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A Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series event
2017 CS - Israel: 50 Years after the 1967 War
Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 7:30PM

JCC Greater Boston
Riemer Goldstein Theater
333 Nahanton Street
Newton, MA 02459

Join CJP and JCC Greater Boston for this joint program of the CommUNITY Israel Dialogue and the Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series. Since the Six Day War, history has unfurled in the Middle East at a rapid pace, impacting generations of Israelis, Palestinians and, indeed, the entire region. Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Egypt Daniel Kurtzer will moderate a discussion among several Israeli thought leaders and activists on the social, political and religious challenges – and opportunities – for Israel in the next 50 years.


Daniel C. Kurtzer is the S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. During a 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Ambassador Kurtzer served as the United States Ambassador to Israel and as the United States Ambassador to Egypt. He was also a speechwriter and member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research. Kurtzer served as a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board and previously served as an advisor to the bipartisan Iraq Study Group. Ambassador Kurtzer received a B.A. from Yeshiva University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Panelists include:

Dr. Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem. He writes a regular column—“A Dose of Nuance”—for the Jerusalem Post, and is a columnist for Bloomberg Views. He is the author of 11 books; his most recent book, Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn, received the National Jewish Book Award for 2016 Book of the Year. The Forward called Dr. Gordis "one of the most respected Israel analysts around." In 2014, the Jerusalem Post listed him as one of the world’s 50 most influential Jews.

Gadi Baltiansky is the Director General of Education for Peace, known also as the Israeli branch of the "Geneva Initiative", an NGO that promotes peace between Israel and the Palestinians. His work includes policy consulting, political and public advocacy, and peace education. Prior to his current capacity, Gadi served as Press Secretary of the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and as a career diplomat in the Israeli Foreign Service. Gadi holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the Hebrew University, and a M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Eve Harow is an Israeli radio personality, speaker and licensed tour guide. She has transformed her passion for Israel into a vocation, through guiding visitors across the country and hosting “Rejuvenation” on The Land of Israel Network while involved in advocacy at home and abroad. Harow, who earned a Master's degree in psychology from Pepperdine University before her aliya in 1988, is Director of Tourism for One Israel Fund; on the Board of Governors of Ariel University; a member of the JNF Speaker's Bureau and on the Board of CAMERA's Israel affiliate Presspectiva. She is a graduate of Bar Ilan University’s Leadership Program for Religious Women and the American Jewish Committee’s course for Building Tolerance in Israeli Society. Harow served for 10 years as an Efrat councilwoman, where she and her physician husband raised seven children, one currently an IDF sergeant.

Sanaa Ibn Bari joined ACRI’s Arab Minority Rights Unit in November 2014 where she is responsible for the rights of the Naqab- Negev Arab Bedouin in the Unit. Sanaa has taught at the legal feminism clinic at Haifa University where she also obtained her Master’s in Law in 2013. She received her LLB from the Academic Center of Law & Business in Ramat Gan in 2009. Ms. Ibn Bari's work focuses primarily on challenges in the Naqab-Negev, as well as on women’s issues within the Arab Bedouin community, a topic she has presented in several United Nations forums.