How media covers Israel, the Middle East and the U.S. Presidential campaign was the topic of discussion at a program sponsored by The Israel Project.

Kenneth Bricker, a senior press advisor for The Israel Project, gave brief remarks Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Congregation Etz Chaim in Wilton Manors. Bricker spoke of his childhood raised in a Reform Jewish household and his extensive work abroad for multiple news organizations.

“The first time I went to Israel it had such an overwhelming effect on me,” Bricker said.

The Israel Project, Bricker said, is “not a reactionary organization” that primarily operates “under the radar.” Founded in 2003, The Israel Project (TIP) is a non-partisan American educational organization dedicated, Bricker said, to informing the media and public conversation about Israel and the Middle East.

Around 50 people attended the briefing held in the auditorium on the campus of the Pride Center at Equality Park. Many attendees questioned Bricker about various American and global media entities and their biases.

“Nowadays the pretext of neutrality and objectivity is over,” Bricker said.

Aaron Rosenberg, a property manager from Boca Raton, listened attentively to Bricker’s remarks.

“I agreed with what he said,” Rosenberg said. “I’m familiar with (TIP) and it is nice to speak eye to eye.”

Congregation Etz Chaim is a Jewish Synagogue that is welcoming and accepting of people who identify as LGBT. Rabbi Noah Kitty said Bricker’s visit was well received.

“We really appreciate Ken’s conversation on how Israel is present day,” Kitty told SFGN after Tuesday’s program. “It is so impactful to understand the nuances of the background of certain events.”