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Saturday, August 26 • 5:25pm - 6:25pm
ISRAEL: TO DEFEND OR NOT TO DEFEND? THAT IS THE QUESTION
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This interactive and stimulating session will see our panel of Ophir Pines Paz, Rob Berg, Boaz Nol and David Adler confront this thorny question with convenor Deborah Hart.

  • Do we have a responsibility as Jews to defend Israel? 
  • If so, why?
  • What are the limits of our responsibility, if any?
  • What happens when Israel does things we don’t like?  Do we get to have a voice?
  • How do we disagree with each other about Israel?  Does it have to be private when we disagree?

Bring your ideas and thoughts and help us to find some answers.  


Speakers
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David Adler

Dr David Adler is a medical graduate of the University of NSW, where he also received the medical faculty prize for general proficiency and leadership.  He is formerly the Deputy Medical Secretary of the Australian Medical Association, a role which provided his training ground in policy and advocacy. He has been responsible for significant features of Australian health policy at both State and Federal levels. David is an active member of... Read More →
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Rob Berg

Rob Berg was born and raised in London and had a long association there with Jewish youth movements and community at large. Rob is a graduate of Machon L’Madrachia Chutz l’Aretz and lived for two years in Israel, serving a year in the Israeli Army. Returning to the UK, Rob worked for Jewish Care as the Community Development Worker for the Holocaust... Read More →
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Deborah Hart

Deborah Hart is the Executive Director of the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand​ and a panel member of the Human Rights Review Tribunal.  She serves as the Chair of Advisers to the Wellington Jewish Community Centre and is a patron of the Adam Art Gallery.  She has a law degree and is a past member of the government's Small Business Advisory Group and the Legal Aid Review Tribunal... Read More →
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Boaz Nol

Boaz Nol is an Israeli entrepreneur and social activist. One of the leaders of Israel's young generation grassroots movements, Boaz led the social protests in summer 2011 and the national campaign for equal service for all. He was a candidate for the Knesset in Tzipy Livni's political party and a campaign manager for the Labor party during the last Israeli... Read More →
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Ophir Pines-Paz

Ophir Pines Paz, Head of the Institute for Local Government at Tel Aviv University, is a former Cabinet Minister in the Government of Israel (2005, 2006) and Member of Knesset (1996-2010), honoured by several awards for quality government.  Ophir was elected Secretary General of the Israeli Labour Party (2001-2003), was Chairman of The Ghetto Fighters' House (Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Heritage Museum, 2013-2016) and served on the board of the Israeli Olympic Committee as the voluntary Chairman of the Israel Gymnastics Association (2013-2016). He presently also serves as Chairman of the Board of the public company Orian Ltd... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 5:25pm - 6:25pm
Room 155