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A Fractured Alliance: The Mutual Commitment between Israel and the Diaspora

Over the past two years, the Israel Democracy Institute has held a workshop on the Jewish nation-state with senior researchers and public figures examining the theoretical and practical aspects of a Jewish nation-state in the twenty-first century. During this time, the workshop dealt with, among other things, the fundamental questions raised by a Jewish nation-state, such as the relationship between the state and the Arab minority and the state and religion.

This conference will summarize the workshop’s findings, specifically focused on a central current issue: the relationship between the Jewish nation-state and Diaspora Jewry.

Israel Democracy Institute, Pinsker St. 4, Jerusalem

4:00 PM | Opening Remarks

Dr. Shuki Friedman, Director, Center for Religion, Nation and State, Israel Democracy Institute

4:15–4:45 PM | The Relationship Between Israel and the Diaspora – An Snapshot

Prof. Itamar Rabinovich, President of the Israel Institute, Washington and Tel Aviv
Mr. Sallai Meridor, Former Chairman of the Jewish Agency

4:45–6:00 PM | Israel's Commitment to the Diaspora

Chair: MK Rachel Azaria, Chair for Reform Committee, Chair, Lobby for Jewish Renewal, Member in Lobby for Strengthening the Jewish People
Mr. Dvir Kahana, Director General, Ministry of Diaspora Affairs
Prof. Fania Oz-Salzberger, School of Law and Center for German and European Studies, University of Haifa; Director, Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden
Prof. Shlomo Avineri, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Former Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Prof. Yedidia Stern, Vice President for Research, Israel Democracy Institute

6:15–7:30 PM | The Diaspora's Commitment to Israel

Chair: Mr. Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief, Jerusalem Post
Ms. Shira Ruderman, Executive Director, Ruderman Family Foundation
Mr. Alan Hoffman, CEO and Director General, Jewish Agency
Mr. Daniel Taub, Director of Strategy and Planning, Yad Hanadiv; Former Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom
Dr. Einat Wilf, Former MK