Scholar in Residence Program with Tal Becker

Friday, March 27 & Shabbat, March 28

TBE is pleased to invite you to a special Scholar-in-Residence program with outstanding Jewish educator Dr. Tal Becker. He is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem where he leads educational initiatives on Tal BeckerIsrael and the Jewish world. In this capacity, Dr. Becker is a leading member of the Institute's "Engaging Israel" series which is the premier educational program on Israel engagement in North America that is working to strengthen and re-imagine the relationship between Israel and World Jewry. Dr. Becker is also the legal adviser of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is one of the longest- serving officials in Israeli peace efforts, and has been a senior member of the Israeli peace negotiation team in successive rounds of negotiations. With over two decades of experience on the front lines of many of Israel's most pressing diplomatic, legal and policy challenges, Dr. Becker has operated as a key negotiator and behind the scenes representative for Israel in a wide variety of contexts.

Among numerous previous positions, Dr. Becker has been a senior policy advisor to Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs, a lead negotiator and drafter in the Annapolis and Kerry peace talks, director of the International Law Department at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, counsel to Israel's UN Mission in New York, an international law expert for the Israel Defense Forces, and a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He earned his doctorate from Columbia University and, among numerous scholarly awards, is the winner of the Rabin Peace Prize and the Guggenheim Prize for best international law book for his book Terrorism and the State.

This Scholar-in-Residence program is made possible by:  Susan and Bill Firestone, Diane Troderman, Susan and Marc Goldman, the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Sisterhood of Temple Beth El, and an anonymous donor.

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, March 27
6:00 pm - Kabbalat Shabbat service
7:00 pm - Shabbat Dinner
8:00 pm - Presentation:  “The Place of Israel in American Jewry”

The Shabbat dinner, provided by Catering by Meital, includes:  lemon chicken; roasted potatoes; field greens with apples, grilled grapes and pecans; green beans with roasted red peppers; and flourless chocolate cake. The cost is $18 per person. R.S.V.P. to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 23. We regret that we will be unable to accommodate walk-ins.

Shabbat, March 28 – Sisterhood Shabbat
9:00 am - Torah Study at Sinai Temple:  “Three Perspectives on Justice”
12:45 pm - Presentation at TBE after lunch:  “The Future of the Israeli-Palestinian Relationship”

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