For U.S.-based and Israel-based English-language press:

Steve Rabinowitz, Rabinowitz Communications
+1-202-494-7655 US; 052-357-2903 Israel (as of 7 Nov.)
Joe Berkofsky, JFNA
+1-201-669-6683 US; +1- 052-600-0242 Israel (as of 7Nov.)
Dani Wassner, JFNA, Israel and Overseas

For Israel-based Hebrew-language press:

Lior Weintraub


Online press registration closed as of Oct. 31: However, you can still register as press on-site at the Jerusalem ICC, starting at noon, Sunday, Nov. 10. Registration for approved media is complimentary.

Upon arrival, pre-registrants should pick up credentials at the speakers’ registration desk, main floor.

A fully equipped press room will be located on the second floor, Room 310. The press room will include computers, Internet and a printer, as well as light refreshments, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Jerusalem Press Club (www.jerusalempressclub.com).

NOTE: Due to significant security arrangements to accommodate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s presence, all participants must carry a valid passport or Israeli ID card. A North American driver’s license is NOT sufficient to gain entrance to the convention center.  Please avoid bringing bags or personal items to the convention center on opening night.  Plan to arrive at the convention center by 5 pm for the opening reception and to leave enough time to go through security.

The location of the GA on Sunday and Monday is Jerusalem’s International Convention Center (ICC), known locally as “Binayanei Ha’Uma.”  Tuesday will be outside and walking – including to the Kotel.



Shake up the Shuk – Young Adults Charting the Course
1:00PM – 4:30PM
An interactive, high-energy session where young adults (ages 22-45 years old) will have the chance to learn and be inspired, as well as the ability to contribute ideas that tackle key challenges facing Jewish communities and Israel – according to the five themes on the main GA agenda.
Note: By invitation only, Pre-registration required
Speakers: Adi Arbel, Aluf Benn, Rebecca Caspi, Eric Fingerhut, Gidi Grinstein, Alison Lebovitz, Robb Lippitt, Mike Prashker, Judith Yovel Recanati, Kate Rosenberg, Guy Spigelman, Raya Strauss Ben Dror

Opening Plenary
7:10PM – 9:30PM
Kick off the GA with remarks from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a performance by the internationally acclaimed Batsheva Dance Company.
Speakers: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Michael Siegal, Ronny Douek, Michael Gelman, Susie Gelman, Ohad Naharin, Batsheva Dance Company (performers), Rudi Bainesay (performer), Adina Feldman (performer), Liad Twena (performer)


8:30AM – 10:30AM:

President Shimon Peres reflects on a lifetime of public service in an intimate conversation with David Horovitz, founding editor of the Times of Israel. Leading public opinion researcher Mark Mellman leads five Millenials in a discussion about what it means to be young and Jewish today.
Speakers: President Shimon Peres, Mark Mellman, Rachel Hodes, David Horovitz, Rachel Cohen Gerrol, Alana Kinarsky, David Denker, Oren Okhovat, Juliana Schnur

11 AM-12:15 PM:

The Rich/Poor Divide in the 21st Century: Fighting Poverty with Innovation
Is the battle against poverty Israel’s next frontier? Learn how Israel is tackling alarming gaps in income equality by applying the out-of-the-box approaches that have been hallmarks of Israel’s innovative spirit.
Location: Oren 2
Themes: Israel’s Civil Society, Israel as Incubator
Speakers: Dan Ben-David, Amir Halevy, Benny Levin, Galit Sagie, Einat Shaulski, Eliezer Yaari

The Power to Create Change: A Conversation with Women Philanthropists
Women are remaking the philanthropic landscape to an unprecedented degree, especially in the Jewish world. A diverse panel of leaders from North America and Israel will share their experiences and discuss how their values shape their philanthropy and grant-making.
Location: Oren 4
Themes:  Israel and Philanthropy
Speakers: Alisa Robbins Doctoroff, Raya Strauss Ben Dror, Joanna Landau, Judith Yovel Recanati
Moderators: Ann Pava

The Moral Mandate: Why Disability Inclusion Matters and How to Achieve It
Jewish communities are shifting their culture to ensure they recognize, appreciate and invite individuals with disabilities and their families.
Location: Oren 3
Themes:  Israel’s Civil Society
Speakers: Shelly Christensen, Gail Norry, Eric Rosenthal, Jay Ruderman, Avital Sandler Loeff, Sola Shelly
Moderators: William Daroff

