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20 Years On: The Lessons of Terror and Extremism, Then and Now
Sunday, July 31 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday, July 31, 4:00pm, In-Person at Neveh Shalom
This July 31st marks the twentieth anniversary of a Hamas attack on the Frank Sinatra Cafeteria at Hebrew University. Nine people died in that bombing, including David (Diego) Ladowski, who was a friend of Cantor Bitton. Janis Coulter, Marla Bennett, and Ben Blutstein also were murdered that day; In addition to the nine who died, scores of people were injured. Rabbi Kosak was one of them, sitting five meters from where the bomb exploded.
Please join Rabbi Kosak and Cantor Bitton, along with experts on extremism and terror in America and Israel for a special event commemorating this attack and gleaning lessons that apply today.
Speakers in addition to Rabbi Kosak and Cantor Bitton:
Rebecca Federman is a Threat Intelligence Analyst at the Community Security Initiative (CSI). In this capacity, she researches and monitors extremism and threats to the Jewish community in New York. Rebecca is also embedded at the ADL’s Center on Extremism, where she conducts research on antisemitism and investigates threats nationally. Prior to joining CSI & ADL, Rebecca worked at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in their Leadership Institute, where she built leadership development curricula and organized trainings for staff and lay leaders. She also has conducted research on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, election disinformation, and cybersecurity for think tanks such as The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and The Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Justin Finkelstein is an Analyst at the Center on Extremism at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). His research focuses on trends and developments within the U.S. anti-Israel movement. He previously worked at American Friends of the Hebrew University. He was an Associate Scholar at the Philadelphia-based Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), where his research focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Finkelstein was also a Program Associate for the Study of the U.S. Institute on Religious Pluralism and Democracy, a State Department-funded program that brings undergraduate students from the Middle East to the U.S. for education about religious diversity, democracy, and dialogue.
Picture of Hebrew University, Campus Mount Scopus: right – Frank Sinatra International Student Centre, left – entrance to Frank Sinatra restaurant, place of July 31st 2002 terrorist attack, the tree is an artistic installation in remembrance of the attack. More.