Israel as a Jewish State

Welcome and Opening:

Session 1:

Is Israel a Jewish State?
How the avowed Jewish character of Israel influences – or should influence – the politics and government of the State

Professor Shlomo Fischer
Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem
Video | Slides

Professor Shlomo Hasson
The Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Video | Slides

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?

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