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7:30 am – 1:30 pm
Securing the Jewish Future: the Endowment Leadership Institute (ELI)
Pre-registration required
Please join UJC Planned Giving and Endowments and the entire UJC Development Team for a half-day motivational and strategic program, featuring the inspiring Rabbi Steven Leder, senior rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, and author of More Money than God: Living a Rich Life without Losing Your Soul. Learn how to motivate and engage the next generation in endowments; find out how communities are attracting major financial support through legacy campaigns; and hear about new legislative developments impacting planned giving and endowments. All development volunteer and professional leaders are welcome!

8:00 am

8:00 am - 1:30 pm
Exclusive Tour of One of LA's Great Jewish Museums

Pre-registration required
Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance Learning Center provides a unique and provocative experience that challenges visitors to become witnesses to history and confront the intolerance that is still embedded in society today.

10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Exclusive Tour of One of LA's Great Jewish Museums
Pre-registration required

Hailed by The New York Times as “a lesson on how to connect the eye to heart and mind,” the
Skirball Cultural Center is one of the world’s most dynamic Jewish cultural institutions, and among the most prominent cultural venues in the United States.

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
GA First Timers Orientation

2:30 pm
Opening Plenary
Together on the Front Line: One People, One Destiny
Sponsored by El Al Israel Airlines
The latest war in Israel gave us more questions than answers. But, as ever, Israelis were determined and resilient. And the Diaspora raised its voice and used its influence in another extraordinary show of compassion and unity. Join us to look back at what happened and to look ahead at the next steps in recovery and rebuilding Northern Israel.

Keynote Speaker: Tzipi Livni, Israeli Foreign Minister
Greetings: Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa
Moderator: Dan Gordon
, Scriptwriter/Filmmaker
Speakers: Zeev Bielski, Chairman of the Executive, Jewish Agency for Israel; Karnit Goldwasser, wife of kidnapped Israeli soldier Ehud Goldwasser

4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Breakout Session
Women on the Front Line

War affects women and girls differently than it does men and boys. Jewish women’s foundations throughout the federation movement have teamed up to address the gender-specific needs through a strategic and collaborative grant-making process. Join us to learn more.

Breakout Session
Ethiopian Jewry in their Own Words
Israel is home to more than 110,000 Ethiopians. When else in human history has a first world country actively and eagerly welcomed an immigrant population of largely illiterate, impoverished African people? Israel has been doing it since Operations Moses and Solomon in the 1980s and 90s, and we are committed to using our skills and expertise to make this aliyah as successful as possible. Join us to exalt in the history and look to the future through fascinating first-hand accounts of successes and challenges.

Moderator: Stephen Hoffman, President, Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland
Speakers: Fentahun Assefa-Dawit, Director, P2K Galilee Panhandle; Dr. Rick Hodes, Medical Director, Ethiopia, JDC; Negist Mengesha, Director General, Ethiopian National Project

Breakout Session
In the Footsteps of Ben Gurion

2006, the 120th Anniversary of the birth of David Ben Gurion, finds the State of Israel with a renewed commitment to the strategic development of the Negev and a multi-billion dollar financial plan to back it up. Let’s look together at what the future may hold, through the lens of Ben Gurion’s dream.

Moderator: Prof. Ilan Troen, The Karl, Harry and Helen Stoll Professor of Israel Studies, Brandeis University, Lopin Prof. of Modern History, Ben-Gurion University
Speakers: Dr. Natan Aridan, The Ben Gurion Research Institute at Sde Boker; Prof. Rivka Carmi, President, Ben Gurion University of the Negev; Amram Mitzna, Mayor of Yerucham, Leader, Israel Labor Party

Breakout Session
Fighting the Hezbollah Terror Army: A New Kind of Warfare

With sophisticated arms provided by Iran, with Iranian training, and using complex tactics, Hezbollah functioned more like a terror army, or even a unit of the Iranian armed forces, than as a conventional terror group during the recent war. We’ll look at the implications.

Speaker: Gal Luft, Executive Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security

Breakout Session
Covering Israel for the People of Israel

The way the news from and about Israel is reported in Israel offers revealing insights into the nature of a free press in Israel and into local perspectives on the news.

Speakers: Jon Feder, Editor-in-Chief, Ynet; Amir Mizroch, Chief News Editor, Jerusalem Post; Keren Neubach, Senior Anchorperson, Channel 1; Shlomi Stein, Vice President, Channel 10 News; Nachman Shai, Senior Vice President and Director General, UJC Israel

Breakout Session
Finding Common Ground: A Dialogue Between Americans & Israelis
Take part in a real-time laboratory that will generate discussion among participants from the three Wexner Leadership Initiatives, and all attendees. This highly interactive session focuses on bold questions relevant to this critical time of conflict and hope.

