Jake Bennett Speaks about the Jewish Experience as part of the “Who Is My Neighbor?” Series
You are invited to join us for a talk by Jake Bennett, executive director of the Anti-Defamation League, Arizona Region, on Wednesday, January 27 at 6:30 pm in the PVUMC Fellowship Center. He is the third speaker in the “Who Is My Neighbor?” series which explores interfaith compassion from a variety of perspectives. Click here to read more about the series.
Bennett will talk about “The Religious Scapegoat: Learning from the History of the Jewish Experience.”
All speaker events will be on Wednesdays in the Church Fellowship Hall
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
4455 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
A Buffet Dinner is available from 5:30 to 6 pm.
The meal is catered by UMOM Helpings Cafe, Market and Catering.
Suggested donations: $7.50/Adult; $3/child.
Free-will donations welcome.
Free childcare available, with 48-hr reservation: 602-840-8360, ext 134.
Hosted by the Adult Learning Ministry Team in cooperation with Salaam-Chai-Paradise, the Tri-faith group.
Jake Bennett, an entrepreneur, executive, community volunteer, and former combat soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, assumed the position of Regional Director of the Arizona office of ADL in March, 2015.
Mr. Bennett came to ADL from the business and hedge fund world. He has served as CEO of Numa Tactical Eyewear since founding the company in 2006, and prior to that was an investment manager in New York and Los Angeles.
“We are thrilled that Jake has accepted the Regional Director position,” said Amy Altshuler, ADL Arizona Regional Board Chair. “Jake represents the next generation of leadership. He is exceptionally bright and has the passion and business skills necessary to advance ADL’s mission within the broad and diverse communities across this state.”
Mr. Bennett has been actively involved in organizations fostering the development of Jewish culture. In New York, he served on the board of AJC-Access, and the education committee of Dor Chadash, and was an active member of the Global Round Table of B’nai B’rith and the National Security Roundtable.
Mr. Bennett was a combat soldier in Sayeret Egoz, IDF Special Forces, serving from February 1999 to December 2001, during Israel’s Second Intifada, when his unit was recognized by the IDF Chief of Staff as the best in mission planning.
“I am very excited to be joining ADL,” said Mr. Bennett. “ADL’s mission is about more than fighting anti-Semitism. ADL has a proud 100-year history of fighting for civil rights and civil discourse. It protects and preserves the best of what America is about – dignity and respect, inclusion and multiculturalism. Seventy years ago, my maternal grandparents survived Auschwitz and the massacres of their families, and left a Europe that was torn apart by state-sanctioned bigotry and violence. They came to a country that was built on a promise of a better world, where people of different backgrounds, ethnicities and religions could live together as brothers and sisters. ADL was founded to help realize those ideals, and ADL’s vision is needed today as much as ever.”
Mr. Bennett is a graduate of Amherst College, where he earned his BA, cum laude, with a focus on Diplomacy, International Relations, and Economics. He earned an MBA from Columbia Business School in 2006. He assumed the Regional Director role on March 9, 2015 and is responsible for the management and oversight of the League’s core functions and programs in the Arizona region.
Video of the last talk by University of Arizona Professor Dr. Scott Lucas, who talked about “Mind, Body and Spirit in Islam: Muslim Approaches to Social Harmony,” have been posted. Click here to watch the videos, available in three parts on the PVUMC YouTube Channel.
The church also offers a new online study program available through Claremont Lincoln University. To read more, click here.