ICSB Presents:

The Fifth Annual Community-Wide

Sunday November 7, 2010
8:30 am – 5:00 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


  • 8:30AM – Morning Nosh provided by the Israel Committee of Santa Barbara


  • jacob_dayan_cropped9:30 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.

  • linda_gradstein10:30 AM – Linda Gradstein – Morning keynote speech: “Covering Israel – a Journalist’s Perspective

NPR’s Israel correspondent from 1990-2009. Linda Gradstein has covered important events in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza such as the intifada, the mass immigration of Soviet Jews to Israel, the leadership of Yasser Arafat, Hamas in Gaza, the Persian Gulf wars, and major elections in Israel. Ms. Gradstein currently reports for PRI’s The World, AOL News, and Slate.

  • 12:00 PM – Noontime breakout sessions
  • Iran’s Growing Nuclear Threat
Jacob Dayan, Consul General of Israel
  • Israeli History 101
Yoav Ben-Horin
  • The Arab Israelis
Sigal Rosenblit, Hillel Israel Fellow


  • 1:00 PM – Lunch provided by the Israel Committee of Santa Barbara
  • marc_dollinger1:45 PM – Marc Dollinger – Afternoon keynote speech: “Academic Freedom and Anti-Israel Activity on College Campuses”

Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University, Marc Dollinger wrote the forward to the Uncivil University, a seminal examination of anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism in our universities, and is the author of Quest for Inclusion: Jews and Liberalism in Modern America. He also serves on the California advisory committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

  • 3:00PM – Afternoon breakout session
  • Obama’s Middle East Policies: Getting Beyond “Obama – good for the Jews or bad for the Jews”
Yoav Ben-Horin
  •  The American Jewish Spectrum as it Relates to Israel: Can American Jews Criticize Israel? How Does AIPAC Compare to J-Street?
Marc Dollinger, SFSU
  • Think Green, Think Blue: a Look at Israeli Innovations in Green Living and Green Tech
Alyse Golden Berkley, JNF



Breakout session speakers:

yoav_benhorinYoav Ben-Horin

Mr. Ben-Horin is Director of Global Jewish Education at the New Community Jewish High School in West Hills. He has served as Director of the Israel & Overseas Pillars of the United Jewish Communities, monitoring developments in Israel on behalf of the central organization of Jewish federations. Previously he was Analyst of Strategic Affairs with the RAND Corporation.



alyse_golden_berkleyAlyse Golden Berkley

Ms. Berkley serves on the Executive Committee of the Jewish National Fund, in which capacity she works regularly with Israel’s top developers and scientists in the fields of green technology, sustainability, water conservation, and environmental issues.



sigal_rosenblitSigal Rosenblit

A recent graduate of Bar-Ilan University, Sigal Rosenblit is the inaugural Israel Fellow at Santa Barbara Hillel. The Israel Fellow program is a partnership between Santa Barbara Hillel, the Jewish Agency for Israel, and Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. This program places outstanding young Israelis as emissaries on key North American college campuses to serve as Hillel staff members.


 Meet the Speakers – Reception  4:15 – 5:00 PM – Wine, Cheese and Music 


Live music by 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.