Impact Symposium Fundraising Reception
*Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has rescheduled his trip to speak at Vanderbilt’s Impact Symposium for this Sunday, April 7th at 7pm.
The Hillel Fundraising Reception featuring David Bernstein, Executive Director of the David Project, will go on as planned. Former Senator George Mitchell, who served as U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace from 2009 to 2011, will still appear at Vanderbilt University on Monday, March 18th as part of Vanderbilt’s 2013 Impact Symposium. Those who purchased tickets to the event will have reserved tickets to the Senator Mitchell lecture on March 18th in addition to the rescheduled lecture by Ehud Barak on April 7th.
Vanderbilt Hillel will be hosting a fundraising reception and briefing prior to the event at 6 pm at the Ben Schulman Center for Jewish Life. The fundraising reception will feature remarks by special guest David Bernstein, the Executive Director of the David Project.
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Reception address to be given by David Bernstein, Executive Director of the David Project.
David Bernstein became Executive Director in August 2010, overseeing The David Project’s growth in its educational mission and institutional development. David spent 13 years at the American Jewish Committee, where he began as director of the Washington regional office and then served in management roles overseeing regional offices and national and local programming and advocacy. During his time at AJC, David was a leading advocate for Israel on the legislative, diplomatic, media and intergroup relations fronts. He was a founder of the Israel on Campus Coalition of Greater Washington.
During his college years, David was one of the leading Jewish student activists of the 1980s, serving as a leader nationwide in campus Israel advocacy and as a student organizer in the Soviet Jewry movement. He served two terms on the National Hillel secretariat, the executive committee for Jewish student activities on campus.
As a graduate student, David traveled the country leading seminars at Jewish youth conventions on how to effectively make the case for Israel. On both television and in front of large audiences, he has debated leading Palestinian activists, including American University Professor Rhonda Zaharna, who served on the Palestinian team to Middle East peace talks, and Hussein Ibish of the American Task Force on Palestine. He is author of AJC’s Israel in the Media, and dozens of op-ed pieces and letters appearing in numerous publications, including the Washington Post, the Jerusalem Report and the Washington Jewish Week. He has provided pro-Israel media training in cities across the country and to Israeli diplomats based in the U.S. David was a leading player in the successful nationwide effort to overturn the decision of the Presbyterian Church USA to divest its holdings from Israel.
David graduated The Ohio State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and the University of Dayton with a Masters of Arts in International Relations, and attended the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was a Nahum-Goldmann Fellow in the summer of 2002 in Melbourne, Australia and a graduate of Leadership Washington.