By Francesca Norsen Tate
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A lively discussion on United-States-Israel relations is expected next Monday when Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren speaks at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope.
Michael B. Oren is an American-born Israeli historian and author, whom Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Ne- tanyahu appointed as ambassador to the United States in May 2009. Oren’s books, articles and essays have focused on Middle Eastern history, and is the author of the New York Times best-seller, Power, Faith and Fantasy and Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East.
This book also won the Los Angeles Times History Book of the Year Award and the National Jewish Book Award. Oren is a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown Universities in the United States and at Tel Aviv and Hebrew Universities in Israel. He was a Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem and a contributing editor to The New Republic. The Forward named Oren one of the five most influential American Jews; and The Jerusalem Post listed him as one of the world’s ten most influential Jews.
A coalition of synagogues and organizations are co-sponsoring this event: Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Congregation Mount Sinai, Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, Temple Beth Emeth, Altshul, Union Temple, Kane Street Synagogue, Park Slope Jewish Center, Brooklyn Jews, Congregation Beth Shalom of Kings Bay, Marks Jewish Community House, Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives and the Kings Bay Y.
Congregation Beth Elohim (CBE) is Brooklyn’s thriving, progressive, multi-generational campus for Jewish life, open to all, regardless of background. Newsweek named CBE as “one of America’s 25 most vibrant congregations” Senior Rabbi Andy Bachman has also been named in Newsweek and Forward 50 lists of top rabbis in the United States. The congregation has also gained renown for bringing in speakers to address controversial topics.
Ambassador Oren’s talk begins at 7:30 p.m; doors open at 7:15. Although the event is free and open to the community; but for security reasons, those planning to attend must RSVP in advance to cbebk.org/civicrm/event/info? id=1553.
Congregation Beth Elohim is at 274 Garfield Place at 8th Avenue.