New AIPAC Leader to Launch Shabbat Dinner Speaker Series
Michael Kassen will visit campus on November 18.
November 17, 2011
AIPAC President-Elect Michael Kassen
Dickinson students will have the chance to talk—and enjoy a
festive meal—with the president-elect of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Friday, November 18 when he visits campus to discuss
U.S.-Israel relations. Michael Kassen, the father of Laura Kassen ’12, will
officially begin his term as leader of the national lobbying group in March.
“We hope that students will be prompted to think about the
reasons for the strong American-Israeli alliance and will learn about the
connections—religious, political, cultural, scientific and economic—that both
Jews and non-Jews have with Israel,” said Ted Merwin, director of The Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life, which is sponsoring Kassen’s visit.
Kassen will be the first guest of what Merwin says will be a
Shabbat dinner speaker series. Shabbat,
which begins at sundown on Friday and ends at nightfall on Saturday, is the
Jewish day of rest.
“We hope to acquaint the campus in general with the
importance of Shabbat, the basic rituals and the connection between Jewish
religion and culture,” Merwin said. “We are doing this by bringing in a series
of distinguished rabbis, scholars and cultural figures.”
Both Kassen’s talk and the corresponding dinner are free and
open to the public. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Stern Center Great Room. Those
wishing to attend should RSVP to Lori Loudon at email@example.com or 717-254-8963.
Kassen ‘12, is a member of the new Dickinson Israel Group, which
seeks to promote understanding and appreciation of the Middle Eastern country.