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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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