Award-winning author and columnist Dr. Daniel Gordis will keynote the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, to be held Monday, Sept. 18, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive. He will speak on the topic: "Beyond Our Wildest Dreams: The State of Israel a Century after Balfour."
Issued 100 years ago by the British, the Balfour Declaration was the first substantial endorsement of the idea of a Jewish State. Gordis will discuss the century of progress that ensued and explore the ways Israel has exceeded what its founders ever imagined.
Gordis is senior vice president and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem. He writes a column for the Jerusalem Post , and is a regular contributor to the New York Times , in print and online.
The author of numerous books on Jewish thought and current events in Israel and a National Jewish Book Award winner, Gordis was the founding dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism. He joined Shalem in 2007 to help found Israel's first liberal arts college, after spending nine years as vice president of the Mandel Foundation in Israel and director of its Leadership Institute.
Gordis is widely cited on matters pertaining to Israel. During the Gaza War of 2014, Bloomberg View asked him to become a columnist explaining Israelis' views of the conflict to the world at large. In 2014, the Jerusalem Post listed him as one of the world's 50 most influential Jews. Since moving to Israel in 1998, Gordis has written and lectured throughout the world on Israeli society and challenges facing the Jewish state.
The Business Meeting and Members' Forum begins at 10 a.m.; Gordis will speak at the luncheon session, which follows at noon. Register at juf.org/annualmeeting.