We will start with a short Kabbalat Shabbat service. Then we will move into a discussion with Keren Fraiman, Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the Spertus Institute. Keren will lead a discussion on ISRAEL AS A JEWISH AND DEMOCRATIC STATE. The discussion will be interactive and can cover things such as how Israel's Democracy works, how it is different from our U.S. Democracy, and how Israel deals with being a Jewish state while still giving rights to people who are not Jewish. After the discussion we will share our pot luck oneg.
Keren Fraiman is Spertus Institute's Dean and Chief Academic Officer. She previously served as Director of Research and Evaluation at the iCenter for Israel Education, where she continues to serve on the faculty of their Birthright Israel Fellows program. She received her PhD in International Relations and Security Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her BA in Political Science and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago.
Her work has been supported by the US Institute of Peace, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism, and the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism. Additionally, Dr. Fraiman was a Schusterman Israel Scholar, worked at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis, led multiple Birthright Israel trips, and served as an officer in the IDF.