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Friday, February 15 • 8:45pm - 10:00pm
The Promise of Israel and Its Underappreciated Message to Humankind

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We are often so focused on Israel’s success and challenges, domestic and foreign, that we neglect to ask, “Do the Jews really need a state, and why?” We’ll look at writers as diverse as Jean Jacques Rousseau, George Elliot, Golda Meir, and John Lennon to uncover one of Israel’s central messages to humankind, a claim about the importance of roots and the sanctity of distinctiveness. That message, we’ll see, might just allow the Jewish people to recover a prophetic role in the world.

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Daniel Gordis

Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. He is a regular columnist for the Jerusalem Post, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times, in print and on-line. Gordis’ latest book, The Promise of Israel, was released in August. A recent winner of the National Jewish Book Award, he has been called “one of Israel’s most thoughtful observers.” Gordis joined Shalem in 2007 to help found Israel’s first liberal arts college... Read More →

Friday February 15, 2013 8:45pm - 10:00pm EST
Woodbridge & Piscataway ballroom level