Local event: Israel and academic freedom

IC Hilllel

William Jacobson will be speaking at an event sponsored by Ithaca College Hillel next Tuesday February 25th. A recent commentary article in the Ithacan showcases how necessary these types of events are to help students understand the complex realities of Israelis and Palestinians.

This past weekend at Limmud NY I had the pleasure of hearing a talk from Ari Shavit, journalist and author of the New York Times bestseller My Promised Land. He is nearing the end of a book tour of the US and mentioned how his encounters on campuses had left him with a profound sense of the disconnect of the average secular American-Jewish student to the Jewish state and his/her understanding of the issues facing Israel. I have no idea why this is the case but I am a firm believer in the value of education to help young people understand the issues and empower the next generation to be strong leaders.

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