Jewish life is complex and includes diverse perspectives. So what does it mean to be Jewish today?

The Friedman Commission for Jewish Education is pleased to present a series of eye-opening discussions led by our scholars in residence from around the world who represent a wide range of Jewish perspectives. They will guide us on a thought-provoking exploration of Jewish identity in the 21st Century.

You are invited to join us for the following events:


Michael Koplow
Changing Relationships with the State of Israel

As commentator and Chief Policy Officer at Israel Policy Forum, Michael Koplow will take a closer look at Israel and Diaspora affairs and the impact of the new Israeli Government on Diaspora/Israeli Relations.

Michael also serves as a senior research fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Before coming to Israel Policy Forum, he was the founding program director of the Israel Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University, where he specialized in political development and ideology, and the politics of Middle Eastern states. He writes Israel Policy Forum’s weekly Koplow Column and edits Israel Policy Exchange, which is a leading source for commentary and analysis on Israel and American Jewry. His work regularly appears in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Atlantic, and the Forward, among other publications. In addition to his Ph.D., he holds a B.A. from Brandeis University, a J.D. from New York University, and an A.M. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University.

Wednesday, March 1
Program: 7 p.m.
Monkas Beer and Burger Bar
921 Lake Ave., Lake Worth

Thursday, March 2
Program: 7 p.m.
Mandel JCC, Palm Beach Gardens

Brought to our community through partnership with Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC).

Leah Soibel

From the Frontlines: Israel and Antisemitism in Hispanic Media
Founder and CEO of Fuente Latina, a nonprofit and nonpartisan media organization, Leah’s discussion will focus on her experiences educating and empowering thousands of Hispanic journalists and influencers in the U.S., Spain and Latin America to represent Israel and the Jewish world accurately. This program will also include a conversation with Josephine Gon, Vice President, Jewish Community Relations Council. 

As a Hispanic American and Israeli, Leah has more than a decade of experience in Israel, the U.S, Latin America and Spain, working with Spanish-language journalists and opinion leaders around the world. Leah established Fuente Latina in 2012 after recognizing a void in the Latino media market for factual information about Israel and the Middle East in their language and in real time. She is a National Security Education Program Fellow and received an Arabic-language certificate from the American University of Cairo. She has a BA in Middle East History from Dickinson College, an MA in Security Policy Studies from George Washington University, and has completed coursework for a Doctorate in Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Leah splits her time between Miami and Jerusalem.

Wednesday, March 29
Program: 7 p.m.
Mandel JCC, Palm Beach Gardens

Brought to our community through partnerships with Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and Mandel JCC.

For more information about these events, contact Marla Topiol, Director of Adult Education and Israel Engagement, at marla.topiol@jewishpalmbeach.org or 561.242.6629.

These events are brought to our community through partnerships with the following organizations: