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Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny
Lecture with David Makovsky

THU, DEC 12, 6-7:30 PM
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, California
Free | Contact: (650) 223-8754 |
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Modern Israel's founding fathers provided some of the boldest and most principled leadership of any nation. Now Israel needs their example more than ever. At a time when the political destiny of Israel is more uncertain than at any moment since its modern founding, the new book Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny by Ambassador Dennis Ross and David Makovsky celebrates the defining generation of leaders who took on the task of safeguarding the country's future.

Today, Israel may be on the verge of sacrificing the essential character that its greatest citizens fought to secure. This is the story of that epic struggle.

David Makovsky is the Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations. He is also an adjunct professor in Middle East studies at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). In 2013–2014, he worked in the Office of the US Secretary of State, serving as a senior advisor to the Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations.

Full: Howl & Beat - Programmed by PC Muñoz

FRI, JAN 10, 2020, 7 PM

Acclaimed Bay Area recording artist and producer PC Muñoz returns with an evening of literary and musical explorations inspired by the Beat Generation. Muñoz and a knockout array of Bay Area wordsmiths and musicians offer recontextualizations of classic works, a live “cut-up” collaboration with the audience, and premieres of new Beat-inspired pieces.

Performers include: Tongo Eisen-Martin, ASHA, Lisa Rosenberg, DEM ONE, Dan Imhoff, Shay Black, Femi Andrades, Bryan Dean, and Michael Cavaseno.

Copresented by the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay.

The Legacy of School Integration and Educational Outcomes
with Rucker Johnson, David Kirp, and Natalie Orenstein

in partnership with Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP)

THU, FEB 20, 2020, 7-9 PM
JCC East Bay, Berkeley branch
Cost: $15-20

It has been more than 60 years since Brown v. Board of Education pushed schools to integrate, and we are only now beginning to understand the legislature’s full ramifications. The resulting integration affected children’s lives in areas as broad as health, income, and educational attainment. Join GSPP professor Rucker Johnson (Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works), GSPP professor and New York Times contributor David Kirp (Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School District and a Strategy for America's Schools) and Berkeleyside reporter Natalie Orenstein (“A radical decision, an unfinished legacy”) for a panel on school integration, its legacy and its future in the East Bay and across America.

Along the Trade Route: Violins of Hope at the JCC East Bay

SUN, MAR 1, 2020, 3-5 PM
JCC East Bay, Berkeley branch
Cost: $20-25

Along the Trade Route is a musical exploration of shared melodies from over the centuries with no regard to political and national boundaries. Specific musical traditions to be examined include those of the Turks, Roma, Jews, Celts, South Asian, and North Americans. Led by Cookie Segelstein (Klezmer), all performances will feature internationally renowned musicians playing a myriad of musical genres: Emmanuel During (Middle Eastern), Hemmige V. Srivatsan (South Indian) and Suzy Thompson (Americana) who will each perform on historic instruments from the Violins of Hope collection.

This program is part of Violins of Hope San Francisco Bay Area presented in association with Music at Kohl Mansion, Burlingame, CA