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Monday, April 26, 2010

AIPAC Dinner in Portland 2010

The AIPAC yearly dinner was held last night at the MJCC. As usual the people chanting "free the Palestinians" were outside along the sidewalk as we entered the parking lot. There were lots of policemen patrolling outside to make sure we were all safe.

What was great was being able to speak to a high school student from Portland who had gone back east to an AIPAC meeting and there found out we are good people and not the sort that the chanters outside would have her believe. She learned a great deal of history about Israel.

The dinner was sold-out. We had some important speakers who brought us up to date as to the situation in Israel and in respect to our relationship with our USA. The welcome was by Sheryl Langerman. Ken Kwartler and Sharon Ungerleider were the Oregon State chair and council members who spoke. Steve "Rosy" Rosenberg was event co-chair and also spoke as well as AIPAC's national president, Lee "Rosy" Rosenberg. A special guest speaker was Joey Freeman, a student at the U of C, Berkeley who I predict will someday be the next president of AIPAC. He was such a good speaker. Yossi Klein Haleve is a senior fellow at the Shalem Center and gave a great speech.

The dinner itself was fantastic. We had a chocolake cake with razzberry sauce that was to die for. I'd sure like to have that recipe.

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