Scholar-in-Residence Weekend

February 22, 2019, 6:30 pm
Congregation Beth El
8215 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, MD

Beth El’s theme of “Israel” for 5779 will carry into the annual Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat, February 22-23. Our featured guests will be Ambassador Dennis Ross and David Makovsky. They will discuss their upcoming book, Be Strong and of Good Courage, a history of those moments when Israel, a country born of existential peril, required extraordinary acts of leadership and strategic judgment to secure its future.

David Makovsky is one of America’s leading experts on Israel. For close to 30 years, he has developed relationships among a wide range of political players in Israel, Arab states, and among the Palestinians. With the Office of the U.S. Secretary of State, he assisted with the Israeli-Palestinian 2013-14 peace negotiations. He joined the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in 2000, where he has dealt with a variety of issues pertaining to the U.S. and Israel.


Ambassador Dennis Ross has dealt with all Israeli prime ministers and prominent Arab leaders in the last 30 years. Having the unusual distinction of being an appointee of two Republican and two Democratic presidents, he developed close relationships with Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon, and Benjamin Netanyahu. Few people know the history of Israel, its efforts on peace, or its relations with the Arabs and the region better.


Friday, February 22

  • 6:30 pm: Friday evening service
  • 7:15 pm: Congregational Shabbat Dinner
  • 8:30 pm: David Makovsky will speak on “Ben Gurion’s Road to Founding Israel”

Saturday, February 23

  • 9:15 am: Shabbat Morning Service. Ambassador Ross will deliver the D’var Torah.
  • 12:45 pm: Following kiddush, Ambassador Ross will speak on “Israel’s Fateful Choices – Does America have a role to play in helping Israel’s leaders make them?”

All talks are free and open to the public.

Shabbat Dinner Registration

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