On this 70th anniversary of the State of Israel, as we look to the future, Temple Beth El of Boca Raton is pleased to host “Good Evening, Mr. Prime Minister, an evening with former Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Barak on Thursday, May 31st at 7:00 pm. This special event at their east Boca Raton, Schaefer Family Campus is an unparalleled opportunity to meet one of the most recognizable statesmen and influential names in Israeli politics.
During this extraordinary program, we will learn Barak’s vision for peace, and listen to the unvarnished story of his life as documented in his new book, “My Country, My Life - Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace.” We’ll hear of his major successes; as well as the story of his country’s first seven decades along with its setbacks and misjudgments. It has been said that few individuals have the breadth of political, economic and military leadership, making him an authoritative speaker on a wide range of issues.
“The pioneers of the modern day Israel like David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir lived through the persecutions of Jews in Russia, but Ehud Barak is the next generation of Israel,” according to Rabbi Jessica Spitalnic Brockman of Temple Beth El. “Born in the region on a kibbutz, over six years before the state was declared, Barak grew up in a world where Israel was home and hope. His career, full of bravery, wisdom and honor, reflects the life of a man whose whole being is intrinsically tied up with the state. He may not be a founding father, but he is who the founding fathers and mothers of Israel dreamed they would leave the state to; and he no doubt lived up to that legacy,” she adds.
Barak eventually became commander of Israel’s elite Special Forces, then army Chief of Staff and notably, in 1972 he led his men in storming a hijacked Sabena airliner in Tel Aviv, freeing all the hostages. Later that same year, he led a raid in Beirut to kill terrorists who had murdered Israeli athletes during the Summer Olympics in Munich. In 1976, he also played a key role in planning the famous Entebbe raid in Uganda, rescuing the hostages of a hijacked Air France airliner.
Ultimately in 1999 he was elected the 10th Prime Minister of the State of Israel.
As Prime Minister, in 2000, Barak devoted himself to the peace process, setting himself a daunting challenge to secure a final peace with the Palestinians. He would propose two states for two peoples, with a shared capital in Jerusalem. He knew the risks of failure, but he also knew the risks of not trying.
Prime Minister Barak’s visit is generously underwritten by Jay and Marilyn Weinberg, as part of Project Nuremberg. “We are most fortunate to be able to spend an evening with Ehud Barak, one of Israel’s and the world’s most distinguished soldiers and governmental leaders. His contributions to the state of Israel and the Jewish people are legendary, and his presence at our Temple is an opportunity not to be missed,” says Jay Weinberg.
An exclusive Benefactor Meet and Greet Reception with Prime Minister Barak, will commence at 6:00 pm, followed by the Main Program at 7:00 pm for all attendees. General Admission Tickets at $54 per person includes a copy of “My Country, My Life”. Benefactor Tickets at $180 per person includes preferred seating, a meet and greet reception with Prime Minister Barak and an autographed copy of “My Country, My Life.”
“Part of our Temple’s mission is to share a love and responsibility for each other, our community and country, for Israel, and for the future of the Jewish people,” said Mark Sunshine, Temple President. “It is an honor to host Ehud Barak at our synagogue and share with the greater community his profound insights into the creation of the state of Israel,” he adds. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Peace of Mind, a program that assists released Israeli combat soldiers with their transition back to civilian life. Register at tbeboca.org/special-events or call 561-391-8900