ICSB Presents:

The Ninth Annual Community-Wide


Sunday, April 19, 2015
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, covering Israeli culture, history, politics and more.

Schedule of Events

  • 9:00am – Morning nosh, provided by the Israel Committee of Santa Barbara
  • 9:30am  – Welcoming Remarks: Israeli Consul Dana Ehrlich

We are pleased to host for the second year running, the Consul for Culture, Media and Public Diplomacy, Dana Ehrlich. Ms. Ehrlich attends the Teach-In from the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles.

  • 10:15am – Morning keynote speech: Eugene Kantorovich

The Legal Case for Israel

 Eugene Kontorovich is a professor at Northwestern University School of Law, and an expert on constitutional and international law whose academic work has been cited in historic judicial opinions in the U.S and abroad. A frequent lecturer on the Arab-Israeli conflict, Kontorovich has also served as advisor to the U.S. and Israeli governments on international legal challenges. Eugene Kantorovich3
  • 11:45pm – Noontime breakout sessions; choose from:

The Darkening Experience of European Jewry

Journalist and attorney Julien Pellet served for a dozen years as a writer and analyst for CICAD, a Swiss organization dedicated to the struggle against anti-Semitism. Pellet made aliyah in 2014, and now writes about Israel for French online magazine Alliance. Julien Pellet

Envisioning Palestine in the Context of a Two-State Solution

Jonathan Schanzer, Author and Media Commentator on Israel and the Middle East. jschanzer
  • 12:45pm – Buffet lunch provided by the Israel Committee of Santa Barbara

Time to relax, chat about the speakers and enjoy a tasty lunch, served in Hillel’s lovely courtyard and garden.

  • 1:45pm – Afternoon keynote speech: Lee Smith

Making Sense of the Israeli Elections and Other Current Events

A Senior Editor at the Weekly Standard and a columnist for Tablet Magazine, Lee Smith writes regularly on U.S. Middle East policy. He also authored the critically acclaimed “The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations (Doubleday, 2010)”. Lee Smith
  • 3:15pm – Afternoon breakout session, choose from:

What to do with a Problem Called Nuclear Iran?

Manoutchehr Eskandari-Qajar is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Middle East Studies Program at SBCC, and was named California Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation in 2013. His latest book, Life at the Court of the Early Qajar Shahs, was published by Mage Publishers in 2014. Manu Eskandari3

Israel’s New Cultural Diplomacy

Consul Erlich will take you from the international diplomatic tables where conversation and cuisine create policy, to the alleyways of Jerusalem, where a cultural revolution is taking place.
Meet-the-Speakers Wine and Cheese Reception 4:30pm

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.