ICSB Presents:

The Fourth Annual


Sunday November 8, 2009
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


  • jacob_dayan_cropped10:00 AM – Jacob Dayan, Consul General of Israel –Introductory Remarks

Mr. Dayan has served as Chief of Staff to Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister Tzipi Livni and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom, and more recently directed preparation of a strategic plan on Israeli negotiations with Syria. In these positions he had intimate involvement in policy formation, decision-making and implementation.


Joel_Peters_cropped10:30-11:45 – Joel Peters – Morning Keynote speech: “Israel in the New Middle East”

Professor of Government and International Affairs at Virginia Tech and a Senior Research Fellow at Ben-Gurion University, Israel. Dr. Peters has been an active participant in numerous informal, back-channel initiatives covering issues such as Palestinian refugees, international peace-keeping missions, and new structures for regional cooperation.


  • 12:00 PM – Noontime breakout sessions
  • The Forgotten Refugees – on Jewish refugees from Arab and Muslim countries
Avi Goldwasser
  • Challenges to the Peace Process – including some not often discussed in the Western media
Joel Peters
  • Crash Course in Israel’s History – wear your safety belts and helmets!
Steve Wiener, UCSB


  • 1:00 PM – Lunch provided by the Israel Committee of Santa Barbara
  • Steven_Spiegel1:45 PM – Steven Spiegel – Afternoon keynote speech: “The Obama Administration’s Israel Policy”

Internationally respected Professor of Political Science at UCLA and Director of the Middle East Regional Security Programs for the Burkle Center for International Relations. A popular speaker from our 2007 Teach-In on Israel, Dr.  Spiegel is an authority on the role of U.S. Policy in shaping the Middle East Conflict.

  • 3:00PM – Afternoon breakout session
  • Academic Freedom and anti-Israelism on our Campuses
Avi Goldwasser
  •  Settlements 101 – just the facts, guys, just the facts!
Steven Speigel
  • American Voices on Israel – differing perspectives, with David Pine of Americans for Peace Now and Mark Paredes of the Zionist Organization of America
moderated by Rabbi Arthur Gross-Schaeffer

Breakout session speakers:

  • Avi Goldwasser  Award winning film-maker and co-founder of The David Project, a Boston-based organization committed to educating and inspiring strong voices for Israel among college, high school and middle school students. Mr. Goldwasser is the executive producer of “The Forgotten Refugees,” a documentary about the forced exodus of Middle Eastern and North African Jewish communities in the second half of the 20th century, and the director of “Columbia Unbecoming,” about the intimidation of Jewish students on the Columbia University campus.
  • David Pine

David Pine, West Coast Regional Director of Americans for Peace now since 2000, has lived in Israel for extended periods of time, working as an educator for Ethiopian immigrants and in a development town.He serves on the faculty of Hebrew Union College.

Executive Director, Los Angeles chapter of Zionist Organization of America. A Mormon and formerly Director of Latino Outreach for the American Jewish Congress and press attaché for the Israeli consulate in Los Angeles, Mr. Paredes’ c.v. includes diplomatic work in the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, appearances as a Middle East analyst on television newscasts, and teaching Hebrew at the Santa Monica Institute.

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

Live music with Kalinka

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.