Dr. Daniel Gordis on Israel’s Dilemma: “The Occupation”, the Jewish Soul & Security | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

Dr. Daniel Gordis on Israel’s Dilemma

Wed, January 24, 2018 7:00 pm

Join us for an evening with Dr. Daniel Gordis, hailed as the one of the most astute and respected thought leaders on Israel today.

Dr. Daniel Gordis on Israels Dilemma

Dr. Daniel Gordis on Israels Dilemma

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Israel’s Dilemma: “The Occupation”, the Jewish
Soul & Security 

For decades, Israel and those who care about it have wrestled with the security/peace dilemma. How can Israel move to peace and attend to its security needs at the same time? And given that on the surface, nothing has changed, is Israel stuck? Is the region destined never to change? In actuality, Israel is bubbling with new ideas about how to move forward. What are some of those ideas, and which are most likely to succeed?

The Osher Marin JCC is delighted to host an evening with Dr. Daniel Gordis, hailed by the Forward as “one of the most respected Israel analysts around. The program will consist of a speaker presentation, Q&A, and a book signing. Copies of Gordis’ newest book Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn will be available for sale by Copperfield’s. The title received the 2016 National Jewish Book Award as “Book of the Year.”


Dr. Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem. He writes a regular column—“A Dose of Nuance”—for the Jerusalem Post, and is a regular contributor to the New York Times, in print and on-line.  The author of numerous books on Jewish thought and currents in Israel, and a winner of the National Jewish Book Award, Dr. Gordis was the founding dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism, the first rabbinical college on the West Coast of the United States. Dr. Gordis joined Shalem in 2007 to help found Israel’s first liberal arts college, after spending nine years as vice president of the Mandel Foundation in Israel and director of its Leadership Institute.

Dr. Gordis is widely cited on matters pertaining to Israel. During the Gaza War of 2014, Bloomberg Views asked him to become a columnist explaining Israelis’ views of the conflict to the world at large. Professor Alan Dershowitz has called him “one of Israel’s most thoughtful observers,” while Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic has written, “If you asked me, ‘of all the people you know, who cares the most about the physical, moral and spiritual health of Israel?’ I would put the commentator and scholar Daniel Gordis at the top of the list.” Leonard Fein has written that Gordis is “perhaps the single most popular speaker on Israel to American Jewish audiences.” The Forward has called him “one of the most respected Israel analysts around.” In 2014, the Jerusalem Post listed him as one of the world’s 50 most influential Jews.

Since moving to Israel in 1998, Dr. Gordis has written and lectured throughout the world on Israeli society and the challenges facing the Jewish state. His writing has appeared in magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, the New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, Moment, Tikkun, Azure, Commentary magazine, Foreign Affairs and Conservative Judaism. Dr. Gordis’ books have received numerous awards. He won the National Jewish Book Award for Saving Israel, and both Becoming a Jewish Parent and his book (co-authored with Dr. David Ellenson of the Hebrew Union College), Pledges of Jewish Allegiance: Conversion, Law, and Policy-Making in 19th and 20th Century Orthodox Response (published by Stanford University Press in 2012) were Finalists for the National Jewish Book Award. The Promise of Israel: Why Its Seemingly Greatest Weakness is Actually Its Greatest Strength, was published by Wiley in August 2012 and was named by Jewish Ideas Daily as one of the “best Jewish books of 2012.”

Dr. Gordis’ biography of Israel’s sixth Prime Minister, appeared in March 2014 and is entitled Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel’s SoulCommentary magazine has called it “the gold standard in Begin studies,” The Jewish Review of Books called it “a fine contribution to the study of [Begin’s] character.”