The Sixth Annual Community-Wide
TEACH-IN ON ISRAEL
Sunday, April 22, 2012
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 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
- 9:30 AM – Special Guest Speaker Israeli Consul General David Siegel
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.
- 10:30 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
||Roberta Seid, UC Irvine
- 1:00 PM – Lunch provided by the Israel Committee of Santa Barbara
- 1:45 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
||Heather Stoll, UCSB|
Breakout session speakers:
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.
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.
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