Recent Events

The Jewish Vote in the 2016 Election: A Conversation with Congressman Ted Deutch

Wednesday, March 9, 2016. 7:30 pm, Slifka Center

Co-sponsored by Slifka Center, Yale College Democrats, and The Politic

We invite you to join Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) for a discussion about the Jewish vote in the 2016 election.

Congressman Deutch represents Florida’s 21st District in the U.S. House of Representatives. After graduating from the University of Michigan (and being very active in the school’s Hillel), he attended law school there, and then practiced real estate law. He served in the Florida State Senate from 2006-2010 before he was elected to Congress in April 2010. He serves on the House Judiciary Committee and as a ranking member on the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa.

Ethics of International Intervention in Developing Countries: Does Social Change Mean Changing Others? Dilemmas of Jewish Global Activists

Thursday, February 25, 7:00 pm, 2016. Slifka Center Purple Couch Room

Co-sponsored by Slifka Center and Project TEN

Yale Friends of Israel, Slifka Center and Project TEN invite you to join us for an informative, exciting and interactive presentation from Project TEN about international development. The Jewish Agency’s Project TEN is an international development program that operates volunteer centers in developing areas. The organization brings together young Jewish adults from all over the world to a program that combines volunteer work with local communities, alongside service-learning in the fields of international development, culture, identity and Jewish activism. This program embodies the essence of Tikkun Olam while teaching Jewish leadership on the ground. Project TEN currently operates five volunteer centers in Ghana, Mexico, Ethiopia and Israel.

Joining us from Project TEN will be Daniel Aschheim, Director of Marketing and Customer Relations at Project TEN. Daniel holds a BA from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC) as part of the Argov Fellows honors program in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy. He is holding an MA in European Studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Daniel was awarded the Israeli President’s Annual Award for his work in the Student Councils field. In the past Daniel interned at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv as a Social Policy Advisor to Ambassador Matthew Gould as well as at the Knesset, dealing with legislation, lobbying and Knesset committees. Daniel also represented Israel in Austria as part of a program of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Legality of the Maritime Blockade on Gaza: YFI Dinner Discussion with Asaf Lubin

Tuesday, February 23, 2016. 6:30-7:30 pm, Slifka Center Seminar Room

Join Yale Friends of Israel for a dinner discussion with Asaf Lubin, a J.S.D Candidate at Yale Law School, in discussing the legality of Israel’s maritime blockade on Gaza. In the past, Lubin worked with the Turkel Public Commission of Inquiry, which investigated the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010 and the maritime blockade on Gaza. Asaf will also talk about maritime surveillance and the recent maritime incidents between the U.S. and China in the South China Sea.

YFI Dinner Discussion: Recent Peace Proposals of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Tuesday, February 9, 2016. 6:30-7:30 pm, Slifka Center Seminar Room

Join Yale Friends of Israel for a dinner discussion revolving around two of the recent proposals for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the 2000 Camp David Summit between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s 2007 proposals to Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas. All ideas, viewpoints, and areas of experience with the topic are welcome.

Let There Be Water – Israel’s Solution for a Water Starved World – A Discussion with Best Selling Author Seth M. Siegel

Monday, February 8, 2016. 6:00-7:30 pm, Slifka Center

Co-sponsored by Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Slifka Center, Fresh & Salty: Society for Marine & Coastal, Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy

Join us for a conversation with best-selling author Seth M. Siegel. Let There Be Water illustrates how Israel can serve as a model for the United States and countries everywhere by showing how to blunt the worst of the coming water calamities. Even with 60 percent of its country made of desert, Israel has not only solved its water problem; it also has an abundance of water. Israel even supplies water to its neighbors – the Palestinians and the Kingdom of Jordan – every day. Based on meticulous research and hundreds of interviews, Let There Be Water reveals the methods and techniques of the often offbeat inventors who enabled Israel to lead the world in cutting-edge water technology.

Let There Be Water also tells unknown stories of how cooperation on water systems can forge diplomatic ties and promote unity. Remarkably, not long ago, now-hostile Iran relied on Israel to manage its water systems, and access to Israel’s water know-how helped to warm China’s frosty relations with Israel.

Back-to-School Shakshuka Cooking with YFI!

Sunday, January 31, 2016. 6:00-8:00 pm, Morse Kitchen

Join Yale Friends of Israel for our first event of the semester, cooking shakshuka in the Morse kitchen! No prior experience with cooking or shakshuka is necessary.

Israel, Public Diplomacy and the International Media – Candle Lighting and Dinner Discussion with Israeli Diplomats

Monday, December 7, 2015. 5:45-7:00 pm, Slifka Center

Join Yale Friends of Israel for an evening with staff from the Israeli Consulate in New York City, including Israeli diplomats Galit Peleg, Consul for Public Affairs, and Shimon Mercer-Wood, Consul for Media Affairs. They will be discussing Israel’s portrayal in the media.

The event will start with a Hanukkah candle lighting at 5:45 pm followed by a dinner discussion in the Slifka Purple Couch Room from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Espionage and International Law: YFI Dinner Discussion with Asaf Lubin

Thursday, November 19, 2015. 6:30-7:30 pm, Slifka Center Seminar Room

Join Yale Friends of Israel for a dinner discussion with Asaf Lubin, a J.S.D Candidate at Yale Law School, in discussing espionage and international law. Lubin served for five years as an intelligence analyst (sergeant major res.) for an elite Israeli intelligence processing and analysis unit. Next year, he will be moving to London to work as a legal officer for Privacy International, an NGO focused on curtailing government mass surveillance and the technology companies that enable it through working with international courts, civil society, and U.N. agencies. His doctoral research, supervised by Prof. W. Michael Reisman of Yale Law School, is tentatively titled: “The Law of Espionage: From Unilateral Agencies to Multilateral Mechanisms Governing the International Law of Intelligence.”

Beneath the Helmet Screening

Thursday, November 12, 2015. 7:00 pm, Slifka Center Purple Couch Room

Join Yale Friends of Israel for Jerusalem U’s new film, Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front. Beneath the Helmet is a coming of age story that highlights five young Israeli high school graduates, who are drafted into the army to defend their country. At the age of 18, away from their homes, family, and friends these young individuals undergo a demanding journey, revealing the core of who they are and who they want to be.

We will be joined by one of the characters in the film who will be answering questions afterwards.

Yitzhak Rabin Memorial

Thursday, November 5, 2015. 7:00 pm, Slifka Center Chapel

Co-sponsored by Slifka Center and the New Haven Jewish Community

Join the Slifka Center, Yale Friends of Israel, and New Haven Jewish Community as we reflect on the twentieth anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli Prime Minister, war hero, Nobel Prize Recipient, and controversial visionary. Rabin’s accomplishments range from leading Israeli forces during the SIx Day War of 1967 to signing the Oslo Accords.

