BE Recordings: September-October 2022

Missed an event this month? All virtual events that were recorded will be featured here.

Climate Change: A Catalyst for Cooperation between Israel and its Neighbors with Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed, Executive Director of the Arava Institute
Wednesday, October 19

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The Middle East is a global climate hotspot- a Middle East summer is expected to heat up an astounding 40% more than the annual world average. At this rate, without intervention, agriculture will become impossible, and the region could become uninhabitable by the end of the century. Regional cooperation has a critical role in confronting the climate crisis. This programs also shares how the Arava Institute – comprised of Israelis, Palestinians, and Jordanians- not only has the technology to address energy poverty and water scarcity, but also has the peacebuilding tools to bring solutions to the region’s most vulnerable.

-This event is co-sponsored by the Israel Committee and the Dayenu Circle-

DR. TAREQ ABU HAMED of East Jerusalem is the Executive Director of the Institute. Dr. Abu Hamed holds a Bachelor and a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, and he has completed two terms of postdoctoral research and holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Hebrew University. In 2013, Dr. Abu Hamed served as the Israeli Ministry of Science’s Deputy Chief Scientist, and later the Acting Chief Scientist, the highest ranking Palestinian in the Israeli government at the time.


Israel Trip Reflections with Karen Isaacson
Sunday, October 2

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Karen Isaacson recently returned from Israel and the Palestinian Territories as part of a J Street Congressional Delegation. She will be sharing her observations, learnings, and some photos with the Beth Emet community. All are welcome.

Israeli Government and NGOs Assist Marginalized US Communities with Assaf Grumberg

Wednesday, September 21

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Across the United States, Israeli NGOs and government agencies are impacting the lives of marginalized communities. Whether it is through disaster relief, post-trauma support, or everyday necessities unavailable to those communities, Israel is changing lives. We will explore some examples and learn what it is that makes these Israeli organizations leaders in their fields.

– This program is co-sponsored by the Israel Committee and the Social Justice Committee. –

ASSAF GRUMBERG, StandWithUs Midwest Executive Director, is an Israeli native and IDF officer. In 2010, during the Turkish Flotilla incident, Assaf witnessed a pro-flotilla anti-Israel demonstration on the Tel Aviv University campus. That event inspired him to change course from a career in finance to become a positive advocate for Israel on the global stage, joining StandWishUs in 2013. In 2015, Assaf was chosen as one of Chicago’s top 36 under 36 Jewish young Professionals.