Jack Abramoff’s rollercoaster life story might as well be a major motion picture. In fact, it is. Dubbed on the cover of Time Magazine as the “Man Who Bought Washington”, Abramoff rose to become the nation’s most successful and prominent lobbyist, before becoming enmeshed in the most harrowing political scandal since Watergate.
His downfall caused Abramoff to reassess his past, and the system he played so well. He has rededicated himself to trying to repair the system, and make amends for his role in it. His book Capitol Punishment is designed to alert our nation to what goes on behind the guarded doors of power in Washington, D.C. Since his release from prison, Abramoff has spoken in front of numerous audiences and has appeared on hundreds of television and radio networks and programs, including CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, “60 Minutes” and “The Colbert Report,” and is working with lobbying and campaign finance reform groups to affect positive change in the American political system.
Dr. Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and
the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem
College in Jerusalem. He writes a regular
column — “A Dose of Nuance” — for the
Jerusalem Post, and is a regular contributor to
the New York Times, in print and on-line.
author of numerous books on Jewish thought
and currents in Israel, and a winner of the
National Jewish Book Award, Gordis joined
Shalem in 2007 after spending nine years as
vice president of the Mandel Foundation in
Israel and director of its Leadership Institute.
Dr. Gordis has written and lectured throughout
the world on Israeli society and the challenges
facing the Jewish state. His writing has
appeared in magazines and newspapers
including the New Republic, the New York
Times Magazine, Moment, Tikkun, and
Conservative Judaism. His next book, a
biography of Israel’s sixth Prime Minister, is
entitled Menachem Begin and the Battle for
Israel’s Soul. It is our pleasure to welcome
Dr. Gordis back to YICC for his second visit.
On November 9, Dr. Gordis presented “The Return to Zion, by Might or Right? Reflections on the Legacy of Menachem Begin”.