CLE Class To Consider "The Ethics of Supporting Israel"
The Institute for Jewish Ethics and the Zionist Organization of America's Greater Philadelphia District will present a forum on the topic "The Ethics of Supporting Israel: Legal, Practical and Jewish Perspectives" on Tuesday, March 18, from noon to 2 p.m., at Mekor Habracha/Center City Synagogue, 2000 Chestnut Street, Second floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
This event is approved by PACLE for 2 credits: (1 hour ethics, 1 hour substantive).
With Israel constantly in the news and the subject of much discussion, this event will explore and seek to remove any ambiguity about support for Israel from the perspectives of an international legal scholar, an expert on Torah and Talmud (Jewish law), and a soldier who has fought in battle for Israel.
Panelists will be:
Professor Harry Reicher, adjunct professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss "Israel and International Law: Support vs. Boycott." Reicher has been involved in landmark cases in the areas of international human rights, and international environmental law. From 1995 to 2004, he was representative to the United Nations of Agudath Israel World Organization, a 101-year-old international NGO.
Benjamin Anthony, founder of Our Soldiers Speak, will discuss "A Practical Look Through the Eyes of an Israel Defense Forces Sergeant." A heavy-machine-gunner, he has served as a combat soldier along Israel's northern borders and in the area of Judea and Samaria / the West Bank. He has addressed audiences at more than 300 campuses across three continents.
Rabbi Isaac Leizerowski, religious leader of Congregation Beth Medrash HaRav, will discuss "Israel's Spiritual Significance to the Jewish People." A scribe, he serves on the faculty of Abrams Hebrew Academy.
Jerome M. Marcus, a principal of the law firm Marcus & Auerbach, will serve as moderator.
The Institute for Jewish Ethics is an educational organization that specializes in producing seminars and classes addressing contemporary dilemmas through the lens of Jewish law and ethics. Their seminars are also accredited for continuing legal education and the Institute also offers an array of other Jewish learning opportunities.
The Zionist Organization of America's Greater Philadelphia District is the region's leading educational organization on the topics of Israel, the peace process, the history of the Middle East and related subjects. ZOA was founded in 1897 and its past national presidents include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis.
For more information, call Philadelphia ZOA Executive Director Steve Feldman at 610-660-9466 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The acceptance speeches and remarks from our 2013 Gala honorees along with those from National ZOA President Mort Klein and Philadelphia ZOA Co-President Lee Bender are now posted. There are also photo collages of the event.
Just click on http://www.zoaphilly.org/index.php?page=gala-2013 to see the video clips and the photos. Enjoy. Also, let others know they can see and hear our Gala speakers. Each had important and inspiring remarks about Israel, Zionism and activism.
Our honorees were: author Nonie Darwish, who received the Ben Hecht Award for Outstanding Journalism and was also our keynote speaker; State Senator Anthony Williams, who received our Friend of Zion Award; Rabbi Eric Yanoff, religious leader of Temple Adath Israel, who received our Guardian of Israel Award; and Ruth C. and Mort B. Gleit, who received our Pillars of the Community Award.
A special thanks to Gala chairman Howard Katzoff, co-chair Eleanor Weinglass, assistant Linda Rosen, volunteer and centerpiece maker Heather Berman and our many volunteers who were on the scene and behind the scenes to make the Gala a success. Thanks also to the businesses, foundations, families and individuals who donated to make our Gala a success. For some photos of the gala, click on this link.