Noted Israeli Journalist to Speak at F&M on Eve of US Elections

Lancaster, PA – On Monday, November 5, at 8:30 p.m., Chabad at F&M, with the assistance of F&M

Hillel, will be hosting a lecture by the chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post,

Gil Hoffman. This talk will take place in the Bonchek Lecture Hall, on the first floor of the Life Science

and Philosophy (LSP) building, located on the Franklin & Marshall College campus, and is open to the


Entitled “Red States, Blue States, and the Jewish State: An insider's perspective from Jerusalem on

the US election's impact on Israel," Mr. Hoffman’s talk will discuss Obama’s mid-east policy, Mitt

Romney’s proposals for the Israel/Palestine situation, the looming threat from Iran and the role that

the “Jewish vote” will play in the election.

Well-connected to Israeli and Palestinian leaders, Hoffman has interviewed every major figure across

the Israeli political spectrum, has been interviewed by top media on six continents and is a regular

analyst on CNN, Al-Jazeera and other news outlets. Called "the most optimistic man in Israel" by

Israel Television, Hoffman's writing and TV appearances provide a behind the scenes look at the

intrigue and humor in the Israeli political arena.

Hoffman, who was raised in Chicago, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern University's

School of Journalism and wrote for the Miami Herald and Arizona Republic before moving to Israel. A

reserve soldier in the IDF Spokesman's Unit, he has lectured in seven countries and 40 US states. He

lives in Jerusalem with his wife and two children.

Please note that Mr. Hoffman will NOT be endorsing any political candidate nor does he have

any “agenda” other than informing students and the community about an important election topic.

Founded in 2007, the Chabad Student Group at Franklin & Marshall provides students from a broad

range of backgrounds with access to the unique and profound approach to Judaism for which the

Chabad Hassidic movement is renowned. A full-time rabbi and his wife, both trained in Chabad

Hassidic institutions, provide pastoral care to students and have an open home policy, allowing

students to connect with them on a personal level. Working with a group of student leaders, they

facilitate Shabbat and holiday programming for F&M students and teach regular courses on Jewish

philosophy and sacred texts.

For more information about this event, please contact any of the following individuals:

Nathaniel Moldoff



Shira Kipnees

Board Member


Ian Cummings