6th Annual, A Night to Celebrate Israel
Our Community's Support of Israel
Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30 pm
Raritan Valley Country Club
Bridgewater, New Jersey
$18 per Student
$50 per Adult
Educate & Celebrate!
Dinner • Guest Speaker, Dr Ralph Nurnberger, Middle East Expert and Internationally Acclaimed Speaker
Dietary Laws Observed. Cash Bar.
For their Dedication to Their Communities and The State of Israel
- Irene and Steven Lieberman
- Rutgers Hillel Student Sarah Edery
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Distinguished Guest Speaker, Dr Ralph Nurnberger, Middle East Expert and Internationally Acclaimed Speaker
Dr. Ralph Nurnberger is a widely acclaimed speaker who brings humor, current political insights and historical background to his presentations and has spoken frequently for Israel Bonds at events around the country. He 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 was named Professor of the Year by the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003 and received another award in 2005 for over 20 years of excellence in teaching. His most recent course at Georgetown was a graduate seminar on the Arab-Israeli conflict.
He has advised numerous Congressional, Senatorial and Presidential campaigns on foreign policy issues, especially those related to the Middle East.
Dr. Nurnberger’s 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, Ralph Nurnberger has served on Capitol Hill, in the Executive Branch and has also spent over thirty-five 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.
In the Executive Branch, he served as Special Assistant to the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA) and later as Director of Congressional Relations for the Bureau of Export Administration (BXA) within the Department of Commerce.
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. In this capacity, he had direct contact with dozens of Senators and Members of Congress on issues related to the Middle East.
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. In this capacity, he dealt with international leaders including Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, then-Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, as well as American and international business and political leaders.
He also spent two years as a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he directed the Congressional relations program, ran a number of conferences, and co-authored and edited books dealing with Congressional leadership and the role of Congress in foreign policy.
He is a Senior Partner in a Washington, D.C. government relations firm, Nurnberger & Associates, which was founded in 1994. He is affiliated with the firm Gray Global Advisors, which was founded by former House Majority Whip Bill Gray (D-PA).
Irene and Steven Lieberman
Irene and Steve Lieberman have been married for 44 years. They have two children. Their daughter, Rachel and their son, Mark – who with his wife Stacy have a baby daughter, Molly. Irene and Steve had a “long distance” courtship at Harpur College (now Binghamton University), having to travel either from the second floor of the dorm to the third, or from the West Bronx to the East Bronx to see each other!
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, has been the B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator and was Sister Co-President. She has served for six years on the Board of Trustees as well as on the Rabbi Selection Committee and was the Managing Editor of the Synagogue bulletins for 10 years.
In addition, 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; New Jersey’s Communications Officer for the USDA Soil/Natural Resource Conservation Service; Planned Lifetime Network of New Jersey (PLAN/NJ), where she managed communications programs. Irene enjoys bicycle riding, hiking and many other outdoor activities.
Despite a busy law practice in Somerville, Steve 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. He 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 of Rutger Hillel
Sarah Edery 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. Sarah is a very determined and motivated individual, consistently ranked among the top 3% of her engineering class since Spring 2016. She is currently a junior studying Civil Engineering at the Rutgers School of Engineering, and aspires to continue her Israel and non-profit involvement upon graduation.
Sarah has been a leading on-campus ambassador for Hasbara and ZOA since the Fall of 2016, and works with the Rutgers Hillel Center for Israel Engagement to bring pro-Israel events to campus and to inspire more students to do the same. 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. Sarah works extensively with Segev Kanik, the Israel Chair of the Hillel Student Board to bring exciting and engaging Israel events to campus. Together they have reached hundreds of Rutgers students through creative campus tabling initiatives that highlight Israel’s democratic values, environmental sustainability, and humanitarian projects around the world.
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 has since become Chairperson of the SACH New York Collegiate Leadership committee, which she formed in January 2017 to help bring awareness of the organization and plan more fundraisers throughout other campuses in New York.
Sarah would not be able to do the work she does without the help of other individuals, and would like to credit her extensive success and accomplishments to Aviv Ayash (Rutgers Hillel Jewish Agency Israel Fellow), Zach Stern (former ZOA Campus Managing Director and Tri-State Coordinator), and Marissa Rosenfeld (U.S. Young Leadership Director for SACH), among others who have endlessly supported her in her endeavors to engage with students about Israel and spread more love of Israel to her community.