DRAFT PROGRAM

JNF NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Diplomat Hotel
Hollywood, FL

November 10 - 13, 2017

Invited Keynote Speakers:
Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States
Gilad Erdan, Israel’s Minister of Public Security
MK Yair Lapid, Chairman, Yesh Atid
Ruvik Danilovich, Mayor of Be'er Sheva
Lior Haiat, Consul General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico
Ronald S. Lauder, Chairman of the Board

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9
All Day

Makor Retreat

1:00 – 8:00 pm

Conference Registration Available

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10
8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Arava Task Force Retreat

9:00 – 6:00 pm

Conference Registration Available

9:30 am – 10:30 pm

Small Communities Campaign Meeting

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Go North Task Force Meeting: Building the Galilee for the 21st Century

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Women’s Campaign Meeting

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Nefesh B’Nefesh Task Force Meeting

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

JNF IN ISRAEL EXPO

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Housing Development Fund Meeting for Stakeholders

1:00 pm

College Summit Opening

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Opening Plenary

5:15 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat Services
Traditional
Egalitarian

6:15 pm

Shabbat Dinner (Reservations required)
A Discussion with Special Guests:
Daniel Silva, New York Times Bestselling Author
Jamie Gangel, CNN Special Correspondent
Major General (Res.) Doron Almog

9:00 pm

JNF-AMHSI Oneg Shabbat



SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Conference Registration Available

8:00 - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast Available

9:00 am

Shabbat Services (Torah from Jerry Abramson)
Traditional
Egalitarian

10:30 - 11:30 am

Water Task Force Meeting

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Sapphire and Chai Women’s Luncheon (By Invitation)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Shabbat Lunch

12:30 – 1:30 pm

“The Twenty-First Century: A Jewish Vision, One Day at a Time”
Keynote Speaker:

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, New York Times Bestselling Author

1:45 – 3:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

  • "Why is Zionism Still Relevant to Millennials?"
    Moderator:

    Stephanie Kelman, JNFuture Chair
    Panelists:
    Benji Davis, Israel Program Manager, Nefesh B’Nefesh (TBC)
    Lauren France, Chair, JNFuture Board of Trustees
    Chloe Valdary, Spokesperson, Jerusalem U
  • "The Great Debate: Right vs. Left – Is there hope for Klal Yisrael?"
    Speakers:

    Rabbi Leor Sinai, AMHSI Co-CEO
    Mordechai Cohen, AMHSI Head of School
  • "Does the Future for American Jewry Lie in Israel?"
    Speaker:

    Akiva Gersh, AMHSI Jewish History and Israel Studies Instructor
3:15 – 4:15 pm

"The Six Day War 50 Years Later: A Conversation About Complexities and Possibilities"
Speaker:
Zeev Ben Shachar, Director of Israel Education, JerusalemU

5:30 – 7:15 pm

Major Donor Reception - By Invitation Only

9:00 pm – Midnight

JNFuture Party at The Sagamore Hotel, South Beach



SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12
7:30 am - 7:30 pm

Conference Registration Available

7:00 – 8:30 am

Breakfast Available

7:15 – 8:00 am

Jewish Meditation: The Ancient Prophets' Practice
Learn about and practice ancient Jewish meditation techniques including focusing breathing, visualization and voice
Presenter:
Akiva Gersh, AMHSI Jewish History and Israel Studies Instructor

7:15 - 8:15 am

Meeting of The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies:
Discussion on using the environment to turn conflict into cooperation

7:30 am – 4:00 pm

JNF IN ISRAEL EXPO (Closed during plenary sessions)

8:30 – 9:00 am

Keynote Speaker

9:00 – 10:15 am

Concurrent Sessions
Sessions and speakers to be confirmed

  • "How to Connect Millennials to Israel"
    Speakers:

    Chloe’ Valdary, Director of Partnerships and Outreach, JerusalemU
    Zeev Ben Shachar, Director of Israel Education, JerusalemU
  • "Teaching Zionism to Israelis"
    Speakers:
    Yoel Zilberman, Hashomer HaChadash
    Aharon Ariel Lavi, Makom
    Ido Eiskovitz, Green Horizons
  • "High School Activism"
  • "The Positively Israel Approach on College Campuses"
  • "The Challenge of Bringing Zionism Back to K – 8 Supplementary Schools"
10:30 – 11:30 am

"Plenary: Celebrating Israel’s Everyday Heroes: The Service, The Sacrifice, The Love"

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Open Time to Visit JNF in Israel Expo
Lunch Available

1:00 – 6:00 pm

High School Summit

1:00 – 2:30 pm

Plenary: Across the Aisle - Bipartisan Support for the U.S. – Israel Relationship
Introductory Remarks:
Gabriel Groisman, Mayor, Bal Harbour, FL
Special Invited Guests:
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Congressman Alcee Hastings
Congressman Ted Deutch
Congressman Brian Mast
Moderator:
Lauren Morris Schulman, Political Consultant

2:45 – 3:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions

  • “Ethics on the Field”
    Speaker:

    Brigadier General (Res.) Bentzi Gruber
  • "Zionism Reimagined: Moving From a Utopian Zionist Narrative to Practical Zionism"
    Speaker:
    Akiva Gersh, AMHSI Jewish History and Israel Studies Instructor
  • "Innovation and Job Growth in the Negev"
    Speakers:
    Avi Balashnikov, Chairman, Lauder Employment Center
    Tamar Gil, Director of Partnerships, Eretz-Ir
    David Allon, Deputy Director, East Negev Cluster Lauder Employment Center
  • Live Podcast Recording of IsraelCast
    Host:
    Steven Shalowitz, JNF New York Board Member
4:00 – 5:00 pm

Keynote Speaker:
Russell F. Robinson, Chief Executive Officer
Presentation of JNF Heritage Award to Toby and Mort Mower

6:30 pm

Dinner/Gala
Honoring President José María Aznar with the Shalom Peace Award



MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13 (BY INVITATION ONLY)
8:00 – 9:00 am

JNF Community Presidents Breakfast

9:00 am - 12:00 noon

“Lessons Learned From the Battlefield: Developing Leadership Skills”
Facilitator:
Brigadier General Bentzi Gruber

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 – 3:00 pm

JNF National Board of Directors Meeting