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
Video

Profesor Amiel Ungar
Journalist, Tekoa, West Bank
Video

Question & Answer Session
Video


Keynote Address

Professor Yuli Tamir
Member of Knesset and former Minister of Education, Tel Aviv
Video


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
Video

Rabbi Avi Shafran
Agudath Israel, New York
Video

Ilan Peleg
Lafayette College
Video

Professor Bernard Cooperman
University of Maryland
Video

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
Slides

Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt
Israel Advocacy Office of the Rabbinical Assembly, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Phyllis Chesler
Psychologist and Author. New York