Israel Advocacy Committee (IAC)

 

The IAC hosts events featuring speakers from business, technology, education, media and government, who share the latest about critical issues affecting Israel. For more information, email Ed at: docfinance2004@yahoo.com 

 

 

 

Israel Advocacy Committee

of the Jewish Federation of Collier County

invites you to: Let's Travel To Israel Together!

 

 

Monday, June 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm

At the Jewish Federation of Collier County

 

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.

 

Cost: $5 pp. Please send payments to: Jewish Federation of Collier County, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Ste., 2201, Naples, FL 34109. Attn: Renee’ or call her with your credit card by June 22.  Seating is limited so reservations are recommended. For questions please call 239-263- 4205 or email Renee’ at rbialek@jewishnaples.org.

Upcoming Israel Advocacy Committee Events for the community:

The Israel Advocacy Committee of Collier County (IAC) is pleased to announce that representatives from the organization Hand in Hand have been invited to speak at a program on Tuesday, February 20 at 7PM at Beth Tikvah synagogue. The organization, The Center for Jewish- Arab Education in Israel provides on a daily basis the viability of inclusion and equality for all citizens in Israel. A keystone of the program is the Culture and Religious Heritage Curriculum where all three monotheistic religions are taught to students. More information about this presentation will be forthcoming in future issue of the Federation Star. Beth Tikvah is a co-sponsor of this event.

 

At its’ recent planning meeting the IAC also announced a program to be presented by Dr. Eric Mandel on Thursday, January 18 at 7PM at Temple Shalom. Dr. Mandel is the founder and director of the Middle East Political and Information Network (MEPIN).

MEPIN is a private Middle East research analysis program that briefs members of Congress, foreign political advisors, journalists and others on the current geo-political situation in the Middle East. Dr. Mandel is also co-chair of StandWithUs, an international organization dedicated to combatting BDS.

 

Also in the works is a musical program to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. The program is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, March 25 at Temple Shalom. Stay tuned for more information about this exciting event.

Save these 2018 dates:

 

Thursday, January 18 at 7 pm

 

Tuesday, February 20 at 7 pm

 

Sunday, March 25 at 4 pm

IAC Events from 2016-2017

  • Israel Fest

 


Learn more about the film at www.hatespaces.com
or contact us at info@hatespaces.com

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 CollegeCampus 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 CounselThe 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.

The Israel Advocacy Committee of the
Jewish Federation of Collier County
presents:


M. Zuhdi Jasser, MD
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
7:00 pm at Temple Shalom

 

Click here for the Dr. Jasser PDF


 

Israel Advocacy Committee

of the Jewish Federation of Collier County

invites you to:  Let's Travel To Israel Together!

Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Beth Tikvah-1459 Pine Ridge Rd. Naples

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.

Meet:

GABRIEL BAREDES

Mr. Baredes is the director of Hispanic and Interfaith Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico (an Argentinean Jew) will be speaking as part of the film presentation. Mr. Baredes has degrees in Business Administration and Management and will be available to answer questions following this beautiful film.

Click here to see the flyer

  • Gabriel Baredes, Director of Hispanic and Interfaith Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel to FL & PR

  • Israel Advocacy Committee Members, Luba R. & Monica G.