More about Robert Ford
Robert Ford is Senior Fellow at The Middle East Institute. Ford’s regions of expertise include Syria, Iraq, and North Africa, and his issues of expertise include U.S. foreign policy, economic and political development, and Islamist movements.
He retired from the foreign service after serving as U.S. Ambassador to Syria from 2010 to 2014,during which time he served as the State Department lead on Syria. Shortly after the outbreak of Syria's civil war, Ford traveled to the city of Hama in a show of solidarity with Syrians protesting the rule of Bashar Al Assad. He subsequently worked closely with Syrian opposition forces and was instrumental in bringing them to the Geneva peace talks.
From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Ford was the Deputy U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, and from 2006 to 2008 he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Algeria. Ford also served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Bahrain from 2001 to 2004, and Political Counselor to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad from 2004 to 2006 during the tumultuous establishment of the new, permanent Iraqi government. In 2014, he received the Secretary’s Service Award, the U.S. State Department’s highest honor.
New & Nearly Empty Nesters Shabbat Dinner
Friday, March 16, following services
Join us for Shabbat services at TBE followed by dinner at Brio, Chestnut Hill.
Adult Learning Shabbat Dinner
Friday, March 23, following services
Join our clergy for a lively, warm and delicious adult Shabbat dinner. We will sing, learn together and deepen our connection to this pecial day
Fee: $25 per person
Friday, April 20, 2018
Join us for Shabbat Service with Consulate General of Israel to New England, Yudah Yaakov and a special blessing to everyone turning 70 in 2018. Be sure to dress in blue and white - it's Blue and White Shabbat!
Dinner and a concert with Cantors Sufrin and Zell follow services.
More about Consul General Yehuda Yaakov
Yehuda Yaakov has been the Consul General of Israel to New England since February 2014. He has focused largely on strengthening values-driven partnerships between Israel and New England in the areas of business, academia and social justice. He is also involved in regionally-based coexistence projects.
Consul General Yaakov has spent most of his diplomatic career on issues pertinent to Israel’s security. This experience has included heading the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s department for non-conventional weapons prevention (2004-2007), as well as establishing and running the homeland security and counter-terrorism unit (2001-2004). In 2012, he received the Ministry's award for excellence for his work on the Iranian crisis. Continue reading...