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2011.11.02 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

Future of Israel to be Focus of Sokolof Lecture

Omaha - The Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is pleased to announce Rabbi Daniel Gordis as the featured speaker at their Annual Phil and Ruth Sokolof Lecture series event.

Gordis, president of the Shalem Foundation and a senior fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, will present at the UNO’s Thompson Alumni Center on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Schwalb Center and funded by the Phil and Ruth Sokolof Endowment, is now in its third year and is free of charge and open to the general public.

His presentation, “The Year 2048: Can Israel Survive to the Age of 100?” will draw on his expertise on Israel, and print and book writings, to provide an in-depth analysis on how past Israeli history and conflict can shape the future prospects of the country and Jews, and prepare people to overcome critical issues which will arise in the future, threatening the survival of the nation.

Gordis is widely cited on matters relating to Israel, and has written and lectured throughout the world on Israeli society and difficulties facing the Jewish State. He is a regular columnist for the Jerusalem Post, and his writings have appeared in a wide array of magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, the New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, Moment, Tikkun, Azure, Commentary Magazine, Foreign Affairs and Conservative Judaism. As well as being a frequent contributor to these publications he is also the author of numerous books, including Saving Israel: How the Jewish People Can Win a War That May Never End which was published 2009, and awarded the 2009 National Jewish Book Award.

"Danny Gordis is enthralling. His books and emails make Israel come alive” said Stacey Rockman, chairperson of the Schwalb Center Board for Israel and Jewish Studies. “He shows us Israel is, despite its wars, upheavals, and problems, a beautiful place complete with a rich history and wonderful people."

Gary Javitch, board member of the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, having both heard Gordis speak in the past and read one of his books, considers Gordis a great “get” for the Sokolof Lecture Series and for the Jewish Community of Omaha.

Gordis was the founding dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism, the first rabbinical college on the West Coast of the United States. Gordis joined Shalem in 2007 to help found Israel’s first liberal arts college, after spending nine years as vice president of the Mandel Foundation in Israel and director of its Leadership Institute.

“Rabbis Dr. Gordis not only offers extensive experience and understanding in issues relating to Israel Society, but is a leading figure on Israel discussion topics to American Jews due to his content, thought leadership and intellectual candor” said Guy Matalon, director of the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies. “His experience, reputation and credentials make him an outstanding choice to talk at the annual Phil and Ruth Sokolof Lecture on Israel.”

For more information, please call the Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies (402) 554-2139.

For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

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