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Gordis to Speak at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun

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SHORT HILLS, NJ - On Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm AJC New Jersey invites the Metro community to a program at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun entitled, The Upheaval of 2014: What it Means for Israel's Future, featuring Daniel Gordis, Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College. Dr. Gordis was the founding dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism, the first rabbinical college on the West Coast of the United States.

Since moving to Israel in 1998, Dr. Gordis has written and lectured throughout the world on Israeli society and the challenges facing the Jewish state. His writing has appeared in magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, the New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, Moment, Tikkun, Azure, Commentary Magazine, Foreign Affairs and Conservative Judaism. Gordis’ books have received numerous awards. The Promise of Israel: Why Its Seemingly Greatest Weakness is Actually Its Greatest Strength, was published by Wiley in August 2012 and was named by Jewish Ideas Daily as one of the “best Jewish books of 2012.” Commentary Magazine has called Gordis’ most recent book, Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel’s Soul “the gold standard in Begin studies.”

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) occupies a leading role in global Jewish advocacy at a time when Israel's legitimacy is increasingly under attack throughout the world.   AJC believes that Gordis’s message is an important one. During the Gaza War of 2014, Bloomberg Views asked Gordis to become a columnist explaining Israelis’ views of the conflict to the world at large. Professor Alan Dershowitz has called Gordis “one of Israel’s most thoughtful observers.”  The Forward has called him “one of the most respected Israel analysts around.” In 2014, the Jerusalem Post listed him as one of the world’s 50 most influential Jews, while Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic has written, “If you asked me, ‘of all the people you know, who cares the most about the physical, moral and spiritual health of Israel?’ I would put the commentator and scholar Daniel Gordis at the top of the list.”  Leonard Fein has written that Gordis is “perhaps the single most popular speaker on Israel to American Jewish audiences.”

Although the event is free and open to the public, reservations are encouraged. Congregation B’nai Jeshurun is located at 1025 South Orange Avenue, Short Hills, NJ.  To register, contact newjersey@ajc.org or call (973) 379-7844.  For more information about the work of AJC New Jersey, visit their website at www.ajcnewjersey.org or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com\ajcnj.

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