SPRINGFIELD – The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts is sponsoring a program called “Community Connection—Connecting our Friends, Neighbors and Community,” consisting of a series of parlor meetings in homes in both the Upper and Lower Valley during the months of February and March. The guest speakers will be Dr. Ralph Nurnberger (on Feb. 13 & 14) and Dr. Jonathan Adelman (on March 2, 3, and 4). The entire community will receive an invitation with additional details, and people will have the opportunity to select the date and location that is most convenient.
Dr. Ralph Nurnberger will be speaking about U.S. – Israeli relations. He returns to Western Massachusetts by popular demand, following a speaking engagement in June 2010 at the Federation’s annual Lion of Judah event. Dr. Nurnberger is a widely acclaimed speaker who brings humor, historical background and current political insights to his presentation. He is a Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University, where he was named Professor of the Year by the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003 and received another award in 2005 for over 20 years of excellence in teaching. He teaches graduate seminars at Georgetown on the Arab-Israeli conflict. In addition to speaking nationally and internationally, Dr. Nurnberger has appeared on radio and television programs as an analyst on political and international issues. His most recent book is entitled “Lobbying in America.” In addition to his academic career, Dr. Nurnberger has spent 25 years in the field of government relations, including serving on Capitol Hill in the Executive Branch. He spent more than 8 years as a Congressional Liaison for AIPAC. Dr. Nurnberger was the first director of Builders for Peace, an organization established in 1993 to encourage private sector investment in the West Bank and Gaza. In this capacity, he dealt with international leaders including Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat.
Dr. Jonathan Adelman will be discussing the Iranian nuclear threat. He is a professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and is the author of 12 books. His recent book, “The Rise of Israel: A History of a Revolutionary State,” has received high acclaim. Having taught at both Hebrew University and the University of Haifa, he was recently invited for talks at both the Israeli Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem and the Israeli Embassy in Washington.
Professor Adelman has extensive international experience. He was an Honorary Professor at both Peking University and People’s University in Beijing. He taught at the Diplomatic Academy in Moscow and Central European University in Budapest. He founded and ran the China Center and the Israel Center for 4 years at the University of Denver. Professor Adelman also has extensive experience with the American government. Last fall, he briefed the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Board on Northeast Asia security issues. In the 1980s he served for 8 years as a Senior Scientist working on contracts on the Soviet military for the Defense Department. The State Department has sent him on 15 international speaking tours to countries including China, Russia, Japan, India, Germany, France, and England.
For more information about this program, contact Debbie Peskin at (413) 737-4313, ext. 121.