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Full Agenda of the Day


10:00–11:30 AM | Registration and Organization Fair

11:30 AM–12:00 PM | Conference begins with opening remarks from Zack Bodner and Shlomi Kofman, Israeli Consul General to SF and the Pacific NW.

12:00–12:15 PM | Overview: Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman—Zionism, Democracy and the Jewish People: What's Next? 

12:15–12:45 PM | Keynote: Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor-in-Chief, The Atlantic: Global Trends in Democratic Values—A Geopolitical Overview

12:45-1:45 PM | Plenary Panel I: Elected by the Majority, Controlled by the Minority?

Facilitator: Yonit Levi, Chief Anchor, Channel 2 News, Israel


  • Larry Diamond, Stanford University                
  • Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, Shalom Hartman Institute        
  • Rick Jacobs, Head of URJ
  • Jonathan Rosenblum, Charedi Author and Columnist

2:00–2:50 PM | Community Round Tables discussion and Israel For Reel program

3:00–3:55 PM | Group Breakouts, First Session

  • Uncloaking and Countering BDS in the Corporate and Civic Arena | Julie Hammerman (Jlens) and Abby Porth (JCRC)
  • Countering Bias Through Education: Mock Peace Negotiations as a Tool to Counter BDS | David Makovsky and Ghaith al-Omari, Washington Institute (appropriate for students and teens). Moderator: Rachel Urman , AIPAC Pacific Northwest Synagogue Initiative Director
  • Public Will vs. Elected Officials—are they in Sync? | Larry Diamond, Stanford University, Hoover Institute, Specializing in Democracy, and Arye Carmon, Founder  of IDI (Israeli Democracy Institute)
  • Intersectionality, Democracy and Zionism | Josh Block (The Israel Project), Eli Lake (Columnist for Bloomberg View)
  • Is Israel Everyone's Jewish State? | Rabbi Rick Jacobs
  • The Changing Israeli Chareidi Community and Its Relationship to the Larger Israeli Society | Jonathan Rosenblum
  • Democracy and Security—How Much Control is Needed to Keep the Population Safe? Are we willing to give up that freedom?—Amos Harel interviewing MG Nimrod Sheffer

3:55–4:05 PM | Intermission

4:05–5:00 PM | Group Breakouts, Second Session

  • National and Religious Minorities in a Jewish Democratic State—Opportunity and Challenge—Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, Shalom Hartman Institute
  • The Middle East and Democracy, the Arab View Point and a Discussion on Israel as an Island of Democracy in the Region—Avi Issacharoff
  • Diaspora Zionism—a Contradiction in Terms?—Rabbi Josh Weinberg, President of Arza
  • Is there a Role for Millennials in the Discussion Around Israel and About the US Jews and Israelis Future Relationships?
  • Hate Speech vs. Free Speech—Pressure Testing the First Amendment | Dan Mogulof, facilitator; Mark Yudof, Berkeley Law and Past President of University of California; Ollie Benn, Executive Director of SF Hillel, Max Samarov, Executive Director of Research & Campus Strategy at StandWithUs
  • Social Entrepreneurship in Israel—Exploring its Impact | Matan Yaffe, Founder and CEO, Desert Stars; Nasooh Elsana, Desert Stars Board Member and co-founder of Bedouin Youth Village; Major General (res.) Nimrod Sheffer, Desert Stars Board Member and co-chair of the Desert Stars Youth Village and former head of the Israel Defense Forces Planning Directorate, Rabbi Jessica Kirschner, Executive director of Hillel at Stanford

5:00–5:15 PM | Intermission

5:15-6:15 PM | Plenary Panel II: Democracy & the Role of Media—The Relationship between Democratically Elected Governments & the Free Press

Facilitator: Anne Kornblut—Director of Strategic Communication at Facebook, Pulitzer Prize winner


  • Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor-in-Chief, The Atlantic                                        
  • Yonit Levi, Israeli Chief Anchor, Channel 2 News                                    
  • Prof. Nate Persily, Stanford Law (Social media and politics and elections)                
  • Amos Harel, Military Correspondent and Defense Analyst for Haaretz
  • Dan Mogulof, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Executive Communications in UC Berkeley's Office of Communications and Public Affairs

6:15–6:30 PM | Closing Remarks

6:30–7:30 PM | Cocktail Party (all invited) and Young Adults get together with Yonit Levi, Beer and conversation

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Z3 is an unprecedented dialogue about the future of Israel and the Jewish people—a full-day, thought-provoking conference dedicated to open, civil discussion of tough but essential questions about the relationship between Israel and Jews worldwide.

On Sunday, December 9, don't miss out as leading politicians, artists, analysts and influencers from Israel and around the world convene at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto for the 2018 Z3 conference, on the theme of "Making Miracles Here & There: Reuniting a Divided People."

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