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Rabbi David Ellenson to Address Herzliya Conference Series on the Balance of Israel's National Security

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Monday, January 1, 2007

Rabbi David Ellenson addresses the Herzliya Conference Series on the Balance of Israel's National Security in a session held today. The respondents to his presentation are Prof. Meir Buzaglo, Prof. Aliza Shenhar, and Dr. Michael Marmur, Dean of HUC-JIR/Jerusalem. 

Since the inception of the Herzliya Conference Series on the Balance of Israel's National Security, it has appeared that Israel's national agenda is determined each year by developments that continuously challenge its national strength. Every year, crucial decisions have highlighted the agenda. This was reflected throughout the Conferences, from the inaugural Conference in 2000, prior to the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon and the recent Intifada, and through the dramatic events which took place thereafter, shaping every Conference. 

The 2007 Herzliya Conference will convene amidst the repercussions of the campaign in Lebanon, regional and international developments, and their implications for Israel's security and diplomatic postures. The Conference deliberations aim to elucidate the components comprising Israel's national strength in the fields of governance, society, economy and Jewish values. 

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation is sponsoring this session, and that it is the highest-profile Israel exposure the College-Institute has ever had. 

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.