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Israelis and Jewish Peoplehood – A Conference

“Israelis and Jewish Peoplehood” was the topic of the conference that drew 250 people to Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People to discuss the theory and the practice of Jewish Peoplehood in the context of Israeli society.

The conference was organized by the “International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies at Beit Hatfutsot” (ISJPS) and “The Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education”. It brought together educators and organizational leaders from a wide range of professional backgrounds, including government ministries.

Acknowledging the significance of Jewish Peoplehood – collective Jewish belonging, the connections between global Jews, and mutual Jewish responsibility – the various sessions discussed and reviewed its forms and expressions. The participants’ common interest was discussing means in which Jewish Peoplehood can be strengthened in Israeli society.

The conference, dominated by professionals in their 30s and 40s, reflected that Jewish Peoplehood is no longer just for Jewish communities outside Israel.

Rabbi Talia Avnon-Benvenisti, Director of the International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies, said: “We need to study the face of the Jewish People and the character of Israeli society, in order to identify the parts constituting the common areas of content. It is upon us to study anew these core topics, produce unique methodology which provides best for the leaders of the field in Israel and lead a discourse of the collective Jewish People in Israel, to establishing destiny, virtue and vision”.

The conference was sponsored by UJA-Federation of New York, The Jewish Agency for Israel, The Wexner Heritage Foundation, The NADAV Fund, The World Zionist Organization, The San Francisco Jewish Community Federation, The Diller Teen Fellows, to name a few. This educational day long forum was dedicated in memory of an Israeli Peoplehood “pioneer”, the late Varda Rafaeli z”l.

Read about the conference at ejewishphilanthropy

Videos of the opening sessions (in Hebrew), are available here.

Rabbi Talia Avnon-Benvenisti speaking at the conference


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