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Israel and America 2020: Spanning the Divide

January 26 @ 11:00 AM - 7:45 PM

Z3 and Stephen Wise Temple present
Israel and America 2020: Spanning the Divide to Find Common Ground

Wise’s Z3 Conference is an opportunity for thinkers and doers, movers and shakers to gather together to gain a deeper understanding of how we can speak to each other across our ideological divides when it comes to Israel and its position in today’s world. Our panelists will come from far and wide to participate in lively discussions of Israel’s culture, technology, politics, and media. With many more to be announced, Wise will welcome Gidi Grinstein, founder of The Reut Group; Yehuda Kurtzer and Chaya Gilboa of Shalom Hartman Institute; and Jodi Rudoren of Forward.

The Z3 Project, an initiative of the Oshman Family JCC, is committed to creating an ongoing, dynamic forum for opinions and ideas about Diaspora Jewry and Israel.

TICKETS: www.WiseLA.org/Z3
Wise Members: $72 | General Public: $90
Young Adult (40 and under): $36
Students (with ID): $18
Cost includes complimentary lunch.

Z3™ is an initiative of the Oshman Family JCC.
Learn more about the Z3 project at www.z3project.org/about

Young Professionals Post Reception with IPF Atid
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Join IPF Atid for a post-conference reception with facilitated discussions to debrief the topics mentioned throughout the day. We will be joined by many of the speakers from the conference. This special after-conference event is developed in partnership with Union for Reform Judaism, ARZA, and Temple Judea of Tarzana.
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Conference Schedule and Speakers
(subject to change: for a full itinerary visit WiseLA.org/Z3)

9 a.m.
Opening Plenary
Gidi Grinstein (Reut Institute), Zach Bodner, and Yehuda Kurtzer (Shalom Hartman Institute) Moderator: Ilana Kvartin (Jewish Agency)

Why does world Jewry need Zionism 3.0?
What we hope to achieve through this dialogue.
Why Jewish peoplehood is the organizing principle.
What are the opportunities (and challenges) presented by the existence of two strong Jewish communities?
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Breakout Sessions:
The Power Dynamic: Influence and Vulnerability
How do Jews wield power? What does it mean to be an influential minority in the world’s most powerful nation and a majority in the region’s most powerful nation and yet still feel painfully vulnerable? What do the shifting tides of American and Israeli politics mean for Jewish power and vulnerability?

Panelists: Gidi Grinstein, Chaya Gilboa, Carli Pildis (or Michael Koplow)
Moderator: Jodi Rudoren

Global Anti-Semitism: Meaningful and transformative responses
How does the continuing rise of global anti-Semtisim on the left and the right affect the future of the world Jewish community? Do we turn inward, building our resistance or turn outward, doubling down on our global engagement?

Panelists: Rabbi Aaron Lerner, Charles Levinson (Reuters); Tomer Persico, Batya Ungar Sargon
Moderator: Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback

12 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Democracy and Judaism — Are they compatible?
Judaism was conceived before the modern democratic state, how does a democratic Israel reconcile its relationship with Jewish identity? The majority of America’s Jews seem to have chosen American democracy over Jewish practice, how will it affect the future of American Judaism?

Panelists: Tomer Persico; Jodi Rudoren, Dani Segal, Yuvi Tashome Katz

Moderator: Joshua Holo

The Changing Dialog Between Israeli and American Jews.
Conversations across the Divide and finding common ground. What constitutes “support”–is there such a thing as betrayal? What are the boundaries?

Panelists: Michael Koplow; Carli Pildis, Joshua Weinberg

Moderator: Sivan Zakai

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Lunch (included in admission)
2:30-4 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Pluralism in Israel: Opportunities and Challenges
What does Jewish identity look like in Israel? How are American models of religious pluralism compatible/not compatible with Israeli society?

Panelists: Chaya Gilboa, Uri Regev, Yuvi Tahomi-Katz

Moderator: Glenn Sonnenberg

There’s No Place Like Home
Presentation by Tamar Foreman

Join the high drama created by a series of Israeli television advertisements that take aim at your heart to generate laughter, induce tears, raise questions and even evoke anger. These advertisements serve as a dialogue and a fascinating social document for us to explore the meaning of home and homeland for us today in our own lives, in the past, and for the future of the Jewish people.

Israel and Jews in Social Media. Shock and awe vs. changing minds with 140 characters. The free-wheeling character and radically disruptive democracy of social media provides a platform for widespread advocacy for Israel as well as dangerous slander, what’s a Zionist to do?

Panelists: Carli Pildis, Esther Kustanowitz, Batya Ungar-Sargon

Moderator: David Suissa

4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Closing Plenary (4:15-5:45)
Presenting Israel to the World: Israel’s entertainment industry and Israel’s public image. What are the considerations for Israel supporters in the entertainment industry when bringing Israeli media to a wider audience? How do critical yet critically acclaimed productions reflect on

Panelists: Rachel Kaplan, Gideon Raff (pending) , Yehonaton Indursky, Ayelet Zurer (pending)

Moderator: Stacy Rukeyeser



January 26
11:00 AM - 7:45 PM
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