SPRINGFIELD — David Harris, chief executive officer of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), will speak at Temple Beth El on Wednesday evening, May 25 at 7:30 pm.
His topic will be “Global Jewish Advocacy: A Front-Line Perspective.” This program is free and open to the community.
David Harris worked on behalf of Soviet Jewry in the 1970s, prior to becoming the leader of the AJC. He has authored seven books, spoken at numerous universities, testified before Congress, addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos, spoken at the UN, and addressed the French Parliament.
The New York Times has referred to AJC as “the dean of American Jewish organizations.” Israel’s former President Shimon Peres commented about AJC, “I don’t know of any other organization that pays so much attention to what’s happening outside the United States and outside Jewish life, from India to Germany to France, and many other places.” He also referred to David Harris as the “foreign minister of the Jewish people.”
For more than a century, AJC has been the leading global Jewish advocacy organization. With offices across the United States and around the globe, and partnerships with Jewish communities worldwide, AJC works to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel, and to advance human rights and democratic values for all.
Following his presentation, attendees will enjoy refreshments, sponsored by the Anna P. Housen Israel Desk of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts.
For more information about this event, contact Temple Beth El at (413) 739-4715.