The Second Annual Conference on the State of Israel and the Jews of North America Co-sponsored by The Jewish Theological Seminary, New York & The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem


Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 20 II Adar 5779 at The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, 4 Avraham Granot St., Jerusalem, Israel

* All Hebrew lectures will include simultaneous translation into English. Please let us know if you require simultaneous translation.


To Be a Jew in Israel and North America: Commonalities and Differences

2:30 pm Greetings
Prof. Arnold Eisen, Chancellor, The Jewish Theological Seminary
Prof. Doron Bar, President, The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies

3:00-4:30 pm Defending and Strengthening the Vital Religious Center in United States and Israel
Chair: Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch, Dean, The Schechter Rabbinical Seminary
Prof. Arnold Eisen, Chancellor, JTS
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin, President, The Schechter Institutes, Inc.
Prof. Tova Hartman, Dean, Ono Academic College
Rabbi Prof. Dalia Marx, Hebrew Union College

4:45-6:15 pm Evolving Jewish Identities in Israel and the United States
Chair: Dr. David Breakstone, Vice Chair, The Jewish Agency
Prof. Adam Ferziger,
Bar-Ilan University
Yair Sheleg, Israel Democracy Institute and Makor Rishon
Yafa Benaya
, Ono Academic College and Shalom Hartman Institute
Shmuel Rosner, Jewish People Policy Institute and The Jewish Journal

6:15-6:45 pm Light Supper

6:45-8:45 pm Being Jewish in Israel and the United States through the Lens of Literature
Chair: Shiri Lev-Ari, “
Kan” Radio – The Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation
Prof. David Roskies, JTS and Hebrew University
Dr. Gitit Levy-Paz, Jewish People Policy Institute
Prof. Michael Kramer, Bar-Ilan University
Yochi Brandes, Author


With generous support from Robert Rifkind, Saul and Mary Sanders, and Keren Kayemet L’yisrael.

There are a limited number of seats in the auditorium. We advise participants to arrive before the starting time. Those who cannot be seated in the auditorium will be able to view the conference proceedings on a large screen from an adjacent room.