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Wake-up Call for Israel: A Lecture by Dan Ben-David

Date: September 17, 2015
Location: ​St. Louis, MO 

Join us Thursday, September 17, 2015, from noon to 1:30 pm for a talk by Professor Dan Ben-David, the founder and president of the independent, nonpartisan Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research and a senior faculty member of the Department of Public Policy at Tel-Aviv University.

Much of the discourse abroad on Israel continues to focus on an outdated set of paradigms.  Within Israel, there is a growing realization that the country’s core challenges have shifted – and with them, an internalization that Israel is at a crossroads.  It is home to some of the world’s most innovative private sector companies as well as to some of the leading universities and medical centers.  At the same time, a very large – and increasing – share of the population is being left behind.  The talk will focus on these domestic changes and their impact on Israel, which need to be understood and addressed by the country while its window of opportunity to do so is still open.

This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Social Development and the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and will be held in Brown Lounge on the second floor of Brown Hall on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. There is no fee to attend. A boxed lunch will be provided.