ICSB Presents:

The Sixth Annual Community-Wide

Sunday, April 22, 2012
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
At Santa Barbara Hillel | 781 Embarcadero Del Mar | Isla Vista (Goleta), CA

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Join the community for a day of learning, schmoozing and fabulous food.

Fantastic speakers plus a terrific selection of breakout sessions on Israeli culture, history, politics and more.

Schedule of Events


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

We are honored to have as our special guest speaker the senior representative of the State of Israel to the Southwestern United States, Israeli Consul General David Siegel. Mr. Siegel previously served as Chief of Staff to Israel’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, where he was involved in policy formulation and decision-making at the senior levels of Israel’s foreign policy establishment. Earlier, Mr. Siegel served two terms at the Embassy of Israel in Washington D.C., in successive roles as Chief of Staff to three of Israel’s Ambassadors to the United States, Counselor for Congressional Affairs, and Spokesperson.

  • Tal_Becker10:30 AM – Tal Becker – Morning keynote speech:“Beyond Survival: Re-imagining a Jewish Conversation on Zionism”

Dr. Becker is an International Associate at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy as well as a fellow at the Shalom Hartmann Institute of Jerusalem. He is a former advisor to Tzipi Livni and was the lead negotiator during Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in the Annapolis process. His book, Terrorism and the State: Rethinking the Rules of State Responsibility, is the recipient of the 2007 Guggenheim Prize for Best International Law Book. Read a recent blog.


  • 12:00 PM – Noontime breakout sessions
  • Israel and a Changing Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities
Tal Becker
  • Israel History 101, An Overview
Roberta Seid, UC Irvine
  • Israel Advocacy Toolbox


  • 1:00 PM – Lunch provided by the Israel Committee of Santa Barbara
  • Gershon_Goremberg1:45 PM – Gershom Gorenberg – Afternoon keynote speech: “The Unmaking of Israel”

An Orthodox Jew and an “Israeli by choice,” Gershom Gorenberg is the author of The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, and is the recipient of the National Book Award for Yitzhak Rabin, Shalom Friend. As a commentator, he has
appeared on Sixty Minutes, Nightline, Dateline, Fresh Air and CNN. His recently published book, The Unmaking of Israel, addresses what he views as the dangers to Israeli democracy from the growing power of the ultra-Orthodox and the religious settler movement.


  • 3:15 Coffee Break
  • 3:30PM – Afternoon breakout session
  • Continued Discussion on “The Unmaking of Israel”
Gershom Gorenberg
  •  Changing Gender Roles in the IDF
Meital Levi
  • Israeli Politics and the Israeli Political System
Heather Stoll, UCSB

Breakout session speakers:

Roberta_SeidRoberta Seid

Dr. Seid is a lecturer on Middle East Studies in the UC Irvine School of Social Sciences, and also serves as director of education and outreach at StandWithUs.


Heather_StollHeather Stoll

Dr. Stoll is an assistant professor of political science at UCSB with specialization in the politics of advanced industrialized nations, particularly Western Europe, the U.S. and Israel. She focuses on democratic representation; political parties and elections; social cleavages, and political institutions.


Meital_LeviMeital Levi

A recent graduate of the Hebrew University’s master degree program in education, Meital Levy is the Israel Fellow at Santa Barbara Hillel.



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

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.