MKJF ANNUAL MEETING, ELECTIONS & KEYNOTE - "THIS CRAZY YEAR IN AMERICAN POLITICS: FROM A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE" - RSVP NOW!
The Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation's Annual Meeting will be held NEXT Thursday, June 2, 2016, featuring a very distinguished guest, Ralph Nurnberger, Professor, Georgetown University and Foreign Policy expert.
New MKJF officers and board members will be elected, and outgoing board members will be recognized. A fabulous dinner buffet will be held prior to the meeting and keynote address.
Dr. Nurnberger will be offering his insight into "This Crazy Year of American Politics: From a Jewish Perspective." (See bio below.)
The event will be held at the Wichita Marriott Corporate Hills, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive, beginning at 5:30 pm with a gourmet buffet dinner reception. The MKJF's Annual Meeting and elections will begin at 6:30 pm, followed by the keynote address at 7:00 pm. Cost for dinner is $15 per person.
If you would like to attend the Annual Meeting and program only, there will be no charge, and reservations ARE STILL REQUIRED so we have enough seating for all and a quorum for the Annual Meeting is met.
The MKJF Nominating Committee has submitted the following slate of officers for 2016-2017:
President: Seth Merrell
Vice-President: Peter Grant
Vice-President: Wayne Mason
Secretary: Howard Jacobs
Treasurer: Leah Barnhard
Nominated to serve on the Board of Directors for a three-year term of office ending June 2019 (a vote needed): Jan Hoffman, Rita Magidison, Dan Sabol & Doris Weller
Continuing Board Members - Term to expire 2018 (no vote needed): Elizabeth Behrman, Dan Chocron, Darl Cord, Alan Grossman, Edie Kaplan, King Laura, Lisa Klaskin, Lorraine Madway & Rose Marcus
Continuing Boad Members - Term to expire 2017 (no vote needed): Ellen Beren, Ludmilla Fridman, Joe Massimini, Simon Yakubovich & Steven Zacker
Ex-Officio Members with voice and vote also serve on the MKJF Board. They include: Past Presidents of the MKJF, Rabbis from all (3) congregations, Presidents or Representatives from all (3) congregations, Presidents or Representatives of all local Jewish organizations and the Director of the WJCS.
Nominating Committee: Chair: Richard Smith Members: Leah Barnhard, Peter Grant, Doris Weller and Paul Wolff
Dr. Ralph Nurnberger
Dr. Nurnberger is a widely acclaimed speaker who brings humor, relevant political insights and historical background to his presentations. Dr. Ralph Nurnberger is Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University, where he has taught since 1975. He was named Professor of the Year by the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003, and he received another award in 2005 for 30 years of excellence in teaching. He currently teaches graduate seminars on the Arab-Israel conflict. He has lectured twice for the Middle East Society at Florida Atlantic University (FAU).
Dr. Nurnberger has served on Capitol Hill on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, and has spent 30 years in government relations. He has also advised numerous congressional, senatorial and presidential campaigns on foreign policy issues, especially those related to the Middle East.
He served for more than eight years as a Legislative Liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and was the first director of Builders for Peace. In this capacity, he dealt with international leaders, including Israel's then -Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, then-Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, and PLO Chairman Yasser Araf.
All are invited to attend; members in good standing will be allowed to vote at the meeting. Please plan to attend ... Dr. Nurnberger's will certainly generate some "buzz" about this very different election year.
THE MKJF MOURNS VICTIMS OF TERROR AND STANDS IN SOLIDARITY FOR PEACE
Tragically, we once again find ourselves horrified, shocked, and saddened by the terrorist attacks that killed and critically injured scores of innocent people in Brussels, Belgium and those affected by the recent attacks in Istanbul, Ankara, and Cairo.
With fortified resolve, we stand with the people of Brussels, and all of Europe in condemning this senseless violence. We lament this reiteration of a cowardly attack on innocent civilians with targets including families traveling at a local airport, and commuters going about their daily lives at a subway station. This terrible violence is an assault on every person who believes in freedom, equality, and the sanctity of life.
Our hearts are broken. Our prayers are many, and our hope is eternal. At this time of despair and mourning, it is up to us to unite for a better future for our children, our neighbors, and the world. We stand with love, and with unity, in the face of hate and terror.
We stand in solidarity with the people of Brussels and all peace-loving peoples across the globe. As we search for solace, and for answers, we call to the leaders of the free world to work together to put an end to these reprehensible acts of terror.
We pray for Belgium, we pray for Turkey, we pray for Egypt, and we pray for peace.
MKJF 2016 ANNUAL CAMPAIGN – YOU CAN BE A MKJF SUPERHERO!
You probably don't think of yourself as a superhero. But whether you know it or not, you are performing heroic acts every single day. And you don't even have to wear a superhero cape or have X-ray vision.
When you make a generous donation to the MKJF's 2016 Annual Campaign, your gift helps to care for our entire Jewish community. You educate, inspire and strengthen Jewish connections and values to those of all ages. You advocate on behalf of Jewish concerns and issues, support Israel, and stand up against the rise in anti-Semitism and hate. And, you nurture, rescue and provide assistance to our people wherever they're in need across the planet.
Joining other heroes like yourself, you can make a vital difference in Jewish lives here at home, in Israel and in 70 countries around the globe.
With your support, we can still answer the needs of the Jewish world today. You can "Do Good Everywhere From Anywhere." You can make your pledge to the 2016 Annual Campaign now by contacting the MKJF office at 686-4741. By pledging now, you won't receive a call on Super Sunday! OR click on the Donate Now button at the top of this page to donate securely online now!
Start your year with a renewed commitment to the security and future of Jewish people-by making your tax-deductible gift today. The fate of the Jewish world is in your hands! And you don't even have to have super-human strength.