The Z3™ Movement
“For the first time in Jewish history, there is both a strong Jewish Homeland and a strong Jewish Diaspora. And it raises fundamental questions about our Jewish future. What will the relationship between these two thriving centers of Jewish life look like? Will there even be an intersection, or will two separate and distinct Jewish populations and cultures develop over the next several generations? The new paradigm for that relationship is Zionism 3.0.” – Zack Bodner, CEO of the Oshman Family JCC
Zionism is a living and breathing aspiration, which permanently evolves as it strives to realize the right to self-determination of the Jewish people and to serve its security and well-being. Over the last century, it has evolved from a Zionism 1.0, the aspirational Zionism of Theodore Herzl and the World Zionist Congress whose ambition was self-determination, through a Zionism 2.0, the post-1948 reality in which those who made aliyah dealt with the realities of building a Jewish state, while the role of Jews who remained in the Diaspora was to offer support. Zionism 3.0™ asks how the model is evolving in the 21st century, as the world’s two great centers of Jewish population become equal in size, and perhaps look to the future in different directions.
In June 2017, relations between World Jewry and the State of Israel suffered a major setback, primarily due to a series of decisions by the Government of Israel and related agencies. The highlight of these events has been the cancellation of the “Kotel Compromise,” which called for establishing mixed prayer areas at the Western Wall. It exposed and drew attention to the growing rift between the State of Israel and the Jewish people who live outside of it, primarily in the United States. The need to respond effectively to this crisis was the inspiration that brought together a partnership between the Oshman Family JCC of Palo Alto, California, and the Reut Group, with support from Dr. Katie and Amnon Rodan and the Honey Foundation for Israel.
Our purpose is to inspire a renewed relationship between Israel and World Jewry, where the State of Israel serves the entire Jewish People, and the entire Jewish People develops a renewed sense of appreciation for Israel. We also seek to inspire and support a coalition of individuals and organizations in positions of authority, leadership and influence who share this view. This coalition is the Z3 Movement.
The Z3 Conference
Zionism 3.0 is an annual conference launched in 2015 by the Oshman Family JCC, focusing on Israel and American Jewry’s relationship to Israel. It offers a full day of civil, open, thought-provoking discussions of tough but essential questions about the relationship between Israel and Jews worldwide. Its purpose is to convene leaders and organizations for in-depth conversations about Jewish peoplehood and the future of relations between Israel and World Jewry, and to support the Z3 movement by inspiring and helping other communities to hold their own Z3 conferences.
Past conferences have focused on “Democracy in the Spotlight” (2017, keynoted by Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor-in-Chief of The Atlantic), “In Search of the Shared Dream” (2016, in partnership with The Times of Israel), and “Israel’s Place in Tomorrow’s World” (2015, in partnership with Haaretz). The theme of the 2018 conference was “Making Miracles Here & There: Uniting a Divided People.”
The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center on the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life serves the South Peninsula through educational, social, cultural, fitness, sports and other programs. The Oshman Family JCC is a multi-generational Jewish neighborhood where all are welcome, and which seeks to enrich lives, build community and inspire Jewish journeys. The Oshman Family JCC provides a common ground for individuals, Jewish institutions, and other local groups and organizations and individuals to work, learn, play and celebrate together for the betterment of the whole community.
The Israeli Cultural Connection, a program of the Oshman Family JCC, is a hub for the Israeli community where people can connect to their Israeli identity, celebrate Israeli culture and explore what it means to be Israeli Jews living outside of Israel. Through Israeli arts, music and cultural events, the ICC offers the local Israeli and American Jewish communities the opportunity to deepen their ties to Israel—and to each other.
The Reut Group is an Israeli research, strategy and leadership group that focuses on fundamental challenges facing the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Reut has been working on the relations between Israel and World Jewry with the view that these relations are a core component of Israel’s identity, purpose and national security.
We are grateful for the support and partnership of: