’s complex issues with insight and clarity. Her latest book, “We Should All Be Zionists,“ brings together her essays from the past four years on Israel, Zionism and the path to peace.
Registration information to be added
How to Talk to Your Children and Grandchildren about Antisemitism with Dr. Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath.
May 18 at 4:30
.Dr. Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath, author of #antisemitism: Coming of Age During the Resurgence of Hate, will offer suggestions and answer questions about how to talk to children about antisemitism. Additional resources will be provided.