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Israel 2014, The Series

Join us for "ISRAEL 2014: The Series, bringing you world-class speakers on the most pressing and provocative issues concerning Israel today. 

Sponsored by the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation, all programs are free of charge and open to the community.

Anat HoffmanAnat Hoffman is Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center as well as founding member and chair of “Women of the Wall.” She has brought international attention to the plight of women seeking the right to pray freely at Jerusalem’s Western Wall. Hoffman guides IRAC in its work to promote Jewish pluralism, tolerance and equality and to combat racism, corruption and religious coercion. Previously, she served as a Jerusalem City Councilwoman for 14 years.


Avi Melamed, former Israeli Senior Official on Arab Affairs, is the Eisenhower Institute Middle East expert and an independent Middle East Avi Melamedstrategic intelligence analyst. He specializes in the current affairs of the Arab and Muslim world and their impact on Israel and the region. His analysis, tours and briefings, based on
Arab sources, decades of field experience, policy design and intimate connections throughout the Arab world, offer an insider’s view of the constantly-changing Middle East landscape and future regional implications.


Amos Guiora is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Global Justice at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, the University of Utah. Guiora has published extensively both in the U.S. and Europe on issues related to national security, limits of interrogation, religion and terrorism, and the limits of power, multiculturalism and human rights. He served for 19 years in the Israel Defense Forces as Lieutenant Amos GuioraColonel (retired). Guiora is a Research Associate at the University of Oxford, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict; a Research Fellow at the International Institute on Counter-Terrorism, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzylia, Israel; and a Corresponding Member, The Netherlands School of Human Rights Research, University of Utrecht School of Law.