YFI Presents: Ambassador Dennis Ross in conversation with Professor Charles Hill: The American-Israel Relationship: Crisis and Compromise

Thursday, October 15, 2015. 4:00-5:30 pm, LC 101

Co-sponsored by the Yale Roosevelt Institute, the Yale International Relations Association, Slifka Center, The Politic, and Middle Eastern Resolution through Education, Action, and Dialogue (MEREAD)

Yale Friends of Israel is proud to welcome Ambassador Dennis Ross to campus. Currently a counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Ambassador Ross spearheaded American efforts in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process during the 1990s under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He was instrumental in brokering the 1994 Israel-Jordan peace treaty, facilitated the adoption of the 1995 Interim Agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and was pivotal in negotiating the 1997 Hebron Accord. Under President Obama, Ambassador Ross served two years as a special assistant to President Obama and one year as a special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He will be speaking on Thursday about the American-Israeli relationship, and he will be bringing in his experiences working under several presidents into the conversation.

Ambassador Ross will be in conversation with Professor Charles Hill. Professor Hill is the Diplomat-in-Residence at Yale, teaching the “Studies in Grand Strategy” seminar, along with Professor John Gaddis and Professor Paul Kennedy, and lecturing in the Directed Studies program. Professor Hill has served as a senior adviser to Henry Kissinger and Ronald Reagan.

Israel Fest!

Sunday, October 11, 2015. 12:00-3:00 pm, Old Campus

Co-sponsored by Slifka Center

Join Slifka and Yale Friends of Israel on Old Campus for Israel Fest! Stop by to hear from Yale students about different Israel experiences and to enjoy food, music, and games.

YFI Dinner Discussion: Netanyahu and Abbas at the United Nations and the Rising Violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank

Thursday, October 8, 2015. 6:30-7:30 pm, Slifka Center Seminar Room

Join us for a conversation about two crucial topics that have developed in the last few days: the appearance of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas at the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week, and the increasing violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank. All opinions and levels of familiarity with these topics are welcome.

Screening of Ha’Buah

Wednesday, September 30, 2015. 8:30-10:30 pm, Slifka Center Purple Couch Room

Co-sponsored by Me, Who?

Join Yale Friends of Israel and Me, Who? for the screening of the Israeli movie Ha’Buah. Ha’Buah deals with a multitude of different issues, including sexual orientation and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

YFI Presents: Saybrook College Master’s Tea with Etgar Lefkovits

Tuesday, September 29, 2015. 4:00-5:00 pm, Saybrook Master’s House

Join us for a conversation with Etgar Lefkovits, former Jerusalem correspondent for The Jerusalem Post and assistant to the former New York Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief Serge Schmemann. A native of Chicago who studied at the University of Chicago, Hebrew University and then at the Sorbonne in Paris, Mr. Lefkovits served as an Israel and Middle East Fellow on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. last year.

YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus at Yale

Sunday, September 27, 2015. 12:00 pm, Slifka Center Chapel

Co-sponsored by Slifka Center, JStreet U, The Arab Student Association, Yale University Chaplain’s Office, Duke’s Men of Yale, JAM, Magevet, Middle Eastern Resolution through Education, Action, and Dialogue (MEREAD), The Muslim Student Association, Yale Glee Club, the Whiffenpoofs, and Whim ‘n Rhythm

We are honored to welcome the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus (JYC) to Yale – a choral and dialogue program for Israeli and Palestinian high school students in Jerusalem founded and directed by Micah Hendler, Yale ‘12.

JYC’s mission is to provide a space for these young people from East and West Jerusalem to grow together in song and dialogue. Through the co-creation of music and the sharing of stories, the chorus seeks to empower youth of Jerusalem to become leaders in their communities and inspire singers and listeners around the world to work for peace.

Following the concert guests are welcome to a reception at Slifka Center to honor and meet the young singers of the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus.

YFI Dinner Discussion: Israel’s Roles and Responsibilities in the Migration Crisis

Thursday, September 24, 2015. 6:30-7:30 pm, Slifka Center Seminar Room

A humanitarian catastrophe continues to unfold as migrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia, the Central African Republic, and other countries and regions attempt to reach Europe by land and by sea, yearning for the security, economic prosperity and political liberties Europe offers. We will be specifically focusing on what Israel’s roles and responsibilities are in this turbulent time period, and we will be giving special attention to refugees from Syria, given their sheer number and Syria’s proximity to Israel. All opinions and levels of familiarity with the topic are welcome.

Debate: Does the Iran Deal Lead to a Better World?

Sunday, September 20, 2015. 7:00 pm, LC 102

Co-sponsored by the Yale College Democrats, the Yale College Republicans, The Politic, and the Yale International Relations Association

Dr. Philip Gordon, currently a fellow at the Council on Foreign relations and formerly a member of the Obama administration, and Mark Dubowitz, executive director of Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a non-partisan think tank concerned with Iran and nonproliferation, will be debating the merits of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Iran Deal) of 2015. While Mr. Gordon will be arguing in favor of the deal, Mr. Dubowitz will be arguing in opposition to the deal.

YFI Dinner Discussion: Prof. Charles Hill

Thursday, September 17, 2015. 6:00-7:30 pm, Slifka Center Seminar Room

Professor Charles Hill is the Diplomat-in-Residence at Yale, teaching the “Studies in Grand Strategy” seminar, along with Professor John Gaddis and Professor Paul Kennedy, and lecturing in the Directed Studies program. Professor Hill served as a senior adviser to Henry Kissinger and Ronald Reagan. We will be discussing a wide range of topics with the distinguished professor. All are welcome.

YFI Dinner Discussion: The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Iran Deal)
Thursday, September 19, 2015. 6:30-7:30 pm, Slifka Center Seminar Room

On July 24, 2015, the P5+1 (the United States, United kIngdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany) signed a pivotal international agreement with Iran, with the aiming of curtailing Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for gradually lifting sanctions. We will be discussing the deal in depth on Thursday. All opinions and levels of familiarity with the deal are welcome.

Rita Jahan-Foruz, Israel’s national singer comes to Yale!

Monday April 7, 8.00pm Davenport Common Room

Known to the world simply as ‘Rita’, Rita Jahan-Foruz, Israel’s national singer, will give audience members a rare chance to hear her fascinating life’s story, through words and an enchanting world music experience up close and personal. The intimate setting will provide an opportunity for participants to interact directly with one of the best selling Israeli artists of all times who many regard as the indisputable queen of live performance.

