14th Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture
Daniel Greenfield: “Fighting Anti-Semitism and Defending Israel in the Age of BDS.”.
11 June 2017
Why does pro-Israel activism continue to be an uphill battle despite the enormous resources dedicated to it? Are we losing the war against anti-Semitism or are we failing to fight it? In a talk that applies the lessons of Jewish history in Tanach to the politics of today, we will discover that fighting anti-Semitism and defending Israel doesn’t require changing “them”, but changing how we see the world and ourselves.
There is a small number of blogger/journalists whom we faithfully read. Daniel Greenfield is one of the select few. His blog, Sultan Knish, and his articles for FrontPage, are invaluable, required reading for anybody who cares about the state of western civilization. Daniel is an eloquent defender of Israel, and a fearless critic of the left and radical Islam. So persuasive is Daniel’s body of work that he has been quoted by, among others, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Mark Steyn, Mark Levin, Allen West, Caroline Glick, Melanie Philips, Michelle Malkin, Victor Davis Hanson, The Blaze, National Review and FOX News.
Daniel’s recent column, How the Dems Went Anti-Israel, is a no-holds barred analysis of how the Democrat party has slithered into the ooze of anti Israel politics.
13th Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture
Ben Shapiro: “How You Can Save Israel”.
22 May 2016
Benjamin Shapiro was born in 1984. He entered UCLA at the age of 16 and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in June 2004 with a BA in Political Science. He graduated Harvard Law School cum laude in June 2007. Shapiro was hired by Creators Syndicate at age 17 to become the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the U.S.
His columns are printed in major newspapers and websites including Townhall, ABCNews, WorldNet Daily, Human Events, FrontPage Mag, Family Security Matters, the Riverside Press-Enterprise and the Conservative Chronicle. His columns have also appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Sun-Times, Orlando Sentinel, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, RealClearPolitics.com, Arizona Republic, and Claremont Review of Books, among others. He has been the subject of articles in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Associated Press, and Christian Science Monitor; he has been quoted on “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” “The Dr. Laura Show,” at CBS News, in the New York Press, in the Washington Times, and in The American Conservative magazine, among many others.
The author of the national bestsellers, Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth (WND Books, May 2004), Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future (Regnery, June 2005), and Project President: Bad Hair and Botox on the Road to the White House (Thomas Nelson, 2008), Shapiro has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows around the nation, including “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News), “Fox and Friends” (Fox News), “In the Money” (CNN Financial), “DaySide with Linda Vester” (Fox News), “Scarborough Country” (MSNBC), “The Dennis Miller Show” (CNBC), “Fox News Live” (Fox News Channel), “Glenn Beck Show” (CNN), “Your World with Neil Cavuto” (Fox News) and “700 Club” (Christian Broadcasting Network), “The Laura Ingraham Show,” “The Michael Medved Show,” “The G. Gordon Liddy Show,” “The Rusty Humphries Show,” “The Lars Larson Show” (nationally syndicated), “The Larry Elder Show,” The Hugh Hewitt Show,” “The Dennis Prager Show,” among others.
12th Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture Larry Elder: “The New Black Antisemitism” 7 June 2015
Larry Elder, the sage of L.A. gives a deeply personal talk about the irrationality of black anti-semitism, and how his own life has been enhanced and entwined with that of the Jewish people.
Larry is a nationally syndicated radio host, best-selling author, and cultural critic. His daily broadcast reaches millions of listeners, drawing an audience that ranks as one of the top political talk shows in the United States.
Larry recently was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
11th Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture Michael Medved: “Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do.” 8 June 2014
Michael is a nationally syndicated radio host, best-selling author, and veteran movie critic. His daily three-hour broadcast reaches more than 4 million listeners on more than 200 stations across the country — drawing an audience that ranks his show as one of the top five political talk shows in the United States.
10th Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture David Horowitz: “The War Against Judaism on the University Campus” 9 June 2013
In his memoir, Radical Son (1996), David Horowitz traces his odyssey from “red-diaper baby” to conservative advocate. Horowitz has devoted the past several years to combating the radicalization of the American university. In 2003, he launched an academic freedom campaign to return the American university to its traditional principle of open inquiry, and stemming the anti-Israel/anti-Semitic indoctrination prevalent on elite American campuses.
