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The Jewish Community Relations Council, in collaboration with the Center for Jewish Learning and Congregation B’nai Amoona, will present Israel Updates: Elections, Peace Plan, and What’s Next? An Evening with David Makovsky of The Washington Institute, Director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations.

The talk will take place at Congregation B’nai Amoona, 324 S. Mason Road, on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.

This timely discussion will take place a week after the scheduled Israeli elections and the release of Makovsky’s new book with Dennis Ross, “Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny.”

Makovsky is the Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and Director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations. He is also an adjunct professor in Middle East Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). In 2013-14, he worked in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of State, serving as a senior advisor to the Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations.

For more information and to register today, visit For additional information, call 314-442-3871 or email

The talk is sponsored by the JCRC and Dr. Carl and Lynn Lyss in memory of Paul and Bluma Lyss and Dr. Stanley B. Lyss.

Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series is generously funded by the Lubin-Green Foundation, a Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. The Series promotes engagement with a wide spectrum of ideas as a means to deepen our community’s education and commitment to Jewish life. The views expressed by speakers are their own and not necessarily those of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis or the Center for Jewish Learning.