SAT. SAT. APRIL 2 | "The Cost of Continuing War: Fathers, Sons and the Israeli Family" wit
Following the 8:00PM performance, join us for a post-show discussion and talkback with Alan Elsner (Senior Advisor to President of J Street), Sinai Peter (director of After the War), and Noa Meir (Director of Israel Action Center, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington).
Journalist and author Alan Elsner has had a long career at the top ranks of American and international journalism and a long record of Jewish and pro-Israel advocacy. He is currently Senior Advisor to the President of J Street. As State Department and later White House correspondent for Reuters News Agency, Elsner traveled the world with Secretaries of State and was on close terms with presidents and vice presidents. Elsner is an Israeli citizen who served in the Israel Defense Forces during the 1982 Lebanon War.
Elsner is the author of two novels and two works of non-fiction. His first book, “Gates of Injustice: The Crisis in America’s Prisons,” was hailed by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy as a “wake-up call” and welcomed by the political left and right. His first novel, “The Nazi Hunter,” was described by Publishers’ Weekly as "a gripping debut thriller and a compelling tale." His memoir, “Guarded by Angels” about his father’s experiences in Soviet Gulag Camps in World War II, was published by Yad Vashem.
Noa Meir is the JCRC Director, Israel Action Center. Noa holds both American and Israeli citizenship. Prior to this position she completed a one year appointment as a Jewish Agency Israel Fellow at George Washington University’s Hillel, having been chosen along with two other IDF (Israel Defense Forces) officers for a unique pilot project with the Jewish Agency. She served three years in the Foreign Relations Department of the IDF as head of the North American Desk, holding the rank of major. As a Captain, she served as a spokesperson for the IDF and as Deputy Head of the Military Strategic Information Section. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Bar Ilan University and a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and Security from Tel Aviv University. Noa is extremely passionate about Israeli advocacy, foreign relations and diplomacy. As someone who lived in Israel, as well as in Jewish communities in the US, Canada and England, she maintains a broad view of Jewish culture and is happy to be working in this field in the Greater Washington area.