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What does World Jewry Expect from Israel?



Date: Thursday, June 21, 11:30 - 13:00
Location: Schwartz Hall

For many years we have been accustomed to the question: What does Israel expect from world Jewry? Many Diaspora Jews chose to avoid voicing an opinion on internal Israeli issues – and few in Israel bothered to take the time to listen to the concerns of their fellow Jews in the Diaspora. However the time has come to reverse the roles and to hear what Diaspora Jewry expects from Israel. What are the Diaspora's views regarding Israel's policy decisions; the preservation of the Jewish identity of the State; its expression of support of the Jewish communities in the Diaspora; and the degree of attentiveness Israel gives to the opinions and needs of Jews who live outside Israel?

 

Moderator:

 

Mr. Shmuel Rosner, Israel: Political Editor, The Jewish Journal; Columnist, Ma'ariv daily newspaper, The International Herald Tribune; Editor and writer, Rosner's Domain; Non-fiction Editor, Kinneret-Zmora-Bitan-Dvir Publishing House; Fellow, The Jewish People Policy Institute. Author: Shtetl, Bagel and Baseball: On the Dreadful, Wonderful State of America's Jews (Hebrew, 2011). 

 

Participants:

 

Professor Peter Beinart, USA: Associate Professor of Journalism and Political Science, City University of New York; Senior Political Writer, The Daily Beast-Newsweek; Schwartz Senior Fellow, New America Foundation; Editor, Open Zion.  Author: The Crisis of Zionism (2012).

 

Mr. Pierre Besnainou, France: Chair, Israel Diaspora Paradigm Committee, Member, Board of Governors, Jewish Agency for Israel; President, Foundation of French Judaism; former President, European Jewish Congress.

 

Mr. Abraham 'Abe' Foxman, USA: National Director, Anti-Defamation League. Author: Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism (2004), The Deadliest Lies. The Israel Lobby and the Myth of Jewish Control (2007), Jews & Money: The Story of a Stereotype (2010). Recipient: French Knight of the Legion of Honor; Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Leadership Award; Interfaith Committee of Remembrance Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Ms. Alana Newhouse, USA: Editor-in-chief, Tablet Magazine; former Arts and Culture Editor, The Forward.

 

Mr. Leon Wieseltier, USA: Literary Editor, The New Republic. Author: Kaddish (2000).

 

The panel will be simultaneously translated into Hebrew.






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