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Unpacking the Israeli Election NEW GEN Shabbat Dinner

3 May 2019 @ 6:30 pm

international news is still buzzing from the outcome of the Israeli elections. We, as Jews in the Diaspora, feel the ripple effects of decision-making in Israel. And from such a distance, it can be hard to comprehend everything — the growing divide between the political right and left in Israel, Trump’s recent recognition of the Golan as Israeli land, and the pre-election bombing in Gaza and southern Israel. And now what looks like a 5th term for Netanyahu, amidst corruption charges and promising of annexing the West Bank. How does it all fit together?

Join us for an evening to deepen our understanding of the Israeli political climate and the ins and outs of the election process with political insider, Ya’ara Saks.

Ya’ara Saks is a writer, communications specialist and political analyst. A Canadian and Israeli citizen raised in both countries, she has worked as a consultant in advisory roles for policy, communications and project management. During her career she has held positions both at the Municipality Jerusalem and the Government of Israel, along with advisory roles in Canada. With a Master’s Degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in International Relations and Diplomacy on Israeli-Palestinian relations Ya’ara is comfortable in both places but with ideas that sometimes don’t quite fit anywhere. She occasionally likes to share her thoughts in public on her blog “Confessions of a Backbench Mom” or at community events in Toronto and abroad.  Ms. Saks currently resides in Toronto, with her two daughters.

The evening is organized by one of NIFC’s Naomi Chazan Fellows, Sterling Stutz. Sterling is a community builder, organizer and educator from Toronto whose work is rooted in the Jewish principles of tzedek and tikkun olam. Currently a sexual consent educator with Bad Subject and involved in Jewish projects including IfNotNow Toronto. Sterling will begin a Masters of Public Health in 2019 at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Dinner Details: This is a potluck dinner. The main course will be provided so please bring a vegetarian, nut-free side dish or dessert.

Accessibility Information: There are 6 steps to access the front door of the house. Washroom is on the first floor, there is one step into the bathroom. There are no pets. For any specific accessibility questions, please email leah@nifcan.org

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3 May 2019
6:30 pm
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Bloor and Ossington