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The Tinderbox Free Q & A Recorded with Rabbi David Steinhardt and Director Gillian Mosely & Palestinian Activist Issa Amro

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Rabbi Steinhardt has been the Senior Rabbi at B’nai Torah Congregation serving the Boca Raton community for more than twenty years. At B’nai Torah Rabbi Steinhardt has lead synagogue growth with the largest conservative membership in Florida, and a Shabbat attendance that rivals almost any congregation in the world. He inspires and champions innovative and meaningful synagogue programming and education for all ages.

Rabbi Steinhardt has chaired the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Israel Overseas Committee of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. At the Jewish Federation, he served on the Executive Board. He is a founder of the Boca Raton Inter‐Faith Clergy Association and currently serves as co-president. He served as one of three communal leaders on the steering committee of the Shemin Trialogue at Florida Atlantic University, an annual event bringing together Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders and scholars. He is actively engaged in a Jewish/Muslim dialogue group.

Rabbi Steinhardt has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut, where he studied Psychology, and holds a Master’s Degree in Hebrew Literature from The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he was ordained as a Rabbi. In May 2010, he received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Director - Gillian Mosely

Gillian Mosely is a first-time director who has spent much of her working life producing documentaries for television. During this time, her passion to make films with a strong social purpose, and which use hybrid genres to connect different worlds, for example history and living people whose life stories connect history with its effect on us today, has grown, as has her interest in independent film.

Gillian has created, developed and produced high-end documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, PBS, Discovery, History and Arte among others. In 2017 Gillian produced her first Feature Documentary: Manolo: the Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards. TV films include “Ancient Egypt: Life and Death in the Valley of the Kings,” BBC2, and BAFTA, AIB and Royal Television Society award-winning “Mummifying Alan,” Channel 4.

Issa Amro

Issa Amro is a Palestinian activist based in Hebron, West Bank. He is the co-founder and former coordinator (2007-2018) of the grassroots group Youth Against Settlements. Amro advocates the use nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience to fight the Israeli Occupation of the Palestinian Territories. In 2010, he was declared "human rights defender of the year in Palestine" by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. In 2013, the United Nations Human Rights Council expressed concern for his wellbeing and safety due to numerous accounts of harassment from Israeli soldiers and settlers and a series of arbitrary arrests. Amro is being indicted by the Israeli military court with 18 charges against him. In May 2017, Bernie Sanders along with three U.S. Senators and 32 Congressmen wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to urge Israeli authorities to reconsider the charges against Amro. In late September, 2017, after being released on bail, Amro met Bernie Sanders and members of Congress in Washington DC. On September 2, 2017, he was arrested by the Palestinian Authority on charges of violating the new "electronic crimes" law by criticizing the Palestinian Authority. In March, 2019, Amnesty International demanded that the Palestinian authorities should drop all charges against him, adding "It is disgraceful that Issa Amro is facing a prison term simply for expressing his views promoting human rights online.