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Telling It Like It Is: Education and Its Impact in Israel with Professor Dan Ben-David

The Center for Jewish Learning presents

Telling It Like It Is

Education and Its Impact in Israel

Professor Dan Ben-David, Israeli Economics


Wednesday, January 23 at 7 pm

Kaplan Feldman Complex
12 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146


Israel’s education system is a study in irony. The talk will highlight aspects of education’s economic impact and focuses on a number of misconceptions about the state of education in Israel. It will provide an overview of achievements and failings in Israel’s primary, secondary, and higher education systems.

Professor Dan Ben-David (Ph.D. in Economics, University of Chicago) founded and heads the Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research and is a senior faculty member at Tel-Aviv University. Professor Ben-David was named “Person of the Year” by the Calcalist newspaper and was twice included among the 100 most influential people in Israel by the Haaretz-The Marker newspaper.



Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research
The Shoresh Institution is the only organization in Israel whose sole raison d’être is its focus on the long-run existential threats to the country. Shoresh’s distinctive ability to present its exceptional evidence-based analyses in clear and accessible language has earned it broad public respect and trust from all sectors of the Israeli government and society.

Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series is generously funded by the Lubin-Green Foundation, a Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

The Sh’ma: Listen! Speakers 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.

Sh’ma: Listen! Advisory Committee Chair
Rabbi Jeffrey Stiffman

Rabbi Tracy Nathan, Senior Educator, Center for Jewish Learning
Cyndee Levy, Director, Center for Jewish Learning

Jewish Federation of St. Louis
Gerald P. Greiman, Board Chair
Andrew Rehfeld, President & CEO