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Who is a Jew: Re-evaluating the Boundaries of Jewish Identity

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9:30 a.m.: Welcome Reception

9:45 a.m.: Opening Remarks
Prof. Yedidia Stern, Israel Democracy Institute

10:00-11:00 a.m.: Panel 1
Moderated by Yair Sheleg, Israel Democracy Institute

  • 10:00: Author Leon Wieseltier: Jewish Identity from a Personal Perspective
  • 10:30: Rabbi Yaaqov Medan: The Essence of Jewish Identity and its Implication on Boundary Types

11:00 a.m.: Panel 2 - Jewish Identity and its Influence on Israeli Culture
Moderated by Efrat Shapiro Rosenberg
Participants: Dr. Meir Buzaglo, Prof. Haviva Pedaya and Playwright Joshua Sobol

12:00 p.m.: Lunch Break

12:45 p.m.: Panel 3 - Methods for Becoming a Member of the Jewish people
Moderated by Liat Collins, International Edition Editor, Jerusalem Post
Participants: Rabbi Moshe Grylak, Rabba Dalia Marx, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Israeli Columnist Shmuel Rosner

1:45 p.m.: Panel 4 -  Attitudes Toward Mixed Marriages
Moderated by Seth Frantzman, Op-ed Editor, Jerusalem Post
Participants: Rabba Sivan Malkin Maas, Dr. Avinoam Rosenak, and Prof. Shalom Rosenberg

2:45: Break

3 p.m.: Panel 5 - The Question of Jewish Identity Via "Personal Choice"
Moderated by Jeremy Sharon, Religious Affairs Correspondent, Jerusalem Post
Participants: Prof. Steven M. Cohen, Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, Rabbi David Stav, and Prof. Shira Wolosky

4 p.m.: Concluding Panel - Jewish Solidarity in an Age of Pluralism
Moderated by Dr. Shuki Friedman, Israel Democracy Institute
Participants: Natan Sharansky, Prof. Yedidia Stern, Prof. Michael Walzer, and Dr. Einat Wilf

5:30 p.m.: Event Ends 

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