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Forums: As a Driven Leaf – Israel in the Mind of North America


Forum 2.1:

Modeling Israel Connections

Join us for a Zionist Salon and meaningful, constructive, non-partisan discussion about what Israel and Zionism mean.

Chair: Zack Bodner, CEO, Palo Alto JCC, California

Presenter: Professor Gil Troy, historian, author, educator

Location: Convention Center, Ballroom C



Forum 2.2:

The Power of Water: How Israel’s Remarkable Story Can Inspire Your Community

Learn about Israel’s incredible achievements and how you can share them to engage your JCC members with Israel.

Chair: Phil Schatten, New York, New York

Presenter: Seth Siegel, businessman, author, activist

Location: Convention Center, Ballroom D



Forum 2.3:

What Do We Mean When We Say a “Jewish State”

From the United Nations to the media, and from academia to international NGOs, the attacks on Israel’s legitimacy as the nation-state of the Jewish people are growing. To win this war of words, Israel’s defenders must be able to clearly explain the ideas and circumstances that led to the creation of modern Israel and underpin its existence today.

Chair: Harriet Blank, New Hope, Pennsylvania

Presenter: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli politician, author, educator

Location: Convention Center, Ballroom E



Forum 2.4:

Commercial and Military Hackers, Beware!

The world is full of cyber-criminals—thieves of personal identities and financial information, or hackers who wish to reveal state or business secrets. In July 2014, during Operation Protective Edge, several Israeli commercial, news and state-official websites were hacked as part of the fight against the State of Israel. Such cases were a reminder of the important role of cyber-security. As the world becomes increasingly dependent on technology, the role of these cyber security specialists is becoming exponentially more important.

Chair: Rick Nelson, Richmond, Virginia

Presenter: Professor Yuval Elovici, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Location: Convention Center, Cotton Row Room



Forum 2.5:

Jewish Peoplehood – What Does It Mean in Today’s World?

In a post-modern era that sanctifies individualism and self-fulfillment, is it time to realize that the Jewish People is an anachronistic concept? Or, are Jews worldwide, still bound by vibrant, meaningful and long-lasting ties?

Chair: Larry Magid, Roslyn, New York

Presenter: Avraham Infeld, President Emeritus of Hillel, educator, author

Location: Convention Center, Ballroom Steamboat Room



Forum 2.6:

What do the Hebrew Language and Israeli Food Have in Common? A  Leading Israeli Journalist and TV Personality…

Chair: Shirley Solomon, Boca Raton, Florida

Presenter: Gil Hovav, Food Expert, Chef, Author and Publisher

Location: Convention Center, Ballroom B



Forum 2.7:

Israel- Tikkun Olam- past the “aid festival”

For 17 years IsraAID has been performing search and rescue, purifying water, providing emergency medical assistance, and walking victims of trauma back to psychological health in dozens of disaster-hit countries. Learn more about their repair-the-world mission that strives to address the changing needs of people as they move from crisis to stability.

Chair: Adrienne Matros, Newport Coast, California

Presenter: Navonel Glick, CO-CEO ,IsraAID

Location: Convention Center, Sultana Room

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Monday, May 7, 2018

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