Featuring speakers from the Shalom Hartman Institute, Reut Institute, HUC-JIR, Forward, Jewish Journal, and Jewish and Israeli entertainment personalities
Gain a deeper understanding of how we can speak to each other across our ideological divides
Wise Members: $72 | General Public: $90 | Young Adult (40 and under): $36 | Students (with ID): $18
Cost includes complimentary lunch.
Educator discount available! Contact Z3@WiseLa.org from your school email account to learn more
Conference Schedule and Speakers
- 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.
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?
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?
12 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.
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?
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)
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
Moderator: Stacy Rukeyeser