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Everything Israel [clear filter]
Sunday, June 17
 

12:00pm

Your midday news bulletin: Israel in the now
Grab a coffee and join journalist Allison Kaplan Sommer for an up to date round-up of big news in Israel. There’s never a dull moment for reporters: Gaza protests, worries over the Syrian border, Iran's nuclear ambitions, Bibi’s legal woes, Donald Trump and the status of Jerusalem… A conversation on the hottest headlines since this program went to print, what’s trending on Twitter, and how the media covers one of the most news-intensive places in the world.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Kaplan Sommer

Allison Kaplan Sommer

Journalist at Haaretz
Allison has been a journalist at Haaretz since 2012. She is the former Washington DC bureau chief for the Jerusalem Post and has written for New Republic, Politico, and others. She won a 2016 B’nei B’rith Journalism Award for Excellence in Diaspora Reportage and the 2017 Simon... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
ARAD ROOM

1:45pm

70 years of demography and the shaping of Israel's borders
Travel in time from the Ottoman Empire until today and hear about the different cultures, ethnicities and religions that have made up Israel. Participants will gain insight into the changes in Israel's demography, including size, structure and distribution of the populations. At 70 years, let's discuss what the future looks like for Israel and the multicultural society that is developing.

Speakers
avatar for Yigal Nisell

Yigal Nisell

As JNF Education Shaliach, Yigal uses education and outreach programs in Jewish day schools and holiday camps to demonstrate the tangible contributions made by JNF to improving life in Israel. He is passionate about developing educational content and values that strengthen our children's... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
EILAT ROOM

3:00pm

Ars Poetica: culture, politics and poetry
‘Ars Poetica’ is a movement which initiated a new wave of Mizrahi poetry for the masses, combining readings with Middle Eastern haflot (parties). It has been described as ‘both the best party in town and the most significant cultural phenomenon in Israel today’. Join Adi, one of Israel's most talented and up-and-coming poets, to explore the poetry project and its impact on Israeli culture, as well as issues of social hierarchy and identity in poetry.

Speakers
avatar for Adi Keissar

Adi Keissar

Poet & Founder of Ars Poetica
Adi is an Israeli poet of Yemenite descent and the founder of the popular Ars Poetica, a project which initiated a new wave of Mizrahi poetry in the form of readings combined with Middle Eastern music and dancing. Adi received the Bernstein Literary Award for her first book Black... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
JERUSALEM ROOM

4:15pm

The people's army — for which people?
It was 3am and I was at the airport, on my way to lead a group of Jewish teens in Poland, when I was stopped and asked about my Tzav Rishon… first turtle? This story of accidental conscription into the IDF will be the baseline for an exploration of the concept of Tzva Am (‘the people’s army’) and its manifestation in Israeli society. Hear about Mitch's journey: how a young leftie with a deep political, social and moral stance against militaries became a confused, critical and proud soldier.

Speakers
avatar for Mitch Burnie

Mitch Burnie

Mitch has spent the past seven years educating youth from Habonim Dror in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and Israel. After living in Israel in a socialist commune, serving in the IDF, and working for HaNo'ar HaOved VeHalomed (Federation of Working & Studying Youth... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm
HAIFA ROOM

5:30pm

How Jewish should a Jewish State be? Conflicts over religion and religious coercion in Israel
Do Israelis have the right to a cappuccino and a bus ride on Shabbat? To marry whomever they please? Israel was created for Jews to have a state in which they can worship freely. But today, many Israelis feel they have to fight for the freedom NOT to follow Jewish law. A discussion of the ongoing wars between Jews in Israel with a journalist who has been covering them: the Western Wall and gender separation, kashrut, marriage and divorce, Shabbat shopping and more.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Kaplan Sommer

Allison Kaplan Sommer

Journalist at Haaretz
Allison has been a journalist at Haaretz since 2012. She is the former Washington DC bureau chief for the Jerusalem Post and has written for New Republic, Politico, and others. She won a 2016 B’nei B’rith Journalism Award for Excellence in Diaspora Reportage and the 2017 Simon... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
TEL AVIV ROOM