Rita is the most viewed Israeli singer of the past two decades, regularly embarking on huge tours that easily fill venues to capacity and her multi-platinum albums continue to reinforce her position as Israel’s biggest singing sensation. To date, the internationally acclaimed superstar has sold over a million copies of her albums, won dozens of prizes and has been celebrated as the top performer and singer in Israel – 37 of her songs have entered the national charts, more than any other artist!

March 2014

Birthright Trip
Here are some highlights of the Birthright trip! Be sure to sign up next year!

February 2014

Jews, Sports, and Diplomacy Dinner
Thursday, February 20, 6:00PM, Slifka Center Dining Hall
In honor of the 2014 Winter Olympics, join us for a special YFI dinner to discuss Jewish athletes, the importance of international sporting competitions, and implications for diplomacy. We will be joined by special guests Jacob Sandry (BR ‘15) and Jeremiah Kreisberg (SM ‘14). Jacob ran for the Team U.S.A. at the Maccabiah Games this past summer in Israel. Jeremiah has played for the Israeli national team for basketball and has written on sports and diplomacy.

“The Attack” Film Screening
Thursday, February 6th, 6:30PM, Luce Hall Auditorium (34 Hillhouse Ave.)
Amin Jaafari (Ali Suliman), an Israeli Palestinian surgeon, fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society, has a loving wife, an exemplary career and many Jewish friends. His picture perfect life is turned upside down when a suicide bombing leaves nineteen dead, and the Israeli police informs him that his wife, who also died in the explosion, was responsible. Convinced of her innocence, Amin abandons the relative security of his adopted homeland and searches for the truth about his wife’s life and death, uncovering a startling secret.
This event is sponsored by The Hebrew Program and the Council of Middle East Studies, and will be followed by a discussion with Ayala Dvoretzky and Youness Elbousty, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Yale University

“The Problem with Judith: The Political Philosophy of the Movement to Boycott Israel” with Cary Nelson, University of Illinois
Monday, February 10th, 5:00pm, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 102
–Presented by the Yale University Program for the Study of Anti-Semitism – 

The Benjamin (Yale 1962) and Barbara Zucker Lecture Series
–Co-Sponsored by the Program in Judaic Studies
Professor Nelson’s talk will reference Judith Butler.  A short piece by Butler can be found at:

January 2014

Gaining a Competitive Edge: A Panel on Performance Psychology
Featuring Avram Grant – Former Manager of Chelsea FC,
Keith Allain – Head Coach of Yale Men’s Ice Hockey Team,
and Marvin Chun – Yale Professor of Psychology
Wednesday, January 22nd, 8:00PM, Sudler Hall
How do you mentally prepare for competition at the highest level? How do you get an all-star team to cooperate? What’s the psychology behind winning the Champions League or the Ivy League?  While some anecdotes will be given from the realm of athletics, the methods discussed are applicable for coping with any types of mental challenges: from performing or lecturing in front of an audience, managing stress before a menacing final, or even dealing with the overwhelming decisions of shopping period.
View the promo here:

Birthright Excel Information Session (for Summer 2014)
Tuesday, January 21st, 7:30PM, WLH 207
If you’re interested in hearing more about a unique, all-expenses-paid trip to Israel with valuable internship opportunities, or have any questions about the program or the application process, please stop by.  Birthright Israel Excel is a selective 10-week summer fellowship program in Israel for talented American Jewish undergraduate students who are pursuing careers in business, technology, biotech, and business development. Each Birthright Israel Excel Fellow will intern at a prominent multinational Israeli company, travel to Israeli sites, and meet with prominent members of the business, political, and academic communities. Upon completion of the summer programming, Birthright Israel Excel alumni will continue to network together to expand both their leadership and business acumen and join an exclusive community of future international Jewish business and technology leaders. All expenses associated with flights, housing and group programming will be covered by Birthright Israel Excel. This program is open (but not exclusive) to Taglit-Birthright Israel alumni. Applicants who have previously visited Israel, whether for educational or non-educational purposes, are eligible to apply. For more information and to apply, go to or contact

JStreet U Yale: Sari Bashi on Gaza and the Peace Process
Tuesday, January 21st, 5:45PM, Seminar Room in Slifka Dining Hall
Sari Bashi is the co-founder and executive director of Gisha, one of the leading Israeli human rights organizations promoting the right to freedom of movement in the Palestinian territory, especially Gaza.  She is an alumna of Yale University and Yale Law School. Sari clerked on the Israeli Supreme Court for Justice Edmond Levi, and is a licensed attorney in Israel and New York. She writes and lectures on international humanitarian law and Israeli policy toward Gaza. Sari has received fellowships from Yale Law School and the Echoing Green Foundation for her work with Gisha and has taught international law at Tel Aviv University.  Come eat dinner at Slifka and listen to Sari Bashi speak on the critical issue of how Gaza will fit into the peace process.

“Six Million and One” – film screening followed by Q&A with director David Fisher
Tuesday, January 14th, 7:00pm – Loria 250, 190 York Street
–Presented by the Yale Film Studies Program and Judaic Studies–
An eloquent and intense portrait of documentary filmmaker David Fisher and his siblings as they follow the footsteps of their late father – a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who was interned in Gusen and Gunskirchen, Austria. After reading their father’s diary, found only after his death, the three brothers and sister embark on a journey from Israel to Austria that is both literal and psychological. The film features captivating encounters with American WWII veterans who participated in the liberation of the Gunskirchen camp, as well as interviews with local Austrian historians/activists who are working on having the Bergkristall (tunnels of Gusen) opened to the public.
For more information, please see |

December 2013

Screening of “The Gatekeepers”
Tuesday, December 10th, 8:00pm – Silliflicks Theatre
With discussion afterwards led by Ellie Boswell, TD ‘17 (J Street U Chair) and Josh Feinzig, CC ‘16 (YFI VP of Education and Engagement) 

Yalies in Israel Presentations/Info Session for Summer 2014
Monday, December 9th, 6:30-7:30pm – Slifka Center Chapel (2nd Floor)
Thinking about spending the summer in Israel? Not thinking about the summer at all yet but excited to hear about some awesome opportunities? Join us this Monday for an information session on Yalies in Israel. We will be talking about internships / work / study / research / volunteer opportunities in Israel, fellowships and funding, the Yalies in Israel programming, and how to apply!
Feel free to email with any questions.

A Conversation with Ido Aharoni
Thursday, December 5th, 11:45am-12:45pm
Yale School of Management (60 Sachem Street) – Room A60
–Sponsored by the Yale School of Management YCCI (Center for Consumer Insights) as part of the Colloquium on Consumer Insights–
Historically, Israel has successfully positioned itself as an integral and critical component of the intense and never-ending geo-political conversation about the middle-east.  New groundbreaking research points to the fact that the traditional conversation has failed to produce real and concrete dividends for Israel.  Now, there is a new narrative about Israel that is far more relevant to younger audiences and is currently being celebrated world-wide. This lecture will discuss the emerging new conversation about Israel, its impact on Israel’s performance, and its relevance to Jewish life in America.

Join YFI at the Yale Menorah Lighting!
Tuesday December 3rd, 7:30PM, Beinecke Plaza
Join YFI, Yale Hillel, Chabad at Yale, Young Israel House at Yale, and the entire Yale Jewish community for the special annual Yale Menorah lighting in Beinecke Plaza. Jewish student leaders from various organizations will each light a candle in the HUGE Menorah in the Plaza. We will be serving Latkes, sufganiyot, drinks, and more!

November 2013

Yalies in Israel 2013 Reunion
Tuesday November 19th, 5:00-6:00PM, Slifka Center Art Gallery (2nd Floor).
Yalies who spent the summer in Israel are invited to attend a reception and dinner. Please contact Danielle Ellison for more information.

Film Screening of Hannah Arendt (Germany, 2012) and Panel Discussion, Eichmann in Jerusalem – 50 Years Later
Monday November 18th, 2:00PM, Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium.
–Yale Program for the Study of Anti-Semitism and Films at the Whitney–
Join the Yale Program for the Study of Anti-Semitism and Films at the Whitney for their screening of Hannah Arendt and panel discussion. The panel will begin at 4PM and include Jeffrey Alexander, Brigitte Peucker, Steven Smith, Adam Tooze, Jay Winter and will be moderated by Seyla Benhabib.

“Footnote” Screening
Thursday, November 14th, 6:00pm: Luce Hall Auditorium
–Sponsored by the Hebrew Department–
The Israeli film “Footnote” (in Hebrew with English subtitles) is a story of insane academic competition, the dichotomy between admiration and envy for a role model, and the very complicated relationship between a father and a son. For more information, please contact

Dinner discussion on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: “US-Israel Relations”
Thursday November 14th: 6:00PM, Slifka Center Dining Hall
Led by Ellie Boswell, TD ‘17 (J Street U Chair) and Josh Feinzig, CC ‘16 (YFI VP of Education and Engagement)
In preparation, please read the following article:

Mohamed Elfayoumy: From Revolution to Restitution. Egypt and the Future of the Arab Spring
Wednesday November 13th, 12:00-1:15PM, ISPS, 77 Prospect St., Room A001.
–Part of the CMES Colloquium Fall 2013 Series–
Mohamed Elfayoumy is the Linda Vester Yale World Fellow and Consul/Political Officer, Embassy of Egypt in Demascus.

Dinner discussion on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: “The Green Line and its Historical and Contemporary Significance”
Thursday November 6th, 6:00PM, Slifka Center Dining Hall
–Led by Ellie Boswell (SM ’17), J Street U Chair–

October 2013

Professor Yuval Sinai: Jewish Law in Israel – Law, Religion, and State
Wednesday, October 30th, 12:00-1:15PM, ISPS, 77 Prospect St., Room A001
–Part of the CMES Colloquium Fall 2013 Series–
Professor Yuval Sinai is the Schusterman Visiting Professor and Senior Research Scientist, Yale Law School, Program in Judaic Studies, and the Council on Middle East Studies, Yale University. 

Improving Innovation: What Can be Learned From The Israeli Case with Professor Shlomit Yanisky-Ravid
Monday, October 21st, 1:00-2:00PM, Yale Law School, Room 121
Please join Prof. Shlomit Yanisky-Ravid to discuss different paths for improving national innovation with Israel serving as the case study.  The discussion will also address the professor’s new study assessing desirable policies for improving innovation rates.
Dubbed the world leading “Start Up Nation” by many, Israel boasts impressive figures in patents per capita and, by some accounts, claims more venture capital investment per person than anywhere else in the world, all in only 65 years, no significant natural resources, and a population of just 8 million people.

Saybrook Master’s Tea with Etgar Lefkovitz, “The Changes in the Middle East: Old and New Alliances, Competing Axises of Moderates vs. Extremists – a hope for a peaceful future?”
Thursday, October 17th, 4:00PM, Saybrook College Common Room
–Co-Sponsored by Yale Friends of Israel and The Yale Globalist.–
Etgar Lefkovitz is a former Jerusalem correspondent for the Jerusalem Post and Middle East studies expert.

Professor Dina Roginsky: Dancing Ideology: The Cultural Politics of the Israeli Folk Dance Movement
Wednesday, October 16th, 12:00-1:15PM, ISPS, 77 Prospect St., Room A001
–Part of the CMES Colloquium Fall 2013 Series–
Professor Dina Roginsky is a Senior Lector, Hebrew, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Yale University.

Meir Javendanfar: Can a Nuclear Iran be allowed? Or trusted? Perspectives from the U.S., Israel, and the rest of the world.
–Co-Sponsored with the Yale International Relations Association–
Monday, October 14th, 6:00PM, Calhoun College Fellows’ Lounge
Meir Javedanfar, an Iranian-born Israeli Middle East expert, has been described as one of the most informed and objective analysts of Iranian-Israeli relations against the economic and political backdrop of the Middle East. He consults regularly in 5 languages for media organizations throughout the world, including CNN, FOX, and BBC. Mr. Javedanfar is a frequent contributor to The Guardian, Real Clear Politics and The Diplomat, and is co-author of The Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran: Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and The State of Iran. He has delivered lectures on Iran on behalf of the Israeli embassies throughout the world, in addition to the US State Department and The Pentagon, and he teaches the “Contemporary Iranian Politics” course at the IDC University in Herzliya, Israel.

A Talk with Yosef Abramowitz
Sunday, October 6th, 7:00-8:00pm, WLH 208
Hosted by: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, Yale Undergraduate Energy Club, Yale Student Environmental Coalition, Yale Center for Business and the Environment, Yale Net Impact, Fossil Free Yale, School of Forestry Energy Club, Project Bright.
Yosef Abramowitz is President and CEO of Energiya Global Capital as well as co-founder of the Arava Power Company, Israel’s leading solar developer and a pioneer in mid-size and large-size solar fields. Mr. Abramowitz is one of CNN’s Green Pioneers of 2012. He was included in the Jerusalem Post’s list of 50 most influential Jews worldwide in 2011, 2012, and 2013. He is also an activist who has been co-nominated 3 times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Exodus or Exile? The Departure of the Jews from Muslims Countries, 1948-1978.
Friday, October 4th, 9:00am-4:45pm, Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center
An interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism. Chairs include: Alan Mikhail, Alice Kaplan, Seyla Benhabib and Francesca Trivellato. The program can be found at: 

Rosalie Abella, Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and Honorable Aharon Barak, Former President of the Supreme Court of Israel: “Secular Courts and Religious Claims – Balancing Freedom of Religion with Freedom from Religion?”
Wednesday, October 2nd, 12:00-1:45pm, The Debating Law and Religion Series, Yale Law School, Faculty Lounge, Yale Law School
In contemporary liberal societies, effective governance requires balancing individuals’ concerns with the state’s need to maintain general rules and standards. Disputes over religious liberty set these competing interests into stark relief and pose complex questions to secular judges. Answering these questions demands a consideration not only of how to weigh these competing interests, but also of the extent to which secular authorities should assess religious obligations.

September 2013

YFI Dinner with Rabbi James Ponet – “A tranquil Middle East, peace and love between Israel and Iran…..such an unreality, that perhaps we should consider it?”
Monday, September 30th, 5:30PM, Slifka Center Dining Hall Seminar Room
Join us for our weekly dinner and a very special talk with Rabbi Ponet. In preparation, please consider

Victims of Our Own Narratives? Portrayal of the Other in Israeli and Palestinian Schoolbooks Talk by Professor Emeritus Psychiatry, Bruce Wexler
Tuesday, September 17th, 5PM, Whitney Humanities Center, room 208
Come to this talk by Prof. Bruce Wexler about the comparative study of the representation of the other in Palestinian and Israeli textbooks. The results of the study were released last spring and he will be discussing them! Refreshments to follow.
Co-Sponsored by the Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism (YPSA) and the Whitney Humanities Center. 

Sunday September 15th, 2:00-4:00PM, Old Campus
Come For a giant festival of music, falafel, hummus, pita, an inflatable climbing wall, a giant obstacle course, new shot glasses, sports, and the chance for you to sign up for your free trip to Israel this year.

Professor Yuval Sinai: “Repenting as a Jewish State: Legality, Morality, and Religion”
Monday September 9th, 7:30PM, Slifka Center Purple Couch Room
A discussion during the 10 Yemei Tshuva (10 Days of Awe between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) on how the Jewish State of Israel deals with necessary legal and government policy decisions while taking into account morality and religion. Professor Sinai will explore issues such as prisoner swap deals, capital punishment, and other difficult state decision that may or may not require repentance at this time of year.

April 2013

Yom HaAtzmaut Concert: NOA
Wednesday, April 24th, 8:00-9:30pm (doors open at 7:00pm), Battell Chapel
Yale Friends of Israel and the Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale are excited to join the New Haven Federation and JCC of Greater New Haven to present NOA (Achinoam Nini), a renowned Israeli singer…She’s performed with Sting sand for the Pope, and now is coming to Yale for a special Yom HaAtzmaut Concert! 

Zionism Reconsidered Panel
Tuesday, April 23rd, 5:00-6:00pm, Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall, Room 114
On the 65th Anniversary of the Modern State of Israel, we invite you to hear some of Yale’s most distinguished scholars engage with the question: what is Zionism?
Featuring: David Brooks, Steven Smith, Charles Hill, Marci Shore, Eli Stern, and Rabbi James Ponet. 

Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) – Israeli Dinner
Tuesday, April 16th, 5:00-7:30pm, Slifka Center – Heyman Commons
Join YFI and Yale Hillel for an Israeli-themed dinner in the Kosher Kitchen. Enjoy falafel, hummus, pita, Israeli salad, rice, chicken schnitzel, and more under flags and decorations in honor of the 65th birthday of the modern State of Israel. 

Yom HaZikaron (Israeli Defense Forces and Terror Victims Remembrance Day) – Har Herzl Independence Day Ceremony Screening
Monday, April 15th, 1:00-2:00pm, Slifka Center – Susman Hall
Join YFI to watch the Yom HaZikaron Remembrance Ceremony on Har Herzl, Israel’s National Memorial.  

Davenport College Master’s Tea with Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York
Thursday, April 11th, 4:30-5:30pm, Davenport College Common Room
In February 2011 Ido Aharoni officially assumed the post of Consul General of Israel in New York, after serving as Acting Consul General since August 2010. As Consul General, he represents the State of Israel to communities from throughout the tri-state areas of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. 

Natan Sharansky visit to Yale
Monday, April 8th
Natan Sharansky, former Soviet refusenik and prisoner, Israeli politician, human rights activist, author, and current Chairman of the Jewish Agency, will be visiting the Yale University campus for the day and participating in a series of meetings, meals, and events with Yale administrators, faculties, and students.
Co-Sponsored by Yale Friends of Israel, the Yale Russian Studies Department, the Yale History Department
10:20-11:20am, Campus Tour led by Shira Telushkin (PC ’14)
11:30am, Meeting with Yale Secretary Kimberly Goff-Crews, Wood Bridge Hall
12:30pm-2:00pm, Lunch with a focus on activism, Pierson College
2:00pm-3:00pm, Natan Sharansky interview with the Yale Daily News, Pierson Common Room
4:00-5:30pm, Pierson College Master’s Tea (Master Harvey Goldblatt, Russian Dept.), Master’s House, Pierson College
6:00-7:30pm, Dinner with a focus on Israel (plus a Q&A session) with Jewish Student Leaders, Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale
Natan Sharansky is one of the most famous dissidents to come out of Soviet Russia, and after 13 years in the infamous Siberian gulag he was freed to Israel, where he now serves as President of the Jewish Agency. His most famous book, Fear No Evil, is an account of why he suffered for his values and the sake of his conscience, and one of intense moral strength and courage. In the past several decades he has had tremendous impact and inspiration on the Jewish people, the land of Israel, and the cause of freedom world-wide.

March 2013

Yale Birthright Trip
March 10th – 21st, Israel
On the second annual Yale Birthright Trip (with Israel Outdoors) over spring break, 40 Yale students will have the opportunity to experience the holy land for the first time and learn about the country’s history, culture, nature, and importance to the Jewish people. 

