Perspectives and Conversation on Current Events in Israel

August 14, 2014

Join us for learning, conversation and company as Rebecca Polivy, Director of Programming for Encounter, and her husband, Israeli mathematician Omer Tamuz, share some first-hand experiences of recent events and the underlying tensions that helped such events come to be. This event is an opportunity for young adults in the Boston Jewish community to come together and talk, listen, and learn about recent events in a supportive, open space, in the spirit of the New Israel Fund, which believes that a strong Israel is an Israel that upholds its ideals of equality, democracy and justice for all of its citizens.

Rebecca Polivy has worked to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since moving to Jerusalem in 2006. She currently works as the Director of Programming for Encounter, and she previously served as Encounter’s Middle East Director. Prior to this, she held positions at The Abraham Fund Initiatives, Search for Common Ground, Breaking the Silence and Ultimate Peace. In these positions she helped develop and run programs that emphasized sports, social entrepreneurship, media, and face-to-face interactions as tools for transforming conflict. Out of a passion for the game and a belief in its utility in the field of peace building, Rebecca helped establish the sport of Ultimate Frisbee in Israel and the West Bank. Rebecca holds an MA in Conflict Transformation and Intercultural Organizational Leadership from the School for International Training in Vermont, and a BA in Comparative Religion and Economics from the University of Rochester.

Omer Tamuz was born in Israel and raised in Hod Hasharon, as well as Vienna and Bonn, where his father worked for the Israeli foreign ministry. After graduating high school he spent a year volunteering for the Noar HaOved, an Israeli socialist youth movement. He was then drafted into the army and spent five years as a combat soldier and officer. After graduating Tel Aviv University with a BSc in Physics and Computer Science he worked for a few years in the Israeli hi-tech industry. He then returned to school, and received a PhD in Mathematics from the Weizmann Institute of Science. He is now a post-doctoral fellow in the MIT math department.

New Israel Fund: New Generations is an open and vibrant community of young professionals, social activists, community leaders, and others in their 20s and 30s who are committed to the work of the New Israel Fund, the leading organization promoting social justice and equality for all Israelis. New Gen provides an opportunity to learn about and engage with the most important issues facing Israel today through lectures, group discussions, and social events.

Event Location: Private home in Somerville
Somerville, Massachusetts, 02144

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