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Speaker to Discuss Israeli Society at UW-Eau Claire Nov. 14

RELEASED: Nov. 1, 2005

Itai TennenbaumEAU CLAIRE — Itai Tennenbaum, who represents Israel in the Twin Cities as the shaliach or "emissary" of the Jewish Agency for Israel, will present "Journey into the Heart of Israeli Society" at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in Room 119 of Phillips Science Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The one hour lecture will be followed by a 30-minute question and answer session.

Tennenbaum will discuss the birth of Israel as a modern nation state in 1948 and its continuing struggle to defend its right to exist and protect the safety of its citizens while working to maintain a national culture that is democratic and concerned with issues of morality and human rights. He will discuss the fact that Israel has a free press, with lively debates on public issues, and that dissidents are free to criticize government policy.

Tennenbaum was born in Tel Aviv. He moved to the United States with his family when he was 10 years old and graduated from high school in Maryland. He then returned to Israel and served in the army for three years. He was a tank commander during the 1982 Lebanon War and also served as a reserve soldier in Gaza. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in history at Jerusalem's Hebrew University. Tennenbaum has worked in Israel as a tour guide, and since 2000 he has been living in the United States, giving lectures on Israel. For the last three years, he has been based in Minneapolis.

The lecture is sponsored by the Jewish Student Association, the department of geography and anthropology, and the Center for International Education. Admission is free. Refreshments will be provided.

For additional information, contact Dr. Helaine Minkus, department of geography and anthropology, (715) 836-5481.

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