Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series welcomes Avi Melamed

The Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series will continue with a talk by Avi Melamed, a former Israeli senior official on Arab Affairs and Intelligence, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5.  

Melamed will discuss “GPS: Navigating the Middle East in the 21st Century,” providing background to current events with a focus on up-to date analysis of events unfolding in the Arab and Muslim world and their projected impact on the local, regional and global level.   

Melamed is an independent Middle East strategic intelligence analyst, lecturer and the Fellow of Intelligence and Middle East Affairs at the Eisenhower Institute in Washington, D.C., and on the Gettysburg College campus. He spent many years operating in Arab cities and communities throughout the Middle East, often in high-risk positions at sensitive times. Melamed has authored three books, including the recently published “Inside the Middle East: Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Region on Earth.” He is a frequent contributor in Arabic, Hebrew and English to many news outlets, including Al-Arrabiya, Al-Jazeera, BBC, CBN, I-24 News, Times of Israel and USA Today.  

The event will take place at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road. “Inside the Middle East” will be available for sale and signing by the author. For more information or to RSVP, contact Barbara Levin at [email protected] or 314-442-3752. Learn more about the Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series, including how organizations can apply to have their speakers featured, at  

This event is co-sponsored by Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series and the Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library. Sh’ma: Listen! is made possible through the support of the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of Jewish Federation, and Hank Webber and Chris Jacobs.