Congregation Neveh Shalom and the Suher Family present:

The 5th Annual Yoni Suher (z”l) Scholar-in-Residence with Dr. Daniel Gordis and Amir Tibon

November 1 & 8, 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for two special sessions with a world-class Jewish Scholar and an award-winning journalist. Dr. Daniel Gordis and Amir Tibon who provided important Jewish context to the 2020 election.

Recordings of the Events

Before the election:
Sunday, November 1

Dr. Daniel Gordis – Speaker

Traumatic Times Through a Jewish Lens: What Has Been the Wellspring of Jewish Resilience?

Amir Tibon – Response
Rabbi David Kosak – Questions & Answers

After the election:
Sunday, November 8

Journalist Amir Tibon – Speaker

Israel, the US and the American Jewish Community: A Perspective in Light of the 2020 Elections

Dr. Daniel Gordis – Response
Rabbi David Kosak – Questions & Answers


Please consider donating to the Yoni Suher, z”l Scholar-in-Residence fund to help bring high-quality presenters to Neveh Shalom.

About the Presenters

About Dr. Daniel Gordis

Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College. The author of twelve books, Gordis is a regular columnist for Bloomberg Opinion.

Gordis’ history of Israel entitled Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn received the 2016 National Jewish Book Award as “Book of the Year.” Ambassador Dennis Ross, reflecting on the book, wrote, “When I am asked ‘Is there one book to read about Israel?’ I now have an answer.”

Professor Alan Dershowitz has called Gordis “one of Israel’s most thoughtful observers.” The Forward has called him “one of the most respected Israel analysts around.” In 2014, The Jerusalem Post listed him as one of the world’s 50 most influential Jews, while Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic has written, “If you asked me, ‘of all the people you know, who cares the most about the physical, moral and spiritual health of Israel?’ I would put the commentator and scholar Daniel Gordis at the top of the list.”

Gordis’ newest book, We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel, was published in 2019. Gordis and his wife live in Jerusalem.

About Amir Tibon

Amir Tibon is an award-winning journalist and the U.S. news editor at Haaretz newspaper. During the first three years of the Trump presidency he was the paper’s correspondent in Washington, where he reported on the White House, Congress and the American Jewish community.

His reporting on Israel and the Middle East has appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Politico Magazine, The New Yorker, Tablet Magazine and other leading U.S. publications. Amir has reported from war zones in Syria, Ukraine and the Kurdish region.

His first book, a biography of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, was published in 2017. Amir served in the IDF Intelligence Corps  and holds a BA in History from Israel’s Open University. Amir currently lives in Kibbutz Nahal Oz, on the Israeli border with Gaza, together with his wife Miri and their daughter.

Amir Tibon was the second annual Neveh Shalom Yoni Suher, z”l Scholar-in-Residence, presenting on “Israel and the Arab World – The Secret Alliance” in November 2017.

Yonatan “Yoni” Suher, z”l
(March 16, 1976 – March 19, 2016)

Yoni Suher was tragically killed in March 2016 in a suicide bombing in central Istanbul, Turkey. Suher was on vacation with his wife, Inbal, celebrating his 40th birthday. The attack killed three Israelis and injured 11 more including Inbal, who underwent emergency surgery in Turkey and then in Israel. Inbal has since improved and is able to resume many of her previous activities.

Yoni had deep roots here at Neveh Shalom. Yoni’s father, Randy Suher, was a member of Neveh Shalom, and his grandmother, Ethel Katz (Suher) Briller, was a beloved longtime director of our Foundation School. Yoni was born into our CNS community before the family moved to Israel when he was one.

Yoni was the father of Goni (14) and Uri (11), son of Randy and Yael Suher, nephew of CNS member Brian (Barbara Atlas) Suher, and grandson of the late Ted Suher (z”l), a past president of Neveh Shalom in the late 1960s.

This event is underwritten by the Stan and Ethel Katz Briller Jewish Education Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation and the Yoni Suher Fund of Congregation Neveh Shalom.

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