ICSB Presents:

The Third Annual


Sunday November 16, 2007
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
At Santa Barbara Hillel | 781 Embarcadero Del Mar | Isla Vista (Goleta), CA

Join the community for a day of listening, learning, schmoozing and good eats…
Gain a better understanding of the current crisis in Israel:
the conflicts, complexities and the impact on all of us

Schedule of Events


  • 9:30AM – Morning Nosh provided by the Israel Committee of Santa Barbara


  • nadav_morag10:15 AM – Nadav Morag – Morning keynote speech:“Israeli National Security: Threats and Strategies”

Chair of the Political Science Department at American Jewish University, and previously Director for Foreign Policy at the Israel National Security Council, Dr. Morag will speak about terrorism and Israel’s counter-terrorism strategies, as well as the nature of the Iranian threat, placing Israel’s options in both a practical and moral context.


  • 12:00 PM – Noontime breakout sessions
  • The media and Israel: finding common ground
Gary Kenzer, HonestReporting
  • Point and counterpoint: answering challenging questions about Israel
Roz Rothstein, CEO and Founder, StandWithUs
  • How Israelis and Palestinians are covered in the Los Angeles Times and the American press
Nicholas Goldberg, LA Times


  • 1:00 PM – Lunch provided by the Israel Committee of Santa Barbara
  • donna rosenthal1:45 PM – Donna Rosenthal – Afternoon keynote speech: Who are these people who order Big Macs in the language of the Ten Commandments?”

Author of the award-winning “The Israelis: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land”, Donna Rosenthal’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, The Atlantic and The Jerusalem Post. A former Israel TV producer and Israel radio reporter, she is frequently interviewed on tv and radio about Israel, from CNN to ABC to NPR, and in a Publishers Weekly national survey placed in the Top Ten most popular speakers on Israel.


  • 3:00PM – Afternoon breakout session
  • The power of images and words: guilty until proven innocent
Gary Kenzer, HonestReporting
  •  CNN has its perspectives. Al Jazeera very different ones. BBC has its versions. The New York Times theirs… but how does Israel look to Israelis?
Donna Rosenthal
  • Live from Sderot
Laura Bialis
  •  The IDF and Israel’s Security Checkpoints: the tension between keeping Israel safe and respecting the human rights of Palestinians
Yoram Doctori

Breakout session speakers:

  • nick goldbergNicholas Goldberg Editor of the Op-Ed page for the Los Angeles Times since 2003, Nick Goldberg previously served as Middle East bureau chief for Newsday. From 1995 to 1998 Mr. Goldberg lived in Jerusalem, covering the Israeli-Palestinian peace process; the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin; presidential elections in Iran; arms monitoring in Iraq; war in Lebanon and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Saudi Arabia.


USA Executive Director of HonestReporting, an organization that monitors the media and exposes cases of bias against Israel so as to promote factual, impartial and fair reporting. Since 2000, HonestReporting has prompted hundreds of retractions, revisions and apologies from major news organizations such as CNN, Reuters and the Times of London.


Roz Rothstein is CEO and an original founder of StandWithUs, an organization born during the 2000 Intifada with the objective of challenging misinformation about Israel through education.

  • Yoram Doctori

Active for many years in Israeli security, Yoram Doctori is CEO of Defender Security and Consulting, Inc.


 Meet the Speakers – Reception  4:00 – 5:30 PM – Wine, Cheese and Music 

Live music with the Michael Lampert Trio

Donna Rosenthal will be available to sign copies of her book (on sale at the event)

Brought to you by The Israel Committee of Santa Barbara
In conjunction with Santa Barbara Hillel; ADL; Community Shul of Montecito and Santa Barbara; Congregation B’nai B’rith; and Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara.