The Bervin JNF Canada House in Sderot, (the city closest to the Gaza border) will serve as a fortified after-school education, empowerment, and enrichment center for high school students regardless of race, colour or religion, providing them with the necessary tools and skills for academic and personal success. The Bervin JNF Canada House will be comprised of learning spaces of different sizes and multimedia resources to encourage creative learning and will be divided into classrooms and a unique experiential learning hub. State-of-the-art technology and expert educators will give these teens access to knowledge rarely seen in periphery communities, setting them up for success as they pursue post-secondary opportunities.
Partner with us to help build The Bervin JNF Canada House in Sderot, as we aim to close the educational achievement gap, foster academic success, and empower youth living in the periphery
Join us for a lively conversation between special guests Israeli President Isaac Herzog and Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, Author, Historian, and U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism
Professor Lipstadt will join the Ottawa community live via Zoom to share her experiences and perspectives on issues facing the Jewish world; the current state of antisemitism in North America; and how this affects Diaspora Jews and the Israeli community.
About our Speakers:
Dr. Deborah Lipstadt
Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot professor of Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, has published and taught about the Holocaust and antisemitism for close to 40 years. Professor Lipstadt’s most recent book ANTISEMITISM: Here and Now, has received stellar reviews and was awarded the National Jewish Book Award. The book has been translated to German and Hebrew, and shortly in Polish, Italian, and French.
Professor Lipstadt’s work with the U.S. government is extensive, taking on roles such as a historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; subject matter expert for Congress to consult on contemporary antisemitism, and serving as the 2019-2020 Ina Levine Invitational Scholar at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.
She has held Presidential appointments to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council and was asked by President George W. Bush to represent the White House at the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. In July 2021, Professor Lipstadt was nominated to the ambassadorship position at the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism by President Biden.
She is frequently quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Forward, and Tablet. She regularly appears on BBC, CNN, NPR, and PBS among many others.
President Isaac Herzog
The son of former Israeli president Chaim Herzog, Isaac Herzog was a member of the Knesset from 2003 to 2018, holding several ministerial posts including Minister of Welfare and Social Services.
In his youth, Herzog lived in New York while his father served as the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations. While attending high school there, Herzog gained an advanced academic education at Cornell University and New York University, spending summers at Camp Ramah. When returning to Israel at the end of 1978, he served in the IDF Intelligence Corps.
He has held roles such as chairman of the Labor Party and the Zionist Union Alliance; Leader of the Opposition; and was the Labor Party candidate for prime minister during the 2015 elections. In June 2018 Herzog was unanimously elected chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Herzog marked bridging the gap between the Jewish people and the State of Israel as one of his objectives.
On 2 June 2021, he was elected as the 11th President of the Knesset and was sworn in on 7 July 2021, becoming the first son of a former Israeli president to himself become president.
Jewish National Fund of Ottawa Leadership
Board of Directors
David Baker, Co-Chair
Margo Blostein, Co-Chair
Sharon Diamond, Executive Director
Ilana Albert-Novick, Manager, Campaigns & Operations
Beth Price, National President
Lance Davis, Chief Executive Officer
When & Where
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 7:30pm EST.
From the comfort of your own home. We may be celebrating apart, but we continue to build Israel together.
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