Moderator: Rabbi B. Elka Abrahamson, Vice President, Leadership Programs, The Wexner Foundation
Round Table Participants: Sandy Antignas, Alumnus, Wexner Heritage Program, Member of the Board of Directors of UJA-Federation of New York, its Commission on the Jewish People and a Founder of Kol Dor; Gadi Baltiansky, Alumnus, Wexner Israel Fellowship, Director General "Education for Peace Ltd." Israel; Deborah Housen Couriel, Alumna, Wexner Israel Fellowship, Policy Analyst, Reut Israel; Rami Wernik, Alumna, Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Dean, Fingerhut School of Education, University of Judaism, LA

Breakout Session
Israel the Brand
Nation branding techniques are being used to present Israel through a human lens. We’ll present new research that analyzes the impact of images of conflict projected through non-stop coverage of the war, as well as describe breakthrough concepts designed to change the way Americans feel about Israel.

Moderator: Michael Kotzin, Executive Vice President, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Speakers: Ido Aharoni, Senior Advisor & Spokesman for Israel Minister of Foreign Affairs; Boaz Mourad, Principal, Insight Research Group; Fern Oppenheim, Brand Israel Group; David Sable, Vice-Chairman & COO, Wunderman Worldwide

Breakout Session
Israel on the North American Campus
Examine the ways different factions are lining up on college campuses – hotbeds of anti-Israeli activity under almost any circumstance – in light of the events of the past summer and other more recent developments.

Moderator: David Harris, Executive Director, Israel on Campus Coalition
Speakers: Danielle Josephs, Rutgers Hillel President, Rutgers University; Prof. Laurie Zoloth, Professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities, and of Religion, at Northwestern University, the Feinberg School of Medicine; Ron Leibow, Chair, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

Breakout Session
Identity, Israel, the Jewish people, and the Next Generation
Many young adults don’t have the same connection to Israel and Jewish peoplehood that their parents did. How do young adults relate to the recent war, and Jewish vulnerability? And how can federations engage this critical constituency in concern for our Jewish future? Join a serious intergenerational dialogue.

Moderator: Ted Sokolsky, President, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto

Breakout Session
We Are Not Alone: Allies in Making the Case for Israel
Public opinion polls say that there is a base of support for Israel among Americans, and our own Israel advocacy work is enhanced by the efforts of friends and allies. We’ll examine the nature of such alliances, and discuss the possibilities and occasional problems in working them.

Moderator: Rabbi Steve Gutow, Executive Director, JCPA
Speaker: Joe R. Hicks, Vice President Community Advocates, Inc. and Former Executive Director of the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission

Breakout Session
Philanthropy Now
Demographics, psychographics, Jewish values and the transfer of wealth. How do we transform our federations into true Centers of Jewish Philanthropy in these tumultuous and demanding times? Get both insight and stimulus from Paul Schervish, one of the continent’s leading fundraising authorities.

Moderator: Mark Lainer, Board Member, Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles
Speakers: Chip Edelsberg, Executive Director, Jim Joseph Foundation; Carol Kassel, Sr. VP of Integrated Development, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto; Paul G. Schervish, Director, Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy

Breakout Session
Jewish Learning: Activism and Social Justice
Classical Jewish texts can provide the framework to motivate all Jews to become social activists. Learn all about it.

Speaker: Rabbi Miriyam Glazer, University of Judaism

Breakout Session
The Baby Boomer Impact
The first of the Baby Boomers are set to retire. Address the challenges and opportunities that threshold offers. It’s all here: service delivery, engagement and fundraising strategies. Bring home the ideas and innovations for supporting and strengthening your ties to this powerful audience.

Speaker: Mark Goldstein, Co-Founder, Age Wave

6:30 pm
Covenant Awards
Community Receptions

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Kosher Dinner

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Connect to a Career with Meaning, Connect to Federation

If you are considering a new career to the federation – one where you can make a difference – this session is for you. Network with senior federation professionals who have successfully made the transition. For mid and senior level professionals, only.

Speakers: Doug Seserman, President & CEO, Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado; Lisa Gurwitch, Director of Gift Planning, Jewish Community Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties

9:00 pm
Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Tel Aviv-Los Angeles Partnership's Master Class in Film Production present Night at the Movies
39 Pounds of Love, Favella Rising, and Freedom's Song
At the Bonaventure Hotel

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8:30 am – 9:45 am

The Jewish Future: Where We Are as a People
A look at innovation, inspiration and the Jewish future through the lens of the leaders of the major Jewish institutions of higher learning. As they lead universities that educate and train, what are their concerns, their visions and dreams? And have recent world events changed their thinking about Israel and the Jewish people in any way? Also: A special presentation of the 2005 Sapir Awards for Campaign Achievement and Innovation and the 2005 Community Endowment Excellence Awards.

Moderator: Dr. Beryl Geber, Associate Executive Vice President, Policy Development, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
Speakers: Rabbi Norman J. Cohen, Provost, HUC-JIR; Dr. Arnold M. Eisen, Chancellor-Elect, JTS; Richard Joel, President, Yeshiva University

10:15 am – 11:30 am
Emerging Global Realities and the Challenge of Radical Islam
Newsweek’s Fareed Zakaria has said, “There are better and worse ways to handle radical Islam.” We’ll start there to explore the ideological, religious, nationalistic, demographic and economic forces that fuel the threat. Then specifically address the threats posed by radical Islam to the West and to moderate societies in the Islamic world itself; and consider implications for U.S. foreign policy.

