Monday, October 8, 2007

Begin To Be Recalled in Los Angeles

LA Jews, MK Erdan to mark Begin's legacy

Rory Kress , THE JERUSALEM POST Oct. 7, 2007

Likud MK Gilad Erdan will address Israeli and American leaders at Beverly Hills' Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel on Tuesday night, at a gathering to honor former prime minister Menachem Begin's legacy.

The event, which also marks the 30th anniversary of Anwar Sadat's first visit to the Knesset, is the first Begin event outside the country in which the Foreign Ministry has participated.

"I think this event is very, very important because we want to strengthen the relationship with the Diaspora ... so you can make the Jewish communities outside of Israel feel like they are a part of the family," Erdan, who chairs the Knesset Economics Committee, told The Jerusalem Post.

Erdan, who will be attending the celebration as a young leader of Begin's party, emphasized Begin's importance to Jews both in Israel and abroad.

"[Begin] spoke very clearly about the mutual commitment between Jews all over the world and in the US and in Israel," he said. "I think talking about his heritage and the values he believed in and sharing those with Jewish leaders outside Israel - especially in the US - is very important for the future of Israel."

Herzl Makov, general manager [chairman] of the [Peres] Begin Center, will also speak at the event, which will be attended by a thousand leaders from the Los Angeles Jewish community.