AIPAC is proud to host the fifth annual Kansas City Israel Action Forum with keynote speakers Bret Stephens and Reverend Dr. Dee Dee Coleman. Please join us for an educational afternoon with these two dynamic speakers who will share their unique perspectives regarding this critical time for the U.S.-Israel relationship.
About Bret Stephens
Bret Stephens is the foreign affairs columnist of The Wall Street Journal, as well as the deputy editor responsible for the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal Asia and Europe. He is a member of the paper’s editorial board and a regular panelist on The Journal Editorial Report, a weekly political talk show.
He has won numerous journalistic awards, including the 2010 Bastiat Award for his writings on economics, the 2008 Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism, and the 2008 Frank Knox Award for his coverage of military affairs. He has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer prize. In 2009, the Atlantic Monthly named Mr. Stephens one of the 50 most influential pundits in the United States.
About Reverend Dr. Dee Dee Coleman
Reverend Dr. Dee Dee Coleman is the first female Pastor of the Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit. Dr. Coleman has been in the ministry since 1963, was ordained as a Deacon in 1988, and received Full Ordination to the Ministry in July 1993. She is the first female pastor to hold the office of Secretary of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity, and teaches as an adjunct professor at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary.
Dr. Coleman traveled to Israel on an educational seminar sponsored by AIPAC’s affiliated charitable foundation. The trip completely changed her life. She returned home a different person. On that journey, Dr. Coleman was exposed to the complex reality of Israel’s story. She saw first hand the critical security threats facing the Jewish state. She also witnessed the diversity of cultures and was deeply moved by how new Ethiopian immigrants were welcomed into the country. Dr. Coleman felt a real connection with the Israeli people and understood how badly they want peace. Like those she helps every day in Detroit, Dr. Coleman truly embraced the people of Israel.