Join a broad gathering of the community for a nuanced and thoughtful conversation about this special moment in Israel's history. We are honored to have as a keynote speaker Tal Becker, a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and a senior member of Israel's peace negotiating team, including in the last round of talks mediated by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
The Six Day War had a profound affect on Jewish Americans' lives as well, both in our relationships to Israel and in our identity as Jews. Personal reflections on this impact will be offered by three panelists who are deeply engaged and respected members of our local community--Rabbi Amy Eilberg, Zvi Weiss and Nissa Johanix.
Elu v'elu means, literally, "both/and". What does the 6 Day War mean for Jews, both Israeli and American? And more importantly, what does it mean for you?
This is a program of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, in collaboration with all of the organizations represented by the Council of Agency Executives and Rabbis--Addison-Penzak JCC, Congregation Beth David, Congregation Emeth, Congregation Shir Hadash, Congregation Sinai, Hillel of Silicon Valley, Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz Hillel, Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, South Peninsula Hebrew Day School, Temple Emanu-El and Yavneh Day School.
Tuesday, May 23
6:30pm - Wine Reception
Israeli Wines from the Galilee, the Judean Hills and the Negev
7:00pm - Panel Discussion
To inspire your own reflection, see the articles, videos, songs and books below.
Dr. Tal Becker is a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and a leading member of the Institute's iEngage Project.
Tal also serves as principal deputy legal adviser at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and is a senior member of the Israeli peace negotiation team, including in the last round of talks mediated by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Dr. Becker has been a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, senior policy advisor to Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs, a lead negotiator and drafter in the Annapolis peace talks, director of the international law department at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, counsel to Israel's UN Mission in New York, and an international law expert for the Israel Defense Forces.
He is the author of Terrorism and the State, which won the Guggenheim Prize for best international law book, and has served, among numerous positions, as the Vice-Chairman of the United Nations General Assembly's Legal Committee, the first Israeli to hold a position of this stature in over 40 years.
Rabbi Amy Eilberg is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She currently serves as the director of the Pardes Rodef Shalom (Pursuer of Peace) Communities Program, helping synagogues and Jewish organizations place the pursuit of peace in interpersonal relationships at the center of their communal mission. Rabbi Eilberg also serves as a spiritual director and interfaith activist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her book, From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace, was published by Orbis Books in 2014.
Zvi Weiss, Head of Yavneh Day School, has taught and administered Jewish educational programs in a wide variety of formal and informal educational settings including: congregational schools, high school programs, youth retreats, adult education, parent education, family education, Hebrew language immersion, Israel programs and March of the Living. With an academic background in Educational Psychology from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Zvi worked as school psychologist in a number of schools in the Jerusalem area, directed educational programming at an institution for persons with developmental disabilities in Tiberias and served in the Israel Defense Force’s Behavioral Sciences Division.
Professionally, Zvi has served as the Associate Director of the Bureaus of Jewish Education in both Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Most recently, he served as the Director of Early Childhood and Family Education at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto. During his tenure, he oversaw the growth of the school from 85 to over three hundred students while leading strategic initiatives that introduced new approaches to education and staff development.
Zvi and his wife Debra have four children. Several years ago, the whole family spent a year traveling through the seven continents and visiting Jewish communities in many unusual places. Zvi’s career path continues to focus on his main passions: a belief in learning that is creative, individualized and accessible to all, a love for the Jewish people, and a strong commitment to the State of Israel.
Nissa Johanix is currently board president at South Peninsula Hebrew Day School and has served on the board since 2009. She is an alumni of SPHDS, having attended grades K-8. During college, she ran the SPHDS B’nei Akiva after-school program and worked in the SPHDS office. Outside SPHDS, Nissa is active with several Bay Area Jewish organizations including AIPAC, Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, Congregation Kol Emeth, and The Friendship Circle. With her many years of participation in Jewish Silicon Valley, Nissa has developed relationships with key leaders from a wide variety of Jewish institutions and has experience navigating the nuances of our community. In addition to her volunteer roles, Nissa is trained as a birth and postpartum doula, and is passionate about yoga and cooking. Nissa is the mother of Elazar and Amichai at SPHDS, and married to Tom Johanix, who is also an active community member.