Heartbeat Performance and Workshop
Sunday, March 3rd, 3:00-4:00pm, Slika Center Chapel
Co-sponsored by Jews and Muslims at Yale (JAM), Muslim Students Association (MSA), and Yale Friends of Israel (YFI)
Heartbeat is a collective of musicians, educators, and students based in Jerusalem that use music to build mutual understanding and transform conflict. Bringing together Arab and Jewish youth musicians, Heartbeat empowers their artists and the world around them by exemplifying the strength of our human voice and creative collaboration in the face of adversity. This February and March Heartbeat is embarking on a US Tour to universities and congregations to share their music and message with the Western world. The program includes an uplifting performance interweaving traditional and modern Eastern and Western music. Heartbeat will also lead an interactive workshop with the audience and share their stories about where they come from and how Heartbeat enables them to express themselves and build important relationships. The program creates a personal window into the lives of these courageous young artists and establishes a unique connection between local communities and the Heartbeat movement in the Middle East. 

AIPAC Policy Conference 2013
March 3rd – March 5th, Washington DC.
Led by Yale’s AIPAC Campus Liaison Rachel Miller (DC ’15), a delegation of 13 Yale students and faculty participated in the annual Policy Conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

February 2013

YFI Dinner: “Is there a solution for the Arab-Israeli Conflict?” with Yale Divinity School student Omer Salem
Thursday, February 28th, 6:00pm, Slifka Center Dining Hall – Heyman Commons Seminar Room
Join us for dinner and discussion with Omer Salem, a graduate student at the Yale Divinity School, who will discuss his work: the answer to that question is YES, a win-win solution has been found. Please contact with questions. 

Dan Ciporin – Venture Capitalism and Startups in Israel and the U.S.
Thursday, February 21st, 11:45am-12:45pm, Yale School of Management, GM Room
Dan Ciporen, Yalie, former CEO of joint U.S.-Israel company, prominent venture capital investor in Israeli companies, will be discussing the thriving world of investing and startups in Israel – past, present, and future. 

The Idan Raichel Project Concert at Yale
Tuesday, February 19th, 8:00-9:30pm (doors open at 7:30pm), Sudler Hall
Join Yale Hillel, Yale Friends of Israel, and the Yale African Students Association for a special performance by the Israeli international music star Idan Raichel! Ticketed event. 

“Is Peace Possible?” with Zvika Kreiger, Senior Vice President at the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace
Sunday, February 17th, 2:30-4:30pm, Slifka Center
Weighted by competing histories, narratives, and failed promises, discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is often skimpy on details. But what would peace actually look like? Join Zvika Kriger, Senior Vice-President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, for a presentation on the four key issues of controversy: Security, Borders, Refugees, and Jerusalem. Going through the history of these four issues, the “Is Peace Possible” presentation examines the facts, current political players, and history of demands on both sides. This event will be relevant for both those with limited Israel knowledge, hoping to go beyond the headlines, and for those deeply embedded in the peace process. The “Is Peace Possible?” program is the result of over a year of speaking with Israeli Prime Ministers, US Presidents, chief negotiators, leading think tanks, cartographers, and other relevant persons to boil these questions down to their essence: What would it actually take for Israelis and Palestinians to come to peace?
After graduating Yale, Zvika Krieger became Newsweek’s foreign correspondent to the Middle East, where he had apartments in Beirut and in Cairo, often seeing neither because he was covering 22 Arab countries, and switched every 2 weeks. After a few years he returned to DC, was an editor at The New Republic, and now writes for The Atlantic and works for the Center, advising the State Department on Israel issues. 

Love in the Israeli Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Communities: screenings of Elyokim and The Orthodox Way
Thursday, February 14th, 6:00-8:00pm, Luce Hall Auditorium
Come watch two fascinating and touching films about love in a community quite different from our own. We will be joined by Neta Ariel, Director at the Ma’Ale School of Television, Film & the Arts, and Yale Hebrew Professor Shiri Goren who will be leading a Q&A after the films. Co-sponsored by the Hebrew Program, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and the Council on Middle East Studies at the MacMillan Center. 

YFI dinner – discussion about Israeli Arabs
Thursday, February 14th, 6:00-7:00pm, Slifka Center Dining Hall – Heyman Commons Seminar Room
At this week’s YFI dinner/meeting/discussion, Sam Greenberg (SY ’13) will be presenting and leading a discussion about Israeli Arabs – their role and influence in present-day Israel and the economic, social, political, and cultural impact.

January 2013

Gershom Gorenberg: “Untold Stories and Rewriting Israeli History”
Monday, January 28th, 4:00-5:00pm, Slifka Center
You are invited to a conversation with Israeli author, journalist, blogger, Gershom Gorenberg who will discuss “Untold Stories and Rewriting Israeli History.” In his book The Unmaking of Israel Gorenberg writes, “I am an Israeli by choice. I cam here as a student, and decided thirty years ago to stay as a citizen. My three children were born here. Two are currently serving in the Israeli Defense Forces. I am writing this book because I am concerned about my country’s future.” 

Tu Bishvat
Thursday, January 24th, Slifka Center – Susman Hall.
8:00-9:00pm, Tree planting with YSEC
Come celebrate Jewish Earth Day with traditional Tu Bishvat tree planting! Learn about environmentalism and get a potted plant you can take home to your dorm room;
10:00-10:30pm, Israeli folk songs singing
Enjoy company and lively songs about the beautiful environment and the coming of spring;
Friday, January 25th, Slifka Center – Susman Hall
8:30pm-9:30pm, Tu Bishvat seder
Celebrate the coming of spring with new fruits of the season 

YFI dinner with Jordana Ornstein David Project campus coordinator
Thursday, January 24th, 6:00-7:00pm, Slifka Center Dining Hall – Heyman Commons Seminar Room
Join a conversation about Israel programming and activism on the Yale campus – our goals, and plans for the future. All members, and particularly underclassmen, are encouraged to come!

 The Israeli Elections, 2013
Tuesday, January 22nd, Slifka Center – Susman Hall. 1:30-5:00pm, watching Israeli news coverage; 2:45pm, Revealing Slifka Poll results; 3:00pm Main broadcast on Israeli TV
Come watch the Israeli news coverage of the 2013 elections as they unfold! There will be great discussion, snacks, and plenty of over-the-top political pundits. 

YFI Dinner: “Understanding the Israeli Elections”
Monday, January 21st, 6:00-7:00pm, Slifka Center – Heyman Commons Seminar Room
Join YFI for a special dinner on the topic of the 2013 Israeli Elections. Amir Sagron, our Jewish Agency Fellow, will be describing to us a little bit about the Israeli government and elections systems, as well as about current parties and candidates. We’ll also be discussing our views on the issues and candidates in this election.

