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RESCHEDULED: 5 Conversations On Israel

Fall 2023

Monday December 18, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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Event Series Event Series: 5 Conversations On Israel

The class scheduled for Monday, November 27 has now been rescheduled for Monday, December 18 at 7:00 pm.

Anyone previously registered for the November 27th session does NOT need to re-register for the new date.

Local experts, clergy, and others will facilitate these dialogues, exploring critical issues related to Israel. These conversations offer participants the opportunity to engage with different perspectives and gain a deeper understanding of this dynamic nation. Whether you are well-versed in Israeli affairs or are just beginning to explore this topic, these conversations promise to be enlightening and thought-provoking. 

Schedule: Mondays at Temple, 7:00 pm, starting October 9 — NOW EXTENDED THROUGH NOVEMBER 27!

Cost (includes dinner): $20 per class per person for WHC members; $30 per class per person for non-members.


Schedule of Speakers:

Please note the schedule of speakers is subject to change as the situation in Israel continues to evolve. We will make every effort to keep this page up to date as we get new information!

October 9 — Rabbi Sue Shankman and Rabbi Rachel Schmelkin: “Setting the Stage”

October 16 —Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

October 23 — Jeremy Bash, Managing Director and Partner of Beacon Global Strategies, to discuss America’s Role at a Time of Crisis. Learn more about the speaker

October 30 — Rabbi Josh Weinberg, ARZA: “The Reform Movement and Israel-Making Our Voices Count”

November 6 — Sawsan Natour-Hasson, Minister for Public Diplomacy at the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C.

 November 13 — Rabbi Rachel Schmelkin on having difficult conversations

November 20 —Jason Benkendorf of American University Hillel

November 27 RESCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 18Ambassador Tom Nides

On Yom Kippur afternoon, Ambassador Tom Nides spoke to our congregation about judicial reform in Israel and the internal challenges the country was facing. Two weeks later, on October 7, the world as we knew it changed. We are honored to welcome back Ambassador Nides, who has just returned from Israel, for a program none of us could have imagined in late September: What is the current status, what does he believe will happen next, and what does the future hold for Israel and her neighbors? This program is open to anyone who is interested. Those previously registered for the November 27th 5 Conversations on Israel class do not need to register again.

Conversations on Israel — Single Session

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Monday, December 18


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm




Adult Ed, Israel


Marsha Humphries