The Eighth Annual Community-Wide
TEACH-IN ON ISRAEL
Sunday, April 6, 2014
9:00 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.
Free of Charge – Contributions Greatly Appreciated
Schedule of Events
9:00AM – 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.
10:15 AM – Alon Ben-David – Morning keynote speech:
“The New Political Geography of the Middle East”
Alon Ben-David is Senior Defense Correspondent for Israel’s Channel 10 News, and co-anchor of the network’s Friday news magazine. A television and print journalist for more than 25 years, Mr. Ben-David has covered all major events in the region in the last two decades, including the first and second intifadas, the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the disengagement from Gaza, and Israel’s long war in Lebanon.
Noontime breakout sessions
12:45 PM – Lunch provided by the Israel Committee of Santa Barbara
1:45 PM – Dr. Josef Olmert – Afternoon keynote speech:
“On History, Patience and Reality: The Israeli-Palestinian Talks”
Dr. Olmert is a long time scholar, diplomat, political insider, and journalist. Under Israel’s Prime Minister Shamir, he was Director of the Government Press Office and a member of the Israeli delegation at the Madrid peace talks with Syria. He belongs to one of Israel’s most prominent political families, which includes his brother Ehud Olmert, a former Prime Minister. Dr. Olmert also headed the Syrian and Lebanon desks at Tel Aviv University’s Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies. He has authored three books on the Middle East and numerous scholarly and popular articles. Dr. Olmert is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, and a frequent guest on Fox News Channel.
3:00PM – Afternoon breakout session
4:30PM – Wine and cheese reception
Breakout Session Speakers & Panelists
| David Suissa
David Suissa is a branding and advertising consultant, as well as a popular columnist and eloquent Israel advocate. He is the founder of OLAM magazine and Meals4Israel.com and founder and CEO of Suissa Miller Advertising, USA Today’s Agency of the Year. Suissa’s writings on advertising have been published in several publications, including The Los Angeles Times and Advertising Age. He is also president of TRIBE Media Corp/The Jewish Journal and writes frequently on Israel and American Jewish affairs.
| Linda Scherzer
Linda Scherzer is a former Middle East correspondent for CNN and Israel Television with extensive experience covering the Arab-Israeli conflict. Today, Linda is a PR and media consultant. Among her clients is the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, where she advises the Jewish community on how to combat negative media images from Israel.
| David Lewis
Award-winning documentarian with Frontline, CNN, 60 Minutes and other national news programs, whose work frequently examines terrorism in Israel. Mr. Lewis produced an undercover profile of Hezbollah, “Party of God,” and will share his latest insights into the Islamist terrorist organization. Mr. Lewis is also co-founder of Comedy for Peace, an organization whose motto is “If we can laugh together, we can live together.”
| Michael Leitner
Prof. Leitner and his wife Sara are publishing a book tentatively titled Israeli Life and Leisure in the 21st Century, scheduled to be released by Sagamore Publishing in 2014. Prof. Leitner speaks at conferences and at college campuses about his research on the effects of joint sports programs on the attitudes of Israeli and Palestinian youth toward each other.
| Ehud Hager
Ehud Hager is a shaliach for the Jewish Agency for Israel in Las Vegas. An IDF combat officer and veteran of the Bnei Akiva youth movement, he holds a B.A. from the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, The Interdisciplinary Center, in Herzliya.
Brought to you by The Israel Committee of Santa Barbara