JGAP Israeli Wine Tasting
Wednesday, January 16th, 7:30-8:30pm, Slifka Center
A gathering for Jewish Graduate and Professional Students (JGAP) to socialize over Israeli wine and culture.


December 2012 

Israel: Summer 2013!!! – Bagel Brunch Information Fair
Sunday, December 2nd, 11:00am-1:00pm, Slifka Center
Interested in being in Israel this summer?! At Bagel Brunch this week, there will be a fair with information about opportunities to work, study, or do research in Israel.

November 2012

YFI Dinner: “‘Pillar of Defense,’ Israel, and the Media” – with Ben Alter, Foreign Affairs editor
Thursday, November 29th, 6:30-7:30pm, Slifka Center – Heyman Commons Seminar Room
Join YFI for a special discussion with Ben Alter (YC ’11), staff editor for Foreign Affairs magazine as we discuss the recent Israel-Hamas conflict in the context of international journalism and media coverage of such volatile and politically charged events. 

CMES Cinema presents: “Thirty Years after ‘Peace for Galilee’ – The Israeli-Lebanese War of 1982 in Film —- “Lebanon”
Thursday, November 29th, 6:30-8:00pm, Luce Hall Auditorium
The First Lebanon War – June 1982. A lone tank is dispatched to search a hostile town that has already been bombarded by the Israeli Air Force. What seems to be a simple mission gradually spins out of control. Shmuel the gunner, Assi the commander, Herzl the loader and Yigal the driver are the tank’s crew, four 20-something boys who have never fought in a war and are now operating a killing machine. Though trying to remain brave, the boys are pushed to their mental limits as they struggle to survive in a situation they cannot contain, and try not to lose their humanity in the chaos of war. Writer-director Samuel Maoz’s raw and visceral film is based on his own experiences as a twenty year old novice soldier serving in the Israeli army during the 1982 Lebanon War. Using his own vivid recollections to bring us inside an Israeli tank during the first 24 hours of the invasion, Maoz restricts the film’s action entirely to the tank’s interior and shows us the outside world only – as the four young soldiers themselves see it – through the lens of a periscopic gun sight. The cathartic process of writing and directing “Lebanon” allowed Maoz to finally free himself of the events that he had experienced twenty-five years earlier. Directed by Samuel Maoz (Israel/France/Lebanon/Germany, 2009) in Hebrew, Arabic, French and English with English subtitles. 

CMES Cinema presents: “Thirty Years after ‘Peace for Galilee’ – The Israeli-Lebanese War of 1982 in Film —- “Waltz with Bashir”
Thursday, November 15th, 6:30-8:00pm, Luce Hall Auditorium
One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. The two men conclude that there’s a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the First Lebanon War of the early 1980s. Ari is surprised that he can’t remember a thing anymore about that period of his life. Intrigued by this riddle, he decides to meet and interview old friends and comrades around the world. He needs to discover the truth about that time and about himself. As Ari delves deeper and deeper into the mystery, his memory begins to creep up in surreal images. Directed by Ari Folman (Israel, 2008), in Hebrew with English subtitles.

Eyal Rob: Israeli Club Culture
Wednesday, November 14th, 6:00-7:00pm, Slifka Center – Heyman Commons Seminar Room
We are excited to announce that Tel-Aviv-based DJ and social activist Eyal Rob will be joining a group of students for dinner at 6pm on November 14th to discuss the history and culture of Israeli nightlife.

CMES Cinema presents: “Thirty Years after ‘Peace for Galilee’ – The Israeli-Lebanese War of 1982 in Film —- “Cup Final”
Thursday, November 8th, 6:30-8:00pm, Luce Hall Auditorium
It’s June 1982. Israel has just invaded Lebanon. Unfortunately, this action is taking place in the middle of soccer’s World Cup tournament. Cohen, an Israeli soldier, has tickets for the games in Barcelona, but he is stuck in the desert, seeking out the enemy. Things go from bad to worse for him when he is captured by a band of retreating Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) soldiers en route to Beirut. Cohen’s only solace is that the PLO leader, Ziad, shares his passion for the Italian national team. Laced with humor, wit and violence, Cup Final is a subtle tale of shared humanity. Directed by Eran Riklis (Israel, 1992), in Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles.

Peace Week: Voices and Stories – “Prayers, Hopes and Visions for the Future
Thursday, November 8th, 5:30-6:50pm, Niebuhr Hall, Yale Divinity School
Join distinguished guests and student leaders from Arab Students Association (ASA), Jews and Muslims at Yale (JAM), Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Muslim Students Association (MSA), Yale Friends of Israel (YFI), and the Slifka Center for a Community Dinner and “Dialogue of Response” conversation. 

“The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in 10 Slides” – Presentation by Jewish Agency Israel Fellow, Amir Sagron
Wednesday, November 7th, 7:00-8:30pm, Slifka Center Chapel
‘Green line’? ‘Peel commission’? ‘Partition plan’? ‘Oslo accords’? ‘A legal right for a Jewish country’?!? ‘Mutual recognition’?!?!? The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the most interesting, but complex and difficult to understand, historical conflicts of the modern era. We want to invite you to a one in a Yale time opportunity, to learn the basics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Amir Sagron, our Jewish Agency Israel Fellow, has created a special presentation, designed to give Yale Jewish leaders the basic tools for dealing with the conflict and its current issues. After just a little more than an hour, you’ll know all that is required in order to understand current issues and debate your own opinion.

YPU Debate on the upcoming Presidential Election – “Resolved: Vote Obama”
Monday, November 5th, 7:30-8:30pm, Linsly-Chittenden Hall Room 102
On the eve of the 2012 Presidential Election, Yale Friends of Israel is excited to be joining several student groups in co-sponsoring what promises to be a lively and fascinating debate. Joined by Professor David Bromwich, Sterling Professor of English, we will speak on “Resolved: Vote Obama.”

Peace Week: Voices and Stories – Panel Discussion – “Sharing Interfaith Stories”
Monday, November 5th, 5:30-6:30pm, Niebuhr Hall, Yale Divinity School
Join guests George Saadeh of The Parent Circle and Deputy Mayor of Bethlehem; Rabbi Noah Cheses of the Slifka Center, Dr. Mark Braverman, U.S. scholar and activist; Eran Efrati, Israeli activist and graduate student at Columbia University; and Dr. Maria Khoury, Palestinian scholar and activist. Musical interludes provided by students of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.

