Hadassah speaker to present Israel update

Laura Green
Laura Green

Laura Green of Ha­dassah’s Desert Mountain Region will present “Israel’s Ups and Downs, Ins and Outs: The Whole Lowdown,” at Hadassah Southern Arizona’s opening luncheon meeting Sunday, Oct. 12 at noon at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive.

Green made her first visit to Israel, as well as Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt, years ago while working at a travel company that specialized in Christian pilgrimages to the Holy Land. She has returned to Israel over 50 times for pleasure, service in Sar-El (the volunteer wing of the Israel Defense Forces), and the first Hadassah Renaissance Mission in 2002. Recently she conducted groups hosted by the attorney general of Utah, the University of Utah Middle East Center and the University of Utah anthropology department.

She began speaking about Israel and teaching others how to advocate for Israel’s right to exist as a secure Jewish democracy during the second intifada, when construction of the security fence led to bad press for Israel. She has lectured at Hadassah events, synagogue and church programs, to youth groups and on college campuses. She was a Hadassah Southern Arizona speaker in 2013 and spoke at a Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Northwest Division event in 2012.

Green, who lives in Sandy, Utah, served on Hadassah’s Desert Mountain Region board as an area vice president for three terms, was president of the Greater Salt Lake Chapter and continues as the regional Israel, Zionist and International Affairs representative. She currently serves on the national council of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

The luncheon cost is $25 for members and associates and $27 for nonmembers. RSVPs are required. Send a check payable to Hadassah by Oct. 8 to Lois Bodin, 7537 E. Camino Amistoso, Tucson, 85750. For more information, contact Corinne Forti, chapter president, at 505-4500.