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Conference on the Future of Religious Zionism: Integration, Separation, or Leadership?

The Israel Democracy Institute
4 Pinsker Street, Jerusalem Open to the public with advance registration 

Religious Zionists play an outsized role in Israeli society. Their impact on fundamental questions of state and society is far greater than the relative size of their community. As a result, the course of religious Zionism will profoundly influence the future of Israeli democracy.

Where is religious Zionism headed? Do religious Zionists seek to integrate into Israeli society or perhaps even to lead it? Or does their criticism of Israeli government and society lead them inexorably towards separatism and isolation?

On Sunday and Monday June 16–17, 2013 IDI convened a conference that explored key trends in contemporary religious Zionism and discussed their practical implications for Israel's future.

This Hebrew conference was broadcast live on the IDI website.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

10:15-10:30 am, Greetings: Dr. Arye Carmon

10:30-11:45 am, Session 1: The Historical Perspective

Chair: Prof. Anita Shapira

Prof. Eliezer Don-Yehiya
Prof. Adam Ferziger
Prof. Yosef Salmon

12:00-1:45 pm, Session 2: The Ideological Perspective

Chair: Dr. Hanoch Ben-Pazi

Rabbi Dr. Tzachi Hershkowitz
Dr. Amir Mashiach
Mr. Moti Karpel
Dr. Smadar Cherlow

2:30-4:15 pm, Session 3: The Sociological Perspective

Chair: Dr. Chayuta Deutsch

Ms. Ayelet Wieder-Cohen
Dr. Nissim Leon
Dr. Shlomo Fischer
Mr. Yair Sheleg

4:30–6:00 pm, Session 4: Religious Zionism: A Look from the Outside

Chair: Rabbi Itshak Levy

Mr. Ari Elon
Rabbi David Bloch
Prof. Menachem Mautner
Mr. Yehoshua Sobol

Monday June 17, 2013

The Place of Religious Zionism in Different Areas of Israeli Life

9:30-11:00 am, Session 5: Culture and Politics

Chair: Mr. Yehuda Yifrach

Culture: Ms. Avirama Golan, Prof. Haviva Pedaya
Politics: Prof. Asher Cohen, Prof. Yoav Peled

11:20 am–1:00 pm, Session 6: The Rabbinate and the Military

Chair: Rabbi Dr. Yehuda Brandes

The Rabbinate: Rabbi Dr. Benjamin Lau, Prof. Emmanuel Sivan
The Military:
Prof. Stuart Cohen, Prof. Yagil Levy

1:40–3:20 pm, Session 7: Gender and Education

Chair: Dr. Pnina Neuwirth

Gender: Rabbanit Shulamit Melamed, Dr. Ronit Irshai
Education: Rabbi Avi Gisar, Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman

3:30–5:10 pm, Session 8: Law and Media

Chair: Prof. Yaffa Zilbershatz

Law: Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern, Rabbi Yehoshua Shapira
Media: Dr. Ines Gabel, Ms. Bambi Sheleg

5:30–7:00 pm, Session 9: Settling in the Land or in the Hearts: Religious Zionism between the Land of Israel and the Nation of Israel

Chair: Mr. Elyashiv Reichner

Prof. Gideon Aran
Mr. Pinchas Wallerstein
Dr. Gadi Taub
Rabbi Yakov Medan