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IsraVote: Israel Elections 2019

Monday, April 8, 2019
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Abraham S. and Minnie Kay Conference Center at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
6101 Executive Blvd.
Suite 100
North Bethesda, MD 20852

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The night before Israelis go to the polls,
join us for a toast Israel’s 2019 Elections!

Hear Expert Analysis & Cast Your Vote in the DMV’s Mock Election
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Hear from experts about Israel’s unpredictable 2019 elections including the issues on the minds of Israelis, coalition scenarios, and how the outcome may affect the U.S.-Israel Relationship.

Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen
Director, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Program, United States Institute of Peace 

Amir Tibon 
Washington, DC Correspondent, Haaretz Newspaper


  • A reception with cheese, fruit, dessert, beer, & Israeli wine.**
  • An opportunity to learn about the many Israeli political parties before participating in Isra-Vote, A Celebration of Israeli Democracy created by the Israeli Shlichim (emissaries) of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
  • Be the first to hear the results of our community-wide election!

Monday, April 8th

7:30 PM

Abraham S. & Minnie Kay Conference Center
6101 Executive Blvd.
North Bethesda, MD

Cost: $10
Includes two drinks and dessert reception**

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Learn more about Isra-Vote here.

Thank you to the following synagogues for supporting this program (in formation): 
Kol Shalom, Temple Shalom, Kehilat Shalom, Temple Emanuel, Temple Beth Ami, Shaare Tefila Congregation, Temple Sinai Washington, DC, Temple Rodef Shalom, Agudas Achim Congregation, Shaare Torah Congregation, Congregation Beth El, Beth Sholom Congregation, Congregation Ohr Kodesh, Congregation Olam Tikvah, Congregation Har Shalom, Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, B'nai Israel Congregation, Kemp Mill Synagogue

**Kosher dietary rules observed

About the Speakers
Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen is the director of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict program at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where she focuses on the interplay of Israeli and Palestinian civil society and peacebuilding efforts and official diplomacy. She is the co-author and author, respectively, of chapters on Israeli and Palestinian religious peacebuilding efforts for two different USIP publications: Facilitating Dialogue, USIP’s Work in Conflict Zones (2012), and Women, Religion and Peacebuilding: Illuminating the Unseen (2015), and frequently presents in a variety of academic, policy and media forums. She joined USIP in 2010 as a doctoral candidate in Arabic linguistics, and having worked with the U.S. Department of State as a language specialist. Previously, as a program officer at the Kennedy School of Government’s Middle East Initiative, Kurtzer-Ellenbogen managed work on the Israeli, Palestinian, and Saudi Arabian portfolios.

Trained in sociolinguistics and Middle East studies, and proficient in Hebrew and Arabic, her graduate research focused on political and social identity in Arabic discourse, with an emphasis on the Arabic language press of the Arab citizen community in Israel. She holds a bachelor's degree in Arabic and French from Georgetown University, and a master's degree from Georgetown's Arabic department with a dual concentration in linguistics and Arab area studies.

Amir Tibon is an award-winning Israeli journalist who is currently the Washington, D.C. correspondent for Haaretz newspaper. He covers the U.S.-Israel relationship, American policy in the Middle East and the American Jewish community. His reporting on Israel and the Middle East has appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Politico Magazine, The New Republic, Tablet Magazine and other leading U.S. publications. His first book, a biography of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, was published in 2017. Amir served in the IDF intelligence corps as an Arabic language specialist.

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