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of the Jewish Federation of
Northeastern Pennsylvania

Please join us as we elect Officers and Trustees, celebrate the achievements of the past year and honor several
individuals for their leadership contributions to our community and to Israel.

Thursday, June 11th, 2015, 7:00 PM
Koppelman Auditorium
Scranton Jewish Community Center
601 Jefferson Avenue, Scranton

Dessert Reception & Film:

“Israel Inside: How a Little Nation makes such a Big Difference”

 Dietary laws observed

Welcome & introductions
Federation Perspectives
Presentation of Presidential Award
Presentation of Campaign Awards
2015 UJA Campaign Report
Nominating Committee Report
Installation of Officers and Trustees
Douglas Fink, Federation Vice-President
Rabbi Daniel Swartz, Temple Hesed
Douglas Fink, Federation Vice-President
Mark Silverberg, Executive Director
Douglas Fink, Federation Vice-President
Mark and Joan Davis
Seth Gross, Chairman
Rabbi Daniel Swartz, Temple Hesed

Closing Remarks
Dr. David Malinov

Last year’s annual report can be viewed here.

IsraelInsideSmallIsrael Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference is a new feature-length documentary that explores the positive characteristics of Israeli society from a humanistic, psychological, and emotional perspective. This insightful and uplifting documentary sidesteps the usual conversation of politics, conflict and violence, and tells the story of the Israeli people – whose resilience has propelled Israel to the forefront of world innovation and progress.

Despite daily challenges ranging from limited resources to security needs, Israeli creativity and inventiveness help make the world a better place. Israel has made significant advancements in the fields of science, environment, medicine and technology, and has shared these developments with the rest of the world.

How did this happen? What underlying growth factors have given rise to this small nation’s triumph over adversity?

The film is hosted by Dr. Tal Ben Shahar, who gave up the unique distinction of being Harvard University’s most popular lecturer to return to his native country, Israel. In the film, Ben Shahar explores the core character strengths – called “actualizers” – that enable Israelis to succeed against incredible odds. Through Tal’s eyes we explore the deep-seated values such as education, family, and responsibility for the world (a Jewish concept known as “tikkun olam”), which directly contribute to Israel’s accomplishments in the economic, technological and humanitarian spheres. And while none of these actualizers are in and of themselves unique to Israel, in combination they are bringing about unparalleled progress and achievement.

Israel Inside features interviews with leading entrepreneurs, academics, and politicians including Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Sir Martin Gilbert, Prof. Alan Dershowitz, Prof. Jacob Frankel, Tamar Jehuda-Cohen, and Shai Agassi.

Each viewer will receive their own DVD of this movie.

For information on the 2014 Annual Meeting, please click here.