A most enjoyable parlour meeting with guest speaker Dr. Sharon Pardo
On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, about 30 people braved the Toronto winter weather for a most enjoyable parlour meeting at the beautiful home of Natty and Mark Nashman in Forest Hill. Toronto Region President, Mitchell Oelbaum, welcomed the group with a brief overview of recent news at the University and introduced the guest speaker for the evening, Dr. Sharon Pardo.
Dr. Pardo is the Chair of the Centre for European Studies at BGU and is currently spending a sabbatical year at The Munk School for Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. He gave a very interesting presentation about Israeli and European Union(EU) relations. Dr. Pardo focussed on perceptions within Israel of the European Union including the desire for Israel to become a member and the pervasive issue of anti-Semitism in Europe. He added that David Ben Gurion was a fervent supporter of the original European Common Market and was very anxious for Israel to even become a member of it. It was fascinating to learn that the EU is Israel’s largest and most important trading partner, more than doubling the amount traded with and to the U.S. Following his presentation there was an animated question and answer period focussing on the possibility of Israel becoming an EU member and what that would mean economically and politically for Israel. The attendees enjoyed hot drinks and dessert as they continued to discuss these issues well into the evening.
The Toronto Region has more of these type of events scheduled for the upcoming year. If you would like to attend or host one of these events, please contact the Toronto Region Executive Director, Jonathan Allen