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Expert on Islam and Arabic Culture to Discuss "Jerusalem: What's the Struggle All About?

Dr. Mordechai Kedar, a recognized expert on Islam and Arabic culture, will discuss “Jerusalem: What’s the Struggle All About?” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 12, at Temple Beth O’r Beth Torah, 111 Valley Road, Clark.

Jerusalem is the world’s most treasured and fought-over city, considered holy to three great religions representing more than half of the world’s people. What is the source of the conflict, how long has it been going on, what are the various claims surrounding it and what are the chances of a peaceful resolution?

Dr. Kedar is assistant professor of Arabic and Middle East Studies at Bar-Ilan University and a member of the Herzliya Inter-Disciplinary Center study team on Facing Radical Islam. A  Lt. Colonel (Res) in the Israel Defense Forces, he is frequently asked for his insights by the Israeli Knesset and the U.S. Congress.

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Open to the community, light refreshments will be served. There is a $5 suggested contribution; sponsors ($50 pp) will join Dr. Kedar for dinner plus enjoy reserved seating. For reservations and information contact Conrad Nadell at or (908) 654-3169.

The program is being presented by the Israel Support Committee of Central New Jersey representing
Congregation Beth Israel, Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael, Temple Beth O’r Beth Torah, Temple Beth-El/Mekor Chayim, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Sholom, and the Community Relations Committee of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ (CRC).

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ (Federation) stands at the center of a network of partner agencies dedicated to providing comprehensive social services and meeting the educational, vocational, recreational, and social needs of Jews locally, in Israel, and in 70 countries around the world. Responding to emergency and disaster situations around the world is another important part of the Federation mission.

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