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Members of The Dallas 40 believe it is imperative to learn more about important community issues by “drilling down” into a subject … listening to, learning from and interacting with those who are leading the way. Our speakers, all prominent in their own spheres of influence, address our meetings to educate our members on these issues and to enable them to influence the direction of our community based upon informed choice. By providing entree to circles of business, professional and community leaders, The Dallas 40 affords its members and invited guests the opportunity to engage the community’s best and brightest in a dialogue that makes a difference. The Dallas 40 is a nonpartisan organization, with membership open to men and women of all ages.

Monday, October 13th

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Maggiano’s

“Current events in Israel and the Middle East
with analysis of how it affects the U.S.”

Guest Speaker: Gil Elan
Southwest Jewish Congress President and CEO

Gil Elan

Gil Elan

Gil Elan is President & CEO of the Southwest Jewish Congress.

A retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Israel Defense Forces, he is a widely regarded expert on Israel and the Middle East, with extensive experience as an Israeli combat and briefing officer, and later as a strategic and political analyst in the international arena.

While serving in the Israel Defense Forces reserve, Colonel Elan was frequently called to active duty to lecture visiting dignitaries and politicians on various aspects of Israel’s security concerns, military strategies and regional threats.

Following the 1982 war in Lebanon, he served as commander of the IDF Spokesman unit in Beirut.

Gil served as special emissary of the Jewish National Fund to the USA, was the Washington State director for AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), the Northwest Region director of the Middle East Forum, Ohio Region executive director of the Friends of the IDF and, more recently, Southwest Region executive director of the American Jewish Congress.

Educated in London and Tel Aviv, Gil Elan has been interviewed on numerous radio and TV shows, published articles and columns on the Middle East, and hosted a popular, live radio talk show in Seattle.


Guests are always welcome. We request a per-guest fee of $10. If a guest joins as a member on the day he/she attends a meeting, the $10 fee is credited against the dues fee. Annual Memberships are $60 per person or $100 per couple.

Maggiano’s, Northpark, 8687 N Central Expy, Suite 205, Dallas, TX 75225-4499 / Phone: 214-360-0707

Meeting is on the 2nd floor; a receptionist will direct you to the room. Surface, garage and valet parking are available. Maggiano’s entrance is on the south side of the mall. You can also enter from inside the mall.


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