ADVANCE PROFESSIONAL PREPARATORY DAY
PRESIDENT’S CONFERENCE 2008
On the preliminary day, the day preceding the official opening of the President’s Conference 2008: Facing Tomorrow, the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute is organizing closed working group sessions, part of a continuing process. The purpose of these deliberations is to discuss select issues, which have a bearing on the future of the Jewish people, and to weigh concrete courses of action. The findings and recommendations of this day will serve as important input to the discourse at the conference itself and will be brought to the attention of relevant decision-makers.
The sessions are part of an ongoing brainstorming process aimed at developing a
comprehensive analysis of the state of the Jewish people today, and at formulating ideas for specific policy alternatives to ensure its well being and prosperity in generations to come. This process included extensive interaction with focus groups made up of leading figures in the fields of planning, philosophy and the arts, as well as professionals, Israeli government officials, leaders of Jewish organizations and the philanthropists who support them.
These sessions took place during 2005-6 at Wye Plantation, Maryland, U.S.A. as well as at the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute in Jerusalem. In 2007, 120 of the participants in the process gathered for a joint conference in Jerusalem under the title: “The Future of the Jewish People”, where detailed discussion took place on various geopolitical issues pertaining to the Jewish people, issues of identity and identification, community life and future leadership. The summary of this event
is included in the special publication provided to President’s Conference participants by the Institute. Today’s deliberations are meant to further develop and distil the analysis and recommendations gathered throughout this process in order to aid participants of the President’s Conference as they delve into these complex issues, and thereby contribute to the success of the conference. The following issues will be discussed at the preliminary working group sessions:
Trends in the international arena over the next five years - primary implications
for Israel and the Jewish people Affinity of the younger generation in
the Diaspora to its Jewish identity Affinity of the younger generation in Israel to its Jewish identity Challenges posed by radical Islam: operative implications for the Jewish people Jerusalem as the core of the Jewish civilization The Annapolis process - potential implications for the future of the State of Israel and the Jewish people Practical implications and potential applications of ‘Tikkun Olam’ Grooming the future leadership of the Jewish people.
Insight from this day, as well as the full range of conference deliberations,
will be collected and analyzed by the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute
and will be made available to the public.
THE PRESIDENT'S CONFERENCE 2008 FACING TOMORROW
Introduction - Mr. Avinoam Bar-Yosef, Director-General, The Jewish People Policy Planning Institute (JPPPI).
The Conference for the Future of the Jewish People-2007 - Dr. Einat Wilf, Fellow, JPPPI.
Mega-Trends in the Next Five Years which will Impact on World Jewry and Israel - Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstadt.
The Annapolis Process - Ambassador Avi Gil, Senior Fellow, JPPPI.
The Islamist Challenge - Prof. Emmanuel Sivan, Senior Fellow, JPPPI.
Jewish Civilization at the Crossroads: Rise and Decline in the Historic Perspective -
Dr. Shalom Wald, Senior Fellow, JPPPI.
Jewish Identity and Identification of America's Young Jews - Prof. Chaim I. Waxman, Senior Fellow, JPPPI.
Jerusalem as the Civilizational Capital of the Jewish People - Prof. Yehezkel
Dror, Founding President, JPPPI.
Jewish People Leadership for the 21st Century - Prof. Yehezkel Dror,
Founding President, JPPPI.
The Practical Meaning and Potential Significance of ‘TIKKUN OLAM’ for 21st Century Jewish Life - Rabbi Dr. Yehudah Mirsky, Fellow, JPPPI, with the contribution of Brigadier-General (Res.) Ruth Yaron, Senior Fellow, JPPPI.
Jewish Identity and Identification of Israel's Young Generation - Dr. Shlomit Levy and Dr. Hagit Hacohen Wolf, The Hebrew University.
Jewish Demography and Peoplehood: 2008 - Prof. Sergio DellaPergola, Senior Fellow, JPPPI.
Tomorrow's Crises Today: Frontiers of Scientific Research and Technology in the Coming Decade - Prof. Hermona Soreq, The Hebrew University.
Medicine Tomorrow: Trends in 21st Century Medicine - Yaakov Naparstek,
MD Professor & Chairman of Medicine Hadassah University Hospital.
Global Leadership in the 21st Century: The New Ruler - Prof. Yehezkel Dror,
Founding President, JPPPI.
A Survey of Current and Future Research Directions on the Environment - Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences, Hebrew University.
Israel 2028: Vision and Strategy for Economy and Society in a Global World -
Mr. David Brodet, Former Director-General, Ministry of Finance; Chairman, Hadasa.
Accelerating Medical Solutions in Israel: Building a Global Life Sciences Industry -
Prof. Glenn Yago, Milken Institute; Mr. Ilan Vaknin, Hebrew University and Koret-Milken Institute Fellows Program and Ms. Ronit Purian Lutkatch, Tel Aviv University and Koret-Milken Institute Fellows Program.