More News about the Ruderman Fellows
April 4, 2011: Town Hall Meeting with Israeli Knesset Members
The Ruderman Fellows participated in an interactive conversation with Brandeis students on the latest developments in Israel and the Middle East. Ilan Troen, director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and the Karl, Harry and Helen Stoll Chair in Israel Studies at Brandeis, moderated the program..
Strengthening the Relationship Between Israeli Leaders and the American Jewish Community
The Ruderman Family Foundation, in collaboration with the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University, launched The Ruderman Fellows Program in April, 2011, designed to strengthen the bonds of understanding between Israeli leaders and the American Jewish community.
The Ruderman Fellows Program cultivates a deeper awareness of the vibrancy of American Jewish life by engaging Israeli political leaders with U.S.-based scholars, community leaders, and professionals. In dialogue with opinion makers and experts, established and emerging leaders, the Fellows explored contemporary and future trends affecting Israel and the Jewish world.
Six Members of Knesset were selected to attend the program’s inaugural seminar on April 3 - 8, 2011 in Boston and New York: MK Carmel Shama and MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), MK Eitan Cabel and MK Daniel Ben Simon (Labor), and MK Avi Dichter and MK Ronit Tirosh (Kadima). The MKs participating in the program represented three of the largest factions in the Knesset and the next generation of political leadership in Israel.
The program’s distinguished Israeli Advisory Committee included Minister of Environmental Protection Gilad Erdan (Likud), Minister of Welfare Isaac Herzog (Labor), and Former Minister of Internal Security Avi Dichter (Kadima).
The Fellows program aims to enhance the horizons and capabilities of Israeli leaders. It combines the educational mission of Brandeis University with the Ruderman Foundation’s goal of strengthening the special relationship between Israel and the American Jewish community.