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"To Be Jewish": The Challenge of Being Jewish in the Diaspora



Date: Wednesday, June 20, 16:30 - 18:00
Location: Eshkol 2 Hall

The “threats” to Jewish existence in the Diaspora are numerous and diverse. They include assimilation; the weakening of identity; financial difficulties in maintaining community and educational institutions; external trends encouraging individualism, and distancing from the collective; multiple identities; and of

course terror and anti-Semitism. Despite these threats, many communities are flourishing; new Jewish organizations are being established; and Jewish creativity is prospering. How can we ensure the continuity of Jewish existence in the Diaspora, and does Israel have a role in this process?

 

Moderator:

 
Mr. Steve Linde, Israel: Editor-in-Chief, The Jerusalem Post; former Managing Editor, News Editor and Night Editor, The Jerusalem Post; Former Director, Editor, Reporter and News Reader , Israel Radio’s English News.
 
Participants:

 

Mr. Emanuele Fiano, Italy: Member, Italian Chamber of Deputies (Democratic Party of Italy); Interior Affairs and Defense portfolio holder, Democratic Party of Italy; former President, Jewish Community of Milan; former Member of National Board, Union of Jewish Communities in Italy; former Contract Professor, The Polytechnic University of Milan.

 

Mr. Malcolm Hoenlein, USA: Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations; Founding Chairman, America’s Voices in Israel; Co-Chair, Secure Community Network; Founding Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York, Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry. 

 

Rabbi Richard ‘Rick’ Jacobs, USA - President, Union for Reform Judaism; Rabbi Emeritus, Westchester Reform Temple, Brooklyn Heights Synagogue; Senior Rabbinic Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute; Board Member, UJA-Federation of New York, American Jewish World Service. 

 

Mrs. Rachel Korpus, New Zealand: President, Zionist Federation of New Zealand (ZFNZ).

 

Professor Judit Bokser Liwerant, Mexico: Professor, Head, Graduate School in Political and Social Sciences, The National Autonomous University of Mexico; National Research Fellow, National Council of Science and Technology. Author: (et al.)  Jewish Identities in an Era of Globalization and Multiculturalism (2008), Thinking Globalization, Democracy and Diversity (2010).

 

 

The panel will be simultaneously translated into Hebrew and English.

 

 






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