Veteran journalist to speak on ‘Kotel, conversion, conflict’

Posted on: August 31st, 2017 by tgregory

Haviv Rettig Gur

Israeli-American journalist Haviv Rettig Gur will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Gordon Jewish Community Center on the topic “Kotel, Conversion and Conflict: Hot Button Issues in Israel, Where Do We Stand Today?”

His talk begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a dessert reception. It is sponsored by the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

Gur is a political correspondent and analyst for the Times of Israel and a commentator and lecturer on Jewish history and identity. He was a diplomatic and Jewish world correspondent for the Jerusalem Post and director of communications for the Jewish Agency for Israel.

 He is a wide-ranging lecturer on Israeli politics and history, U.S.-Israel relations, Jewish identity and communal issues, and Israel-Diaspora relations. He has reported from more than 20 countries and previously served as director of communications for the Jewish Agency for Israel.

From 2010 to 2012 Mr. Gur also acted, on a volunteer basis, as the vice president for government relations of SpaceIL, the Israeli team competing in Google’s Lunar X-Prize competition to land the first civilian spacecraft on the moon. He served for three years as an infantry combat medic in the Israel Defense Forces, a role in which he continues to serve in a reserve capacity.

To RSVP or more information, please contact Barbara Schwarcz at (615) 354-1630 or  •