The last several weeks have witnessed an escalation of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah along the country’s northern border, and intensified region-wide aggression by Iran. Join the JCRC's Executive Director Ron Halber for an update and briefing on the changing security landscape and challenges on Israel's northern border, the role of Iran in this escalation, and the impact on the region with expert Lt. Col. (Res.) Sarit Zehavi.
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Lt. Col. (Res.) Sarit Zehavi
Lieutenant Colonel (Res.) Sarit Zehavi is the CEO and founder of Alma – a nonprofit and an independent research and education center specialized in Israel’s security challenges on its northern border. Sarit has briefed hundreds of groups and forums, ranging from US Senators, Congressmen/women and politicians to senior journalists and visiting VIP groups in Israel and overseas. Sarit scripts numerous position papers and updates focusing on Lebanon, Syria and Israel’s national security challenges. She served for 15 years in the Israeli Defense Forces, specializing in Military Intelligence. Sarit holds an M.A. in Middle East Studies from Ben-Gurion University. Sarit Zehavi and her husband Yaron are raising their 5 children in the Western Galilee.
Ron Halber (email@example.com) Executive Director
Ron has served as the JCRC Executive Director since 2001. Prior, he served in other capacities at the JCRC since 1997, including as Associate Director. Under his leadership, the JCRC developed a wide range of strategic initiatives; secured tens of millions of dollars for Jewish agencies, passed numerous pieces of state-wide and local legislation of concern to the Jewish community, developed creative new pro-Israel initiatives, and strengthened relationships with other faith and minority groups.
He is the recipient of the 2006 Ted B. Farber Professional Excellence Award and the 2001 Professional of the Year Award from the Association of Community Government Affairs Directors. Prior to his tenure at the JCRC, Ron was the Political Coordinator for the Montgomery County Democratic Party, was the Community Liaison for former NY State Senator Martin Solomon and served on the staff of several political campaigns, including U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. He holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University and bachelor’s degree from the University of Albany in New York.
Ron and his wife Michelle live in Gaithersburg with their three children.