Community & Conversation: A Special Evening in Support of ISRAEL.


Temple Beth-El of Great Neck Mon, Oct 30, 2023 7:30 PM
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Special Event
Free Program


Community & Conversation - A Special Evening in Support of ISRAEL

Presented by Gold Coast Arts & Temple Beth-El of Great Neck

Featuring a conversation with:

Avraham Melamed

Israeli survivor; 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre


Together with:

Ambassador Ido Aharoni

Israel’s former Consul-General, New York & the Tri-State area


Jon Loew

Producer, Netflix Series, Spy Ops


The evening will include a look “Behind The Scenes” of the Netflix series Spy Ops, about the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre of 11 Israeli athletes. Featured speakers include Jon Loew, the producer of the series; Avraham Melamed, a witness and survivor of that massacre; and Ambassador Ido Aharoni of Israel, who will provide analysis and lead the conversation.   Together we will explore how the events in 1972 led to the October 2023 massacres in Israel.

Join us at Temple Beth-El of Great Neck
5 Old Mill Rd, Great Neck, NY 11023

Doors open at 7:00pm


Complimentary Admission.

Advanced RSVP is REQUIRED.

Security will be strictly enforced and no bags or backpacks will be permitted.

No entry will be granted to anyone without a ticket



Avraham (Bey) Melamed was born in Israel, May 29, 1944, to Ephraim and Dina who immigrated to Israel with a group of Zionists motivated by visions of communal living emphasizing work, a just life, creativity, and Jewish identity in an agricultural settlement – Kibbutz.

Bey is mostly known for his athletic achievements in the swimming pool despite suffering from asthma. Bey represented Israel in the ’64 (Tokyo) and ’68 (Mexico) Olympics but was blocked from the Israeli team to the ’72 Olympics in Munich. Still, Bey stayed with the Olympic team as a reporter and fled from the apartment he shared with other athletes after watching members of the team being led away to their horrific end. This event was the worst disaster in Olympic history.

Having graduated from the Israeli College of Physical Education and Science bey joined West Liberty State College in West Virginia where he led the swim team to numerous intercollegiate victories. After graduating from West Liberty, Bey completed his MSc in two disciplines: Computer Science and Human Performance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst while coaching the UMASS swim team.

In the following year bey’s professional career was centered around computer programming of various domains and automated testing techniques.

Currently Bey is sharing his life and love for Art and Swimming with Willo Doe. Bey is a passionate photographer whose images focus on reflections (@beymelamed).


Ido Aharoni Aronoff is an Israeli diplomat, advisor to global companies, public speaker, university lecturer, writer and investor. He was born in Tel Aviv to a family that settled in the Land of Israel in the 1870’s and spent his entire diplomatic career in the United States on both coasts. He is a 25-year veteran of Israel’s Foreign service, a public diplomacy specialist, founder of the Brand Israel Program, and a well-known place positioning and branding practitioner. Aharoni has served as a Member of the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University since 2015 and as a lecturer at the university’s Coller School of Management since 2018. He is the host of TAU Unbound, the official English language podcast of Tel Aviv University. He has served as a Global Distinguished Professor for International Relations at New York University and has frequently appeared in international media as a commentator. Aharoni has been Israel's longest-serving Consul-General in New York (2010-2016).

Jon Loew serves as Chairman of BIG Media Holdings, the company he co-founded in 2009.  Big Media produces original series for broadcasters around the globe, including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, A+E Networks, Discovery Channel, Fox, Tokyo Broadcasting System, DirecTV, National Geographic Channels, and dozens of others across the globe.  BIG Media has produced three series that have reached Netflix’ coveted “Top 10 list”, with the most recent being SPY OPS that reached the top 10 in 49 countries worldwide.   BIG Media has produced more than 70 multi-episode documentary series, working closely with globally recognized institutions such as the American CIA, FBI and Department of Defense, other countries intelligence services, and the Vatican.

Jon is a volunteer firefighter here on Long Island at Empire Hose Co 3 in Merrick.  In 2022, Jon was appointed Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Donovan & Bank Society, an organization that helps special forces operators transition to the private sector after leaving the military.

Presented in partnership with the following organizations:

ADL New York/New Jersey

AJC Long Island

Fuel for Truth

Great Neck Chinese Association
Great Neck Synagogue

Great Neck United Parent-Teacher Council

Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County

Iranian American Jewish Federation of New York

Jewish National Fund - Long Island

Lake Success Jewish Center

Legion Self Defense

Long Island chapter of FIDF

Midway Jewish Center
North Shore Hebrew Academy
Sephardic Heritage Alliance, Inc. (SHAI)

Temple Israel of Great Neck

Temple Emanuel of Great Neck

UJA-Federation on Long Island

Young Israel of Great Neck