Sunday, Feb. 10, 11 am
The Changing Face of Pro-Israel Activism in America is the theme of this year’s brunch and briefing at Ohef Sholom Temple. The congregation will again open its doors and invite the community to join them for this free event featuring guests brought to Tidewater by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. As in years past, the Ohef Sholom Temple Men’s Club, Sisterhood, Young Adult Community and Adult Education Committee will provide a delicious brunch in a welcoming environment for all to enjoy.
Special guests will give personal insight into the role of the African American, Evangelical and next generation pro- Israel activists. Ashley Bell, Pastor Isaac Mooneyham and local Staci Eichelbaum will participate in the program.
Hall County Georgia’s County Commissioner, Ashley Bell was elected in 2008 at age 27 to become its youngest ever Commissioner and one of the youngest in the State of Georgia. Bell is a graduate of Gainesville High School and Valdosta State University, and attended law school at the University of Georgia and Louisiana State University. He is a partner at Bell & Washington, LLP, practicing law throughout the State of Georgia. He is a 21st Century Leadership Fellow at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Associate Pastor Isaac Mooneyham serves as the teaching pastor at the Tabernacle of Danville in central Virginia and holds degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Liberty University. Through the giving ministry of his church, Mooneyham has participated in the monetary support of The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. Through its partnership with the IFCJ, Tabernacle’s church family has underwritten the cost of helping 460 impoverished Jews make aliyah, along with filling various needs of their resettlement. Over the past five years, Mooneyham has focused on building relationships as an AIPAC activist. He has traveled twice to Israel.
A native of Virginia Beach, Staci Eichelbaum attended the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater through eighth grade and traveled to Israel with her eighth grade class in 2005. She became involved with AIPAC in the winter of 2011 after attending AIPAC’s Saban Leadership Seminar with top college student activists. Shortly afterward, she created the first pro-Israel advocacy group on the campus of James Madison University. In the summer of 2012, Eichelbaum interned with AIPAC in the Mid-Atlantic regional office in Baltimore. In December, she traveled with AIPAC on their Advanced Advocacy Mission to Israel. She will graduate from James Madison University this May.
Josh Karsh, Southeast Regional Synagogue Initiative director for AIPAC, will also provide a briefing offering insight into the current situation in the Middle East and ways to get involved with the Pro-Israel movement themselves.