Events

Summary of the July 13th Panel Discussion: Preventing the Declaration of a Palestinian State at the UN

Speakers at the panel discussion. From left: Rabbi Michael Safra of B'nai Israel Congregation; Larry Sidman of Congregation Beth El Men's Club; Amb. Richard Schifter; Rep. Elliot Engel; and Eilav Benjamin, Counselor for Political Affairs, Embassy of Israel.

A standing-room only crowd of close to 400 people packed the Swoff Chapel to hear three prominent individuals discuss the background and implications of a proposed initiative by the Palestinians to have the U.N. approve Palestinian Statehood. Guests included:  Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY); Embassy of Israel Counselor for Political Affairs Eliav Benjamin; and U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Richard Schifter. Click here to see a slide show of the event.

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Summary of July 20th Follow-Up Meeting With Ambassador Schifter and Ambassador Denis Antoine, former ambassador of Grenada to the United States

Approximately 50 people attended this meeting, including representatives of other area synagogues, several African American ministers and others who had either attended the July 13th event or had learned of the Beth El meeting through Christian organizations that support Israel.

Harvey Gershman, Chairman of Beth El Men’s Club Committee to Defend Against the Delegitimization of Israel Within the UN, presented Powerpoint slides summarizing the recent history of this grass roots effort to change votes and provided an overview of Ambassador Schifter’s organization The Jewish International Relations Institute (or AJIRI). The Powerpoint presentation also provided an initial list of the countries whose votes we would like to change.Continue Reading …