February 10, 2016, 7:00 pm
3801 East Willow Street
Long Beach, CA 90815
On Wednesday, February 10, 2016 the Jewish Federation along with all of our area Jewish agencies and synagogues will be hosting David Siegel, the Con-sul General of Israel, for a town hall meeting.
The evening program will feature an up-to-the-minute report on what is going on in Israel and Israel’s perspective of what is going on in the region from a senior representative of the State of Israel, fol-lowed by a question and answer session. Many of the community’s local elected officials, as well as area clergy, will be invited to attend this event.
David Siegel assumed the post of Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles in 2011, where he serves as the senior representative of the State of Israel to the Southwestern United States. Before taking over as the Consul General, David Siegel served as Chief of Staff to Israel’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and was involved in policy formulation and decision-making at the senior levels of Israel’s foreign policy establishment. He also served two terms at the Embassy of Israel in Washington D.C. and was deeply involved in policy coordination with the State Department, the National Security Council, and the White House. In addition, he participated in the 1998 Wye River Peace Summit, the 1999 Israel-Syria negotiations, and the Camp David Middle East Peace Summit in the fall of 2000.
“The opportunity to bring a senior representative of Israel, like Consul General Siegel, to our community is wonderful,” explains Deborah Goldfarb , Jewish Federation’s CEO. “It is my hope that this event will open the eyes of many in our community as they hear what is going on in Israel and the amazing impact Israel has on the entire world.”
The event will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at the Alpert JCC on the Harry & Jeannette Weinberg Jewish Federation Campus, 3801 East Willow Street in Long Beach. There is no fee to attend but you must RSVP and you will be asked to present a photo I.D. at the door. Doors will open at 6 p.m. to allow time for everyone to register and be seated. Please do not bring backpacks or large handbags.
To learn more about this event, please contact Sharon Kenigsberg at (562) 426-7601 ext. 1008 or to RSVP contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
More About Mr. Siegel
Shortly after the Six-Day War in 1967, when Siegel was just 6 years old, his family made aliyah, immigrating to Israel. There, his father became a founder of the Masorti (Conservative) movement in Israel and spiritual leader of Moriah Congregation in Haifa.
David’s own religious upbringing has touched the main-streams of Judaism. Raised in a Conservative home, on arriving in Israel he was enrolled at a Chabad school in an absorption center, then attended an Orthodox grade school and yeshiva, and later taught at a Reform school. After serving as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces, Siegel returned to his birth state.
Mr. Siegel graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Political Science and earned a Masters Degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston. He served as a Commander in the Israel Defense Forces.
Consul General Siegel is married to Myra Clark-Siegel, and they have three young children.