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Power, Land and God: The Six Day War and its Meaning with Tal Becker

Tal Becker
Monday, December 4, 2017 – 7:00pm
Location: Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley 630 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94703

Memory is a central element in defining modern Jewish identity. As we look to Israel’s future, we need to engage anew with our past and explore its meanings and consequences. The Six Day War represented a tremendous shift in the Jewish understanding of God’s role in history and redefined Israel, and Modern Jewry’s relationship to power. In this lecture, Tal will explore the legacies of the ’67 war and how it continues to shape Jewish discussions about power, land, and God.

Dr. Tal Becker is a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and a leading member of the Institute’s iEngage Project.
Tal also serves as principal deputy legal adviser at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is a senior member of the Israeli peace negotiation team, including in the last round of talks mediated by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

In this position, he is on the front lines of many of Israel’s most pressing diplomatic, legal and policy challenges and is a veteran negotiator, and key behind the scenes representative, for Israel in a wide variety of contexts.

Dr. Becker has been a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, senior policy advisor to Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, a lead negotiator and drafter in the Annapolis peace talks, director of the international law department at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, counsel to Israel’s UN Mission in New York, and an international law expert for the Israel Defense Forces.

He is the author of Terrorism and the State, which won the Guggenheim Prize for best international law book, and has served, among numerous positions, as the Vice-Chairman of the United Nations General Assembly’s Legal Committee, the first Israeli to hold a position of this stature in over 40 years.

This is the first in a series with Rachel Korazim (Feb 6, 2018), Yehuda Kurtzer(March 21, 2018) and Donniel Hartman (April 24, 2018).
This series is co-sponsored by Chochmat HaLev and other community partners. Members can attend for free.
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December 4, 2017


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Congregation Beth Israel
630 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States

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