Israel Current Events Program

The Israel Current Events Program (ICEP) is a dynamic monthly speaker and discussion series examining important aspects of Israeli current events and how they impact Israeli and the wider world. The meetings begin with a short presentation by an invited speaker, usually an Israeli, followed by Q&A and a group discussion. Topics are chosen based on timely and pressing issues facing Israel.

The meetings are drop-in and no pre-registration is necessary.

For more information contact Robin Goldenson, [email protected] or Paul Zorfass, [email protected].

Upcoming Events

March 19, 11:30 am
Gary Perl, American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA), North East Regional Director

Magen David Adom Health Innovations, New Technology & Saving Lives in Israel

The American Friends of MDA (AFMDA) supports the MDA medical mission of emergency medical assistance in Israel. AFMDA is the largest of the 15 'Friends of MDA' organizations around the world that support MDA's goal of providing emergency medical services to anyone, anytime, anywhere in Israel. Causes can be illness, accident, weather, terrorism, even imminent birth. MDA has 1,500 paid staff, and 13,500 who are volunteers who make it possible for MDA to save so many lives. MDA also collects, tests, and distributes 95% of the blood needs of civilians, and 100% of IDF needs. MDA has the remarkable ability to send medical assistance within days to countries that have experienced natural disasters - even though it is not an agency of the Israeli government. The discussion will highlight these MDA methods, innovations, and technologies for delivering emergency medical assistance.   


Thursday, April 6, 7:30 pm

Avner Golov, PhD Candidate and Harry S. Truman Scholar at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and a research fellow at INSS​
US-Israel Relations Under the Trump Administration

Avner Golov is a Harry S. Truman Scholar at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and a research fellow at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).  Previously he served at Israel’s National Security Staff. Mr. Golov has published articles in leading Israeli and international journals and newspapers, including Foreign AffairsForeign PolicyNew York TimesWall Street Journal, and National Interest. He received an M.A. (magna cum laude) in Government studies, from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) – Herzliya.



Sunday, April 30, 11:30 am

Tamar Rosman, The Israeli Legal System and Prosecuting Economic Crimes

Tamar will be speaking about her experiences as a prosecutor and leader in the Israeli legal system.  This will include working in the supreme court, prosecuting white collar crime, and a few words about gender. After the presentation portion of the discussion she will lead the Q & A to visit other areas of the Israeli legal system.

Learn more about Tamar Rosman

Tamar serves as Head of the Education, Society, and Health division of the Israeli Corporations Authority. The Corporations Authority is within the Israeli Ministry of Justice and regulates Non-Profit Organizations. 

After graduating from the Hebrew University, from where she holds both an L.L.B and a M.B.A, Tamar served as an intern, clerking in the Israeli Supreme Court. Beginning in 2003, Tamar served as a prosecutor in the Economic Crimes Division of the office of the State Attorney. As head of the Economic Crimes Team, Tamar specialized in handling large-scale cases of white-collar offenses, heading prosecution teams combating money laundering, fraud and human trafficking. 

Born in the United States and raised in Jerusalem, Tamar now resides in Modi’in. She and her husband Mauricio have three children, Yoav, Imri and Noa.



Click here to view informaiton from our Sunday, March 27 and May 1, 2016 events with Yael Mark,  TBE's Shinshin

Click here to view information from our Sunday, April 10, 2016 event with Doron Shapir, Malkin Scholarship recipient at Brandeis University

Click here to view information from our Sunday, March 6, 2016 event with Yogev Gradus: Moving from the Current to the Future Israel Economy

Click here to view information from our Sunday, January 31, 2016 event with Yoav Tellem, Israel National Police

Click here to view information from our December 20, 2015 event with Dr. Larry Lowenthal

Click here to view information from our October 25, 2015 event with Merav Horsandi

Click here to view information from our November 15, 2015 event with Rabbi Gabby Dagan

Click here to view information from our May 3, 2015 event with Dr. David Gurevich

Click here to view information from our September 16, 2015 event with Dr. Avner Golov

Become a member of the TBE’s Israel Connection Team. The mission is to  ensure that the State of Israel becomes an integral part of the fabric of the Temple Beth Elohim Community. We support programs that will broaden and deepen congregants' overall knowledge and commitment to Israel based upon the values of Reform Judaism.