April 20 – 21
How Israelis Think About Their Present and Their Future
Dr. Natan Sachs is the Director of the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy in Washington D.C. His research focuses on Israel, in particular its foreign policy, domestic politics, and U.S.-Israeli relations. A native of Jerusalem, Sachs holds a bachelor’s degree from the Amirim Honors Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University.
Friday, April 20
6 pm: Celebrate Israel Shabbat | Beck Family Sanctuary
A fun, inspiring musical Shabbat. Hazzan Itzhak Zhrebker and the Shearith choirs and band lead Friday night prayers set to popular Israeli melodies.
7 pm: Shabbat Dinner
Dr. Natan Sachs speaks on The Four Tribes of the State of Israel; Secular Jewish, Modern Orthodox, Haredi and Arab citizens
Each tribe has a different conception of what Israeli life should look like. How do these tribes work together to keep the domestic miracle going?
$13/adults $8/children $40/max
Saturday, April 21
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services honoring Lillian Pinkus | Beck Family Sanctuary
Lillian Pinkus is a longtime Shearith member. She just completed her two-year term as president of AIPAC.
Dr. Sachs will speak on: Threats and Opportunities: A Strategic View of the Middle East from US and Israeli Perspectives
Over the past decade, the Middle East has transformed dramatically: centers of power have changed, threats of jihadism and of Iranian ambitions in the region have created new alliances between Israel and Arab states. And the United States has changed its posture in the Middle East, with persistent and growing preferences for a policy of retrenchment. What are the resulting risks and opportunities for Israel, within its borders, in the region and in the world?
Following Shabbat Lunch
1 pm: Rabin to Netanyahu: How and Why Israelis have Grown Skeptical of Solutions
When Yitzhak Rabin entered the prime minister’s office in 1992, he offered Israelis a sweeping transformation of Israel’s strategic position. He saw a limited window to take chances and attempt to transform Israel’s security dilemmas. Twenty-five years later, Prime Minister Netanyahu sees a very different, and far more threatening reality surrounding Israel. How do Israelis think of their own future? Why have they come to adopt an “anti-solutionist,” conflict-management approach rather than conflict-resolving attitude?