The Israel Advocacy Committee was established in 2008 to “promote a positive image of Israel through community-wide information distribution programs throughout Greater Naples.”
The Israel Advocacy Committee is made up of members of our Jewish community. Several members have lived, worked, volunteered or studied in Israel.
The Israel Advocacy Committee has conducted several Forum Series events featuring speakers from business, technology, education, media and government, who have brought our community the latest information regarding the critical issues facing Israel today.
The Israel Advocacy Committee has adopted the following goals:
To become a member of the Israel Advocacy Committee, contact Harvey Cohen at: email@example.com
Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7 PM
Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, seeking cross border cooperation in the face of political challenges.
The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies will provide the Middle East with a new generation of sophisticated professionals that will meet the region’s environmental challenges with richer and more innovative peace-building solutions.
Tuesday, March 24 at 7 PM
Speaker: Avi Melamed at Beth Tikvah
Mr. Melamed is a former Israeli Intelligence Official and Senior Official on Arab Affairs. He is an expert on the Current Affairs in the Arab and Muslim World Arab and their impact on Israel and the Middle East. Melamed is a Strategic Intelligence Analyst, writer, teacher and lecturer. Mr. Melamed is the Founder and CEO Inside the Middle East: Intelligence Perspectives
Join us for this free community event:
If you are an Israeli or Judaica vendor and would like to be present at this event, please contact Renee' at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, January 14, 2019
TOPIC: Visiting the role of the US in the Middle East
Mr. Singh is the Lane-Swig Senior Fellow and managing director at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Dr. Kenneth W. Stein
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Topic: Forty Years After the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty:
Why Egyptian-Israeli negotiations worked then but Palestinian-Israel talks remain remote today?
Dr. Kenneth Stein is a professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History, Political Science and Israeli Studies at Emory University. He is the founding director of the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel and founding President of the Center for Israel Education (CIE).
Sarit Catz from CAMERA
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
CAMERA, The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. Founded in 1982, the mission of the organization is to promote accurate and balanced coverage of Israel and the Middle East. CAMERA takes no position with regard to American or Israeli political issues or with regard to a solution of the Arab- Israeli conflict. The organization further seeks to monitor propaganda dissemination on college campuses.
JANVEST Capital Partners: JANVEST Capital Partners is a U.S.-based venture firm directed at premium early stage innovation within Israel’s emerging technology market. Our aim is to identify and invest in the country’s most dynamic seed and pre-seed businesses through the utilization of a disciplined data-driven investment strategy and a bi-national team of highly experienced managers and operators. JANVEST’s sector and stage focus is dictated by a desire to partner with and provide real value to exceptional entrepreneurs at the point where concept and commercialization intersect.
Brian Rosenzweig has worked extensively with emerging technology companies operating in a variety of U.S., European, and South American markets. As a Partner at JANVEST Capital, Brian is a member of the firm’s investment committee and is responsible for fund marketing and investor relations, as well as advising portfolio companies on their communications, go-to-market strategies, and business development efforts abroad. Brian graduated from Indiana University – Bloomington with a B.A. in Journalism from the Ernie Pyle School of Journalism, a B.A. in Jewish Studies, and a Minor in Hebrew.
Read an article here. It is printed in the September Federation Star issue.
How can Israel’s Arabs and Jews break down the barriers of mistrust and separation between them? Hand in Hand is reshaping Jewish-Arab relations in Israel with a growing network of integrated schools and communities that bring thousands of Jews and Arabs together every day.
What is Hand In Hand? Click here to read more about it.
A worthy response article. Read that here.
Creating a New Reality article. Read that here.
How bilingual teaching can break down barriers. Read the article here.
Jewish and Arab Students Cross Cultural Boundaries at Model Bilingual Jerusalem School
read more: Read the article here.
Why does this program exist? Read the article here.
Hand in Hand 2017 graduates, parents & teachers. Click here to watch the video.
Who is coming from Israel to present? Learn about the presenters here.
Dr. Eric Mandel
Dr. Eric R. Mandel is the Director MEPIN. Click here for more on Eric Mandel.
Read his bio here.
Read an article written by him here:Who is in charge of American Foreign Policy, State or the President?
Here is an article written by Dr. Mandel about The West's Refusal to Recognize the Religious Basis for the Israeli- Palestinian Conflict.
Click here for an article written by Eric Mandel about: IS JEWISH UNITY AN ISRAELI NATIONAL-SECURITY ISSUE?
Click here for an article written by Eric Mandel: SHOULD THE FLAWED IRAN DEAL ALTER US INTEREST IN REGIME CHANGE?
