Sarasota, FL – June 6, 2014 – AJC (American Jewish Committee) will present its 2014 Summer Lunch & Learn Series on July 17th and August 14th at Michael’s On East in Sarasota. Both Keynote Speakers, Jason Isaacson and Rabbi Noam Marans, are returning to Sarasota by popular demand. This Series, in its sixth year, has always drawn large crowds due to the popularity of the speakers and the timely nature of the topics discussed. The Lunch & Learn Series, sponsored by the law firm of Williams Parker, costs only $25 per lecture, which includes the luncheon. Advance reservations are required; please RSVP to 941-365-4955 or Sarasota@ajc.org.
The July lecture will feature Jason Isaacson, AJC’s Director of Government and International Affairs, and his topic will be Hard Road to Peace. Mr. Isaacson will explore whether the goal of the Israeli-Palestinian two-state solution is realistic. AJC recognizes that peace is possible through a two-state solution that will only be achieved with face-to-face negotiation between the parties involved. He will delve into this issue and examine the United States’ role in this process.
Jason Isaacson is a longtime analyst of U.S. political and strategic affairs and an advocate for Middle East peace. An observer to the 1991-92 Middle East peace talks in Madrid, Moscow and Washington, he represented AJC at the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna. Mr. Isaacson directed an AJC initiative to strengthen trans-Atlantic cooperation on Middle East policy, resulting in the opening of the Transatlantic Institute in Brussels in 2004. Jason Isaacson has been AJC’s Director of Government and International Affairs since 1991.
In August, Rabbi Noam Marans, AJC’s Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations, will speak about Muslim-Jewish Relations: The Next Interreligious Frontier. He will explain whether or not we are approaching a new era of transformation in the relationship between Muslim and Jewish people. AJC Executive Director David Harris reminded attendees at last month’s Global Forum in Washington, that “AJC’s efforts in the area of Muslim-Jewish relations should remind us of the long, rich, and often mutually nourishing historical relations between Jews and Muslims in many lands and the extraordinary gifts to humankind that Muslim-Jewish interaction generated in advancing knowledge and culture.”
Rabbi Noam Marans oversees national interfaith outreach, dialogue and advocacy. In his multifaith work, Rabbi Marans develops and strengthens relationships with a wide variety of religious and ethnic groups to enhance mutual understanding, freedom of religious expression and support for the State of Israel and Middle East peace. Rabbi Marans has been with AJC since 2001.
For more than 100 years, AJC has sought to advance the peace and security of the Jewish people through high-level diplomacy, strong legislative advocacy, and effective interreligious and interethnic coalitions. To learn more about AJC, please visit www.ajc.org.
This summer’s AJC Lunch & Learn Series will give a comprehensive overview of the ever-changing challenges facing Israel and the Jewish people and how AJC addresses these challenges. Advance reservations are required for this series. Please contact the AJC office at 941-365-4955 or email Sarasota@ajc.org.