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10/14/2022 General
Temple Beth El of Boca Raton Presents!

TEMPLE BETH EL OF BOCA RATON PRESENTS
THE ANTISEMITISM SERIES: THE JEWISH WORLD’S BIGGEST NAMES ON THE PROBLEM THE WORLD HAS WITH JEWS

Boca Raton, FL (September 29, 2022) Temple Beth El of Boca Raton will present two significant antisemitism programs in October and December. They will feature noteworthy guest authorities on this topic: Jonathan Greenblatt, Chief Executive Officer, Anti-Defamation League and David Friedman, former US Ambassador to Israel and member of the team responsible for the Abraham Accords.  Both programs are in person at the temple’s Schaefer Family Campus in east Boca Raton.

According to the ADL Anti-Defamation League, “The word “Semitic” was first used by a German historian in 1781 to bind together languages of Middle Eastern origin that have some linguistic similarities. The speakers of those languages, however, do not otherwise have shared heritage or history. There is no such thing as a Semitic peoplehood. Additionally, one could speak a Semitic language and still have anti-Semitic views.”

“I believe that the antisemitism series is one of the most important events happening in South Florida this fall. You have some of the most famous people in the Jewish word reflecting on why antisemitism is still around, and how this is evident globally.  Our speakers in the series have had a front row seat to antisemitism, how it plays out in the world at large, and how it can be addressed in ways small and large,” says Temple Beth El Rabbi Jessica Spitalnic Mates.

GUEST SPEAKER: JONATHAN GREENBLATT
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 -7:00 pm
In person at the Schaefer Family Campus

Jonathan Greenblatt is the CEO of ADL Anti-Defamation League. In his book, It Could Happen Here: Why American Is Tipping from Hate to the Unthinkable – And How We Can Stop It, Greenblatt sounds the alarm that antisemitism is gathering momentum in the United States, and that confrontation on a more catastrophic scale could be just around the corner. As CEO of ADL, the world’s leading anti-hate organization, Mr. Greenblatt has a distinguished record of fighting antisemitism and advocating for just and fair treatment to all.

He joined ADL in 2015 after serving in the White House as director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. Before that, he cofounded Ethos Brands, the company that launched Ethos Water, founded All for Good and served as a senior executive at realtor.com.   Registration required at: https://tbeboca.shulcloud.com/event/anti-semitism-series-jonathan-greenblatt.html
$36 Priority Seating – Includes It Could Happen Here: Why American Is Tipping from Hate to the Unthinkable – And How We Can Stop It, by Jonathan Greenblatt $10 General Admission/Free to Students with I.D.

GUEST SPEAKER: DAVID FRIEDMAN

Thursday, December 1, 2022 -7:00 pm
In person at the Schaefer Family Campus

David Friedman, is the former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and member of the team responsible for the Abraham Accords. Mr. Friedman also successfully guided unprecedented diplomatic advancements in the US – Israel relationship, including moving the United States Embassy to Jerusalem and recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. He is the author of Sledgehammer: How Breaking with the Past Brought Peace to the Middle East.

Registration required at: https://tbeboca.shulcloud.com/event/anti-semitism-series-david-friedman.html
$36 Priority Seating – Includes Sledgehammer: How Breaking with the Past Brought Peace to the Middle East, by David Friedman.
$10 General Admission/Free to Students with I.D.

These events are part of Temple Beth El’s Antisemitism Series: The Jewish World’s Biggest Names on the Problem the World Has with Jews.
The Antisemitism Series is part of Project Nuremberg, underwritten by Jay and Marilyn Weinberg to provide Holocaust, Law and Ethics programming.

For more information about this informative series or any of our events, programs and services, please visit tbeboca.org/events or call 561-391-8900.

GUEST BIOS

Jonathan Greenblatt
Jonathan Greenblatt is CEO of ADL (the Anti-Defamation League), the world’s leading anti-hate organization with a distinguished record of fighting antisemitism and advocating for just and fair treatment to all. Jonathan joined ADL in 2015 after serving in the White House as director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. Before that, he co-founded Ethos Brands, the company that launched Ethos Water, founded All for Good and served as a senior executive at realtor.com.

David Friedman
As the United States Ambassador to Israel from March 2017 until January 2021, Ambassador David Friedman successfully guided unprecedented diplomatic advancements in the US – Israel relationship, including moving the United States Embassy to Jerusalem and recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. He also is among a small group of American officials responsible for the “Abraham Accords” — peace and normalization agreements between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco — for which he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021. Ambassador Friedman was recognized in each of the past five years by the Jerusalem Post as one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world, coming in first in 2020. He also was named one of the 20 Most Impactful Persons of the Past Decade by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Ambassador Friedman is the Founder of The Friedman Center for Peace through Strength, which works to build upon the Ambassador’s achievements in strengthening the US-Israel relationship.

About Temple Beth El of Boca Raton
Founded in 1967 Temple Beth El of Boca has grown to become one of the nation’s leading Reform congregations. With a mission to inspire a passionate commitment to Jewish life, learning, community and spiritual growth, the temple offers two newly expanded campuses that serve the needs of the surrounding Jewish community. The Schaefer Family Campus at 333 S.W. 4th Avenue in east Boca Raton houses the Merle E. Singer Sanctuary, social hall, a full-service catering kitchen, chapel, Beit Midrash (Adult Learning Center), gift shop, classrooms, clergy and administrative offices. Also on the property is the Beth El Mausoleum, the only mausoleum in the United States built on sacred temple grounds. The Beck Family Campus at 9800 Yamato Road in west Boca Raton houses the Early Learning Center for preschool, infant daycare and summer camp, as well as a Kehillah Center (community hall) and catering kitchen. Welcoming families of all ages, the temple holds weekly Friday evening Shabbat services and offers a bustling religious school program for grades K-12; along with a variety of social, cultural educational, social action and religious programs. For more information visit tbeboca.org.