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Israel's Foreign Minister to Attend JNF National Conference 2014

August 12, 2014
Adam H. Brill
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Avigdor Liberman to Give Keynote Address at Sept. 15 Breakfast in Beverly Hills;

No. 2 Figure in Israeli Govt. Rose to Senior Leadership after Emigrating from Russia;

David Siegel, Israel’s Consul General in LA, to Also Speak  

New York, NY: August 12, 2014 – Avigdor Liberman, the Israeli minister of foreign affairs, will deliver the keynote address, Your Voice in Israel: Strong and Proud, at Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) National Conference on Monday, September 15 at 9:00 a.m. at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, CA.

“Foreign Minister Liberman represents the true Israeli experience that so many can relate to,” said JNF Chief Executive Officer Russell F. Robinson. “He left the former Soviet Union for Israel in 1978 with very little and ended up rising to become the number two person in the Israeli government today. His struggle from uncertainty to excellence is the story of Israel and the Jewish people during the last 3,000 years.”  

Jeffrey E. Levine, president of JNF remarked, “We are very happy to welcome the foreign minister to National Conference and for our donors to hear his account of Operation Protective Edge and the prospects for peace in the future. Minister Liberman is sure to attract the diverse Jewish audience that includes the Russian, Persian and Israeli communities in LA. who are interested in learning his perspective on Israeli relations with the US and the rest of the world, along with the great work that JNF does in Israel.”

A major figure in the Israeli government who strongly supported the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) efforts to defend the country from Hamas’ rocket attacks and to destroy the terror tunnels discovered in Gaza this past summer, Liberman was born in Moldova and immigrated to Israel in 1978. A former soldier in the IDF, he heads the Yisrael Beitenu Party and has been a member of Knesset since 1998. Minister Liberman has previously served as minister of transportation, minister of national infrastructures, minister of strategic affairs, chairman of the Knesset foreign affairs and defense committee, director-general of the prime minister's office, and as minister of foreign affairs (April 2009-Dec. 2012). In November 2013 he was reappointed to the cabinet post. He is married with three children.

David Siegel, the consul general of Israel in Los Angeles, will make opening remarks at the conference’s Hollywood-Israel entertainment connection panel discussion on Friday, Sept. 12 at 3:00 p.m.

Panelists include: Howard Gordon, executive producer, Teakwood Lane Productions; Howard Rosenman, Academy Award-Winning producer and motion picture executive; Rick Rosen, board member and head of television department, William Morris Endeavor; and Gail Berman, chairperson and CEO of The Jackal Group. The moderator is Hal Linden, JNF’s national spokesperson and a star of stage and screen. Rob Schiller, a JNF LA board member and two-time Emmy® Award winning director will make introductions.

Consul General Siegel has served in his role since August 2011, and is the senior representative of the State of Israel to the southwestern United States. Siegel has served in numerous high-ranking diplomatic roles involved in policy formulation and decision-making at the senior levels of Israel's foreign policy establishment. He has been deeply involved in policy coordination with the State Department, the National Security Council and the White House and participated in the 1998 Wye River Peace Summit, the 1999 Israel-Syria negotiations, the Camp David Middle East Peace Summit in the fall of 2000, and the 2007 Annapolis Conference. He graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in political science and earned a master’s in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston. He has served as a commander in the IDF.

Jewish National Fund’s National Conference brings together hundreds of committed Jewish leaders from across the country to learn about the key issues of the day that affect Jews in the U.S. and in Israel as well as JNF’s ongoing work for the land and people of Israel. A glamorous Sunday night gala will honor Charles Fox, Grammy® and Emmy® Award Winning Hall of Fame composer, with the prestigious JNF Tree of Life™ Award.

Space is limited and advance registration is required for the Liberman event. Owing to security issues, no walk-ins will be allowed. RSVP at The Beverly Hilton is located at 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

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JEWISH NATIONAL FUND (JNF) began in 1901 as a dream and vision to reestablish a homeland in Israel for Jewish people everywhere. Jews the world over collected coins in iconic JNF Blue Boxes, purchasing land and planting trees until ultimately, their dream of a Jewish homeland was a reality. JNF gives all generations of Jews a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people.

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