Gordis and Beinart will debate at Congregation B’nai Israel

Two of the most engaging speakers about Israel are slated to hold a debate about Israel at Congregation B’nai Israel on Sunday, September 11, at 7 p.m. Rabbi Elie Spitz will moderate the debate, which is entitled “Israel, American Jews; What Matters Most?”

Israel experts Dr. Daniel Gordis of Jerusalem and Peter Beinart of NYC will exchange contrasting opinions on how American Jews support Israel. The two well-known political commentators have engaged in three public debates so far, marked by sharp distinctions in thoughtful and civil debate, and received with rave reviews.

Peter Beinart is an American columnist, journalist and political commentator who is often seen on Sunday morning national talk shows. He is associate professor of journalism and political science at City University of New York, a senior columnist at Haaretz and a contributor to The Atlantic and National Journal.  A former editor of The New Republic, he has written for Time, The New York Times and The New York Review of Books, among other periodicals. He is the author of three books.

Dr. Daniel Gordis is senior vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem. He is a frequent speaker to AIPAC audiences. The author of numerous books on Jewish thought and current events in Israel and a recent winner of the National Jewish Book Award, he was the founding dean of rabbinical students at the University of Judaism.

Bringing Gordis and Beinart to Orange County for this event will contribute to a better understanding of the issues surrounding the relationship between Israel and American Jews and give our community additional information and tools to engage in our own respectful conversations and debates, according to event organizers. The community is invited to the event, which is underwritten by The Roslyn and Joseph Baim Family Foundation, Barbara and Joseph Baim  in cooperation with The OC Community Scholar Program and Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County.

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