Temple Beth-EL

               Rockford, Illinois

Yom Rishon, 1 Tammuz 5777

June 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of th e unification of Jerusalem - The 6 Day War
To mark this occasion, the Jewish Federation of Greater Rockford,
Temple Beth-El Adult Education Committee, and Congregation Ohave Sholom present:

A Morning with Elie Rekhess

With all the propaganda surrounding Israel, it is important that the Jewish community know the facts. Elie brings a unique perspective of being both a Zionist and an expert on the Arab minority living in Israel.

It is an honor to have Elie Rekhess speak in Rockford.


Elie Rekhess
The Legitimacy of the State of Israel: Historical Perspectives
Sunday, June 4, 2017
10:00 Breakfast / 10:30 Presentation

Professor Rekhess (Ph.D Tel-Aviv University) is one of Israel’s leading experts on the Arab minority in Israel, Jewish-Arab relations, Palestinian politics, and Islamic resurgence in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Until his retirement in 2011, he served as a Senior Research Fellow in the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern andAfrican Studies, Tel Aviv University, and headed the Program on Jewish-Arab Cooperation in Israel sponsored by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (1995-2010).

As of 2013, Prof. Rekhess holds the position of Crown Visiting Professor in Israel Studies at Northwestern University. He teaches in the Department of Jewish Studies as well as in the Department of History at Northwestern. He organized the inaugural conference entitled “The Zionist Ideal in Israeli Culture: Dream and Reality” in November of 2013. In October 2015, he organized the international conference at Northwestern University “Between Baghdad and Haifa: A
Tribute to Israeli Author Sami Michael.” He established the NU Israeli Film Club in partnership with the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema in 2015 and hosted the first of a series of screenings in 2016.

He recently authored, edited, and co-edited: Muslim Minorities in non-Muslim Majority Countries: TheTest Case of the Islamic Movement in Israel (2013), The Arab Society in Israel: A Compendium 2009), Arab Youth in Israel: Caught between Prospects and Risk (2008). He is currently completing two manuscripts,one on Islamic Fundamentalism in Israel and another on Communism and Arab Nationalism.

Prof. Rekhess has held a variety of central advisory posts, including Senior Consultant on Arab Minority Affairs to the Prime Minister's Office under Itzhak Rabin (1993-1994); Senior Consultant on Arab Affairs to the Histadrut Labor Organization (1994); strategic advisor to Ehud Barak during his election campaign (1999) and as an advisor to Science Minister Matan Vilna’i, Chairman of the Ministerial committee on the Arabs in Israel (1999-2000); Senior Consultant to The Abraham Fund Initiatives for the Enhancement of Jewish-Arab Coexistence (1994-2008); and Member of the Board of “Sikkuy,” the Association for the Advancement of Equal Opportunities (1993-2006).
Elie Rekhess married Ankie Spitzer, widow of Andre Spitzer, who died in the Munich massacre in 1972.

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