ADL Israel, with the support of the EVZ Foundation, convened a special broadcast on Tuesday, March 9, featuring top Israeli policy makers, representatives of Jewish communities and opinion leaders to take stock of where Israel and Diaspora Jewry stand today. An edited video of the event is above.
The rising antisemitism and financial and social crisis in the wake of COVID-19, the rifts inside world Jewry, and the protracted political stalemate in Israel alongside certain progress in religious pluralism – are all re-shaping the dynamic between Israel and Jews worldwide. In addition, the Consultation Bill, if passes, is expected to change the dynamic between Diaspora Jewry and the State of Israel.
Diaspora Affairs Minister Omer Yankelevich and Chairman of the Jewish Agency Isaac Herzog focused on the role Israel should play in this process, followed by a panel discussion from representatives from Israel and Jewish communities. The discussion addressed the centrality of Israel and Zionism in shaping a shared identity for Jews worldwide, and the different role antisemitism plays in local politics and post-COVID challenges more broadly.
Between the State of Israel and the Jewish people: Consultation Bill – Voices from Israel and the Jewish communities
Opening: Carole Nuriel, Director, ADL Israel
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO & National Director, ADL
Dr. Andrea Despot, CEO of the EVZ Foundation
Omer Yankelevitch, Minister of Diaspora Affairs
Isaac Herzog, Chairman of the Executive, The Jewish Agency
Panel Discussion moderated by David Horovitz, Founding Editor, The Times of Israel
MK Tehila Friedman, Blue and White
Shira Ruderman, Executive Director of the Ruderman Family Foundation
Ben Dror Yemini, Researcher, Journalist and Lecturer
Bini Guttman, President, The European Union of Jewish Students
Rabbi Alejandro Avruj, The Amijai Community, Buenos Aires
The event took place as part of the Israel Social Cohesion Summit, an ADL Israel annual event facilitating a national-level deliberation on Israeli society’s most pressing issues.
While travel is mostly impossible right now, the summit enables you to hear directly from Israel’s top leadership and trend-setters, and get a closer look at the dynamic overseas.