ICSB Presents:

The Seventh Annual


Sunday, April 21, 2013
9:00 am – 5:30 pm
At Santa Barbara Hillel | 781 Embarcadero Del Mar | Isla Vista (Goleta), CA

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Join the community for a day of learning, schmoozing and fabulous food.

Fantastic speakers plus a terrific selection of breakout sessions on Israeli culture, history, politics and more.

Schedule of Events 


  • 9:00 AM - Morning Nosh provided by the Israel Committee of Santa Barbara
  • 10:15 AM - Frida Ghitis - Morning keynote speech

Israel in the Eye of the Storm

Frida Ghitis is a world affairs columnist for the Miami Herald and World Politics Review who has reported extensively on the Arab Spring. A former CNN producer/correspondent, she is the author of The End of Revolution: A Changing World in the Age of Live Television. Her work also appears in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the International Herald Tribune, the Jerusalem Report, the Santa Barbara NewsPress, and in scores of other publications in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and beyond. As a boots-on-the-ground journalist with two decades of experience, Ms. Ghitis brings an important first-hand perspective to the challenges facing Israel in the new Middle East.

  • 12:00 PM - Noontime breakout sessions
  • Perspectives on the Middle East
Frida Ghitis
  • Building the Two State Reality, Today
Joel Braunald

OneVoice Movement
  • 3 Songs: Israeli Music and Politics
Meital Levy


  • 1:00 PM - Buffet lunch provided by the Israel Committee of Santa Barbara
    • 1:45 PM - Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson - Afternoon keynote speech

    Putting It On The Line: How American Jews and Christians Can Best Love Israel

    The Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson, President of Auburn Seminary in New York City, and a Presbyterian minister, stood against divestment in the Presbyterian Church USA. In light of the UN Vote, the Gaza War, two elections, campaigns for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and current realities, what are the prospects for peace and what can American Christians and Jews do about it?  Henderson will share her perspective on the debate over BDS and her vision for the work ahead to catalyze change. She is known internationally as a leader in multifaith education and the role of faith in social change movements. She speaks frequently about Christian-Jewish relations and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She has been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the LA Times, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry Show and NPR's On the Media.

    • 3:15PM - Afternoon breakout session
    • Divided Jerusalem
    Richard Hecht, UCSB
    Chaia Beckerman
    • Israeli's Recent Elections - Moving to the Middle... Or Not
    Yoav Shaefer &
    Joel Braunald
    • 4:15 PM - Reception
    Meet the speakers, with music by Flor de Canela

    Breakout Session Speakers

    Richard Hecht

    Prof. Hecht teaches in the Dept. of Religious Studies at UCSB, where his work examines the deep contextualization of religion in its lived environments and most centrally the intersections of religion, politics, and culture. He is the co-author of To Rule Jerusalem.


    Chaia Beckerman

    For most of the 18 years she lived in Jerusalem, Ms. Beckerman was an active member of Women of the Wall, a religiously and socially diverse group of Jewish women who come together to pray and celebrate monthly at the Western Wall. She is now a member of the group’s international advisory board as well as a writer and editor.

    Joel Braunald
    Currently a Jewish World blogger, Joel is a former employee of the OneVoice Movement and an alumni of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is the winner of the Avi Schaefer Innovating Peace Award 2012, is a Senior Fellow at the Alliance for Youth Movements, and holds honoree life memberships to both the National Union of Students and the Union of Jewish Students for his contributions to them.

    Yoav Shaefer

    Yoav Schaefer is the co-founder of the Avi Schaefer Fund, created in memory of his identical twin brother Avi. Originally from Santa Barbara, California, Yoav made Aliyah to Israel in 2006 and served as a combat soldier in the IDF. He spent a year interning the Knesset for MK Einat Wilf and worked as a national security analyst at the Reut Institute. Yoav is currently a sophomore at Harvard University pursuing a degree in Social Studies.

    Meital Levy

    A recent graduate of the Hebrew University’s master degree program in education, Meital Levy is the Israel Fellow at Santa Barbara Hillel. 

    Brought to you by The Israel Committee of Santa Barbara

    In conjunction with Santa Barbara Hillel; ADL; Community Shul of Montecito and Santa Barbara; Congregation B’nai B’rith; and Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara.