The Eli Hurvitz Conference focuses on long-term strategic issues of importance to the government and the state. The conference is based on research and professional discussions, and integrates a wide range of experts, government officials and businessmen.
What is the relationship between Israel’s Arab minority and the state? What is their position as individuals and as a national group?
Arab political leadership has an effect on the answers to these questions.
This Israel Democracy Institute Nation-State Program, together with the Injaz Center for Professional Arab Local Governance, invites you to a roundtable discussion to analyze these issues. Discussion will center on the role of Arab leaders in Israel, their complicated relationship with their Arab constituency and the state.
This seminar will feature local and international experts, who will discuss various issues related to Jewish identity, such as: how one becomes a member of the Jewish people, attitudes towards mixed marriages, the proliferation of ways to be Jewish today and more.
Co-sponsored by Jerusalem Center for Ethics and Tzohar
Academic direction by Rabbi Yuval Cherlow, head of the ethics and religion department at the Jerusalem Center for Ethics and the head of the ethics division of Tzohar
Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler, head of the Media Ethics Program at the Israel Democracy Institute
With participation by MK Yuli Edelstein, speaker of the Knesset
On Sept. 20, the Israel Democracy Institute and the Federmann School of Public Policy and Government at the Hebrew University hosted a several hours-long workshop to discuss the Council for Higher Education’s five-year plan to integrate members of the ultra-Orthodox community into academia. The event focused on the plan’s challenges and opportunities, alternatives and impact on Israeli society, academia, ultra-Orthodox society and the status of women.
Press Conference: A first look at the results of a new survey published by The Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) in Jerusalem and The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in Ramallah, in partnership with and support from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and with funding from the European Union (EU).
Open to press only.
A second meeting of the caucus for strengthening the stature of the Knesset led by MK Elazar Stern (Yesh Atid). Discussion focused on private-member legislation, which is brought before the Knesset at a higher rate than among most Western countries.
The public is invited to participate in the 33rd meeting of the forum to discuss issues facing the higher education system in Israel in a symposium entitled "The Council of Higher Education: Where to Now?"
After 20 years, the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is still seen as a pivotal event in the relationship between religious Zionism and Israeli society. This seminar will examine how religious Zionism has changed over the past two decades and what (if any) impact Rabin's murder had on those changes.
A joint conference convened by the Lautman Foundation, IDI, and the Open University, during which President Ruby Rivlin awarded letters of recognition schools throughout Israel that have stood out in the pursuit of cooperation and dialogue between different segments of Israeli society, and against violence and racism.
An urgent meeting to prevent further deterioration of relations between Jews and Arabs in Israel following the murder of Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Mohammed Abu Khdeir and Operation Protective Edge.
How do Jewish sources—both religious and national—relate to citizens who are not Jewish, whether as individuals or members of a group? This question was explored at a unique conference at the Israel Democracy Institute that examined and evaluated the way Jewish thinkers saw this issue throughout the generations.
The Knesset is currently debating two initiatives that would give the Jewish and democratic identity of the State of Israel a constitutional foundation. On March 5, 2014, the Israel Democracy Institute and the Hebrew University Faculty of Law convened a conference in order to discuss the issues that surround these initiatives.
A meeting of the Assembly of 200 of IDI's Israel Speaks: Human Dignity initiative, which brought together 200 citizens from all walks of Israeli life to partner in a historic, nation-wide effort to draft a Declaration of Human Dignity
On November 6, 2013, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented his economic vision to the participants in the Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society via video. As can be seen below, his five-point plan emphasized developing technology, building infrastructure, cultivating new markets, exercising responsibility, and encouraging competition.
On November 6, 2013, a video interview with Bank of Israel Governor Designate Dr. Karnit Flug was broadcast at the 2013 Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society. This was Dr. Flug's first public interview since being named Governor of the Bank of Israel. Dr. Flug was interviewed by Mr. Yarom Ariav, the director of the Eli Hurvitz Conference, two days before the conference itself. Dr. Flug, who has attended the conference for many years, was not able to attend the conference due to overseas commitments.
As the start of her address to the 2013 Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society, Health Minister Yael German asserted the point of departure of her presentation is the lack of investment in health: we talk about health, we even die for health, but we are less likely to invest in it.
The kick off event of IDI's Israel Speaks: Human Dignity project, in which 20 leading representatives of Israeli society shared perspectives on human dignity and defined the conceptual framework for a Declaration of Human Dignity.
A conference that explored whether it is possible to engage traditional Jewish sources in the contemporary debate on the nature of distributive justice and to involve them as active participants in shaping Israeli society today.
On Sunday June 10, 2012, IDI, in cooperation with Dr. Zvi Reich of the Communications Department of Ben-Gurion University, brought together journalists and experts from other disciplines and professions for a conference on "Facts and Conclusions in Contemporary Journalism." This interdisciplinary conference fostered extensive and in-depth discussion beyond the limitations of conventional journalistic debate, and exposed journalists to best practices from other disciplines that can inform their journalistic work.
On Wednesday and Thursday, May 16-17, 2012, IDI hosted an international conference on the Role of Religion in Human Rights Discourse as part of the activities of its Human Rights and Judaism project. Topics discussed at the conference included Freedom of Religion, Freedom from Religion, Religion as a Source of Human Rights, and Religion and Human Rights on the Ground.
On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, IDI hosted a conference on poverty in the Jewish and democratic state as part of the activities of its Human Rights and Judaism project. The conference explored the definition of poverty from a Jewish perspective, from a socio-economic perspective, and from a moral perspective. In addition, it explored the rights and obligations of the middle class, and the responsibility of the community, civil society, and state.
On Sunday and Monday, June 19–20, 2011, IDI hosted an international conference that explored questions of religion and state in Israel, the Middle East, and Western culture. The conference was conducted under the auspices of IDI's Nation State project, headed by IDI Senior Fellow and Israel Prize laureate Prof. Anita Shapira.
On Sunday June 6, 2010, IDI hosted a conference in honor of the publication of Reflections on Jewish Democracy, an anthology edited by Dr. Benny Porat in cooperation with Prof. Aviezer Ravitzsky. This conference, which was cosponsored by the Tzohar Organization, brought together leading academicians and religious scholars to explore Jewish perspectives on the principles and institutions of democracy.
On May 26-27, 2010, The Israel Democracy Institute hosted an International Workshop on Bi-Nationalism. During this workshop, leading Israeli and International scholars explored the historical record of bi-nationalist polities, examined multi-national models, and analyzed the uniqueness of the State of Israel as a Jewish nation-state.