April 19th Conference: “American Jews and Israel: A Relationship in Transition”

Here’s an upcoming conference from the Taub Center for Israel Studies at NYU that might interest some Draperites:

“American Jews and Israel: A Relationship in Transition”

This event will take place on the NYU campus on Sunday, April 19, 2015. The conference commences at 10:00am. Lunch and dinner will be served and the program will conclude at 8:30pm.

The conference will include three sessions focusing on the various roles Israel plays in American Jewish life, and the changing relationship between American Jewry and Israel. Speakers will include distinguished academics, practitioners and key figures within the American Jewish community. We will conclude with a panel discussion featuring Itamar Rabinovich, previously the Israeli ambassador to the United States, and Dan Kurtzer, previously the American ambassador to Israel. A detailed program can be found below.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a stimulating and candid discussion of a topic of critical current interest, and we look forward to seeing you on April 19th. Please register at your earliest convenience using the link below.

Conference organizing committee:
Robert Chazan
Ronald Zweig
Steven M. Cohen
Ori Yehudai

Co-sponsored by The Israel Institute

Register HERE for the Conference


10:00 AMGreetings 
10:15 AM: Session 1: American Jews and Israel – Trends and New Directions
Dov Waxman, Northeastern Univ.
Theodore Sasson, Brandeis Univ.
Steven M. Cohen, HUC-JIR
Moderator: Mijal Bitton, NYU
 12:30 PM:  Lunch 
 1:00 PM:  Session 2: Israel Experience and Israel Education
Shaul Kelner, Vanderbilt University
Yona Shem-Tov, Encounter
Bethamie Horowitz, NYU
Moderator: Lisa Grant, HUC-JIR
3:15 PM  Coffee break
 3:30 PM Session 3Ties and Tensions: American Jewish Leadership and Israel
Joy Levitt, JCC of Manhattan
John Ruskay, Exec. VP Emeritus, UJA
David Ellenson, HUC-JIR
Moderator: Amir Shaviv, JDC
 6:00 PM Dinner
 7:00 PM Ambassadors Panel Discussion
The View from Washington and Jerusalem
Itamar Rabinovich, Dan Kurtzer
Moderated by JJ Goldberg, The Forward


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