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

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

More About Z3

Both the United States and Israel represent powerful and vibrant centers of Jewish life and are the primary contributors to the continuing development of the Jewish future. The Zionism 3.0 (Z3) movement reflects this reality by redefining Zionism for the next generation. Z3 conversations ask compelling and transformative questions like: What is the future of the relationship between the communities? How will both assert their independence and interdependence? How can we speak with each other in ways that encourage cooperation and recognition of our differences and alignments? Incredible challenges and opportunities are offered by the creative dynamic of this ongoing relationship.

Wise’s Z3 conference will bring together an eclectic combination of presenters that reflect the uniqueness of Los Angeles. The conference will feature journalists and thought leaders who embody the essence of what it means to be a Zionist Jewish presence in American and Israeli media (online and print). They will speak about the challenges of navigating that territory and how their Jewish identity influences their professions. A second track will engage Jewish actors, producers, and directors to discuss what it means to represent the Jewish communities of Israel and America and how that is reflected in their work. During the course of this day-long conference, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how we can speak to each other across our ideological divides to create stronger even more vibrant Jewish communities in our respective locales.

Z3™ is an initiative of the Oshman Family JCC.

Learn more about the Z3 project

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