Israel Symposium 

When: Sunday, October 10th

Time: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Where: Ner Tamid Synagogue

6214 Pimlico Road, Baltimore, MD 21209

Cost: $10

To watch the stream live on the day of the event, click here.

The Baltimore Zionist District and Ner Tamid present “Israel in the Biden and Bennett Era”. We are proud to bring the Baltimore Jewish community together to promote a morning of learning and conversation about the current relationship between Israel and the US. The forum will feature outstanding experts in an open and honest panel discussion. Breakfast will be included. Following, please find a list of our featured speakers with brief bios.

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Dr. Jonathan Schanzer is a Senior Vice President for Research at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD). Previously, he worked as a terrorism finance analyst at the US Department of the Treasury. He served in several positions at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a respected think-tank. Jonathan has written hundreds of articles on the Middle East, as well as more than a dozen monographs and chapters for edited volumes. He authored three important books: State of Failure: Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State (2013), Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine (2008), and Al Qaeda’s Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups and the Next Generation of Terror (2004). Jonathan often testifies before Congress and publishes widely in the American and international media. He appears as an expert on CNN, Fox News, Al-Arabiya and Al-Jazeera.

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Michael Doran is a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute. During the George W. Bush presidency, he served in three key positions: Senior Director of Middle East Security Issues in the National Security Council; Senior Advisor in the State Department; and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon. He received a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. and a Ph. D in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. Before coming to Hudson, Doran served as Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has held teaching positions at New York University, Princeton University, and at the University of Central Florida. His latest book, Ike’s Gamble, was published in 2016. He appears frequently on television and has published extensively in “Foreign Affairs”, “The American Interest”, “Contemporary”, “Mosaic”, “The Wall Street Journal”, “The Washington Post”, and “The New York Times”.

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Minister Tammy Ben-Haim has served as Minister for Public Diplomacy at the Embassy of Israel in Washington DC since August 2018. As a career diplomat, Tammy has spent more than 15 years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with over 20 years in civil service. During her time at the Ministry in Jerusalem, Tammy worked on both the Central and South Asia desks. In prior years, she served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Athens, Greece and as Counselor for Internal Politics in New Delhi, India. Before joining the Foreign Ministry, Tammy worked at the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Ministry of Finance, and on the Finance Committee of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. She also worked as an adviser to several lawmakers in the Knesset. In the Israeli armed forces, Tammy served as an Operations Officer for the Air Force and concluded her service with a rank of Lieutenant. Tammy has a Masters’ Degree in International Relations from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


Ben Samuels, based in Washington, D.C., is a U.S correspondent for Israel's “Haaretz” newspaper. He covers all things related to the U.S. government and Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

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