The Golden Age of Sefarad and The Abraham Accords

Sunday, Mar 27, 2022

Sunday, March 27, 1:00 pm – 2:30pm ET
Free on Zoom
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Join for this global online event which celebrates and connects the growing rapprochement between Israel and Arab countries taking place today, with the medieval Golden Age of Spain, highlighting the timeless benefits of peaceful tolerance and coexistence between Jews, Muslims, and Christians.

The Program


Mr. Michael Steinberger – CEO & Founder of Jewish Heritage Alliance.

Dr. Isaac Amon – Descendant of Moses Amon, Jewish physician to Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. He is an attorney and counselor at law who is Director of Academic Research & Program Development at Jewish Heritage Alliance.

Moderator / Master of Ceremonies:

Ms. Fleur Hassan-Nahoum  Our Moderator is the Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem in charge of foreign relations, economic development, and tourism. She is also Co-Founder of the UAE-Israel Business Council and the Founder of the Gulf-Israel Women’s Forum.

Welcome Remarks:

Mr. Yaakov Hagoel  Chairman of the Executive of the World Zionist Organization. Since July 2021, he has been Acting Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel. Between 2015 – 2020, he served as the Vice Chairman of the WZO.

Opening Remarks:

His Excellency Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi – As a prominent advocate of Global Peace, Tolerance, and Coexistence, he serves as first Chairman of the International Steering Board of Hedayah, The International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism based in Abu Dhabi. He also founded and currently Chairs the World Council of Muslim Communities and was the first Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Elders.

Opening Statements:

His Excellency Gilad Erdan – Ambassador of Israel to the United Nations since 2020. He has previously served as a member of the Knesset, Minister of Strategic Affairs, Minister of Public Security, and Ambassador to the United States.

His Excellency Bishop Paul Hinder  O.F.M Cap. – Vicar Apostolic of the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia and Apostolic Administrator of the Vicariate of Northern Arabia. He holds many roles, including as consultor to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.


Rabbi Dr. Elie Abadie  Our Guest of Honor is the Senior Rabbi of the Jewish Council of the Emirates, Rabbi of the Association of Gulf Jewish Communities (AGJC), and Chairman of the Council of Sephardic Sages. He served as Founding Rabbi of the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue in NYC. He comes from a long and distinguished rabbinical lineage dating back to fifteenth century Spain and Provence.

The Honorable David Friedman – Ambassador of the United States to Israel from 2017-2021. During his term, he played a formative role in the negotiations and implementation of the Abraham Accords. He also led the efforts of the United States to move its Embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

His Excellency Ahmed Obaid Al Mansoori – Founder of the “Crossroads of Civilizations Museum” in Dubai, which aims to promote multi-culturalism, tolerance, and positive co-existence. It is the first museum accessible in the Hebrew language in the city and includes in its collection historical Jewish artifacts of the Middle East.

His Excellency Dr. Shaikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa – Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The King Hamad Global Centre for Peaceful Coexistence in Bahrain. He also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Executive Director of Isa Cultural Centre. For his efforts in promoting cultural diversity and interreligious dialogue, he received the 2018 Mediterranean Prize for Culture and Peace.

Closing Remarks:

Mr. Michael Steinberger – CEO & Founder of Jewish Heritage Alliance.


Program Co-Sponsors:

The Dr. M. Lee Pearce Chair in Middle East Peace Studies at the University of Miami, the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies and the George Feldenkreis Program in Judaic Studies, University of Miami.