From Tikkun Shavuot
to Tikkun Olam

27.5.20

3PM – 6PM Israel Time /8AM - 11AM EST

The conference will be broadcast on Haaretz.com, Facebook and YouTube

Judaism is often seen in Israel as an exclusive religious way of life that manages to exclude large parts of Israeli society and Diaspora Jewry. The vision of Haaretz’s Judaism conference is to expand the definitions of Judaism beyond the narrow-religious boundaries, and to illuminate the existence of Judaism as a culture, a nation and a shared identity for Israelis and Diaspora Jews. Only through a broader perception of Judaism is it possible to realize the Zionist vision of a Jewish and democratic state and to build a strong, open and respectful relationship between Israel and Diaspora Jewry.

Together with prominent figures from Israeli society, politicians, academics, social entrepreneurs and leading representatives of Diaspora Jewry, we will try to answer the fundamental questions regarding Jewish identity in Israel and the ties with the Diaspora.

Schedule: 3 PM | Amos Schocken, Publisher, Haaretz Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin, President of Israel Prof. Asher Cohen, President, Hebrew University of Jerusalem 3:15 PM | What tikkun-correction does the Torah demand of us at this time, as individuals, as a society, and as a people?
Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, Chancellor of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Rabbi Benny Lau, Head of the 929 Initiative, in conversation with Noa Landau, Haaretz Diplomatic Correspondent
Session participants:
Rachel Azariah
, Founder,Democratic Renewal Initiative at the Begin Center; Prof. Tamar El-Or, Anthropologist, Hebrew University; Rabbi Na’ama Dafni-Kellin, Congregation Ohel Avraham, Haifa; Michael Sfard, human rights lawyer
Moderator: Noa Landau 4 PM | Torah, Medicine, Economics and Science: How do they co-exist in a pluralistic society in time of crisis?
Nadav Eyal
, foreign news editor, Channel 13 TV
Dr. Tamar Elram, Director, Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus 4:15 PM |Can the era of COVID-19 create an opportunity for Israeli society to heal the rifts between communities and minorities?
Session participants:

Prof. Mona Khoury-Kassabri, Dean, The Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Chani Lipschitz, Chabad House, Katmandu; Dr. Gadi Taub,Historian and columnist
Moderator: Netta Ahituv, Haaretz columnist Dorit Rabinyan, Author of "All the Rivers" (Random House) Jewish life and lessons during Covid-19
David M. Friedman
, United States Ambassador to Israel 4:50 PM | How does Israel fulfill its duty to world Jewry during a pandemic?
Isaac Herzog
, Chairman, Jewish Agency for Israel
Omer Yankelevich, Minister for Diaspora Affairs
Jay Ruderman, President, Ruderman Family Foundation, in conversation with Haaretz journalist Judy Maltz 5:10 PM | Mutual responsibility: How do Jewish communities cope with lockdown, social distancing and an economic crisis? Session participants:
Erin Schrode
, activist and social entrepreneur; Shira Ruderman, Director, Ruderman Family Foundation; Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi, Reform Judaism in the UK; Eric D. Fingerhut, President and CEO, Jewish Federations of North America
Moderator: Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz Senior Correspondent
This session will be conducted in English 5:40 PM | From Tikkun Shavuot to Tikkun Olam: What is our place in a world struggling with a pandemic? Bret Stephens, Op-ed columnist, The New York Times
Bernard-Henri Lévy, philosopher, filmmaker and activist, in conversation with Aluf Benn, Editor-in-chief, Haaretz
schedule
08:30
Welcome and Registration
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09:15
Amos Schocken

Publisher of Haaretz

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08:30
Welcome and Registration

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Mr. Reuven Rivlin

President of Israel

David M. Friedman

United States Ambassador to Israel

Isaac Herzog

Chairman, Jewish Agency for Israel

Shira Ruderman

Director, Ruderman Family Foundation

Prof. Asher Cohen

President of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Bernard-Henri Lévy

Philosopher, filmmaker and activist

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner

Senior Rabbi Reform Judaism in the UK

Rabbi Benny Lau

Head of the 929 Initiative

Omer Yankelevich

Minister for Diaspora Affairs

Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson

Chancellor of The Hebrew University

Jay Ruderman

President, Ruderman Family Foundation

Rachel Azariah

Founder of the Democratic Renewal Initiative at the Begin Center

Bret Stephens

Op-ed columnist, The New York Times

Eric D. Fingerhut

President and CEO, Jewish Federations of North America

Prof. Mona Khoury-Kassabri

Dean, School of Social Work and Social Welfare, Hebrew University

Chani Lipschitz

Chabad House, Katmandu

Erin Schrode

Activist and social entrepreneur

Dorit Rabinyan

Author of All the Rivers (Random House)

Rabbi Na’ama Dafni-Kellin

Congregation Ohel Avraham, Haifa

Michael Sfard

Human rights Lawyer

Prof. Tamar El-Or

Anthropologist, Hebrew University

Dr. Gadi Taub

Historian and columnist

Nadav Eyal

Foreign news editor, Channel 13 TV

Dr. Tamar Elram

President of Israel Director, Hadassah Medical Center, Mt. Scopus

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