Business and Legal Society hosts a two-part lunch series on National Security

by | Feb 14, 2014 | What’s Happening

Part 1, “Zion’s Dilemmas: How Israel Makes National Security Policy”
Chuck Freilich, former Israeli Deputy National Security Adviser
Thursday, Feb. 25, 12 pm, Law Offices of Vandeventer Black Llp

A Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School, Chuck Freilich’s primary areas of expertise are the Middle East, U.S.-Middle East policy and Israeli national security policy. He is author of Zion’s Dilemmas: How Israel Makes National Security Policy, a powerful new book that explores Israel’s national security decision making processes.

Freilich has appeared as a commentator for ABC, CNN, NPR, El Jezira and various U.S. and Israeli radio and TV stations. He has been quoted in the New York Times and published numerous articles and op-eds. Freilich has served as a senior analyst at the Israel Ministry of Defense, as a policy adviser to a cabinet minister, as a delegate at the Israeli Mission to the U.N. and as the executive director of two non-profits. He served in the Israel Defense Forces for five years and is a reserve major. Feilich currently teaches political science at Harvard, NYU, Columbia and Tel Aviv Universities.

Presented in partnership with the Tidewater Jewish Foundation.

Part 2, “U.S. National Security: Issues, Concerns & Current Events”
Steven L. Pomerantz, director for Counter Terrorism Programs
Monday, March 10, 6 pm, Sandler Family Campus

Steven Pomerantz retired from the FBI in June 1995 after a career spanning 27 years. At the FBI, he rose from a field investigative Special Agent to the rank of assistant director, the third highest position in the FBI. Pomerantz has represented the FBI and the law enforcement community on numerous occasions in a variety of settings both domestically and internationally. He is an expert in the area of terrorism as well as criminal justice information. In January of 2005 he joined JINSA as director of Counter Terrorism Programs.

Pomerantz is the architect of the JINSA Law Enforcement Exchange Program (LEE P) which brings high ranking American Law Enforcement Executives to Israel to study best practice counter terrorism methodology. LEE P also sponsors conferences in the United States featuring Israeli security experts. He served three separate tours of duty at FBI Headquarters, including as chief, Counter-Terrorism Section.

These events are designed for members of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Business and Legal Society. Contact Risa Levitt for additional details or to RSVP: or 757-965-6124.