The evening’s honoree was Leon Frankel, a St. Paul native, who served as a Navy aviator during World War II, then volunteered for the 101 Squadron, Israel’s embryonic air force, which played a decisive role in the Jewish state’s War of Independence.
Journalist and author (Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror) Jeffrey Goldberg was the evening’s keynote speaker. He sketched out the two main challenges facing Israel: the looming threat from an Iranian regime with nuclear weapons and the international delegitimization campaign, which includes the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement.
A discussion with Goldberg was moderated by Sally Abrams, who co-directs the JCRC Speakers Bureau.
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