Jewish Center of the Hamptons

Jewish Center of the Hamptons, 44 Woods Lane, East Hampton, NY


Sunday, August 25, 2019


10:00 am - 11:30 am





Voices on Israel | Ken Bialkin Panel: A Discussion of The Current Issues Facing The State of Israel

One of the highlights of the summer speaker series at Jewish Center of the Hamptons, is the Ken Bialkin Panel, where key experts discuss current issues surrounding Israel, Zionism, Israeli politics, Anti-Semitism. 

KEN BIALKIN PANEL | A Discussion of the Current Issues Facing the State of Israel


DATE | Sunday, August 25, 10:00am

Join a group of diverse experts and insiders for a paneled discussion on Israel, Zionism, Israeli politics, Anti-Semitism and contemporary issues. There is no single Jewish voice about the Jewish relationship with Israel, and each of our panelists brings a unique perspective to the conversation. From an Israeli progressive Rabbi Or Zohar, to the Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, Stephen M. Greenberg, to a law professor at Columbia University, Richard B. Stone, to a progressive Zionist feminist, Amanda Berman, you will hear views that will both challenge you, and strengthen your connection to Israel.

Jewish Center of the Hamptons is proud to continue a tradition that began over 15 years ago by our member, Ken Bialkin, of hosting a panel discussion on Israel and the Middle East. This is the conversation on Israel that you can’t miss!


AMANDA BERMAN is the Founder and Executive Director of the Zioness Movement, a new initiative empowering and activating Zionists on the progressive left to stand proudly in social justice spaces as Jews and Zionists. Previously, she was a civil rights attorney fighting anti-Semitism legally, spearheading such groundbreaking initiatives as the international action against Kuwait Airways for its discrimination against Israeli nationals, and the dual cases against San Francisco State University for its constitutional and civil rights violations against Jewish and Israeli students and community members. Amanda writes on Jewish and civil rights issues and is a media contributor across various mediums and outlets.

RICHARD B. STONE is Professor Emeritus of Law at Columbia University, where he has held the Wilbur Friedman Chair in Tax Law since 1991. Before attending law school, he did graduate work at Merkaz Harav Kook (Talmudic Academy). After working Covington & Burling in Washington DC, he spent four years as assistant to the Solicitor General. During 1972-73, he was in charge of all tax cases in the Supreme Court. In 1974 studying Talmudic law in Israel. He served as Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations from 2011 to 2013. He is very active in Israeli venture capital, and sits on the boards of several private and public Israeli technology companies.

STEPHEN M. GREENBERG, is the Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the central coordinating body on international and national concerns for 50 National Jewish Organizations. Previously, he was the Chairman of the National Coalition for Eurasian Jewry (NCSEJ). He served as Executive Assistant to the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey and was a founding partner of the firm of Robinson, Wayne and Greenberg. He later served as Chairman and CEO of NET2Phone, Inc. and IDT Spectrum. Mr. Greenberg was Chairman of the National Young Leadership Cabinet of UJA; Co-chair of the First Moriah Conference; a founding member of The North American Jewish Forum; member of the executive committee and Treasurer of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Foundation; Past President of the American Friends of Beit Hatfutsot and current member of its International Board; past National Vice President of the UJA and also a National Vice Chairman and Chair of the Development Committee of Hillel International.

ISRAELI RABBI OR ZOHAR is a teacher of Judaism and Kabbalah, a talented musician, and community builder in the Israeli Reform Movement. He serves as the rabbi of two Reform congregations in the Galilee: Ma’alot Tivon and Misgav Regional Council.


We are the Jewish spiritual and cultural oasis on the East End of Long Island, in Manhattan, and beyond. Rooted in Torah, prayer, and acts of loving kindness, the Jewish Center of the Hamptons shares the joy of the Jewish traditions and deepens our connections to a rich heritage through progressive Jewish values and a diversity of Jewish voices. In our many avenues of learning we seek to bring relevance and meaning to our daily lives. We are a center without walls, connected to Israel, and the Jewish people wherever they might dwell. We welcome each person regardless of gender, sexual orientation, and race, embracing anyone who chooses to join us on our Jewish journey. As a socially conscious congregation, we dedicate ourselves to mitzvot, fulfilling our obligations to God, and to one another. Come find your center, here.

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