AUDIENCES"Our synagogue’s members hold a wide range of political opinions about Israel, so we try to stay clear of controversial topics that could create community divisions. At the same time, we all recognize that we’re living in momentous times, and that as American Jews, we need to be informed and connected with Israel. Jeremy Maissel conducted a Beit Midrash workshop that perfectly met our members’ needs by facilitating discussion in a relaxed atmosphere, where people felt comfortable to express all viewpoints. His presentation was thoughtful and balanced, and explored many facts, issues and situations without an agenda. We have now hosted Jeremy twice, and look forward to welcoming him again to help us all gain a deeper, wider understanding of Israel’s dilemmas."Peggy S., New York CityYOUNG ADULTS DIVISION:“Fascinating and engaging presentation. I've been attending YAD Lunch & Learns for six years, and this was the best one yet.”Emily Farkas, Senior Manager, Campaign, UJF Pittsburgh, PACOLLEGE STUDENTS:
“The evening was informative and interesting. The balanced presentation of material was educational. An excellent class.”
Susan Leff, Director, University of Vermont Hillel, Burlington, VT
“I've seen probably 50 speakers on Israel, mostly political/security related. As a 'professional' who works with students in the US - I would have to say this is one of the best”
Participant, Northeastern University, Boston, MA“Excellent pedagogy. Thought provoking combination of spectrum & stories was very poignant. Happy to discuss how to get more students to your programs”Participant, Princeton University, NJBIRTHRIGHT GROUPS IN ISRAEL:"...they loved the talk the other day. 7 people said it was the highlight of their trip!"James W. Director of Education & Development, Taglit-Birthright Israel ProviderHIGH SCHOOL AUDIENCES:"Excellent truly! Goals were obvious, methodology well planned, constructed and achieved. Groups were attentive and actively involved. From every viewpoint in terms of content and context, so very well done."Dr. Saundra Sterling Epstein, Philadelphia, PAINTERFAITH AUDIENCES:"Good to have audience participation – to deeply involve us in the issues..."
Barbara H., Member of Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, NJ
PROGRAMMINGISRAEL - JEWISH DEMOCRATIC STATE?:"I loved the interactive features. It was wonderful to discuss the issues rather than just being lectured at."Participant, Oxford, UKISRAEL'S SETTLEMENTS - BUILDING BLOCKS?:“Excellent exercise. It must be repeated in every Jewish community in the US.”Ron K., Sacramento, CAGILAD SCHALIT AT ANY PRICE? THE ISRAELI PUBLIC DEBATE ABOUT PRISONER EXCHANGE: "The session was dynamic, interesting and challenging intellectually and emotionally. "Sara E., Santa Fe, ArgentinaGAZA GAMEPLAN:“The program was interesting and very informative. It’s always valuable hearing views and experiences from one who is living in midst of events”Talma S., Philadelphia, PAKIBBUTZ 21C:"This was primarily new information for me. Very interesting. Well organized presentation. Enjoyed the interactive component."Participant, Ft. Washington, PAMUSICAL HISTORY TOUR:"Another terrific, interactive program providing a different lens onto Israeli society."Jay S., Montclair, NJISRAEL ELECTIONS 2009:“Remarkable presentation which explains Israeli parties and politics in 90 minutes. I was very impressed that a subject that is so complex could be simplified and humanized”Bob M., Highwood, ILSDEROT STRATEGIES:“Very well presented, informative and thought provoking. Thank you. Sderot will be in my heart”Anna D., Leeds, UKELECTION REFLECTIONS 2006:"Outstanding! This program was exactly what I needed to help me through the maze of Israeli politics. The visuals and interactive learning were phenomenal. I got more in one evening with Jeremy Maissel than I could have with a pile of books, magazines and news shows! Really outstanding!"Lynne E., Atlanta, GAENGAGING DISENGAGEMENT:"Excellent, insightful, thoughtful, engaging."Alexis B., Nashville, TN