What’s Love Got to Do with It? Who Decides Who Can Marry (or Divorce) in the Jewish State?
Currently, the ultra-Orthodox Rabbinate has absolute control over marriage and divorce in Israel.  For many Israelis, this religious and halachic framework is, at best, an inconvenience and, at worst, a roadblock to becoming a married couple.
Location: Schwartz
Themes:  Israel’s Civil Society
Speakers: Rabbi Yitzchok Elefant, MK Nitzan Horowitz, Ruth Halperin-Kaddari, Erin Kopelow, Rabbi Uri Regev, Ariel Beery
Moderators: Susie Gelman

1:45PM – 3:00PM

Iran, the US and Israel – What Next?
The Iranian regime’s theocratic nature, its efforts to spread Shi’a fundamentalism, its support for terrorist groups including Hezbollah and its pursuit of nuclear weapons have put it at stark odds with the U.S., Israel and their allies.
Location: Schwartz
Themes:  Israel on the Global Stage
Speakers: Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon
Moderators: Irwin Cotler, M.P.

The Wall at the Heart of Israel: How It Connects and Divides a Nation
The Kotel holds a unique central place in Jewish and Israeli life, with a vast symbolic impact on religious and social groups both inside the country and in Jewish communities abroad.
Location: Oren 3
Speakers: Natan Sharansky, Anat Hoffman, MK Aliza Lavie, Ronit Peskin
Moderators: Jerry Silverman

Responding to Pew: How Federations are Successfully Engaging the Next Generation
With 94% of U.S. Jews asserting that they are proud to be Jewish, the Pew Report did bring some good news. But its findings about large numbers drifting away from the Jewish people provide a wake-up call, reinforcing the urgent need for Federations to find innovative ways to engage young Jews.
Location: Teddy A
Themes:  Focus on Federations
Speakers:Steven B. Nasatir, KB Goodkin, Avital Ingber, Scott Kaufman, Jay Sanderson, MK Nachman Shai
Moderators: Joanne Moore

3:30PM – 4:45PM

Israel, the United States and the Changing Landscape of the Middle East
The US and Israeli governments have deep, long-standing ties, with Israel frequently reaching out to its friends in Washington for support, even as the political and security challenges of the Middle East have sometimes put strains on the relations between these two close allies.
Themes:  Israel on the Global Stage
Speakers: Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro
Moderators: Steve Linde

Many Shades of Black: Insights into the Haredi World
While over 10% of Israeli citizens are Haredi (ultra-orthodox) our understanding of this growing population is limited. Meet with Haredi professionals, soldiers, film makers, and university students to go beyond the stereotypes and hear first-hand about the realities of Haredi life and about how ambition, work ethic and civic obligations mesh with a Torah life style.
Location: Oren 4
Themes:  Israel and World Jewry
Speakers: Hedva Goldschmidt, Jack Habib, Yehonatan Indursky, Jonathan Rosenblum, Alon Zingman

Two Years Later: Israel’s Social Protest Movement
Is today’s Israeli society very different than it was before the social protests that sprang up in the summer of 2011?
Location: Oren 1
Themes:  Israel’s Civil Society
Speakers: Rachel Azaria, Mickey Gitzin, MK Stav Shaffir
Moderators: Ronny Douek

5:15PM – 6:45PM

Minister of Finance Yair Lapid, one of the freshest faces in Israeli politics, shares his vision for Israel’s future, as does MK Shelly Yacimovich, chairwoman of the Labor Party and opposition leader.
Speakers: Minister Yair Lapid, MK Shelly Yacimovich, Daniel Birnbaum, Elyezer Shkedy, Alyona Golovina, Agata Rakowiecka, Einat Shaulski, Ziv Shilon

Tuesday, November 12

8:15 AM – 5:30 PM

Jerusalem: Inspiration, Exploration, Celebration
Travel to some of Israel’s most esteemed institutes of Jewish learning and thought to get inspired and engage in discussions with the country’s most prominent spiritual thought leaders.
Speakers: Minister Naftali Bennett, Natan Sharansky, Mayor Nir Barkat

Walk to Kotel from Safra Square. GA concludes.

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