The State of Israel and the Jews of North America: How Can We Bridge the Gaps? A Conference in Honor of Israel’s 70th Anniversary | Monday, April 30, 2018

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Co-sponsored by The Jewish Theological Seminary, New York and The Schechter Institutes, Jerusalem
The Conference will take place at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, 4 Avraham Granot St., Jerusalem, Israel

All Hebrew lectures included simultaneous translation into English.

3:00-3:30pm Greetings

Prof. Arnie Eisen, Chancellor, JTS
Prof. Doron Bar, President, The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies

3:30-5pm Session I: The Role of Jewish Education in Bridging the Gap Between Israel and North America

Moderator: Dr. Ari Ackerman, Dean, The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies
Dr. Eitan Chikli, The TALI Education Fund
Dr. Beverly Gribetz, Evelina de Rothschild High School
Prof. Barry Holtz, JTS
Dr. David Breakstone, Vice Chair of the Jewish Agency

5:15-6:45pm Session II: Conversion, The Kotel and Other Halakhic Controversies: Can We bridge the gaps?

Moderator: Rabbi Prof. Joel Roth, JTS and the Conservative Yeshiva
MK Rachel Azaria
Rabbi Prof. Judith Hauptman, JTS
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin, The Schechter Institutes
Rabbi Dr. Benny Lau, Ramban Synagogue and the 929 Project

6:45-7:30pm Light Supper

7:30-9:00pm Session III: Round Table: The Center as a Unifying Force Between Israel and the Diaspora

Moderator: Dr. Peri Sinclair, The TALI Education Fund
Prof. Arnie Eisen, Chancellor, JTS
Mr. Natan Sharansky, Chair, The Jewish Agency
Dr. Yizhar Hess, The Masorti Movement
Prof. Jack Wertheimer, JTS
Prof. Yossi Turner, The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies
Rabbi Dr. Mimi Feigelson, The Schechter Rabbinical Seminary

9:00-10:30pm Session IV: Music as a Bridge Between Religious and Secular, Israel and the Diaspora

Introduction: Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch, Dean, Schechter Rabbinical Seminary
A Concert by Maureen Nehedar

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