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The Sandra Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center and Baruch College Present "Israel and Democracy"


Admiral Ami Ayalon

Admiral Amichay (Ami) Ayalon


NEW YORK, NY-April 2, 2015 - The Sandra Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center (JSC), part of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College presents its fifth annual conference, “Israel and Democracy” on Wednesday, May 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. This all day event is free and open to the public and will feature a screening of the film “The Gatekeepers” and a keynote address by Admiral Amichay (Ami) Ayalon, former director of Israel’s security agency, the Shin Bet.


Panelist to Explore Democracy in Israel



  • Panel II, which begins at noon focuses on Security in Israel and features Oren Barak (Cornell University/The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Gabriella Blum (Harvard University Law School), Robert Lieber (Georgetown University) and Nadim Rouhana (Tufts University).


  • Panel III, on Israel and its legal system begins at 2:30 p.m. and features Ariel Bendor (University of Maryland/Bar Ilan University), Pnina Lahav (Boston University), Mohammed Wattad (University of California Irvine/Zefat College of Law) and Kent Yalowitz (Arnold & Porter LLP).


  • Respondent: “What’s Been Said, What’s Not Been Said on Democracy in Israel” will begin at 5:00 p.m., led by Professor Naomi Chazan.


The 2012 Academy Award-nominated documentary “The Gatekeepers” will be screened at 6:00 p.m. followed by a keynote address by Admiral Amichay (Ami) Ayalon. Former director of Israel’s security agency, the Shin Bet, he served as a cabinet minister and a member of the Knesset for the Labor party and starred in “The Gatekeepers”.


WHAT:  “Israel and Democracy”


WHEN:   Wednesday, May 13, 2015

               9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.


WHERE:  Baruch College Performing Arts Center
               55 Lexington Avenue, Engelman Recital Hall

              (Enter on 25th street, between 3rd and Lexington Avenues).




About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



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