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VIA ZOOM: EWJ Levine Lecture: American Jews & Israel

Sunday, April 26, 2020 2 Iyar 5780

9:30 AM - 12:00 PMPlease register below and the Zoom link will be sent to you in an email

What a Difference 40 Years Makes: American Jews and Israel

In 1980, before Lebanon, before Sabra and Shatila, before the Intifadas, before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the immigration of the Jews of the FSU, before Oslo and the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin, before Start-Up Nation and Birthright Israel, the relationship between American Jews and Israel was quite different and seemingly more straightforward. With three outstanding American Zionist leaders, we will explore contemporary developments in the relationship between American Jews and Israel.

Speakers: Zack Bodner, Rabbi Josh Weinberg, and Rabbi Andrew Straus.

ZACK BODNER, CEO of the OFJCC, is the former regional director of AIPAC, and serves on the boards of JCCA of North America, YPO SF Bay Chapter, American Friends of Tel Aviv University Northern California, and the Taube Family Foundation. 

RABBI JOSH WEINBERG, is the Vice President of the URJ for Israel and Reform Zionism and is the Executive Director of ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America. Living in Israel, he was active in the recent campaign for ARZA in the World Zionist Congress elections. 

RABBI ANDREW STRAUS, J Street Northwest Deputy Director, has served congregations in California and Arizona, including Temple Sinai of Oakland and Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame. 

Exploring the World of Judaism is a program of Congregation Shir Hadash and Jewish LearningWorks and is supported in party by the Newton and Rochelle Becker Charitable Trust and the Myra Reinhard Family Foundation. Click here for more information. If you would like to receive weekly email reminders and descriptions of each talk, please send your name and email address to and specify CSH/EWJ.

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