“After the Election: Israel, America, and the Future of the Middle East”

Ambassador Dennis Ross in Conversation with JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen

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September 25, 2012, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is pleased to present Ambassador Dennis Ross, counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and former special assistant to President Barack Obama for the Middle East and South Asia, in conversation with JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen at "After the Election: Israel, America, and the Future of the Middle East." The talk, an Abraham and Minnie Kay Memorial Lecture, will take place on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. at Adas Israel Congregation (2850 Quebec Street NW, in Washington DC). A dessert reception will follow. For further information, please contact Adas Israel Congregation at (202) 362-4433 or Carol Ansell.

How will the upcoming presidential election affect Israel and the Middle East? Are we likely to see any changes in US policy toward Israel in a second Obama administration, or in a Romney administration? How might Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's strategy change in light of an Obama or Romney victory? Finally, where are we headed concerning Iran, Israel, and the United States? Eminent Middle East expert Ambassador Dennis Ross and JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen will discuss these and other critically important issues in what promises to be a provocative and illuminating program.

Ambassador Dennis Ross, a leading scholar and diplomat with decades of experience in Middle East policy, is currently counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Previously, he was special assistant to President Obama for the Middle East and South Asia; National Security Council senior director for the Central Region; and special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, focusing on Iran. Ambassador Ross was the US point person for the Middle East peace process in both the George H. W. Bush and William J. Clinton administrations. He has authored several influential books on the peace process, and many op-eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.

Arnold M. Eisen is the seventh chancellor of JTS. Since his appointment in 2007, he has increased JTS's impact on the communities it serves by transforming the education of religious leadership for Conservative Judaism; articulating a new vision for JTS; and developing innovative programs in synagogue arts and practices, adult education, pastoral care, Jewish thought, interreligious dialogue, and the arts.

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