This program coincides with the beginning of Yom Yerushalayim or Jerusalem Day. Yom Yerushalayim is an official Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem in June 1967. It is the most recent addition to the Hebrew calendar. The observance of Yom Yerushalayim in the city proper by far surpasses any celebration outside its borders. The main ceremony is held on “Ammunition Hill”, the site of the Jordanian main post and the borderline dividing Jerusalem between 1948 and 1967. There is an underground museum on the site, which serves as a memoriam for the 183 Israeli soldiers who lost their lives in the battle to recapture Jerusalem.
The Six-Day War was a decisive victory for Israel and led to the reunification of Jerusalem. This June marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War, a pivotal moment in Israel’s history with ramifications that continue to shape the country today.
Six Transformative Days: A Primer on the Last Fifty Years - Martin J. Raffel and Gil Troy provide a comprehensive retrospective on the events surrounding the Six Day War. Click here.
Causes and Consequences of the Six-Day War (1967) - an analysis of the causes and consequences of the conflict examines the origins of the Six-Day War by assessing the build up to hostilities between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and Syria and the impact of the war on Israeli society, Palestinian nationalism and Pan-Arabism. Produced by the BICOM. Click here for access to the paper.
The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies - Lessons of the 1967 Deterioration - The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (also known by its acronym, the BESA Center) offers a reconsideration of the events of the years preceding the 1967 war and lessons for today. BESA call the escalation towards the Six-Day War as “a classic case of a limited campaign spinning out of control against expectations.” To learn more, click here.
Six-Day War: 50th Anniversary: 50th Anniversary Resource Primer - Honest Reporting has created a mini website that compiled background information from a wide variety of sources to give a deeper understanding of how circumstances developed over the weeks and months leading up to the war. Click here to learn more.
Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers, Yossi Klein Halevi. Halevi tracks down seven members of the 55th Paratroopers Reserve Brigade who helped win the Six-Day War and the reunification of Jerusalem. He traces their lives through the decades following the Six-Day War and shares that despite the intensity of their shared experience protecting Israel, in their postwar paths they nurture divergent vision for the country's future.
Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East, Michael Oren an American-born Israeli historian and former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, chronicles the events of the Six-Day War fought Between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
Fiftieth Anniversary of the Six-Day War: A Time for Self-Reckoning - Martin J. Raffel Click here
Looking to the Future in a Year of Milestones - Jeremy Ben Ami Click here
Israel: A Nation Is Born (2003)- This six-part chronicle of the birth and development of the Jewish state is hosted and narrated by former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Abba Eban, who also hosted Heritage: Civilization and the Jews. Among those featured in interviews and rare archival footage are U.S. Presidents Harry Truman and Richard Nixon, and key leaders Winston Churchill, Anwar Sadat, David Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, Menachem Begin, and Yitzhak Rabin. Together with Eban's firsthand testimony, this series achieves a diverse perspective of both the Arab and Israeli experience. You can purchase from Amazon.
In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem, soon to be released in June by the Christian Broadcasting Network. To learn more click here.
Follow Me: The Story of the Six-Day War (1970), Israel's miraculous victory against overwhelming Arab forces is chronicled in this riveting documentary. The tense weeks preceding the outbreak of the war, the actual battles on the Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian fronts, the fierce battle for Jerusalem and the emotional liberation of the Western Wall, all unfold dramatically. To learn more click here.
Siege (1970), Gila Almagor plays Tamar, an Israeli woman who loses her husband during the Six-Day War. Her husband's friends do not want his memory to be forgotten, and this forces her into the role of the ever-mourning widow. Her story is not uncommon in Israel. Also with Dahn Ben Amotz and Yehoram Gaon. Directed by Gilberto Tofano. To learn more click here.
Sponsored by the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, together with the organizations represented by the Council of Agency Executives and Rabbis – Addison-Penzak JCC, Congregation Beth David, Congregation Emeth, Congregation Shir Hadash, Congregation Sinai, Hillel of Silicon Valley, Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz Hillel, Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, South Peninsula Hebrew Day School, Temple Emanu-El, and Yavneh Day School.