December 14 at Temple Emanu-El
This free “Lunch and Learn” event is co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and the Florida Holocaust Museum.
(Sarasota-Manatee) Ira N. Forman, the U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, will speak on the topic “Global Antisemitism in 2016: What the U.S. Government is Doing to Combat It,” at a special “Lunch and Learn” event on Wednesday, December 14, noon to 2 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota. This special presentation is sponsored by Temple Emanu-El, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, and the Florida Holocaust Museum. The event is offered free of charge, and attendees are invited to bring their own lunch to enjoy while listening to Mr. Forman’s talk. Although there is no charge for this event, advance reservations are required. Call Temple Emanu-El at 941-371-2788 for more information or to reserve a spot.
Mr. Forman was sworn in as Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism on May 20, 2013 by Secretary of State John Kerry. Inspired by his parents’ values, Mr. Forman has accumulated 30 years of experience in Jewish communal work and public service.
“We are thrilled to host Ira Forman and to invite the entire community to hear his first-hand report on global antisemitism and the response of our government,” says Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman of Temple Emanu-El. “We are grateful to the Florida Holocaust Museum for making the event possible and to The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee for its generous partnership and support.”
Mr. Forman served for nearly 15 years as the executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council and spent four years with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, where he worked as political director and legislative liaison. He has also served on the boards of a number of Jewish non-profits.
In the Clinton Administration, Mr. Forman served as the director of Congressional Relations for the Office of Personnel Management. Earlier in his career, he worked as professional staff of the Public Works and Transportation Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Throughout Mr. Forman’s career, he has spoken and written extensively on Jewish history and public policy. Mr. Forman co-edited and wrote for the reference book, Jews In American Politics, and has written articles on related topics for the Encyclopedia Judaica. He also staffed and helped edit the volume Democrats and the American Idea in his role as a Fellow in American Politics and the Economy at the Center for National Policy.
Mr. Forman received his B.A. from Harvard University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Government. He received his M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
About The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen Jewish life and identity in the Sarasota-Manatee community, provide for Jewish people in need, and to promote support for Israel. In addition, the Federation is responsive when worldwide catastrophes occur. For more information, call 941-371-4546 or visit www.jfedsrq.org.