The Office of Alumni Engagement and the Department of eLearning recently hosted a two-session webinar on the Israeli elections, moderated by HUC-JIR/Jerusalem scholars Jeremy Leigh and Dr. David Mendelsson. Leigh serves as Head of Israel Studies and Mendelsson serves as Acting Director of the Year-in-Israel Program.
On Tuesday, January 15, alumni participated in a pre-election webinar: “The Upcoming Israeli Elections: Insights from HUC-JIR/Jerusalem.” Alumni learned about the key players and parties involved in the upcoming Israeli elections and the major issues on the current Israeli political agenda. Among the pressing issues discussed were the implications of the recent operation "Pillar of Cloud" and the UN vote on the status of Palestine at the United Nations.
On Tuesday, January 29, alumni participated in a post-election webinar: “Analysis and Implication of the Election Results.” Leigh and Mendelsson analyzed the Israeli election results and discussed their implications. Discussion focused on questions including: What do the election results tell us about fabric of Israeli society and what are the implications of the results for the rebooting of a peace process, for US-Israel relations and the American Jewish community?
Joy Wasserman, National Director of Alumni Engagement, remarked, "HUC-JIR's investment in technology enables our alumni from across the globe to continue to learn together from our scholars on each campus. These webinars presented alumni with the opportunity to analyze the implications of the Israeli election from two of our in house experts who sit in Jerusalem."
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