Gondos Memorial Lecture

Mayer & Ethel Lerner Sanctuary

Anna Ilona and Bela Gondos

Memorial Lecture

SPEAKER: Ira Forman


European Anti-Semitism

Ira Forman is an adjunct professor in Georgetown’s Center for Jewish Civilization. He previously served as the U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism (SEAS) from May, 2013 until the end of the Obama Administration in January 2017.  From 2011-2012 Mr. Forman served as the Jewish Outreach Director for the Obama for America campaign. He also served for nearly 15 years as the Executive Director of the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC)

Mr. Forman received his B.A. from Harvard University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Government. He received his M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.  He co-edited and wrote for the reference book, Jews In American Politics. He has written articles on these topics for the Encyclopedia Judaica and in the past year has authored numerous opinion pieces in publications such as the Washington Post, the Jerusalem Post and New York Jewish Week.

Following the Shabbat morning service, all are invited to participate in the congregational kiddush, sponsored by the Adult Education Committee of Ohr Kodesh. For additional information, please contact the Ohr Kodesh office at 301-589-3880.

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