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American Jews—from the Israeli Perspective
A Panel Discussion

David Breakstone, Refael "Rafi" Feuerstein, Eliav Rodman, Barry Mark Spielman

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"As Prime Minister of Israel, I promise you that I will not permit anything to undermine the unity of our people. Israel must always be a place that each and every one of you can call home." So said Benjamin Netanyahu at the GA, Nov 8, 2010. Is Israel the center of the Jewish world? What kind of partnership is this? Is it love? Marriage? Does Israel speak to me or for me? Is Israel a home away from home? Explore the relationship of the Jewish State with Jews around the world along with four Israelis. There will be at least five opinions—bring yours.

David Breakstone

World Zionist Organization

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David Breakstone is Vice Chairman of the World Zionist Organization. Past positions of his include Director, Pedagogic Center for Jewish Education, Hebrew University; Director, Ramah Programs in Israel; Associate Dean, Schechter Institute. He earned his Ph.D.from Hebrew University in the field of Teaching Israel and has been published widely on the subject. His column "Keep dreaming" appears bi-weekly in The Jerusalem Post.

Refael "Rafi" Feuerstein

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Rafi Feuerstein is a rabbi who was born in Israel. He studied in the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and was ordained as a rabbi in 1994. He acted as founder of the ‘Tzohar’ Organization, and was also the rabbi of Kibbutz Ein Tzurim. Since 2001, he has been a community Rav in Jerusalem. He is Vice-Chairman of the Feuerstein Institute. He and his wife Tal have 8 children and one granddaughter.

Eliav Rodman

American Zionist Movement

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Eliav Rodman is the Young Leadership Director of the American Zionist Movement and the New York Director of Hagshama, the student department of the World Zionist Organization. Born in Jerusalem, Eliav served as an officer in the IDF (Israel Defense Force) and has worked as an informal Jewish educator in the US and Israel. He also serves as the visiting High Holy Day Hazzan at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Barry Mark Spielman

Jewish Agency for Israel

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Barry Spielman made Aliyah in 1988. He has more than 20 years of public affairs and marketing experience. A former career officer in the IDF Spokesman's Office, Barry is a Lt. Col. in the IDF reserves. Barry has served as a Marketing Director in several of Israel's top hi-tech companies. He holds a BA from Bar Ilan U. and MAs from GWU and Boston/Ben Gurion U. He is married and has four children.

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