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 http://www.arishavit.com.