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 it 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. 


Zoom information will be provided upon registration.

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

Episode 6: Young Jews Talking Justice Part 2

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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

Featured Guest Speakers


Amy Albertson

Creator, “The Asian Israeli”



Amy Albertson is a freelance digital marketer and content creator. She is also the creator of the brand “The Asian Israeli,” where she discusses her mixed identity and experiences as a Chinese-American Jewish woman.


Ysabella Hazan

Law Student, Media Relations Strategist & Activist



Ysabella Hazan is the Associate Director of HonestReporting in Quebec, where she works to combat bias and ensure media accuracy. She is also the Founder of Humans4Humanity, a youth grassroots movement that promotes decolonizing Jewish identity and inter-community bridge building. Hazan was awarded the 2019 Distinguished Leadership Award for being a young leader in the Montreal Jewish community.


Noah Shufutinsky, a.k.a. Westside Gravy

Artist & Musician



Noah Shufutinsky is an acclaimed artist who operates under the stage name Westside Gravy. As a musician, he creates hip hop songs, including “Diaspora,” “Angry Black Man,” and “Yahud,” that fuse his passion for Jewish culture and history with his lived experience of growing up Black and Jewish.


Hen Mazzig

Senior Fellow, The Tel Aviv Institute



Hen Mazzig is an Israeli writer, columnist, and member of Jewish National Fund-USA’s Speakers Bureau who has inspired thousands around the world with his story. He was named as one of Algemeiner’s top 100 people positively influencing Jewish life in 2018, Top 50 online pro-Israel Influencers, and Top 50 LGBTQ+ Influencers.


Why is Israel Important to Your Kids?: Masterclass with Akiva Gersh

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

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

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Akiva Gersh

Educator, Writer & Speaker


Akiva is an educator, writer, and speaker. He's been working in the field of Jewish and Israel Education for 20 years, most recently at AMHSI-JNF, teaching Jewish texts, Jewish values, Jewish history, Zionism, Israeli history and culture, and more. He is the author of "Becoming Israeli: The Hysterical, Inspiring, and Challenging Sides of Making Aliyah", which captures the story of Aliyah; of Jews moving their entire lives and futures to Israel.

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Episode 7: Elisha Wiesel with Russell F. Robinson

Activism In My Father’s Footsteps

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

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

Featured Guest Speakers


Elisha Wiesel

Former Wall Street Executive, Goldman Sachs


Elisha Wiesel, son of noble peace prize winner and holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, is a former Wall Street executive who now advocates for persecuted groups in all communities. Having retired from a 25-year financial markets career at Goldman Sachs at the end of 2019, Elisha continued his father Elie’s legacy by standing up for minorities everywhere.


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 8: Yes, You Can Be A Progressive Zionist!

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

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

Featured Guest Speakers


Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Pearl & Ira Meyer Scholar in Residence, UJA-Federation New York

Founder, Rabbis Against Gun Violence



Rabbi Menachem Creditor serves as the Pearl and Ira Meyer Scholar in Residence at UJA-Federation New York and is the founder of Rabbis Against Gun Violence. He was named by Newsweek as one of the fifty most influential rabbis in America and has been involved in the leadership of American Jewish World Service, AIPAC, and the Rabbinical Assembly.


Representative Alma Hernandez

Arizona House of Representatives, 3rd District



Rep. Alma Hernandez is a member of the Arizona House of Representatives, where she serves on the Health and Human Services Committee and the Federal Relations Committee. Her legislative accomplishments include passing a bill making it mandatory to teach Arizona children about the Holocaust and other genocides. She also teaches health policy at University of Arizona.


Congressman Ritchie Torres

U.S. House of Representatives, New York's 15th District



Representative Ritchie Torres represents New York's 15th Congressional District in the South Bronx and serves as the Vice Chair of the Committee on Homeland Security. Previously, Rep. Torres became New York City’s youngest elected official in the New York City Council at the age of twenty-five, and the first openly LBGTQ person elected to office in the Bronx.


Tremayne Smith

Business Management Associate,

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Global Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion



Tremayne Smith serves as Business Management Associate for the JPMorgan Chase & Co. Global Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Smith’s first exposure to Jewish National Fund-USA (JNF-USA) was as a graduate student, when he attended JNF-USA’s selective Caravan for Democracy Student Leadership Mission. Since returning from the program, he has remained a staunch advocate for Israel. He lives by his motto: "Lift while you climb."

Save The Dates

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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