CJP and JCC Greater Boston hosted a joint program of the CommUNITY Israel Dialogue and the Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series: Israel 50 Years After the 1967 War. More than 300 people joined a panel of four Israeli experts and our moderator, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Egypt Daniel Kurtzer, to discuss the social, political, and religious challenges and opportunities that resulted from Israel’s stunning victory in the Six-Day War. Panelists included: Gadi Baltiansky, director general of Education for Peace, an Israeli NGO; Dr. Daniel Gordis, author and senior vice president and Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem; Eve Harow, an Israeli radio personality and tour guide, and; Ssanaa Ibn Bari, an attorney at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel’s Arab Minority Rights Unit.
On March 1, Greater Boston’s Jewish community joined together to launch the CommUNITY Israel Dialogue with a tribute to the life and legacy of former Israeli president and prime minister, Shimon Peres (z”l). A member of Israel’s founding generation and an eloquent spokesperson for his country and for the Jewish people, Shimon Peres was a champion of peace, tolerance, and respect. His strong sense of humanity is an enduring lesson and a fitting platform to launch the CommUNITY Israel Dialogue.
This year-long initiative is engaging Boston’s Jewish community in a thoughtful and respectful dialogue across diverse perspectives, while expressing support for a secure and democratic Jewish State of Israel. The event featured a keynote address by Nadav Tamir, former Consul General of Israel to New England, and an interactive presentation by CJP Executive Vice President Gil Preuss.