Israel Advocacy Committee (IAC)

 

Israel Advocacy Committee

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 continue to educate themselves first as a Committee
  • To conduct symposiums, forums and seminars
  • To monitor and respond appropriately to newspaper articles and editorials
  • To create a speakers bureau to provide topical information about Israel to local organizations and schools
  • To develop education and information kits for use by public schools, colleges and universities

To become a member of the Israel Advocacy Committee, contact Ed Ezrine at: docfinance2004@yahoo.com

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Michael Singh

Monday, January 14, 2019

7:00 PM at Temple Shalom

Mr. Singh is the Lane-Swig Senior Fellow and managing director at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Mr. Singh was senior director for Middle East Affairs at the White House from 2007-2008, and a director on the NSC staff from 2005-2007.  Earlier, he served as special assistant to Secretaries of State Powell and Rice, and at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv.  He co-chaired Mitt Romney’s State Department transition team in 2012,and served as Middle East advisor to the Romney campaign.  Mr. Singh has been an adjunct fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and an economics instructor at Harvard College.  His writings have appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, International Security, and elsewhere, and he has appeared as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and other outlets.  Mr. Singh earned his bachelor’s degree in economics summa cum laude from Princeton University and an MBA with high distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School.

 

Registration for each event

Pre-registration- $18

At the door- $25

Students- Free (pre-registration only)

 

To pre-register

Call the Jewish Federation at 239-263-4205

Or mail a check to: JFGN, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Ste 2201, Naples, FL 34109, Attn: IAC


 

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Dr. Kenneth W. Stein

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

7:00 PM at Temple Shalom

 

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). He has written six books and many scholarly articles. He has earned recognition for his teaching and mentoring of students. Devoting extraordinary energy and time, he has spent the last decade teaching Israel’s history to more than 800 Jewish teachers and in turn reaching some 400,000 Jewish students across North America. He originated the CIE website, www.israed.org, considered to be the most robust online source about modern Israel. His most recent work is based on arrival research, looking at the Sadat, Begin, Carter relationship of the 1970s, with comparisons of why peace treaty negotiations today are highly unlikely.

Registration for each event

Pre-registration- $18

At the door- $25

Students- Free (pre-registration only)

 

To pre-register

Call the Jewish Federation at 239-263-4205

Or mail a check to: JFGN, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Ste 2201, Naples, FL 34109, Attn: IAC

  • Please be sure to include your name, address, phone number and the number attending. For students, please indicate school attending.

 

Sarit Catz from CAMERA

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

7:00 PM at Temple Shalom

 

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.

 

Registration for each event

Pre-registration- $18

At the door- $25

Students- Free (pre-registration only)

 

To pre-register

Call the Jewish Federation at 239-263-4205

Or mail a check to: JFGN, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Ste 2201, Naples, FL 34109, Attn: IAC

 

  • Please be sure to include your name, address, phone number and the number attending. For students, please indicate school attending.

 

Sarit Catz is the Director of the Media Response Team for CAMERA, The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. Sarit monitors and writes about the media and facilitates letter writing campaigns in her role at CAMERA. During her career in radio and television, Sarit won three Writers Guild of America awards and, more recently, numerous awards for the short films she has written and produced. Sarit graduated with Honors Distinction in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania while simultaneously earning a degree from the Wharton School in International Business.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

 

Community WIde Celebrate Israel

 

Join us for this free community event:

  • Concert by Rick Recht
  • Vendors from various Jewish organizations
  • Face Painting for the children
  • Food for sale

If you are an Israeli or Judaica vendor and would like to be present at this event, please contact Renee' at rbialek@jewishnaples.org

 

 

 

IAC Events from 2017-2018

Brian Rosenzweig

Topic:  Israeli Innovation Fueling

Co-Existence: The Antidote to BDS. 

Brian will be discussing how Israel's innovation sector has the opportunity to catalyze co-existence by acting as a tremendous driver of economic growth for the Palestinians, while BDS threatens that potential and further endangers the future of the Palestinian people. 

 

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.

  • Hand In Hand

  • Hand In Hand

  • Hand In Hand

  • Hand In Hand

What is Hand in Hand?

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 teach us about Hand In Hand Program?

 

Who is coming from Israel to present? Learn about the presenters here.

 


 

Dr. Eric Mandel 

IAC Events from 2017-2018

 

Who is 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.

Watch CROSSROADS here.

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

 

IAC Events from 2016-2017

 

Watch the movie: Hate Spaces

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

 

  • Israel Fest

 

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.

 

 

 


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 Greater Naples
presents:


M. Zuhdi Jasser, MD

  • 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.