Speakers and Program for Oct 10-11 Conference will Enlighten and Educate
Contact: Ariel Vered • JNF Communications Manager • 212-879-9305 ext. 227 • firstname.lastname@example.org
October 5, 2010 -- Atlanta, GA – Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem, will deliver a significant address on his “New Vision for Jerusalem” before more than 700 people at the close of Jewish National Fund's (JNF) annual national conference, October 10-11, 2010 at the Intercontinental Buckhead in Atlanta.
Barkat, a rising political star, will close the JNF national conference on October 11 with a 2 p.m. celebration of the capital of the Jewish people. This marks Barkat’s first time in the state of Georgia and the first time that the conference will be held in Atlanta.
Action at the conference, titled “Israel on my Mind,” will be non-stop. Dr. Uzi Landau, Israel’s Minister of National Infrastructure will provide insight on Israel’s push toward alternative energy and self-reliance and the most aggressive plan for water development since the founding of the state.
Gilad Erdan, Israel’s Minister of Environmental Protection and former advisor to Prime Ministers Netanyahu and Sharon, will speak on the hot topics of clean water and pure air, and environmental challenges and advancements will be illustrated by Dr. Alon Tal, JNF-KKL Chairman of the Committee for Sustainable Development and David Lehrer, Director of The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.
To compare and contrast the Southern Jewish experience in Israel with that in the United States, Ezra Ravins, Mayor of the Central Arava Regional Council, and Dr. Stuart Rockoff, Director, History Department, Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, will present their realities.
And of course, to delve into the development of the modern State of Israel, no one can do it better than expert Dr. Kenneth W. Stein, author and Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History at Emory University.
A gala dinner with politicians and special guests, the Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, and Martin Luther King III will be held at the National Aquarium. Teens and young adults will engage in special programs through the Teen Leadership Seminar and JNFuture.
“We are very excited to be hosting this year’s National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia,” said event chair Laureine Greenbaum. “The growth potential of the Southeast Zone is the reason that Atlanta was chosen to host our annual gathering of JNF donors, lay leaders, staff, and supporters. This year’s event will bring awareness to some of Israel’s most pressing issues, such as the water shortage and security, while also showcasing the impressive results of JNF work in the Negev. We invite everyone who supports Israel to come for a thought-provoking two-day conference.”
For more information, please contact Ariel Vered at 212-879-9305 ext. 227 or email@example.com.
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