Sep 8, 2015

Women’s Season to Open with Former CNN Middle East Correspondent Now a Builder of Teen Defenders of Israel

An engaging and informative event is planned for women throughout the Jewish community as the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County opens its new women’s season. They’ll gather on Monday morning, November 2, 2015 to hear former Middle East correspondent Linda Scherzer discuss pro-Israel activities and dispense practical advice on how to combat the prevalent BDS movement on college campuses. The program will be held at The Polo Club, 5030 Champion Boulevard in Boca Raton. Registration will start at 8:45 a.m., with the program beginning promptly at 9:15 a.m. The $45 couvert includes breakfast, with dietary laws observed.

“We are so pleased to be able to offer this empowering program to all women in the Jewish community, of all ages, neighborhoods and backgrounds,” said Karen Dern, who is co-chairing the event with Janice Obuchowski. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with old friends and meet new ones, and to learn something new, as well as to foster this important communal conversation.”

The event will address several timely issues facing the Jewish community, including effective ways to respond to anti-Israel sentiments and counter claims to delegitimize Israel. Ms. Scherzer, current executive director of the Write On for Israel advocacy organization, will help frame this difficult subject and offer constructive advice and valuable strategies for young people on how to best tackle any challenging situations they may confront on campus. At Write on For Israel, she educates and trains select high school students to defend Israel on college campuses.

“As an expert on the Arab-Israeli conflict and head of a leading Israel advocacy group, Ms. Scherzer is uniquely suited to discuss these issues and will provide practical tools for students to combat efforts to delegitimize Israel and counter the BDS movement,” said Janice Obuchowski. “Our goal in offering the program is to begin what will be an ongoing dialogue on this critical issue because it is something our Jewish young adults are more and more frequently encountering. We feel it’s essential that women have the awareness and the resources to support and inform their children.”

Wells Fargo Private Bank is the generous sponsor of the Dorothy Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy, which is presenting the opening event. Event sponsors include Ivan and Co. Jeweler, and The Boca Raton Observer is Exclusive Magazine sponsor. For additional information or to RSVP, women may call Shielle Traverso at 561.852.3114 or email

The Dorothy Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy is a sisterhood built on shared Jewish values; a support network of encouragement and recognition; and a venue for learning, growing, bonding, advocating and celebrating. It is made up of strong, active, caring women of all ages who are deeply committed to doing good locally, in Israel and around the world.


Featured speaker Linda Scherzer is a former Mideast correspondent for CNN and Israel Television with extensive experience covering the Arab-Israeli conflict. During her years with CNN, Linda covered the first Palestinian intifada, the Gulf War and the Mideast peace process. She is probably best remembered for her interview with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu through a gas mask during an Iraqi scud missile attack.

Linda was the only North American ever to work as an on-air correspondent for Mabat, Israel Television’s Hebrew news program, where she covered Arab and Palestinian affairs. She traveled to Damascus twice to report on Syrian attitudes toward the peace process and produced a one-hour documentary, "Through the Eyes of Enemies: Is the Middle East Ready for Peace?" which explores opinion in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt towards Israel.

Today, Linda is the executive director of Write On For Israel, a program which trains top high school students to become defenders of Israel when they get to college. She is also a media and public relations consultant and advises the Jewish community on how to engage in constructive dialogue with the press.

Photo Caption: Karen Dern and Janice Obuchowski, Women’s Opener Co-Chairs