NEW YORK (Feb. 10)
A group of 22 Israeli professionals and academics — including journalists, lawyers, authors, and political experts — will be visiting the United States during the next few months to discuss various aspects of Israel’s society, economy, culture, and politics with American audiences. They are participating in the Ninth annual “Scholars-In-Residence” program, jointly sponsored by the American Zionist Federation and the American Zionist Youth Foundation, in cooperation with the World Zionist Organization’s Department of Information.
The visiting Israelis will be coming as the guests of over 30 communities throughout the United States for two-week periods between February and April. They will be meeting not only with Jewish audiences but also with student and faculty groups, professional and trade associations, Christian clergy and lay organizations, and community and service clubs such as the Kiwanis, Rotary, and Lions.
In addition to discussing their particular areas of professional expertise, the scholars will be presenting their own views of Israeli life in general. These sessions will also offer Americans an opportunity to meet with Israelis on a personal level and exchange thoughts about U.S.-Israel relations and other matters of interest and concern.
Among the participants in the “Scholars-In-Residence” program this year are: journalist, Daniel Bloch, whose mother, Dora Bloch, was murdered in Uganda after Israel launched its spectacular airborne mission to rescue more than 100 people from the Entebbe Airport in Uganda being held hostage by terrorists who had hijacked an Air France airliner; Esther Herlitz, a former member of the Knesset and the diplomatic corps; Mati Golan, noted journalist and author of the best-selling book, “The Secret Conversations of Henry Kissinger;” and historian Dr. Robert Allen Rockaway, a former American who immigrated to Israel.
Other speakers will be specializing in such subjects as U.S.-Israel relations, Arab-Israel affairs, the Christian community in Israel and other inter-religious questions, Jewish and Israeli law and history, and on facets of Israeli society including: Women in Israel, the Kibbutz, Education, and the Military.