Moderated by Rabbi Susan Grossman of Beth Shalom Congregation, former journalist and a national leader in Muslim- Jewish dialogue.
March 15: Mideast Upheaval: An Eyewitness Account of the Revolutions that are Reshaping the Region
Marc J. Sievers, Minister-Counselor, U.S. Department of State
In this off-the-record presentation, Marc J. Sievers, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of minister-counselor, will address the current turmoil in the Middle East from his perspective as a U.S. diplomat who has been stationed throughout the region’s hotspots during this unprecedented period of upheaval.
March 22: Gaza, the Morality of War and the IDF Code of Ethics
Gil Tamary, Washington Bureau Chief for Israel’s Channel 10 News
What moral and legal principles should guide an army protecting its own citizens from attack when the complex confrontation involves major collateral damage, including the tragic loss of civilian lives? Gil Tamary will discuss how well the IDF upheld these principals in last summer’s Gaza War, how we arrive at an honest account of what actually happened in Gaza and lessons learned for what comes next. Mr. Tamary comes to us courtesy of Israel Bonds.
March 29: The U.S. Confronts Extremism and Misunderstanding at Home and Abroad
Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi, President of the World Organization for Resource Development and
Dr. Matthew Levitt, one of the world’s leading authorities on terrorism
From the lone-wolf attacks to the rise of ISIS, the United States struggles to meet the challenge of misunderstanding and extremism at home and abroad. Our speakers will address two different theaters of American policy with two very different approaches:
Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi, will discuss how the community-based program she developed in Montgomery County offers an antidote to misunderstanding on the home front.
Dr. Matthew Levitt, will report on U.S. efforts to confront extremist groups abroad and to
disrupt their international networks.
Sponsor: Howard County Muslim Council, Israel Bonds and Jewish Federation of Howard County