Knesset Members Visit Northeastern for Discussion on Israeli and American Jews

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Israeli Knesset Members at Blackman Auditorium

Thanks to the generosity of the Ruderman Family Foundation, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity hosted a del­e­ga­tion of six members of the Israeli Knesset for a town-​​​​hall event April 1, 2014.

More than 300 people gath­ered in Blackman Audi­to­rium for “Town Hall Boston: A Dis­cus­sion on Israel and Amer­ican Jews.” One priority of The Ruderman Foundation is to maintain effective communication between Israeli political leadership and the American Jewish community.

The Knesset del­e­ga­tion included:  Dr. Nahman Shai and Itzik Shmuli (Labor Party), Dr. Shimon Ohayon (Likud-​​​​Yisrael Beitenu), Shu­lamit Mualem Rephaeli (Habayit Hayehudi), Michal Rozin (Meretz), and Shimon Solomon (Yesh Atid).  Jour­nalist Kasey Kaufman mod­er­ated the event, posing challenging questions that were submitted by the audience on topics from the economy to the peace process to U.S.-Israel relations.  The views of the members of Knesset were wide-ranging and the discussion among them was energetic.

In advance of the meeting, the members of Knesset met with a small, select group of Northeastern student leaders and Jewish Studies Professors Lori Lefkovitz and Dov Waxman.  The students responded to the Knesset members’ questions about their experiences, thoughts, and views related to Israel.

Earlier in the week, Lefkovitz, who holds the Ruderman Chair in Jewish Studies, attended a luncheon with the Knesset members, Jewish community leaders, and political leaders, including Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

Read the rest of the Haverim Spring 2014 Newsletter here.