Special Event with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks: Why the World Needs Israel and the Jewish People
**This event is ONLY open to Birthright Israel/JEC alumni and their guests. RSVP required. Not open to the public.
SPECIAL OPENING REMARKS BY AMBASSADOR IDO AHARONI, CONSUL GENERAL OF ISRAEL IN NEW YORK
The war with Hamas and the rash of anti-Semitism that has spread across the globe has left us all feeling besieged, betrayed and frustrated. Our community supports Israel and Jews all over the world living in fear. Join us as Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks provides the inspiration we need to continue to defend Israel and Jews everywhere.
Tuesday, September 16th
Fifth Avenue Synagogue / 5 E.62nd Street
6:15pm – Light refreshments
7:30pm – Program
*Dessert reception following program
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks:
Rabbi Sacks is a global religious leader, philosopher, author and moral voice for our time. He served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013. A frequent contributor to radio, television and the press both in Britain and around the world, Rabbi Sacks is currently a professor at New York University, King’s College London and Yeshiva University. He holds 16 honorary degrees, including a Doctor of Divinity conferred to mark his first ten years in office as Chief Rabbi.
In recognition of his work and contribution to Jewish life in Israel and the diaspora, Rabbi Sacks has won several international awards, including: the Jerusalem Prize (1995), The Ladislaus Laszt Ecumenical and Social Concern Award from Ben Gurion University (2011), The Guardian of Zion Award (2014), and The Katz Award (2014). He was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen in 2005 and made a Life Peer, taking his seat in the House of Lords in October 2009.
The author of 24 books, Rabbi Sacks has published commentaries to the siddur and (to date) has completed commentaries to the Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Pesach machzorim. His most recent secular book is The Great Partnership: God, Science and the Search for Meaning. A number of his books have won literary awards, including the Grawemeyer Prize for Religion in 2004 for The Dignity of Difference and a National Jewish Book Award in 2000 for A Letter in the Scroll. Covenant & Conversation: Genesis was also awarded a National Jewish Book Award in 2009, as was the Koren Sacks Pesach Machzor in 2013.
Consul General Ido Aharoni:
In February 2011, Ido Aharoni officially assumed the post of Consul General of Israel in New York, after serving as Acting Consul General since August 2010. As Consul General, he represents the State of Israel to communities from throughout the tri-state areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. He has been a member of Israel’s Foreign Service since the summer of 1991. During his tenure in Israel’s diplomatic corps Aharoni held two overseas positions, in Los Angeles and New York.
In September 2007, Aharoni was appointed to serve as the Head of Israel’s Brand Management Team in Jerusalem. In the spring of 2006, he was appointed to serve as a Senior Advisor to Israel’s Foreign Minister and Vice Prime Minister, in charge of media and public affairs.
Between 2001-2005, Ido Aharoni served as Consul for Media and Public Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York. He assumed this position several weeks prior to the terror attacks of 9/11. As the head of the department, Aharoni oversaw the operation of Israel’s largest public affairs and media relations apparatus worldwide. He handled media relations, community outreach, as well as a variety of informational services.
Prior to his arrival in New York, Aharoni served as a Policy Advisor to the Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem. Over the years, Aharoni served five directors-general.
From 1994 to 1998, Aharoni served as Israel’s Consul for Communications and Public Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles. In that position, Aharoni covered the seven southwestern states of the USA and worked extensively in some of America’s top markets (Greater Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, Salt Lake City and Denver).
In the spring of 1993, upon completion of the Foreign Ministry’s cadet program, Aharoni was appointed to serve under then Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, as Policy Assistant to Israel’s Chief negotiator with the Palestinians.
5 E. 62nd Street
New York, 10065