David Horowitz is the founder and director of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He has spoken at over 300 colleges and universities and continues to visit more than 30 campuses a year. He has appeared on Nightline, Crossfire, Today, Hannity, the O’Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, C-SPAN, CNBC, Fox News Channel and MSNBC.
9th Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture Joel B. Pollak: “The Mainstream Media’s Betrayal of Israel.” 3 June 2012
Joel grew up in Chicago where he attended Solomon Schechter Day School and graduated Niles North High School as class valedictorian. He attended Harvard College and then earned his law degree from Harvard Law School. Additionally, Joel has a Masters Degree in Jewish Studies from the University of Cape Town, South Africa where he was born.
Joel is a brilliant and articulate commentator on talk radio, Fox News and CNN. Currently, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief and in-house counsel to the influential Breitbart.com websites. The lecture will address the following questions: At what point did the mainstream media turn against Israel and why do they consistently demonize the Jewish State? How should supporters of Israel combat this insidious betrayal?
8th Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture Yossi Klein Halevi: “What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me” 5 June 2011
World-renowned journalist and author Yossi Klein Halevi will address the following questions: What would today’s Jewish world look like from the perspective of a Holocaust survivor? Where have we as a people succeeded and where have we failed? For the first time in his life, Yossi Klein Halevi will confront this challenge from a very personal viewpoint — the worldview of his father, a Holocaust survivor.
Yossi Klein Halevi is an author and journalist based in Jerusalem and a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He is a contributing editor to The New Republic and a frequent commentator on Middle East affairs, contributing to the opinion pages of the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and other publications.
Our speaker has personal connections to the Avrech family that enhance the meaning of this event. Two years ago, Avrech offspring #3 married Yossi’s maternal nephew.
In addition, Yossi and Robert attended the same high school, Brooklyn Talmudic Academy.
7th Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture Dennis Prager: “Happiness is a Mitzvah, Not an Emotion” 13 June 2010
Dennis is widely sought after by television shows for his opinions. He’s appeared on Larry King Live, Hardball, Hannity’s America, CBS Evening News, The Today Show and many others.
Dennis is the author of several best sellers including the seminal work on anti-Semitism, Why the Jews, co-written with Joseph Telushkin. Happiness Is A Serious Problem, Think A Second Time, and The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism, also co-written with Joseph Telushkin.
More important to us is a personal connection. Ariel was an enthusiastic fan of Dennis’ radio show. During our son’s long illness, when he was confined at home and in the hospital, Ariel listened to Dennis on a regular basis and commented: “There’s a lot of Torah in what Dennis says.”
6th Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: “Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?” June 21, 2009
Rabbi Pruzansky is the spiritual leader of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, a synagogue consisting of nearly 600 families located in Teaneck, New Jersey, and one of the most vibrant centers of Orthodox Jewish life today. He has served since August 1994.
Rabbi Pruzansky graduated from Columbia University in 1978 with a B.A. in history, and received a Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in 1981. He practiced law for 13 years as a general practitioner and litigator in New York City until assuming his current pulpit. Rabbi Pruzansky studied in yeshivot in Israel and the United States, and was ordained at Yeshiva Bnei Torah of Far Rockaway, New York under the guidance of Rabbi Yisrael Chait, shlit”a.
He recently served as President of the Rabbinical Board of Bergen County, and currently serves as the Treasurer of the Rabbinical Council of America. He is a trustee of the RCA on the Board of the Beth Din of America, as well as a dayyan on the Beth Din itself. He also served as the American co-spokesman for the International Rabbinic Coalition for Israel. Rabbi Pruzansky served on the Board of Directors of the Jerusalem Reclamation Project, and received their Rabbinic Leadership Award at their 1995 Jerusalem Day banquet.
5th Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl: “What Was the Rosh Yeshiva Reading: Intellectual Openness in 19th Century Lithuania” June 15, 2008
Gil Perl is the Dean of the Margolin Hebrew Academy / Feinstone Yeshiva of the South, a Prek-12 day school serving the Jewish community of Memphis. Before arriving in Memphis, Dr. Perl served as an instructor of Modern Jewish History in Yeshiva University and as the Associate Head of School in Yeshiva University’s High School for Boys. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, his Masters and Doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, and rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University. As a Teaching Fellow at Harvard, Rabbi Perl was twice awarded Harvard’s prestigious Certificate of Distinction in Teaching and in the Spring of 2006 he was named Yeshiva University’s Lillian F. and William L. Silber Professor of the Year.