Mar 7, 2016

JCRC to Present “A Conversation with Alan Dershowitz” on Israel

South Palm Beach county residents are invited to a program with Alan Dershowitz, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School who has been called “America’s most public Jewish defender” and “Israel’s single most visible defender – the Jewish state’s lead attorney in the court of public opinion.” (bio below)

On Thursday evening, March 24, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County will present, free of charge, “A Conversation with Alan Dershowitz.” The program will be hosted by Congregation B’nai Israel, 2200 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, where doors will open at 6:45 p.m.

The “Conversation” will focus on high-interest topics related to the State of Israel, including: Understanding and Addressing the Anti-Israel Movement, Prospects for Peace in the Middle East, and Preparing for Boycott, Divestment, Sanction (BDS) Rhetoric on the College Campus.

“Our diverse Jewish community cares and is deeply engaged, thirsting for knowledge and eager to hear perspectives on Israel,” said Matthew C. Levin, Federation President & CEO, who will moderate the evening. “It is essential that a community like ours stay abreast and continue learning to be part of the critical civil dialogue regarding our homeland, and our JCRC plays a vital role in this. We look forward to our discussion with Professor Dershowitz, including a stimulating Question and Answer session.”

“We once again are honored to host Professor Alan Dershowitz at Congregation B'nai Israel, and welcome guests from across the entire Jewish community for this in-depth program," said Robert Silvers, the synagogue’s Senior Rabbi. “Together, we will learn, and gain valuable insight into the challenges that face Israel, which are of great concern to us all.”

The program is free of charge to the public, but RSVP is required at to register. Separate registration is requested for each individual attending. Also please note that a valid driver's license must be presented for entry at Congregation B’nai Israel. For more information, please call 561.852.6022 or email

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is the public policy, community relations and advocacy arm of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. The JCRC helps to unite, support and direct the organized Jewish community in the greater Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach areas. Rooted in Jewish values and informed by Jewish history, the JCRC also reflects the ideals of American democracy.


Professor Alan Dershowitz has been called “America’s most public Jewish defender” and “Israel’s single most visible defender – the Jewish state’s lead attorney in the court of public opinion,” in addition to his renown as an advocate for civil and individual liberties. The Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Dershowitz is a graduate of Brooklyn College and Yale Law School. He joined the Harvard Law School faculty at age 25 after clerking for Judge David Bazelon and Justice Arthur Goldberg.

Professor Dershowitz is the author of 30 fiction and non-fiction works with a worldwide audience. His six national bestsellers include The New York Times #1 Chutzpah. His 2013 autobiography is called Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law; his novel, The Trials of Zion, is called “exceptional” and “action-packed;” and his other works include The Case For Israel and The Case For Peace. He has also published more than 1,000 articles in magazines, newspapers, journals and blogs such as The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, Huffington Post, Newsmax, Jerusalem Post and Ha’aretz.

His many awards have included honorary doctorates from universities in the U.S. and Israel, and academic awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on human rights, a fellowship at The Center for The Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences and several Dean’s Awards for his books. In presenting Professor Dershowitz with the ADL’s inaugural William O. Douglas First Amendment Award, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel said, "If there had been a few people like Alan Dershowitz during the 1930s and 1940s, the history of European Jewry might have been different.”