Texas Hillel Student Leaders with Ambassador Merridor. (From left) Jackie Mintz, Allison Goldman (back), Laureen Izygon, Max Rabinovich, Ashlyn Higie, Harold Fisch, Ambassador Sallai Merridor, Consul General Asher Yarden, Ilana Diamond, Nate Levy, Ma'ayan Kaplan, Katina Rajunov.
Texas Hillel, the Topfer Center for Jewish Life at The University of Texas at Austin, in conjunction with the Lyndon B. Johnson School (LBJ) of Public Affairs and the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, hosted The Honorable Sallai Meridor, Israel's Ambassador to the United States April 1.
Meridor, who earlier in the day met with Texas Governor Rick Perry, spoke to a crowd of more than 200 students and community members regarding the future of the Middle East. The Ambassador had heard about the outstanding pro-Israel advocacy being done by Texas Hillel's Texans For Israel program and commended the students in attendance for their unwavering passion on behalf of the Jewish state.
Much of Meridor's address focused on the peace process, the dangers of a nuclear armed Iran, and the importance of education.
"It was an honor to have Ambassador Meridor at Texas Hillel," said Rabbi David Komerofsky, executive director of Texas Hillel. "His message was applicable to every American, not just supporters of the State of Israel - as the emissary of the Middle East's only democracy he brings a unique perspective. Texas Hillel is always pleased to collaborate with the LBJ School and the Strauss Center as our missions to educate and enrich are complementary."
Texas Hillel, The Topfer Center For Jewish Life at The University of Texas at Austin, creates opportunities for all Jewish students at UT to develop their own interests and participate in a welcoming campus-based community that respects the value of pluralism and promotes ongoing involvement in Jewish life. For more information, check out Texas Hillel's newly redesigned website at www.texashillel.org.