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Columnist Bloomfield to speak at Beech Mountain Club July 1

Article Published: Jun. 24, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Douglas M. Bloomfield, a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant will be the keynote speaker at the Havurah of the High Country on Thursday, July 1, at 12 p.m. at the Beech Mountain Club, located at 112 Clubhouse Drive in Beech Mountain.

Bloomfield's topic will be "A Behind the Scenes Update on the Mideast Crisis." He will give an up-close look at how current events, including the Gaza Flotilla incident, affect Israel-Arab relations, U.S. relations and the peace process.

Bloomfield spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). In this position, he was responsible for developing and guiding strategy on Capitol Hill to secure more than $3 billion in annual military and economic aid for Israel, and strengthening U.S.-Israel relations.

As the World Jewish Congress representative in Washington, he helped coordinate the Swiss banks and Nazi gold investigations and U.S. Government support for restitution of Jewish properties seized by former Nazi and Communist regimes.

His weekly column about the Washington scene and U.S.-Mideast policy appears in numerous American newspapers and many foreign publications.

This program is sponsored by the Western North Carolina Jewish Federation. The WNC Federation is one of 400 Network Communities in the country, with offices are based in Asheville.
Its mission is to harness the collective resources of the WNC Jewish community and direct them to the Jewish needs in the local community, in Israel and abroad. For more information, visit

Limited seating may be available to the public by contacting the Lubins at ( or (828) 387-9251.

For more information on the Havurah (Hebrew for "friend" or "extended family") of the High Country, contact Neil or Linda Lentin at

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