Standing Up for Israel: Bias in the Media and How to Make an Impact

By Amy Forman

Published October 09, 2015, issue of October 08, 2015.
Joe Hyams, CEO of HonestReporting
Joe Hyams, CEO of HonestReporting

“Media has become something that everyone has a stake in,” said Joe Hyams, CEO of HonestReporting, the world’s largest grassroots community demanding fair and accurate coverage of Israel in the news media. “Whether we like it or not, we are in the conversation. Learning the mechanics can work for us. When it comes to the media, we are the solution.”

Hyams will be headlining a CJP event, chaired by David and Karen Rosenberg and Joe and Ari Selby, at the North Shore Jewish Community Center in Marblehead on Monday, October 19, at 7:30 p.m.

A regular guest speaker for Israel mission delegations, student groups and community leadership seminars, Hyams works to raise the bar in media standards as well as community consciousness of the power of media to influence and impact policy and opinion. Hyams holds a masters degree and an MBA in non-profit management from the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program and The Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. He made Aliyah in 2000 and lives near Jerusalem with his wife and their six children.

Hyams will address getting beyond the Iran decision, and developments in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

“Silence isn’t an option in the connected world,” said Hyams. “Whether it is national TV or a conversation at the water cooler, understanding how minds are made up and how communities are formed should be a priority personally and as a community.”

The JCC of the North Shore is located at 4 Community Road, Marblehead. The cost for attendance is $18; register at Desserts and coffee will be served. Event partners include: Anti-Defamation League, Chabad Lubavitch of the North Shore, Cohen Hillel Academy, Congregation Shirat Hayam, Congregation Sons of Israel, JCCNS, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore, Lappin Foundation, North Shore Teen Iniative, NSJCC and Temple Emanu-El.

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