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Program to focus on diversity of Israel

A group of Israeli citizens of various backgrounds and interests will speak Thursday about their lives and current issues in their country as part of a campaign to showcase the diversity of Israel today.

The event, “Faces of Israel,” organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Nassau County government, aims to give the public a more nuanced view of the Jewish people than is commonly presented in news coverage, said David Newman, the council’s director on Long Island.

“The goal of the program is to show both Jewish and non-Jewish communities in America that there is much gray in Israel and that it’s not just the black-and-white we see in the news through the Israel-Palestinian conflict,” Newman said. “Israel is a diverse country on the forefront of many social issues.”

The speakers will include people who migrated to Israel from places as disparate as Ethiopia and Russia, alongside Yuli Edelstein, public diplomacy and diaspora minister for the State of Israel.

The gathering will start with an 8 a.m. breakfast, followed by the program at 8:45 a.m., at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, 1550 Franklin Ave. in Mineola.

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