Upcoming Events: Middle East

Fri 8/12

Israeli Innovations in Solving Big Problems

Date: Fri, August 12, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
This program is part of our special series Big Solutions for Big Problems

Ravit Baer, Deputy Consul General for Israel for the Pacific Northwest
Nathan Miller, President, Miller Ink; Consultant, Israel 21c
Riva Gambert, Director, East Bay International Jewish Film Festival—Moderator

A distinguished panel will discuss the impressive contributions the tiny state of Israel (known as the Start Up Nation) has made in finding and sharing solutions to big problems threatening the environment, health and economies throughout the world. In particular, DCG Baer will speak to how the government supports Israeli technology, research and development, as well as assisting other societies, such as California with our drought.

Fri 8/19

Interfaith Power and Light

Date: Fri, August 19, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Part of our special series Big Solutions for Big Problems

Reverend Sally Bingham, Executive Director, Interfaith Power and Light's Regeneration Project
Rabbi Marvin Goodman, Executive Director, Northern California Board of Rabbis
Sumbul Ali Karamali, Author, The Muslim Next Door
Michael Pappas, Executive Director, San Francisco Interfaith Council—Moderator

Representatives of the three Abrahamic faiths will discuss each of their faith's views about protecting the Earth, caring for the environment and being proactive in combatting climate change, which many believe is Earth's biggest problem. Rev. Bingham will also describe the work of the Regeneration Project, which promotes renewable energy and conservation as part of Interfaith Power and Light, an interfaith climate change initiative.

Mon 8/29

Middle East Forum Discussion

Date: Mon, August 29, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM
Discussion group

This month's topic: Turkey.

The Middle East Forum discussion group—which primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan—has been meeting monthly for more than eight years. We are not a debate group; we are a discussion group.

Fri 9/16

Granada: A Pomegranate in the Hand of God

Date: Fri, September 16, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Remembering a time and place of interreligious amity

Steven Nightengale, Author, Granada: A Pomegranate in the Hand of God
Jonathan Curiel, Journalist; Author—Moderator

Nightengale will share insights from his beautifully written book Granada: A Pomegranate in the Hand of God, which describes his family's adventurous, rewarding move to an ancient neighborhood in Granada with its charming lifestyle, beautiful gardens and fascinating history so greatly influenced by Muslim and Jewish immigrants. He will also trace Granada's remarkable past when Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together, in relative harmony during a truly impressive time of important scientific, artistic, poetic and mathematical achievements, until religious fundamentalism and power hunger ended that marvelous period.

Mon 9/26

Middle East Forum Discussion

Date: Mon, September 26, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM
Discussion group

The Middle East Forum discussion group—which primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan—has been meeting monthly for more than eight years. We are not a debate group; we are a discussion group.