Visiting Israeli speaker to present numerous talks this weekend

Ran Bar Yoshafat, a visiting speaker from Israel, will be in Juneau this weekend and next week to present a number of talks to the community. His visit is sponsored by Congregation Sukkat Shalom, the Jewish Community of Juneau.


Yoshafat, 28, grew up near Tel Aviv and served in an elite Special Forces unit of the Israel Defense Forces during the 2nd Intifada. Following his military service, he studied law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and then was counsel to the Education, Culture and Sports Committee, the House Committee and the Childcare Committees of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset. He has expertise on the history of the Israel-Arab Conflict and contemporary issues and social and cultural trends facing Israel.

Here is a brief look at the events he will be leading.

• On Friday, April 27, from 7:30-9 p.m., he will present “Conflicting Visions: How Jewish Should the Jewish State Be?” at Temple Sukkat Shalom, 211 Cordoba St, West Juneau;

• On Saturday, April 28, from 7-8 p.m. he will present “Growing Up in Israel: My Personal Story: A Program for Young Persons and Parents,” also at Temple Sukkat Shalom;

• On Sunday, April 29, from 4-6 p.m. he’ll present “What Could Peace Look Like? An Israeli Perspective,” at Resurrection Lutheran Church, located at 740 W 10th St. in downtown Juneau;

• Later that day, Sunday, from 7-8:30 p.m., he’ll present “Understanding the Israeli-Arab Conflict” at the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, 350 Whittier St.

• On Monday, April 30, from noon to 1 p.m., he’ll lead a brown bag “lunch and learn” presentation, “A View From Israel: Questions and Answers about Israel Today,” at the State Office Building.

• Later that day, from 6:30-8 p.m., he’ll present an Interchurch Teen Program, “Becoming Human: Getting Beyond Stereotypes,” at Shepherd of the Valley, 4212 Mendenhall Loop Road. This talk will include a dialogue with the Juneau Muslim exchange students, including a Palestinian youth, and is open to teens in grades 5 through 12.

View the full schedule at:

For more information contact Rabbi Dov Gartenberg, or 562 304-8815


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