Israel Lobby Shabbat

Israel Lobby Shabbat

CONGREGATION AHAWAS Achim B’nai Jacob & David’s Israel Action and Advocacy Committee will present Israel Lobby Shabbat, Friday-Saturday, Feb. 22-23, at the synagogue in West Orange.

On Friday at 9 p.m., a Super Oneg Shabbat for NCSYers will feature Aaron Marcus speaking on “Confronting Today’s Campus Challenges Such as BDS” at the home of Alex and Levi Herman.

On Shabbat morning, after kiddush, Marcus will present “A Factual Response to the State of Israel’s Critics,” followed by a Q & A.

Marcus, the grandson of AABJ&D’s Rabbi Emeritus Alvin M. Marcus, was “an advocate voice for the voiceless” while a student at Rutgers University. He served as a Zionist Organization of America campus coordinator and lectured on campuses on the Middle East and Arab-Israeli conflict. He holds a master’s in government, counterterrorism, and homeland security from IDC in Israel, and a J.D. from George Mason University Law School, where he specialized in homeland and national security law and public policy. Marcus worked for the Homeland Security Investigative Law Division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

On Shabbat afternoon at seudah shlishit, Barbara Israel Bortniker will offer “The State of Israel-U.S. Relations — Can We Rely on U.S. Support for Israel?”

Bortniker, a West Orange resident, is active in many Jewish organizations, including JNF, AIPAC, and NORPAC. She has been involved in leading over a dozen missions to Washington to advocate to members of Congress on issues concerning Israel’s security and the U.S.-Israel relationship.

For information, call 973-736-1407 or visit

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