December 9, 12pm | Venue Six10
610 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL


We are pleased to honor Marilyn Katz for her commitment to J Street. As a member of J Street’s National Leadership Council, Ms. Katz has made important contributions to the organization since its founding and is a significant leader in the movement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. An activist at heart, she has also written extensively and published broadly on the necessity and possibility of bringing an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestine. Ms. Katz, founder and president of the media and public policy firm, MK Communications, Inc., is a fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago and sits on many local boards. She is active in several peace, civil rights and women’s rights activities. Most recently, Ms. Katz is a cofounder of Chicago Women Take Action.

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We hope you’ll join us for a fascinating discussion on the attempt to build a modern and sustainable Palestinian economy amidst the difficult and challenging political situation in the West Bank today — and how economic development can help lay the groundwork for the two-state solution.

CHAIR: $10,000 (1 premium table – 12 seats)
HOST COMMITTEE: $5,000 (1 premium table – 10 seats)
PATRON: $2,500 (1 table – 10 seats)
FRIEND: $1,000 (2 premium seats)

For questions or to RSVP, contact Olga Blyumin at [email protected] or 312-298-9435.

Keynote Speaker:

Bashar Marsi

Bashar MarsiBashar Masri founded Massar International in 1994 to spur Palestinian economic growth through targeted private sector initiatives and entrepreneurship. After completing his B.S in chemical engineering at Virginia Tech and a successful early career in the US, the UK and Saudi Arabia, the Nablus native returned to Palestine to fulfill his life’s ambition to help chart a course towards economic stability in his homeland.

The City of Rawabi, Palestine’s first master-planned community, is the most recent testament to Masri’s long track record of business achievement in Palestine. Since its groundbreaking in 2008, the city’s progress has come to embody national aspirations towards statehood and prosperity. Built by Palestinians, for Palestinians, Rawabi is the largest undertaking in the country’s history. When fully built, Rawabi will be home to more than 40,000 people and will have created more than 8,000 permanent jobs; a significant step towards Masri’s goal of sustainable economic growth in Palestine.

Masri serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Palestine Development and Investment Company (PSE: PADICO), is a member of the Board of Trustees of An-Najah National University and also serves on the Deans’ Council of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy’s School of Government.

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Host Committee

Doris Conant • Dr. Leon Finney • Jill and Bradford Gordon • Marilyn Katz
• Judith and James Klutznick • Steve Koch • Paul Levy and Mia Park
• Linda and Judson Miner • Judith Perlman • Bettylu and Paul Saltzman • William S. Singer • Julia Stasch • Judy Wise, Baskin Family Foundation • (committee in formation)

Honorary Host Committee

US Representative Karen Bass • US Representative Lloyd Dogget • US Representative Keith Ellison • US Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson • US Representative Robin Kelly • US Representative Dan Kildee • US Representative Jim McDermott • Toni Preckwinkle, President, Cook County Board of Commissioners • US Representative Jan Schakowsky • US Representative Peter Welch • (committee in formation)