Prof. Gabriela Shalev, Israel’s 14th Permanent Representative to the U.N., will speak on the topic “Israel and the United Nations: Challenges of Global Diplomacy and Advocacy” on March 18 at Adath Jeshurun Congregation. Prof. Shalev began her tenure in September 2008 after a heralded career as a law professor and many years of serving in leading positions in the public and private sectors.
Ambassador Shalev is a woman of exceptional skills and accomplishments. She is a prominent law professor in Israel and is the first Israeli woman to ever hold the position of Ambassador to the U.N.
With everything that goes on in the U.N. right now – the Goldstone Report and possible further sanctions against Iran – it is extremely important to hear the Ambassador's observations and insights.
Until her early retirement in 2002, Prof. Shalev taught contract law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and she has taught contract law and comparative law in universities across the United States, Europe, and Canada. A leading expert in Israel in the fields of contract law and procurement contracts, she has been awarded numerous prizes for academic legal research.
Her personal story, too, is very inspiring. A pioneer even from a young age, Prof. Shalev broke down gender-line barriers. Widowed by the Yom Kippur War, she pressed on and advanced to positions never before reached by a woman.
While Minnesota may be halfway across the globe from Israel, it is more important than ever that we understand Israel’s challenges and show our solidarity.