“Voices from El-Sayed” – movie screening and talk with director Oded Adomi Leshem
Thursday, November 1st, 7:00-8:30pm, Slifka Center – Chapel
In El-Sayed, a Bedouin village with the largest percentage of deaf people in the world, deafness is seen as difference, not disability. Now this community must confront modern sensibilities. Join Yale Friends of Israel, the Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, the Resource Office on Disabilities, and the Education, Publicity, and Awareness subcommittee for a screening of this incredible award-winning movie and a discussion with the director, Oded Adomi Leshem.

October 2012

Jonathan Medved: “The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle”
Tuesday, October 23rd, 6:00-7:30pm, The Yale School of Management Room A-51
Join Jonathan Medved for a discussion of “The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle.” Medved is one of Israel’s most influential entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Born in California, he made Aliyah in the 1990s and is now impacting the Israeli and international economy as an entrepreneur and investor. Medved will be talking about the Israeli economy, how to make it in business, what like is life for an American living in Jerusalem, and more.

Former Congressman Peter Deutsch – “Obama or Romney: Who will be better for the Jews?” lunch and discussion
Friday, October 19th, 12:00-1:00pm, Slifka Center – Heyman Commons Seminar Room
Peter Deutsch (Yale Law School ’82), served as a member of the United States Congress from 1993-2005. After leaving Congress, Mr. Deutsch moved to Israel where he still resides. He is the only former member of Congress to have ever lived in Israel. Six years ago, while living in Israel, he created the first Hebrew-English Charter School in the United States. The Ben Galma Charter Schools now have five locations serving over 1,800 students.

Dr. Ronni Gamzu, General Director of Israel’s Ministry of Health: “Israeli Health Care – A period of intensive reforms”
Thursday, October 18th. 3:00-4:30pm, Dr. Gamzu personal meetings at the Yale School of Public Health; 5:00-6:00pm, Round table discussion with students and professors of the Yale School of Public Health; 6:00-6:30pm, Short campus tour led by Rabbi Ponet; 6:30-7:30pm, YFI dinner and discussion in the Slifka Center – Heyman Commons Seminar Room; 7:30-8:45pm, Open lecture at the Slifka Center.
Dr. Ronni Gamzu serves as Israel’s Director General of the Ministry of Health. He has previously served as Associate Director General for health economics in the Tel-Aviv Medical Center, and the director-general of Ichilov Hospital of the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center. Dr. Gamzu studied medicine at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Medical Faculty, and holds a doctorate in medical research, as well as a bachelor’s degree in law and a master’s degree in business administration.

 Senator Joseph Lieberman: “Bipartisanship and the Jewish State: Why no party should have a monopoly on Israel”
Wednesday, October 17th, 5:00-6:30pm, Linsly-Chittenden Hall Room 102
Joe Lieberman (Yale College ’64, Yale Law School ’67) is the Senior Senator from Connecticut. Currently serving his fourth and final term, he has earned a national reputation as a thoughtful, principled, and effective legislator over the past 24 years in the Senate. Since he was elected to the Senate in 1988, Senator Lieberman has been one of the most influential advocates of a strong US-Israel relationship and a voice promoting security, freedom, and liberty around the world. As the Democratic Vice-Presidential Candidate in 2000 running with Al Gore, Lieberman became the first Jewish candidate on a major American political party ticket.

Gilad Shalit
Monday, October 15th. 10:00-11:30am, Invite-only brunch at Eliezer Society Brownstone; 12:00-1:30pm, Eliezer Society ticketed event in Davies Auditorium
We are honored to welcome Gilad Shalit, his unit commander, and 15 members of his unit to share some reflections with Yale students, faculty, and community members. Gilad Shalit is the young Israeli soldier abducted and held captive by Hamas militants for five years. Gilad Shalit is the guest of honor, and he will be joined by his unit commander and unit in offering remarks. Professor Charles Hill will be introducing, and there will be a brief opportunity for questions and answers.

Israeli film screening, “The Band’s Visit”
Thursday, October 11th, 6:30-8:30pm, Luce Hall Auditorium
With the Yale Hebrew Department and the Council on Middle East Studies
The film “The Band’s Visit” documents an Egyptian band’s unexpected trip across Israel and its interactions with the locals of a remote Israeli town. The film is in Hebrew, Arabic, and English, with English subtitles. The screening, part of the CMES Film Series this semester, will be followed by a Q&A session and discussion led by Professors Ayala Dvoretzky and Shiri Goren from the Hebrew Program at Yale.

September 2012

YFI dinner with Ariel David Adesnik, defense analyst and Middle East foreign policy advisor to the McCain campaign
Thursday, September 27th, 6:00-7:00pm, Slifka Center – Heyman Commons Seminar Room
For this week’s YFI dinner/meeting/discussion we are joined by Ariel David Adesnik (TC’99), defense analyst and foreign policy advisor to the McCain campaign, specializing in Middle East policy. Over dinner, we will be looking at the US-Israel relationship in its broader strategic context. For example, how does it compare to the US relationship with other small, somewhat isolated partners, such as Taiwan and Georgia? How does the strategic rationale for US military aid compare to that for other key recipients?

“The Yom Kippur War: The Israeli Protocols Revealed” discussion with Jewish Agency Israel Fellow, Amir Sagron
Tuesday, September 25th, 8:00-9:00pm, Slifka Center – Susman Hall
39 years after the Yom Kippur War, we’ll try to go back to those days of October 1973: What caused the Israeli omission? Can we avoid the next one?

Israeli Knesset (Parliament) Member Dr. Einat Wilf discussing “Israel, the Arab Spring, and the Future of the Middle East”
Wednesday, September 12th, 7:00-8:00pm, William L. Harkness Hall Room 207
Co-sponsored with the Yale International Relations Association, the MacMillian Center Council on Middle East Studies, and International Security Studies at Yale.
Join YFI, YIRA, CMES, and ISS for a talk with MK Dr. Einat Wilf. Dr. Wilf is a Member of Israel’s Knesset and Chair of the Knesset’s Education, Sports and Culture Committee. She also serves on the influential Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and is the Chair of the Knesset Sub-Committee for Israel and the Jewish People. Previously, Dr. Wilf served as a Senior Fellow with the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute, a Foreign Policy Advisor to Vice prime Minister Shimon Peres and as a strategic consultant with McKinsey & Company. Born and raised in Israel, Dr. Wilf served as an Intelligence Officer in the Israel Defense Forces and holds a BA in Government and Fine Arts from Harvard University, an MBA from INSEAD in France, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cambridge.

Israel Fest 2012
Sunday, September 9th, 5:00-7:00pm, Old Campus
A celebration of Israel with live music, falafel, Israel-themed giveaways, and opportunities to learn more about Yale’s Israel programming and trips.


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