Scholar-in-Residence Weekend

March 02, 2018 - March 04, 2018, All Day
Congregation Beth El
8215 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, MD

Beth El’s theme of “Israel” for 5778 will carry into the annual Scholar-in-Residence Weekend, March 2-4. Our featured guest will be David Siegel, Chief Executive Officer of ELNET Israel, the only pro-Israel organization focused solely on building strong relations between Israel and Europe, similar to the role that AIPAC has in the United States. Prior to assuming the leadership of ELNET, Siegel had 30 years’ experience as an Israeli diplomat involved in policy formulation and decision-making at the highest levels of Israel’s foreign policy establishment, including as Israel’s consul general to the southwestern United States from 2011 to 2016. As consul general, Siegel fostered multiple bilateral agreements between Israel and the southwest states. Siegel also served as the chief of staff to Israel’s deputy minister of foreign affairs, director of the foreign ministry’s International Organizations department, and chief of staff to three of Israel’s ambassadors to the United States. During these years, he participated in the 1998 Wye River Peace Summit, the 1999 Israel-Syria negotiations, the 2000 Camp David Middle East Peace Summit, and the 2007 Annapolis Peace Conference. Siegel holds a BA in political science from the University of Vermont and MA in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Friday, March 2

  • 6:30 pm: Friday evening service
  • 7:15 pm: Congregational Shabbat Dinner
  • 8:30 pm: David Siegel will speak on “Loving Israel in the Midst of Complexities”

Saturday, March 3

  • 9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Service. David Siegel will deliver the D’var Torah.
  • 12:40 pm: Following kiddush, David Siegel will speak on “Power, People, and Faiths: Religions and Demographics in Israel”

Sunday, March 4

  • 10:00 am: Following the Men’s Club breakfast, David Siegel will speak on “Multi-Dimensional Diplomacy: Israel and Europe”

All talks are free and open to the public.


Shabbat Dinner Registration

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