Conversations on Zionism

Reclaiming the Narrative

Converso Israel Connection


The time has come to show the world what Zionism looks like. 


Join Jewish National Fund-USA for a series of interviews and panel discussions that are exposing 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. 


Zoom information will be provided upon registration.

Attendees must register for each episode they would like to attend.

Episode 21: The Next Gen: Bursting with Pride

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

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


Forget what you read in the headlines. The Jewish future is bright if these two girls are any indication. Empowered and confident, hear what they have to say about Israel, pride in their heritage, and plans for college and beyond.




Natalie Arbatman

Natalie is a high school senior from Mountain View, CA who has been with Club Z since the 8th grade where she has learned about her Jewish identity, how to be proud of her Jewish heritage and how to address bigotry and antisemitism head on.


Barri Seitz

Barri Seitz lives in Atlanta and attended Alexander Muss High School in Israel this past summer. She is a second-generation Muss alumna—both her parents attended High School in Israel and their first date was actually at an HSI reunion!

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Russell F. Robinson

Chief Executive Officer, Jewish National Fund-USA

Jewish National Fund-USA Chief Executive Officer Russell Robinson has made JNF-USA one of the top-rated charities in the United States, and the leading organization for the land and people of Israel. He works tirelessly to ensure the organization’s vision and philanthropic investment is more relevant and meaningful today than ever before.

Episode 22: Savoring Zionism: The Shakshuka Allure

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

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



Whether in Israel or the U.S, Israeli cuisine is making headlines across the culinary world. Join chefs Gail Simmons, Michael Solomonov, Adena Sussman, and Lior Lev Sercarz as they discuss using the table to bring people together and the importance of Israel as a land of culinary co-existence.





Adeena Sussman

Adeena Sussman is the author of Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors From My Israeli Kitchen, which was named a Best Fall 2019 cookbook by The New York Times, Bon Appetit, and Food & Wine. She is currently working on her next cookbook, Shabbat, to be released next year. She is the co-author of 15 cookbooks, most recently Gazoz, all about the culture of sparkling seltzer-based drinks in Israel. She lives, cooks, and writes from Tel Aviv.

Michael Solomonov

Chef Michael Solomonov

Chef Michael Solomonov was born in Israel and raised in Pittsburgh. At the age of 18, he returned to Israel with no Hebrew language skills, taking the only job he could get – working in a bakery – and his culinary career was born. A champion of Israel's extraordinarily diverse and vibrant culinary landscape, there are no culinary awards Mike hasn’t won. Along with the famous Zahav, his village of restaurants include Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, Abe Fisher, Goldie, K'Far, Merkaz, and Laser Wolf.

Gail Simmons

Gail Simmons

Gail Simmons is a culinary expert, food writer, and dynamic television personality. She is a permanent judge on Bravo TV’s Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series Top Chef, now in its 19th season. Gail is also a co-host of The Good Dish, the new daily syndicated series offering delicious recipes, real-life wisdom, and conversations on the topics of the day.

Chef Lior

Lior Lev Sercarz

Lior Lev Sercarz is the chef, spice blender, and owner of La Boîte, a biscuit and spice shop in New York City and the Co-founder and Chief Culinary Officer of Jewish National Fund-USA’s Galilee Culinary Institute. The author of three award-winning cookbooks: The Art of Blending, The Spice Companion, and Mastering Spice, he has worked closely with leading international chefs to create some of the best restaurant collaborations in the world.

Save The Dates

Episode 23: Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Episode 24: Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Episode 25: Tuesday, July 19. 2022

Episode 26: Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Episode 27: Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Episode 28: Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Episode 29: Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Episode 30: Thursday, September 29, 2022

Episode 31: Thursday, October 13, 2022
Episode 32: Thursday, October 27, 2022
Episode 33: Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Episode 34: Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Episode 35: Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Episode 36: Tuesday, December 20, 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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