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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin,
International Political and Strategic Consultant and Public Opinion Expert

Dahlia Scheindlin Tel Aviv Aug 2017. Photo by Eyal Warshavsky

Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin is a public opinion expert and an international political and strategic consultant who will provide a critical point of view on the 2019 Israel elections. Because she currently conducts the joint Israeli-Palestinian ongoing public opinion survey together with the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, Dr. Scheindlin is uniquely positioned to share insights into this election process and the potential ripple effect on Israel’s domestic and international political relationships.

 

Inspired by the legacy of its extraordinary namesake, the Connie Spear Birnbaum Memorial Lecture strives to be a force for unity by bringing the brightest minds and most compelling Jewish leaders to inform and inspire us. JCRC is proud to sponsor this lecture series, which offers timely topics and speakers across the ideological spectrum, reflecting the fullness of our community’s diversity. Being open to hearing all voices – not just one’s own or those most familiar to us – is “the Connie way.” This is a significant step on a journey which begins with education and exposure, engenders understanding and respect, and hopefully, paves a path toward that ever-elusive unity and love of one Jew for the other.

Tribute Committee
Rabbi Susan Abramson
Rabbi Ariel Burger
Rabbi Daniel Berman
Joyce & Michael Bohnen
Dr. Robert Braitman
Aaron Feuerstein
Cantor Aryeh Finkelstein
Rabbi Ronne Friedman
Rabbi Wes Gardenswartz
Hazzan Sara Geffen Geller
Professor Lewis Glinert
Rabbi Leonard Gordon
Rabbi Mark Gottlieb
Shelley Greene & Professor David C. Jacobson
Rabbi Eric Gurvis
Rabbi William Hamilton
Brenda & Dr. Jesse Hefter
Councilor Tito Jackson
Ronda & Dr. Josh Jacobson
Shelley Greene & Professor David C. Jacobson
Ronda & Dr. Josh Jacobson
Jeff Jacoby
Bernice “Sis” Kazis
Cantor Jeff Klepper
Matthew Lazar
Rabbi Daniel Liben
Rabbi Abraham Morhaim
Daniel Nesson
Cantor Charles Osborne
Rabbi Barbara Penzner
Rabbi Daniel Pernick
Dr. Nehemia Polen
Rabbi Victor Reinstein
Rabbi Michelle Robinson
Rabbi Roy Rosenbaum
Rabbi Benjamin Samuels
Cantor Benji Ellen Schiller
Professor Solomon Schimmel
Barry Shrage
Erica & Gerrald Silverman
Horace Small
Dr. Francene & Rav/Hazan Scott Sokol
Alan Teperow
Rabbi Mendy Uminer
Rabbi Moshe Waldoks
Rabbi Norbert Weinberg
Rabbi David Wolfman
Howard Worona
Rabbi Henry Zoob

Sponsoring Synagogues and Organizations
Adams Street Shul of Newton
Ahavath Torah Congregation of Stoughton
Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity
Beit Sasson: The Sephardic Congregation of Newton
Center Makor
Chabad of Chestnut Hill
Chabad of Newton Centre
Combined Jewish Philanthropies
Congregation Beth Israel of Worcester
Congregation Kehillath Israel of Brookline
Congregation Mishkan Tefila
Congregation Shaarei Tefillah of Newton
Congregation Shirat Hayam of the North Shore
Consulate General of Israel to New England
Eim Chai
Facing History & Ourselves
Gann Academy
Hadassah
Hebrew College
Israel Bonds
JCC of Greater Boston
Jewish Cemetery Association of MA
Jewish Federation of Central MA
Jewish Theological Seminary of America
Jewish Women's Archive
LimmudBoston
Massachusetts Board of Rabbis
National Council of Jewish Women
Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue of Jamaica Plain
Newton Centre Minyan
Rofeh International
Synagogue Council of Massachusetts
Temple Aliyah of Needham
Temple Beth Avodah of Newton
Temple Beth David of Westwood
Temple Beth Elohim of Wellesley
Temple Beth Emunah of Brockton
Temple Beth Shalom of Needham
Temple Beth Zion of Brookline
Temple Emanuel of Newton
Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley
Temple Emunah of Lexington
Temple Etz Chaim of Franklin
Temple Hillel-B'nai Torah of West Roxbury
Temple Isaiah of Lexington
Temple Israel of Boston
Temple Israel of Natick
Temple Ohabei Shalom of Brookline
Temple Reyim of Newton
Temple Shalom Emeth of Burlington
Temple Shalom of Newton
The David Project
Union for Reform Judaism-East District
Union of Minority Neighborhoods
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism-Northeast District
Women's Studies Research Center-Brandeis University
Young Israel of Brookline
Young Israel of Sharon

16th Annual Connie S. Birnbaum Lecture Co-Sponsors

More about Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin,
International Political and Strategic Consultant and Public Opinion Expert

Dahlia Scheindlin Tel Aviv Aug 2017. Photo by Eyal Warshavsky

Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin is a public opinion expert and an international political and strategic consultant; she is also an academic and a writer. She has advised and conducted research on five national campaigns in Israel, mostly for the Labor Party and including the most recent elections in 2015.  In the past, she has worked as a Senior Analyst for the Washington-based global firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research; the director of international campaigns at GCS Issue Management, and a researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute. As an independent consultant, she conducts extensive public opinion and policy research on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the peace process (including working for Prime Minister Ehud Barak during the Camp David negotiations in 2000, with GQRR), along with issues of democracy, human rights, minority relations, religious identity, Arab-Jewish relations and foreign affairs for a wide range of NGOs. She currently conducts the joint Israeli-Palestinian ongoing public opinion survey together with the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research. Ms. Scheindlin has worked internationally on electoral campaigns, social and civil society projects in Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, Madedonia, Ukraine, Egypt, Palestine, Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Austria, Italy, and the US,  among other countries.

 

About Connie Spear Birnbaum

As a professional and as a volunteer, Connie Spear Birnbaum worked tirelessly for an array of organizations within the Jewish community, always with the goal of advancing Ahavat Yisrael – the love of one Jew for the other – and a penchant for being in the right place at the right time. Upon her untimely passing from breast cancer at age 48, Connie became a symbol of Jewish unity and the inspiration for an annual event which would bring together Jews from across the width and breadth of Jewish life – from the religious to the secular, the right to the left, and everywhere in between. This popular and meaningful lecture was established in Connie’s memory and continues to be open to anyone who wishes to attend.