Upcoming Events

Israel’s Jewish and Democratic Balance: Arab Citizens of Israel and the Nation-State Law

Thursday, September 27, 2018 | 6:30 PM
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street, NW, Washington, DC

On July 19th, 2018, the Knesset passed Israel’s 13th Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People. The bill has been at the heart of heated and longstanding debate among political leadership, Israeli activists, civil society and the community at large, over whether Israel requires a Basic Law that affirms its character as a Jewish state, and what the consequences are for Israel’s democratic character and for its Arab citizens—who comprise the vast majority of Israel’s non-Jewish population.

Join us for an in-depth discussion about the implications and realities of the new Nation-State law for Arab citizens of Israel, State-Minority relations, Jewish-Arab relations, and the Diaspora Jewish community.

RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/9-27-NationState

Co-sponsored by American University Center for Israel Studies, University of Maryland Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, American Jewish Committee Washington DC Region, Edlavitch DCJCC, Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues, Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation, New Israel Fund, Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society, Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, Congregation Beth El (of Montgomery County), and Washington Hebrew Congregation

Israel’s Entrepreneurial Culture: How a Socialist Economy Turned into Start-Up Nation
Featuring David Rosenberg

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | 2:30 – 4:30 PM
H. J. Patterson Hall, Room 1102

Tel AvivFrom a very inauspicious start, Israel has developed into one the world’s leading centers for high technology over the last two decades.  Good engineering and science skills only explain part of the phenomenon: Israel’s vaunted start-up culture is first and foremost based on values embedded deeply in Israeli society.

Refreshments will be provided! Please RSVP. All questions should be directed to Avis Koeiman at 301-405-9413 or akoeiman@umd.edu.




David RosenbergDavid Rosenberg is the author of Israel’s Technology Economy: Origins and Impact (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). He is also an economics editor and a columnist for the Haaretz daily in English. He has been a journalist in Israel for three decades.




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