Your Temple Sinai Window to Israeli Culture, Politics, Life, Religion and More!
Don’t miss Jeremy Ben-Ami at Temple Sinai
Thursday, March 20, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, Albers Chapel
Who speaks for American Jews on Israel?
How can we safeguard Israel's survival as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people?
Decide for yourself!
Temple Sinai is honored to host a spirited dialogue between Jeremy Ben-Ami, Founder
and President of J Street, and Dr. Marc Dollinger, Richard and Rhoda Goldman
Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State
University. Their remarks will
be followed by a Q-and-A session with the audience, refreshments and further
conversation. This program is presented by Temple Sinai and Congregation Beth
El of Berkeley.
Founded by Jeremy Ben-Ami in 2008, J Street now claims more than 177,000 online
supporters, 5,000 active students, and 650 National Rabbinic Cabinet Leaders, including
Sinai’s own Rabbi Chester. Since J
Street's founding it has been at the center of conversation in the American
Jewish community. There are those who believe J Street represents the
majority of American Jews while others believe it represents a small fringe. J
Street’s supporters maintain it is staunchly pro-Israel but critics accuse it
of threatening Israel's security.
J Street's website asserts:
“J Street is the political home for
pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans fighting for the future of Israel as the
democratic homeland of the Jewish people. We believe that Israel's Jewish and
democratic character depend on a two-state solution, resulting in a Palestinian
state living alongside Israel in peace and security. Rooted in our commitment
to Jewish and democratic values, J Street is redefining what it means to be
pro-Israel in America…. And we are expanding support for Israel by affirming -
along with many Israelis - that being pro-Israel doesn't require supporting
every policy of its government." (For more background, see http://jstreet.org/about; and http://jstreet.org/page/mythsandfacts/home.)
Ben Ami has deep experience in American
politics and government and a passionate commitment to the state of Israel. His family connection to Israel goes back 130
years to the first aliyah when his great-grandparents were among the first
settlers in Petah Tikva. His grandparents were one of the founding families of
Tel Aviv, and his father was an activist and leader in the Irgun. Ben-Ami's political resume includes serving as
policy advisor in the Clinton White House and playing leading roles in national
and local political campaigns in the U. S. While living in Israel, Ben-Ami consulted
to Israeli non-profit organizations and politicians. He has been recognized by The Forward, the
Jerusalem Post, and Ha’aretz. Ben-Ami received a law degree from New York
University and is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and
International Relations at Princeton University.
Leading historian Dr. Marc Dollinger will dialogue with Jeremy Ben-Ami and help
place J Street within the context of American Jewish support for Israel. Dr.
Dollinger is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social
Responsibility at San Francisco State University. Dr. Dollinger earned his PHD
in history at UCLA and did a Post Doctoral Fellowship at Bryn Mawr
College. An expert on American
Jewish history and the California Jewish experience, Dr. Dollinger's work
explores Jewish ethnic and political life.
Join the thought-provoking conversation on Thursday, March 20th
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Mission of the Israel Education Committee
· To bring our congregation closer to Israel.
· To establish a presence within our community and show the community-at-large that we are connected to Israel.
· To understand the complexities of Israeli politics, government and religious movements.
· To advocate for the progressive/reform movement and social justice issues in Israel.
By engaging Temple Sinai congregants in discussion, education, raising awareness, supporting and celebrating Israel.
Have a question about the committee? Contact the Chair: John Citron