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Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren and U.S. Ambassador Daniel Shapiro affirmed U.S. support for the Jewish State before a packed house on GA Day 2. Plus more photos.

Ambassadors Speak at GA Day 2

DENVER, CO — Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael B. Oren and the U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel B. Shapiro affirmed U.S. support for the Jewish State’s peace and security before a packed house on the second day of The Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly in Denver today. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also sent greetings via a taped message.

Ambassadors Oren and Shapiro held an onstage dialogue, led by former IDF and Israeli government spokesperson, Col. (Ret.) Miri Eisen. The discussion touched on everything from the diplomats’ shared heritage of American Jewish summer camps and youth groups to their joint dream that, as Oren put it, the time is not distant from “that day when Dan and I can witness a signing ceremony” at the White House for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

There were many intense and diverse topics covered at today’s GA session: integration of the Haredi and Arab-Israelis into the mainstream of Israeli society (two different sessions); Welcoming Interfaith Families (which featured Denver/Boulder’s Stepping Stones program, featuring Rabbi Steven Foster); and the Jewish Futures Conference, exploring trends and new approaches to Jewish education, which included Boulder’s Chidush Program materials, just to name four sessions.

We continue to be surprised and proud at the number of Boulder community members attending the GA.  Here are some of today’s pictures from Bruce Shaffer, David and Cheryl Fellows:

Here are Bruce Shaffer’s pictures from Sunday night’s Matisyahu concert:

About David Fellows

I've been writing things since grammar school, and served as a writer, photographer and/or an editor on my junior high and high school newspapers; the Daily Trojan at USC (where I earned my journalism degree); the student newspaper at the Anderson School at UCLA (where I earned my MBA); and written and edited countless business documents and presentations in the ensuing twenty years. I've been involved Jewishly since my bris and in Boulder since 1995. I'm married to my Executive Director Cheryl, and we have two children, Lauren and Ethan.

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