A Path to Peace: A lecture by George J. Mitchell with Alon Sachar

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Temple Israel of Greater Miami

137 Northeast 19th Street

Miami, FL 33132

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George J. Mitchell, former Senate majority leader and U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, will be the featured speaker as part of Temple Israel’s Dr. Bernard & Jeanette Gordon Halperin Memorial Lecture Series. Senator Mitchell will share the stage with Alon Sachar, with whom he co-wrote the recent book A Path to Peace: A Brief History of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and a Way Forward in the Middle East. Sachar was an advisor for the advancement of Middle East peace in both the Bush and Obama Administrations. Senator Mitchell and Mr. Sachar will appear on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 1:00pm in the Abess Sanctuary at Temple Israel; 137 NE 19th Street; Miami, FL 33132

The lecture is free and open to the public. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

Mitchell and Sachar will offer their insiders’ account of progress and backsliding in the Israeli and Palestinians negotiations. They will offer their views on specific concessions each side must make in order to achieve peace. A question and answer period will follow their presentation.

It has been said “there is not a man, woman or child in the Capitol who does not trust George Mitchell.” In his 15 years as a U.S. Senator, George J. Mitchell enjoyed a high stratum of bipartisan respect. Outside of the Senate, he has been recognized as one of the most effective negotiators for world justice. Mitchell used his trust-building skills as the primary architect of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, bringing peace to Northern Ireland. In 1999, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

About Senator George J. Mitchell

Senator George Mitchell has had a long and distinguished career. He served for several years as Chairman of DLA Piper, now Chairman Emeritus. Before that he served as a federal judge; as Majority Leader of the United States Senate; as Chairman of peace negotiations in Northern Ireland, which resulted in an agreement that ended an historic conflict; and most recently as U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East. In 2008 Time Magazine described him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Senator Mitchell is the author of five books. His most recent books are a memoir entitled The Negotiator: Reflections on an American Life, published in May 2015 and A Path To Peace, published in November 2016.

About Alon Sachar

Alon Sachar has worked to advance Middle East peace under the Bush and Obama administrations. He served as an advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Daniel B. Shapiro, in Tel Aviv from 2011 to 2012 and to President Obama’s Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, George J. Mitchell from 2009 to 2011. From 2006 to 2009, he served in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, focusing on the U.S. bilateral relationships with Israel and the Palestinians as well as Arab-Israeli relations. Alon has also worked out of the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, which serves as the U.S. diplomatic mission to the Palestinians. Today, Alon is a lawyer based in California, where he was born and raised.

About the Lecture Series:

The Dr. Bernard & Jeanette Gordon Halperin Memorial Lecture Series was organized by the Halperin’s children as a tribute to their parents. The first lecture was in April of 2016. Speaking about the motivation for sponsoring the lectures, Keith Halperin said “There was nothing more important to our mother than education. Mom made this abundantly clear in the years following my father’s death. Mom put all three of us through private schools, colleges and graduate schools. Our mother blessed us with many years of love, worrying, wisdom, lectures on the finer points of grammar, and much laughter,” said Keith Halperin.

“The Memorial Lecture is an ongoing series underwritten by the Halperin sons to honor their parents, long time members of Temple Israel,” said Donna Lise Dambrot, the synagogue’s Executive Director. “Their generosity allows our temple community and the public the opportunity to hear speakers of note, without charge, and brings people together to learn and to enjoy. We are grateful Temple Israel can share these programs with all of South Florida.”

Keith Halperin added, “To honor Jeanie & Bernie Halperin, we could think of no better challenge for the 2017/2018 lectures to address than the Jewish state of Israel, a nation whose very existence continued to amaze my parents, and whose evolution never ceased to delight and to confound them.” Halperin added, “My parents would be bowled over by having such bright luminaries delivering this lecture in their honor.”

About Dr. Bernard and Jeanette Gordon Halperin:

Known as Bernie or Doc by his friends, Dr. Halperin grew up in New Jersey and New York, in a family of modest means. His mother decided that he was going to become “the doctor”. Before graduating from NYU, he enrolled in the predominantly Jewish Chicago Medical School. After moving to Miami, Dr. Halperin was one of the first Jewish doctors to hang his shingle in gentile Miami. In 1977, shortly after his son Keith’s Bar Mitzvah, Dr. Halperin died unexpectedly. Among the many hundreds of mourners at his funeral was one of his best friends, and surely his most famous patient, Jackie Gleason.

Jeanie moved to Miami soon after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and taught second grade at what was then known as Mid-Beach Elementary. Her dentist set her up on a blind date with the nice Jewish doctor. Bernie and Jeanie were engaged within a month and married within two. They had three children and were married for twenty years.

About Temple Israel of Greater Miami:

Founded in 1922, Temple Israel is South Florida’s first reform synagogue. It was organized to answer the need for less structured, less traditional services than were available at that time in Miami. The temple’s first home was on what is now Biscayne Boulevard and N.E. 13th Street. In 1928, it moved to its current campus on 19th Street.

Temple Israel has long been a South Florida leader in community action. It hosted the first area meetings of Christian and Jewish clergy, the first formal contact between white and African American clergy, and the earliest formal encounters of Spanish-speaking and English-speaking clergy. The congregation established the first local Head Start program.

Temple Israel has a strong tradition of making itself a center for scholarship, learning, and discussion about topics important to the Jewish people, to the South Florida community, and to the nation. The congregation is pleased to further that tradition by hosting The Dr. Bernard & Jeanette Gordon Halperin Memorial Lecture Series.

Prior Lectures

April, 2016 Joseph Epstein, “Jewish Humor”

April, 2017 Max Boot, “Israel’s Search for Security: from 1948 to Today.”

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