We'll be discussing US support for Israel, along with Israel-Palestine relations and the recent escalation between Israel and Hamas.
We're very fortunate to have Dotan Harpak speak at the beginning of our event. He will speak for about 15 minutes, and then everyone will take part in a group discussion for the remainder of the evening.
Some more information about our speaker:
Dotan Zebrowitz Harpak has worked as an educator both in Israel & in the US, with a focus on Israeli-American Jewish relations. Since his release from the Israeli Army, he has been highly involved in a variety of Israeli political & social issues. Currently, Dotan is the Director of Education at Congregation Bet Haverim in Atlanta. Since its inception two years ago, Dotan has served as the Chair of J Street Atlanta, the local home for pro-Israel, pro-peace activists in the Atlanta area. J Street was founded to promote meaningful American leadership to end the Arab-Israeli and Palestinian-Israel conflicts peacefully and diplomatically. J Street promotes a new direction for American policy in the Middle East and a broad public and policy debate about the U.S. role in the region.
We're an eclectic group that meets to respectfully exchange ideas about controversial topics.
Our group is more focused on learning and hearing different view points than winning a debate. We try to keep the discussion respectful and encourage devil's advocates. It's a chance to talk with and learn from people you would never meet in your existing circles.
Feel free to post links to interesting articles or just your thoughts in the comments for this event.
There's a $1 charge to help cover the yearly meetup costs, which are $144 / year. This is optional, but appreciated!
We try to start around 7:30, but if you'd like to eat food, please try to get there at 7 to order so the waiters can deliver food before the speaker starts.
About arriving late: no worries! It's nice if we can start on time, but we have people show up an hour late all the time.
Book exchange: bring any books you want to get rid of, and pick up something new! (thanks for the idea, Erin!). There's also a bulletin board thread for book suggestions.