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Israel as a Jewish State :: Conference 2010


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  • Welcome and Opening
  • Dr Yoram Peri
Session 1:
Is Israel “ the Jewish State”?

How the avowed Jewish character of Israel influences - or should influence - the politics and government of the State

  • Professor Shlomo Hasson,
    The Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • Dr. Bernard Avishai,
    The Hebrew University, Author, Jerusalem
  • Profesor Amiel Ungar,
    Journalist, Tekoa, West Bank
  • Question & Answer Session
Keynote address
  • Professor Yuli Tamir,
    Member of Knesset and former Minister of Education,
    Tel Aviv
Session 2:
Do Jews in Israel Have Religious Freedom?
The Issue of Pluralism

  The competing goals and values of semi-official religious Orthodoxy and those of secular and non-orthodox religious groups and interests

  • Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum,
    Schechter Rabbinical Seminary, Jerusalem

  • Rabbi Avi Shafran,
    Agudath Israel, New York

  • Ilan Peleg,
    Lafayette College
  • Professor Bernard Cooperman,
    University of Maryland

  • Question & Answer Session
  • Chair: Professor Eric Zakim,
    University of Maryland
Session 3:
Religion and Democracy in Israel:
Are Judaism and Democratic Values Compatible?

  Are citizens’ rights unacceptably diminished by Israel’s Jewish character?

[video coming soon]
  • Dr. Aviad Hacohen,
    Van Leer Institute and The Hebrew University, Jerusalem

  • Professor Yoram Peri,
    Gildenhorn Institute, University of Maryland
  • Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt,
    Israel Advocacy Office of the Rabbinical Assembly, Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Phyllis Chesler
    Psychologist and Author. New York




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