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Will the Next Jewish Leader Please Stand Up?



Date: Thursday, June 21, 14:00 - 15:30
Location: Eshkol 2 Hall

The Jewish people are facing new challenges. The fostering of young leadership is critical to overcoming these challenges and ensuring Jewish continuity. The essential function of communal, organizational, religious and political leadership is to shape the future of the Jewish people. For this purpose, it is incumbent upon the current Jewish leadership to draw to its ranks the leading young people of the next generation. Is it possible to recruit the outstanding youth of the Jewish people to leadership positions or are the "rising stars" ducking the burden of being at the helm? What is the profile of a successful Jewish leader and how can we identify and nurture the future leaders of the Jewish people?

 

Moderator:

 

Ms. Deborah Housen-Couriel, Israel: Director, Wexner Foundation's Israel Fellowship Program; former Analyst Team Leader for Middle East regional issues, Reut Institute; former Director, Department of Regulation and International Treaties, Israeli Ministry of Communications; Wexner Foundation Fellow (2000-2001), Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

 

Participants:

 

Ms. Johanna Arbib Perugia, Italy/Israel:  Chairperson, Keren Hayesod-UIA World Board of Trustees; Senior Advisor, Patron Capital Ltd.;  Member, Board of Governors Executive, Chair, Marketing Committee, The Jewish Agency for Israel.  

 

Ms. Carolyn Bogush, UK: Chair, Limmud; former Co-chair, Limmud Conference; Member, Board of Management, Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue; Occupational Psychologist.


Mr. Justin Korda, Israel: Executive Director, ROI Community; former Director, Canada-Israel Experience; Leader, first Taglit-Birthright Israel trip from Canada; Initiator, Wake-up Tour (alternative Jewish music performances to campuses across North America).


Professor Arna Poupko Fisher, USA: Professor, Department of Judaic Studies, University of Cincinnati; Scholar in residence (Judaic Consultant), Montreal Jewish Federation; Faculty member, Wexner Heritage Foundation; Board member, Cincinnati Jewish Family Services, Hillel, The Holocaust Center for Ethics and Humanity. Recipient: Avi Chai Award for "Most outstanding contribution for the enhancement of Jewish identity", "10 Most Important Women to Watch", 2010, Jewish Women's International.


Rabbi Daniel Smokler, USA: Senior Jewish Educator, Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life,  PhD Student in Education and Jewish Studies, New York University; Founder, Senior Jewish Educators Initiative, Hillel NYU.

 

The panel will be simultaneously translated into Hebrew.






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