The new Philadelphia branch of an international Israel advocacy organization held its first function.
StandWithUs-Philadelphia, a new branch of an international organization devoted to defending Israel in the public forum, held its first event — a breakfast at Congregation Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley.
The function featured Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of research for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and author of State of Failure: Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State.
Heading up the local chapter is Joseph Puder, with Ferne Hassan as the branch’s associate director.
The 12-year-old StandWithUs has a mission of educating the public about Israel and staunching anti-Israeli propaganda.