TONIGHT: The Israeli Dilemma
Posted by challahbackgirl on November 5, 2008
How Can a Jewish State be Democratic? How Can a Democratic State be Jewish?
The Israeli Dilemma
November 5, 2008
Wednesdsay, 7:30 pm
(Day After Election Day)
Cost: Free to Beth David members; $5 Donation suggested for non-members
Join us as Rabbi Marc Rosenstein, a Harvard trained biochemist who changed
his career path to Jewish studies after making aliyah in 1990, talks about
the Israeli Dilemma – A Jewish and Democratic State. Based on his work as
the director of the Galilee Foundation for Value Education, his talk will cover:
●Religious Pluralism / Conflict in Israel
●Jews and Arab Relations in Israel
About the Speaker: Rabbi Marc Rosenstein
Rabbi Marc Rosenstein is the director of the Galilee Foundation for Value
Education, (www.makom-bagalil.org.il) an educational center founded by
members of the Masorti Movement in 1991, which engages in programs that
foster Jewish-Arab cooperation, Jewish pluralism, and Israel-Diaspora
relations. Among the projects that the foundation operates are leadership
training programs, teacher in-service courses, educational tourism projects,
local Jewish cultural events in the Galilee, and a Jewish-Arab youth circus.
The center also every summer provides encounter programs with Israeli Arab
teenagers for all Camp Ramah Seminar groups.
Born in Highland Park, Illinois, Rabbi Rosenstein’s first interest was in
science. He attended Harvard College, majoring in biochemistry, and worked
as a researcher in 1970-71 in Beersheba. As a result, however, of his
experiences in Israel, Rabbi Rosenstein changed his career path to Jewish
studies and, following graduate studies in Jewish history at the Hebrew
University in Jerusalem, he returned to the United States and was ordained
at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, in
1975, joining the Conservative Movement’s Rabbinical Assembly in 1980.
Rabbi Rosenstein has extensive experience in Jewish education. He served as
principal of a synagogue religious school in Port Washington, NY, the
Solomon Schechter Secondary School in Skokie, IL, and the Akiba Hebrew
Academy in Philadelphia, PA and earned a doctorate in Jewish history at the
Hebrew University in 1985, writing his dissertation on the place of Jewish
tradition in Israeli education. Rabbi Rosenstein and his family made aliyah
in 1990, to Moshav Shorashim, a small community in the Galilee founded by
North Americans and affiliated with the Conservative/ Masorti Movement.
Rabbi Rosenstein is married to Tami, a speech clinician working in early
intervention, and they have three children, Josh, Ilana, and Lev.