Influential Rabbi selected for Sokoloff lecture


By Michael Wunder, News Editor

Rabbi Daniel Gordis, president of the Shalem Foundation and a senior fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, will lecture on Israel’s future at the third annual Phil and Ruth Sokoloff lecture.

The event, sponsored by the Schwalb Center and funded by the Phil and Ruth Sokoloff Endowment, will take place Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m at the Thomspon Alumni Center

In his presentation, titled “The Year 2048:  Can Israel Survive to the Age of 100,” Gordis is expected to mine his expansive knowledge of Israel’s tumultuous history to speculate on how past conflicts will shape the country’s future, and how the world can be better prepared for potential crises.

 “Danny Gordis is enthralling. His books and emails make Israel come alive,” said Stacey Rockman, chairperson of the Schwalb Center Board for Israel and Jewish Studies in a press release for the event.  “He shows us Israel is, despite its wars, upheavals and problems, a beautiful place complete with a rich history and wonderful people.”        

Gary Javitch, board member of the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, said Gordis is a great “get” for the lecture series.

Along with his work at the Shalem Center, a Jerusalem research institute focusing on Jewish and Zionist history, philosophy and politics, Gordis was the founding dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism, the first rabbinical college on the West Coast of the United States.  

A number of notable UNO community members are looking forward to Gordis’ expansive knowledge.

“Rabbi Dr. Gordis not only offers extensive experience and understanding in issues relating to Israel Society, but is a leading figure on Israel discussion topics to American Jews due to his content, thought leadership and intellectual candor,” said Guy Matalon, director of the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies.  “His experience, reputation and credentials make him an outstanding choice to talk at the annual Phil and Ruth Sokolof Lecture on Israel.”