Yael Dayan with father Moshe Dayan
Congregation Beth Chaim will host Yael Dayan, a three-term member of the Knesset and daughter of General Moshe Day, on Sunday, May 16 2010.
An outspoken peace activist, she has won protections for minorities and women’s rights in Israel. This is Ms. Dayan’s only planned Bay Area appearance.
Ms. Dayan will offer a brief slide show honoring the prominent role of the Dayan family in the shaping of the State of Israel.
The 5:00 p.m. event is slated at Beth Chaim, located at 1500 Holbrook Drive.
Yael Dayan was born in 1939 in Nahalal, a co-operative village in Israel, to Ruth and the late General Moshe Dayan. Educated in Israel, Dayan studied Political Science at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Biology at the Open University in Tel Aviv.
Beginning in the 1992 elections Ms. Dayan served three terms as a Labor Party Member of Knesset. She has chaired of the Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women, which was founded by her during her first term, as well as the Sub-Committee for Gay and Lesbian Rights. Dayan was also a member of the Defense and Foreign Affairs and the Constitution, Law and Justice Committees.
Ms. Dayan has promoted equality and women’s rights, equal pay and abortions by choice. Yael Dayan has initiated and completed revolutionary legislation protecting women’s rights, gay rights and minority civil rights, Prevention of Sexual Harassment, Obligatory Minimum Punishment in Sexual and Domestic Violence Offenses, Victims’ Rights, Anti Stalking Bill and Equal Rights for Women, 2000.
Her main extra-parliamentary political activity is active leadership of grassroots organizations such as “Peace Now” representing a call for end of occupation, evacuation of settlements and a call for active dialogue with the Palestinians toward a Two-State Solution. For these, Ms. Dayan was awarded the Bruno Kreisky Human Rights Award (1991), and the Olof Palme Award for Peace (1998). She was chosen for the French Weekly, L’Express’ 100 Women Who Make the World Move (1995) and was honored by the State of the World Forum as one of the Women Redefining Leadership (1997).
Ms. Dayan is the author of eight books (six novels) including New Face in the Mirror, Death Has Two Sons, Sinai Diary – 67 and My Father – His Daughter, She has been a journalist for forty years, writing political commentary in both Israeli and foreign press.
Former member of Knesset Dayan is a leading member of the Meretz party and a signatory to the Geneva Accords. In the 2003 municipal elections Yael Dayan won a major victory and served as deputy mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo in charge of welfare services.
Reelected in the municipal elections, Yael Dayan currently serves as Chairman of the City Council in charge of Human Rights.
Moshe Dayan – Revered, Controversial, Charismatic, Brilliant
“Moshe Dayan was one of the great figures of our time. He was Israel’s foremost military leader; indeed, that country’s survival probably owed more to his genius than to the effort of any other person except for the state’s founder and Dayan’s mentor, David Ben-Gurion. Dayan – soldier, politician, archaeologist, visionary—was already a legend in his lifetime. Now, after his death, he has become almost a mythical figure.” (From book jacket, “My Father, His Daughter” by Yael Dayan)
“Dayan was “loath to close his life story marked by the events of the Yom Kippur War,”(2) and, in 1977, newly elected Likud Prime Minister Menachem Begin gave him a second chance by offering him the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs. Although Dayan was from the opposition Labor Party, he accepted the appointment because he believed, “I could significantly influence Israel’s moves towards achieving a peace arrangement with our neighboring Arab States and with the Palestinian inhabitants of Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip.”(3)” (From the Jewish Virtual Library). Look for more information at answers.com/topic/moshe-dayan
Admission is $18/person ($15/person for groups of five or more). Purchase Tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/106962 or RSVP to 925-736-7146 and mail check to Beth Chaim Congregation, 1800 Holbrook Drive, Danville, CA 94506.
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