National Conference Program 2019

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JEWISH NATIONAL FUND NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Grand Hyatt

Washington, D.C.

 

September 13 - 15, 2019


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Makor Retreat (by Invitation)


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

 

10:00 am - 1:30 pm

JNFuture Summit

 

3:00 – 4:30 pm

Opening Plenary: The US/Israel Relationship

 

4:45 - 6:00 pm

College Summit Opening

 

6:15 - 7:00 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat Services

 

7:15 pm

Shabbat Dinner (Reservations Required)

 

8:30 - 9:15 pm

Plenary:

"When People Ask Me Who I Am, I Say: Israeli, Woman, Arab, Muslim... In That Order" - An Interview With Lucy Aharish, Israeli Arab News Anchor, Reporter, and Television Host

Interviewer:

Charles S. Fax, Vice President Israel Action

 

9:15 pm

Oneg Shabbat Dessert Reception

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

 

8:00  – 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast Available

 

9:00 am

Shabbat Services

 

10:30 am - 12:45 pm

Sapphire and Chai Program and Luncheon
Experiences and Challenges of a Female Journalist

Speaker:

Michal Michelle Divon, Journalist and Television Host

 

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Shabbat Lunch

 

1:00 - 1:45 pm

Plenary:

Israel and the Media

Speaker:

Matti Friedman, Award-Winning Author and New York Times Contributor

 

2:00 - 5:00 pm

JNF IN ISRAEL EXPO

 

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Learning Session: Introducing the Days of Awe: A Philosophical Discussion About Fate vs. Choice

Speaker:

Rabbi Leor Sinai, Co-CEO, Alexander Muss High School in Israel-JNF

 

3:15  – 4:30 pm

Plenary:
Developing Leadership:

A Personal Conversation with Russell F. Robinson

Interviewer:   

Lucy Aharish, Israeli Arab News Anchor, Reporter, and Television Host


Israel’s Gen Now: Leaders Today and for the Future

Panelists:

Tal Ohana, Mayor of Yerucham

Lina Alatawna, Director General, Wadi Attir

Daniel Einhorn, Chief Executive Officer Tech7

5:45 – 7:00 pm

Major Donor Reception (By Invitation)

 

8:00 pm

Havdallah Service

 

College Summit Party

 

JNFuture Party

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

 

7:00 – 8:30 am

Breakfast Available

 

JNF IN ISRAEL EXPO

 

8:45 - 10:15 am

Plenary:

The Challenge of Jewish Identity in the 21st Century

Presenter:

Dr. Erica Brown, Associate Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy George Washington School of Education and Human Development Director, Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership

 

10:30 – 11:30 am

Concurrent Sessions (Select One):

  • The Principles and Actions that Led to the Independence of Israel's Water
    Speaker: Professor Eilon Adar, Alain Pöher Chair of Hydrology and Arid Zones at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Sde Boker

  • Building Communities and Making Dreams Come True: The JNF-USA Housing Development Fund
    Presenters:
    Jeffrey Schwartz, Chair, Housing Development Fund

    Tania Pons Allon, Resource Development Manager, Central Arava Regional Council

  • Jewish National Fund Growing Employment in the Negev and Galilee
    Presenters:

    Michal Shiloach Galnoor, Executive Director, Western Galilee Now

    Tamar Gil Menachem, Deputy Director, Eretz-Ir

 

11:45  am - 1:00 pm

Plenary:

Positively Israel: Changing the Narrative on Campus

Panel:

Deandra Denton, Hofstra University

Segev Kanik, Rutgers University

Mark McGuire, Seton Hall University

Rebecca Thau, Harvard University

Others TBD

 

Moderator:

Michal Michelle Divon, Journalist and Television Host

 

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Lunch Available

 

2:15 - 3:30

Concurrent Sessions (Select One):

  • Update on the Jewish National Fund Israel Education and Technology Center
    Presenters:
    Joe Wolfson, Chairman, JNF Israel Education and Technology Center
    Eric Michaelson, Chief Israel Officer
  • The Challenges and Opportunities in Building an Inclusive Society
    Presenters:
    Lt. Col. Tiran Attia, Executive Director, Special in Uniform
    Alon Aviel, Resource Development, Red Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center at Kibbutz Grofit

    Gaylee Schif, Liason, LOTEM- Making Israel Accessible
    Avi Vortzman, Director, ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran
  • Start Your 20/20 Campaign with Perfect Vision
    Presenters:
    Bernice Friedman, Co-Chair, Planned Giving
    Matt Bernstein, Chief Planned Giving Officer
    Bill Adolph, Planned Giving Director, Midwest
    Robin Dermer, Planned Giving Director, Florida

    Cynthia Hizami, Planned Giving Director, West Coast

  • Life on the Border...The Challenges Continue
    Presenters:
    Mayor Alon Davidi, City of Sderot
    Professor Shai Feldman, Dean, Sapir College
    Mayor Ofir Libstein, Sha'ar Hanegev
    Mayor Gadi Yarkoni, Eshkol Region

    Moderator:
    Betsy Fischer, Chair, Gaza Envelope Task Force

3:45 - 5:00 pm

Plenary

 

6:30 pm

Dinner/Gala

Entertainment:

Capitol Steps

Mark Novak Band

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

 

8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Campaign Planning Summit (Advanced Registration Required)

For those serving on JNF Local and National Boards, Committees, and Task Forces

 


 

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