It is with great sadness that JBS acknowledges the passing of one of our founders and inspiration, Kenneth Schwartz. Kenny was always a happy, positive and supportive friend who worked alongside us to encourage discussion and raise awareness about issues within the Jewish community. An activist and supporter for many causes, Kenny was intelligent, articulate and passionate, but more than all else he was kind and considerate. He will be missed as a colleague and friend. May his family find comfort among the mourners of Jerusalem.

The United States . Israel Relationship

A BOOK REVIEW LECTURE SERIES at Florida International University

The United States and Israel share a relationship unique in the community of nations. At times defying the narrow logic of .self-interest. both nations often make decisions with the interests of the other in mind. The evolution of this relationship . beginning before the founding of the State of Israel in 1948 and secured by the Truman decision to support the new Jewish State in 1948 . the relationship has undergone a series of peaks and valleys, yet enduring on the basis on shared values.

The JBR seminar brings participants through 3 important books.

  1. A Safe Haven: Harry Truman and the Founding of Israel by Ronald and Allis Radosh
    A review of the genesis of the U.S.-Israeli relationship as President Harry Truman elects, against the wishes of his State Department, to recognize the proclaimed new Jewish State in the United Nations.
  2. The Prime Ministers by Yehuda Avner
    An aide to Prime Ministers Levi Eskol, Golda Meir, Yitzchak Rabin and Menachem Begin, the author shares an insider.s account of the U.S. . Israel relationship, reviewing the status of affairs under Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan.
  3. The Crisis of Zionism by Peter Beinart
    The author posits that the U.S. . Israeli relationship is in jeopardy as the Israeli government continues to pursue settlements in disputed lands . alienating young Americans raised on a Jewish liberal tradition and eliminating any possibility of a compromise with the Palestinians (placing challenges on Israel.s democracy).
Presenters: Mel Chasen and Craig Frank
Date: April 3, April 10, April 17
Place: Place: Florida International University. North Campus
Fee: $18*
* All proceeds are donated to the Florida International University Student Scholarship Fund.