Friday, August 29, 2014

San Diego Hosts Ari Shavit

On Wednesday, Federation and AIPAC teamed up to host a joint event at Congregation Beth Israel featuring famed Israeli author of My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel  and Ha’Aretz political commentator Ari Shavit. 

Close to 500 community members packed the pews to hear Shavit’s take on the Gaza conflict, the US-Israel relationship, raising children under the shadow of rocket fire, and the future of Zionism.  Aptly described by AIPAC Area Director Elliott Nahmias as, “a leftist righty, or maybe a righty leftist”, Shavit gave everyone in attendance something to cheer - and grumble - about.  He reminisced about the time he spent as a child in La Jolla with prominent community members Zelda (z”l) and Murray (z”l) Goodman.  He spoke about the remarkable similarities between Israel and California’s beaches, oranges, hi-tech industry, weather and people.  

Overall, the collaboration between AIPAC, Congregation Beth Israel, and Federation created a wonderful evening for people of all political persuasions to mingle, learn, and engage in tough questions about Israel.

You can learn more about Ari Shavit and purchase his book at


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