Author Dr. Michael Harris will talk to us about how to be an effective advocate for Israel.
He is one of the founders of San Francisco Voice for Israel, a grassroots group that is now a chapter of StandWithUs. He serves as the lay leader for StandWithUs in Northern California. StandWithUs is a worldwide Israel education organization founded in 2001 and headquartered in Los Angeles.
He is the author of: Winning A Debate With An Israel-Hater: How to Effectively Challenge Anti-Israel Extremists in Your Neighborhood.
The Politics of Intolerance on Campus
Hate Spaces examines how anti-Semitism is being made fashionable at many American universities through the ongoing academic delegitimization of Israel, and the normalization of hatred in the name of social justice.
“Hate Spaces” is a wake up call to the Jewish community and to civil society in America about the institutionalization of bigotry on college campuses.” — Alan Dershowitz
“Hate Spaces” is a film every American needs to see. It is alarming to see the tolerance of anti-Semitism in higher education.” — Ruth Wisse
Please join us in watching: “How A Small Nation Makes A Big Difference.” This movie explores the triumph of the human spirit. Israelis, surrounded by enemies, have turned a desert with hardly any natural resources into a flourishing and productive society. This movie hosted by former Harvard lecturer Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar examines the core character strengths of the country that have made this dream possible.
Why we made the documentary "Hate Spaces"?
by: Avi Goldwasser, Producer and Director
We’ve been observing the increased hostility toward Jewish students on campus for the past decade. As you may recall, we produced a film called Columbia Unbecoming in 2004 which documented the intimidation by professors of Jewish students who supported Israel. We thought that the film would be a wakeup call for the Jewish community and the people of New York. Sadly, despite getting significant attention, the power structure in the universities prevailed and the hostility continued.
Today, the situation is much worse and more pervasive. Most people do not realize how the hostility is being institutionalized, made fashionable by a combination of forces including radical faculty, radical student organizations, and an enabling university administration. While many anti-Jewish incidents and the BDS campaign are reported by the media, few are willing to connect the dots and report on the underlying ideology and extremist organizations that are inciting the hostility.
We feel that there is a need for a more comprehensive public understanding of the problem in order for the problem to be dealt with effectively. We hope that this film will provide such an understanding, and that good and decent people will be mobilized to address this outrageous scandal that has marginalized Jews like no other minority on campus. All we ask is that Jewish students be treated equally and be provided the same protections afforded other minority students.
As is noted in the film, on college campuses today the TRUTH does not matter much, ideology and narrative trump the truth. Power rules and those who speak truth to power are punished. We want to reach people in leadership positions both civic and political leaders. They have the power to bring change. We also want to energize the public to demand that our leaders in the community and on campus live up to their stated values. What is happening on campus is contrary to American values, to values of decency. As President Obama has often stated “This is not who we are”.
Change and hope is coming. The current situation is simply not sustainable, clearly Jews are not the only students affected. There will be a growing coalition of groups demanding fairness on campus. And because university leadership has failed, legal and political actions will be required and change will come.
Editor’s note: "Hate Spaces" will be screened at Temple Shalom on Thursday, April 6, 2017. See the ad in this issue for details.
This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Collier County and Temple Shalom.
Alan Dershowitz, Lawyer, jurist, author and Harvard professor
“Hate Spaces” is a wake up call to the Jewish community and to civil society in America about the institutionalization of bigotry on college campuses.
Ruth Wisse, Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard ...
"Hate Spaces" is a film every American needs to see. It is alarming to see the tolerance of anti-Semitism in higher education.
Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, UCSC Lecturer
"Hate Spaces is an exceptional film that brings to life the hostile environment for Jewish students on campus, and the failure of university leadership to live up to its proclaimed values.”
Daniel Pipes, Historian, writer, commentator and president of the Middle East Forum
Hate Spaces is a powerful and insightful documentary that should waken all Americans to end the campus' Judeophobic problem before tragedy strikes.
Andrew Pessin, Professor of Philosophy, Connecticut College Campus Bureau Editor, The Allgemeiner
"HateSpaces" is an essential and timely film. Responding to this phenomenon requires a deep and honest analysis of its causes. "HateSpaces" does this meticulously, thoroughly, and grippingly. A must-see for all those concerned about the worsening situation on campus.
Ken Marcus, President & General Counsel The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law
The great thing about Hate Spaces is not just that it is a compelling documentary but more importantly that it is a powerful tool. ….to reach new audiences and to recruit new allies. This is critical to gain the support that we need on the Hill, in the Executive Branch, in the statehouses, and even in the courts.