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
Scroll down to learn about Israel Policy Forum’s Young Professionals After-Event

Students (with ID): $18

Cost includes 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

The Z3 Project and Movement: Why it’s important.
Zach Bodner (Executive Director, Oshman Family JCC, Z3 Founder), Yehuda Kurtzer (Shalom Hartman Institute), and Sivan Zakai (Hebrew Union College)
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. – 11:45 a.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 (Reut Institute), Chaya Gilboa (Shalom Hartman Institute), Liron Lavi (Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies)
Moderator:  Jodi Rudoren (Editor-in-chief, The Forward)

Rising Antisemitism in the U.S. and Globally: Political Contexts, Transformative Solutions
How does the continuing rise of domestic and global antisemitism affect the future of the world Jewish community? What are the root sources and how do we respond? Do we turn inward, building our resistance or turn outward, doubling down on our national and global engagement?

Panelists: Rabbi Aaron Lerner (Executive Director, UCLA Hillel), Charles Levinson (Reuters), Batya Ungar Sargon (Opinion Editor, The Forward)
Moderator: David Suissa (Editor in Chief, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles)

12 p.m.- 1 p.m.
Lunch (included in admission)

1:15 p.m.- 2:30 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 (Shalom Hartman Institute); Jodi Rudoren (Editor-in-chief, The Forward), Dani Segal (Shalom Hartman Institute), Yuvi Tashome Katz (social entrepreneur and activist)
Moderator: Joshua Holo (Dean, Hebrew Union College)

The Changing Dialog Between Israeli and American Jews.
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: Gidi Grinstein (Reut Institute); Carly Pildis (Director, Grass Roots Organizing, Zioness), Joshua Weinberg (Executive Director, ARZA)
Moderator: Sivan Zakai (Hebrew Union College)

There’s No Place Like Home
Presentation by Tamar Foreman (Jewish Educator)

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.

2:45-4 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

Pluralism in Israel and the Diaspora—Are we listening to each other?
What does Jewish identity look like in Israel? And in America?  Do questions of observance and pluralism that concern American Jews register with Israelis? How are American models of religious pluralism compatible/not compatible with Israeli society?

Panelists: Chaya Gilboa (Shalom Hartman Institute), Uri Regev, Yuvi Tashomi-Katz, Dani Segal (Shalom Hartman Institute)
Moderator: Glenn Sonnenberg

Israel and Jews in Social Media
Shock and awe vs. changing minds with 280 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. How to have difficult conversations and civil debates when social media seems to divide us so deeply?

Panelists: Carly Pildis (Director, Grass Roots Organizing, Zioness), Esther Kustanowitz, Batya Ungar-Sargon
Moderator: Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback (Senior Rabbi, Stephen Wise Temple)

Israel Policy Pod Live Podcast Recording
On March 2, Israelis will head to the polls for the third time in the span of one year. This time around, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under indictment for three charges, left and right-wing parties are merging, and calls for Jordan Valley annexation are at the forefront of this Israeli election cycle. To understand what this means for Israel’s voters, Join Israel Policy Forum’s live podcast recording.

Host: Evan Gottesman (Associate Director of Policy and Communications, Israel Policy Forum)
Panelists: Yehuda Kurtzer, Liron Lavi (Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies), and Shanie Reichman ( Deputy Director of IPF Atid)


4:15 – 6 p.m.
Closing Plenary

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 Israel’s society, it’s strengths and challenges? What is the effect of this kind of publicity on Israel’s public image?

Panelists: Rachel Kaplan (Executive VP, Scripted, Keshet Media)Yehonatan Indursky (writer, producer, Shtisel), Ayelet Zurer (Actor, Transparent, Daredevil, Man of Steel, Shtisel)

6 – 8 p.m.
Young Professionals After-Event
Sponsored by Israel Policy Forum Atid, Wise YAD, IKAR, URJ, ARZA, and Temple Judea of Tarzana

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.
RSVP HERE (separate from conference registration)

More About Z3

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.

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.

Learn more about the Z3 project

Opening Plenary Sponsors

Lynn and Les Bider
Jodie and Steve Fishman
Lori and Rob Goodman
Andrea and Glenn Sonnenberg

Panel Sponsors

The Goldfiner Family
Susan and Steven Kay
Shohreh and Peyman Saadat
Julie and Peter Weil

Media Sponsors


Synagogue Partners