This coming Tuesday, December 17, in partnership with the Tel Aviv International Salon, we will be hosting a special event: a conversation with Elan Carr, the US administration’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism.
US President Donald Trump has just signed a landmark Executive Order designed to curb anti-Semitism. With anti-Semitism on the rise both in America and globally, especially after the multiple high profile incidents of the past few years, the discussion of what could and should be done is tremendously relevant. We are honored to host Special Envoy Carr for a frank discussion with our community on what the White House, State Department, and entire US administration has been working on to stop the hate worldwide.
As special envoy, Carr advises the secretary of state and is responsible for directing US policies and projects aimed at countering anti-Semitism throughout the world.
Prior to his appointment, Carr served as a deputy district attorney for Los Angeles County, where he prosecuted violent crimes for more than a decade, including murders, rapes, hate crimes, and crimes involving some of the most notorious criminal street gangs in Southern California.
Carr is an officer in the United States Army Reserve, and he has received multiple awards and commendations for his nearly two decades of military service. In 2003-04, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he led an anti-terrorism team in life-saving missions throughout the country and prosecuted terrorists who attacked US troops. He also assisted efforts to establish an independent Iraqi judiciary and trained Iraqi judges and lawyers on constitutional law and criminal defense.
As the son of Iraqi Jewish refugees who fled persecution in Iraq, Carr speaks Hebrew and the Iraqi dialect of Arabic. While in Iraq, he met with remnants of the Jewish community there and led Jewish services in the former presidential palace of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad.
Carr was the international president of the Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi, served on the National Council of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), was a voting member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and was a board member of Operation Gratitude. In the course of his work in the Jewish community, he has been a recognized leader in the fight against anti-Semitism on US college campuses and around the world.
Our Salon talk with Carr will be moderated by ToI and hosted at the New Social Space at The Colosseum. This nonprofit organization has revitalized a landmark venue in Kikar Atarim at the end of Ben Gurion Boulevard overlooking Gordon Beach in Tel Aviv. The goal of the organization is to create a welcoming environment for social entrepreneurs and facilitate encounters between people from different backgrounds, while also inviting different organizations to use the space, meet, and talk to each other.
The Tel Aviv International Salon is the largest speakers forum in Israel. The nonprofit organization was established in 2009 to provide a challenging and thought-provoking nonpartisan platform for the Tel Aviv young professional community. With an increasing number of motivated young adults from around the globe choosing to make Tel Aviv their home, the Salon provides a unique forum to learn, debate and discuss Israeli, Jewish and world politics, economics, society, and culture with a diverse range of engaging decision makers and leading influencers.