6th Annual: A Night to Celebrate Israel

Posted by: Debbie Golden on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 10:00:00 am

Bridgewater, NJ – On Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30 pm Jewish LIFE (Learning Is For Everyone) invites community members to attend the Sixth Annual A Night to Celebrate Israel. This event benefiting the community’s support of Israel Bonds and The State of Israel, will be held at Raritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater.

A Night to Celebrate Israels distinguished guest speaker is Middle East expert, Dr. Ralph Nurnberger. The evening will honor Irene & Steve Lieberman of Somerville, and Sarah Edery, a Rutgers Hillel Student, for their dedication to their communities and the state of Israel. The event chair is Peter Horowitz. Admission fee is $50 per adult, $18 per student and will include a full buffet dinner and a cash bar; dietary laws observed.  The Celebrate Israel event is subsidized in part by local supporters.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.  For further information or to register, call the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC), in Bridgewater, at 908-725-6994 x9018 or register on line at ssbjcc.org. For additional information, please email LFriedman@ssbjcc.org.

Dr. Ralph Nurnberger is a widely acclaimed speaker who brings humor, current political insights and historical background to his presentations. He has spoken frequently for Israel Bonds at events around the country, and has also appeared on radio and television programs as an analyst on political and international issues. Dr. Nurnberger taught at Georgetown University for 38 years. He has advised numerous Congressional, Senatorial and Presidential campaigns on foreign policy issues, especially those related to the Middle East.  His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Washington Times, US News & World Report, Christian Science Monitor, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun and numerous scholarly journals and magazines. In addition to his academic career, Dr. Nurnberger has served on Capitol Hill, in the Executive Branch and has also spent over 35 years in the field of government relations. His experience on Capitol Hill includes serving as Foreign Policy Assistant to former Kansas Senator James B. Pearson (R-KS) and then as a professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  He served for over eight years as a Legislative Liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which is widely regarded as one of the finest foreign policy-oriented government relations organizations in Washington DC.  Dr. Nurnberger was the first director of “Builders for Peace”, an organization established in 1993, with the encouragement of then-Vice President Al Gore, to support the Middle East Peace process through economic and social development.  Dr. Nurnberger is a Senior Partner in a Washington, D.C. government relations firm, Nurnberger & Associates.

irene-steve-leiberman-photoIrene and Steve Lieberman are  residents of Somerville, NJ.  The Liebermans have been long-time members of Temple Beth-El in Hillsborough where they have held numerous volunteer positions. Steve is a Past President, while Irene has served as chair of the Ritual and Adult Education Committees.  Irene has been a hosting volunteer for 26 years for the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Somerset County, and a Good Deeds volunteer for Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties.  She has also volunteered at numerous community agencies including the Zufall Health Center, Food Bank Network of Somerset County and Meals on Wheels.  Irene’s career included working as a teacher/counselor for the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  Steve Lieberman is an attorney with a law firm in Somerville.  He has been involved in a number of charitable causes within the Jewish world and the local community. Steve is a Past President of the Jewish Federation of SHAW, and is a past Board member and President of Middle Earth, a social service agency designed to help troubled youth. He has been a volunteer attorney for over 25 years with the Free Legal Clinic run by the Somerset County chapter of the ACLU.  He has served on the Board of Directors of Somerset-Sussex Legal Services, and for many years has been the Volunteer Legal Advisor to the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Somerset County and to HomeSharing.

Sarah Edery is a Civil Engineering student at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. She has been involved extensively in the Jewish community at Rutgers University since her freshman year. She has increasingly become a leader in Israel on-campus activity, aspiring towards spreading a positive message regarding Israel all over campus. She aspires to continue her Israel and non-profit involvement upon graduation. Sarah has been a leading on-campus ambassador for Hasbara and ZOA, and works with the Rutgers Hillel Center for Israel Engagement to bring pro-Israel events to campus.  She has been a leading participant in the Hillel Israel Leadership Initiative, a program that brings together student leaders of all backgrounds to build meaningful relationships with the greater Rutgers community. After visiting the Save a Child’s Heart Foundation (SACH) facility in Holon, Israel in May 2016, Sarah began coordinating fundraising events for the non-profit, which provides life-saving cardiac care to children who have no access to quality care in their native countries.

sarah-edery-photoJewish LIFE (Learning Is For Everyone), is a community-wide Jewish adult education program serving residents of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties, Participating Jewish LIFE agencies and synagogues include: Chabad of Greater Somerset County; Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Somerset County, Chabad of Hunterdon County; Flemington Jewish Community Center; Congregation Kehilat Shalom, Belle Mead; Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties; Knesseth Israel, Bound Brook; Or Chadash, the Reform Temple of Hunterdon County, Flemington; Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC), Bridgewater; Jewish Center of Northwest Jersey; Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough; Temple Beth El, Somerset; Temple Har Shalom, Warren; and Temple Sholom, Bridgewater.

The Jewish LIFE program guide -- including details for special events, films, and course offerings taught by area Rabbis at participating Jewish LIFE synagogues -- is available at the JCC and is posted at ssbjcc.org.  For further information, please contact the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center at 908-725-6994 x 9018; LFriedman@ssbjcc.org.

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