Conversations on Zionism

Reclaiming the Narrative

Converso Israel Connection

The time has come to show the world what Zionism looks like. That Zionism comes in all colors, shapes, and sizes. That it’s inclusive, diverse, beautiful, respectful. That is builds bridges. That it’s about freedom: freedom of religion, freedom of expression, freedom from preconceived notions. That Zionism supports Israel, a country where synagogues, mosques and churches all share the same skyline. A country where Christians, Jews, and Muslims live as neighbors and sit around the same table – and while they may have different views, they all have a seat.

 

Join Jewish National Fund-USA for a series of human interactions, short films, interviews, panel discussions and more – all meant to facilitate a dialogue and expose the beautiful and diverse facets of modern Zionism, and its positive impact on many aspects of our lives, no matter where we are on the globe. 

 

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Episode 1: Gil Troy with Russell F. Robinson

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

7:30 pm (ET) / 4:30 pm (PT)

Featured Guest Speakers

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Gil Troy

Author & Thinker

 

Gil Troy is an award-winning American presidential historian, leading Zionist activist, and best-selling author. His work in reclaiming the narrative is decades-long and as the author of America’s Fight Against Zionism as Racism, and The Zionist Ideas: Visions for the Jewish Homeland – Then, Now, Tomorrow, and most recently, Never Alone: Prison, Politics and My People, co-authored with human rights activist Natan Sharansky, he shows no signs of stopping.

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Russell F. Robinson

CEO, Jewish National Fund-USA

 

As the Chief Executive Officer of Jewish National Fund-USA, Russell F. Robinson has spent the last 23 years developing the land of Israel, in partnership with the people of Israel, to ensure quality of life opportunities for all its residents. He has succeeded in making Jewish National Fund-USA one of the top-rated charities in the United States, and the leading organization for the land and people of Israel.


Episode 2: Israel: A Light Unto the World

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

7:30 pm (ET) / 4:30 pm (PT)

Featured Guest Speakers

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Daniel Kahn

Chairman, NATAN

Panelist

 

Danny Kahn serves as the Chairman of NATAN, an Israeli humanitarian relief organization that aids in disaster relief and recovery, emergency dental care for underprivileged populations, and medical and psychosocial aid to Middle Eastern refugees. Prior to NATAN, he served as Director of International Development in the Geneva office for World ORT.

 

Following the Iranian revolution in 1979, Kahn joined Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office that led field missions to rescue Jewish communities at risk in Muslim countries. He continued to serve in the Prime Minister’s Office for 20 years, and took part in subsequent missions throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe.

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Yotam Polizer

CEO, IsraAID

Panelist

 

Yotam Polizer is the global CEO of IsraAID – overseeing IsraAID’s global operations, strategy and partnerships. Following the September 2015 refugee crisis in Europe, he led IsraAID’s humanitarian mission in Lesbos, Greece, to support Syrian refugees on the island and also established IsraAID Germany, which provides long-term support for Yazidi and Syrian refugees in Germany. Over the course of nine years at IsraAID, Yotam has also built and led programs in Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, in Sierra Leone during the 2014 Ebola crisis, and in Nepal following the 2015 earthquake.

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Tamar Shapira

Director of International & Public Relations, Save a Child’s Heart

Panelist

 

Tamar Shapira is the Deputy Executive Director, International & Public Relations for Save a Child’s Heart, an Israeli humanitarian organization that treats critically ill children suffering from heart disease in countries where access to pediatric heart care is limited or nonexistent. Before joining the Save a Child’s Heart team, Tamar worked for Israel’s Channel 1 Broadcast Authority and for Associated Press Television News as a news producer and editor.

 

Tamar has over 20 years of experience in public relations and communications, has a history of working in the nonprofit organization management industry, and is skilled in non-profit organizations, intercultural communications, international relations, event management, editing, and conference speaking.

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Sivan Ya'ari

CEO, Innovation: Africa

Panelist

 

Sivan Ya'ari is the founder and CEO of Innovation: Africa, a nonprofit that brings Israeli solar, agricultural, and water technologies to communities in Africa. Ya’ari has been working in Africa for over 20 years and has brought clean water and light to nearly 3 million people across 10 African countries using Israeli technologies.

 

Both Ya’ari and Innovation: Africa have received multiple awards, including the Innovation Award from the United Nations. She has also been recognized as one of the most "Inspiring Israelis this Decade" by Grapevine, one of 50 "Most Influential Women in Israel" by Forbes, and one of the “Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life" by Algemeiner.

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Shahar Azani

Founder & Principal, Fourth Dimension Strategies and Senior Vice President, Jewish Broadcasting Services

Moderator

 

Shahar Azani serves as Founder and Principal at Fourth Dimension Strategies and as Senior Vice President at Jewish Broadcasting Services. Azani previously served as Executive Director for the Northeast Region at StandWithUs, an organization dedicated to Israel Education and the fight against BDS and antisemitism. He has also previously served as a diplomat with Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for over 15 years where he held the positions of Consul for Media Affairs and Spokesperson at the Consulate General of Israel in New York. During his service, he was responsible for maintaining direct contact with US media, focusing on political, social, and business outlets.


Episode 3: Israel: Arsen Ostrovsky with Russell F. Robinson

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

7:30 pm (ET) / 4:30 pm (PT)

Featured Guest Speakers

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Arsen Ostrovsky

Chair & CEO, The International Legal Forum


Arsen Ostrovsky serves as Chair and CEO of The International Legal Forum, an Israel-based global network of over 3,000 lawyers in 40 countries, leading the fight against anti-Semitism, terror, and the assault on the State of Israel in the international legal arena. In 2018, Arsen was awarded the Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize in ‘Israel Advocacy.’

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Russell F. Robinson

CEO, Jewish National Fund-USA

 

As the Chief Executive Officer of Jewish National Fund-USA, Russell F. Robinson has spent the last 23 years developing the land of Israel, in partnership with the people of Israel, to ensure quality of life opportunities for all its residents. He has succeeded in making Jewish National Fund-USA one of the top-rated charities in the United States, and the leading organization for the land and people of Israel.


Save The Dates

Episode 4: Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Episode 5: Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Episode 6: Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Episode 7: Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Episode 8: Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Episode 9: Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Episode 10: Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Episode 11: Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Episode 12: Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Episode 13: Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Episode 14: Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Episode 15: Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Episode 16: Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Episode 17: Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Episode 18: Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Episode 19: Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Episode 20: Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Episode 21: Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Episode 22: Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Episode 23: Tuesday, June 21, 2022


Reclaim The Narrative

This series is part of our “This is What Zionism Looks Like” campaign. Join us as we educate, engage, and inspire on the true meaning of the word Zionism, make people feel comfortable with it, identify with it, and reclaim it in all its glory.

 

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