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Debate: This House Maintains that Israel is a Jewish State, not just a State for the Jews

13/12/2022-7:30 pm

₪50.00 – ₪70.00


This House Maintains that Israel is a Jewish State,

not just a State for the Jews

7.30pm Tuesday 13 December


Following the success of previous public debates, we are delighted to announce an additional debate event which will take place at Netanya AACI.

Debate is an essential tool for maintaining democracy and an open society. Through debate, Netanya AACI aims to promote tolerance for divergent points of view in a forum where controversial issues will be examined.

The policy ramifications of a State for Jews vs a Jewish State are multi-faceted and significant, starting with the justification for a Jewish homeland. This is a fascinating topic which intersects with issues of health, transportation, commerce, education and more.

We hope that by the end of the debate everybody will be much better informed about the implications for the State of Israel, whichever path is chosen.

Proposing the Motion: Dr. Joseph Berger

Dr. Joseph Berger is a qualified psychiatrist both in America and Canada but practiced mostly in Canada. The most valuable part of his family’s stay in America was being in Rabbi Berel Wein’s school for three years. He was Chairman of the Board and then President of Canada’s largest Jewish high school, the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto. He made presentations to the Ontario legislature and was invited to speak in a debate at the British House of Commons on allowing same sex marriage. He is an inveterate letter writer to the Jerusalem Post on political and current affairs.

Opposing the Motion: Raymond Cannon

Raymond was the senior partner of a large law firm in London and was Chairman of the Board of Governors of three large Jewish schools. He served as Honorary Officer of the United Synagogue and Chairman of the Board of Education and was an active member of the Zionist Federation’s media committee. He is also an amateur historian, with obsessive interest in historical subjects and personalities covering English, American, European and Israeli history, literary and political biographies and modern Jewish and biblical themes. He writes articles for a whole range of publications and societies in Israel and abroad.

Dr. Michael Bliss will chair the event.


It is better to debate a question without settling it, than to settle a question without debating it.

Joseph Joubert


Members pre-paid NIS 50          

Members at door NIS 60            

Non-Members NIS 70   


7:30 pm
₪50.00 – ₪70.00
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Netanya AACI
28 Shmuel Hanatziv
Netanya, Israel 4228132 Israel
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Netanya AACI
09 833 0950
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