Adi Koll is a newly elected member of the Knesset from Israel’s new centrist party, Yesh Atid. She visited the U.S. last week to discuss the prospect of achieving a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Prior to her election to the Knesset, Koll, 37, was a lecturer at Tel Aviv and Ben-Gurion universities and received the Knesset Speaker Prize for the Reduction of Social Inequality. She holds a doctorate in law from Columbia University’s School of Law.
Raphaella Segal, a founding member in 1975 of the West Bank settlement of Kedumim, completed a two-week trip to the United States last week to speak about the danger of a two-state solution to end the Palestinian conflict. Segal, 60, who holds the title of assistant mayor of Kedumim and is responsible for its public relations, lives in the community of 5,000 with her husband. This is an edited transcript.
Simone Rodan-Benzaquen, former adviser to France’s ambassador for human rights and a founder of the Brussels-based Medbridge Strategy Center, which builds ties between leaders in Europe and the Middle East, stepped into one of Europe’s ethnic hornet’s nests three years ago. A lawyer with a Ph.D. in international relations, she became the American Jewish Committee’s representative in France.
In “One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One” (Simon & Schuster), journalist Lauren Sandler sets out to disprove the negative stereotypes about only children and makes the case that stopping at one lets parents balance the joys of childrearing with the pleasures of a challenging, fulfilling adult life.
In “Viral Hate: Containing its Spread on the Internet” (Palgrave MacMillan), Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman and attorney Christopher Wolf, national chair of the ADL Civil Rights Committee, investigate the “dark side” of the World Wide Web — its use by the disseminators of anti-Semitism and other forms of hate.
This week, UJA-Federation of New York marked the 20th anniversary of its Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal with a daylong conference at the charity’s Midtown headquarters. Responding to what was deemed as a crisis of Jewish continuity, the commission embarked on funding a spate of Jewish education and identity-building projects meant to shore up young people’s connections to Jewish life. Environmental and social-justice groups received funding, as did Kveller.com, a website devoted to young families.