Speakers: Fareed Zakaria, Editor, Newsweek International; Bernard-Henri Levy, Author, Who Killed Daniel Pearl? and American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville

11:45 am – 2:00 pm
Complimentary Lunch in Global Jewish Marketplace

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Constituency Lunches

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Breakout Session
Media Lessons Learned from the War

Media treatment of the recent war was often incomplete or one-sided, with reporters sometimes being manipulated by Hezbollah, and occasionally revealing bias. Join us to review the coverage, to look at what was new about it, differences between American and European  reporting and how what we learned will affect future efforts in working with the media on Israel's behalf.

Moderator: Martin Raffel, Associate Vice President, JCPA
Speakers: Aviv Shir-On, Deputy Director General for Media & Public Affairs, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Jeffrey Goldberg; Staff Writer, The New Yorker, Author, Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide

Breakout Session
A View from the United Nations
The United Nations has hardly been pro-Israel lately. Yet, Israel agreed to let the UN play a central role in the ceasefire arrangements with Hezbollah and is even looking to the UN to take steps to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions. We’ll consider the frustrations and possibilities.

Speakers: Danny Carmon, Israel’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN; Anne Bayefsky, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, Senior Fellow, Touro College Law Center, Editor of

Breakout Session
What’s Next for Israel and the Palestinians?
Though attention shifted to the North last summer, Israel’s relationship with the Palestinians has remained tense; and Israel’s options, which once included further disengagement, may be limited post-Lebanon. Learn about likely next steps.

Moderator: Keren Neubach, Senior Anchor, Channel 1 News
Speaker: Avi Dichter, Israel Minister of Public Security; Nadav Morag, Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Judaism

Breakout Session
Unfolding Developments in Argentina and Uruguay
For the past five years, the situation in Argentina and Uruguay has been a major focus of American Jewish philanthropic concern. Moreover, our intervention there serves as a case study, both in crisis management and long-term capacity building. This session will focus on developments in Argentina and Uruguay both for their intrinsic interest and as a source of lessons in our overseas work.

Moderator: Richard Bernstein, Co- Chair, UJC Argentina Response Task Force                                        Speaker: Stephen Schwager, Executive V.P., JDC; Robert Singer, Director General, World ORT; Aried Abir, ,Director of Latin American Operations, Jewish Agency; Jorge Fainzaig, Chairman, Global Economy S.A. Argentina

Breakout Session
Iran: What Are the Options?
As Iran moves forward with the development of nuclear power and the potential development of nuclear weapons, and as the global powers fail to act effectively, it is becoming inevitable to wonder what Israel might feel it necessary to do.

Moderator: Thomas A. Dine, CEO, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Speakers: Prof. Uzi Arad, Founding Head, Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya; Prof. David Menashri, Parviz and Pouran Nazarian Chair for Modern Iranian Studies, Tel Aviv University

Breakout Session
The Impact of the War on Jewish-Arab Relations in Israel
Though both Israeli Arabs and Jews suffered from Hezbollah rocket fire, the already strained relations between them seemed to take a turn for the worse. Join us to consider the impact of the war on the relationship and how we can address the myriad of problems that were revealed by the crisis.

Moderator: Prof. Elie Rekhess, Director, Konrad Adenauer Foundation Program for Jewish-Arab Cooperation, Moshe Dayan Center, Tel Aviv University
Speakers: MK Nadia Chilo (Labor); MK Gideon Sa’ar (Likud), Deputy Speaker of the Knesset

Breakout Session
Anti-Zionism As the New Anti-Semitism
Examine the way in which hate-filled themes and images that traditionally targeted Jewish individuals and communities are now used to malign Israel.

Moderator: Rabbi Marvin Hier, Dean and Founder, Simon Wiesenthal Center
Speakers: Steven Emerson, Executive Director, The Investigative Project; Aviva Raz-Shechter, Director, Department of Anti-Semitism & Holocaust Issues, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Charles Small, Director, Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism, Yale University

Breakout Session
What to Do When the Bucks Stop
How do federations and affiliated agencies continue their programs when government dollars stop or when foundation funding dries up? This session will explore strategies federations can implement to sustain their programs in the competitive and evolving world of private and public funding streams. Participants will leave the session with an improved understanding of issues related to program sustainability, and with concrete strategies they can use to in their own communities.

Speakers: Francie Brody, Partner, Brody Weiser Burns; Faculty Member, MIT Project on Social Investing; Joyce Garver Keller, Executive Director, Ohio Jewish Communities; Rachel Monroe, COO, The Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation

Breakout Session
Jewish Education: Future Prospects for Federations, Foundations & Funders
Funding formal and informal educational experiences is high on the federation priority list. Explore some powerful new partnerships that are turning our entire community on its ear and providing real hope for the future.

Moderator: Joanna S. Ballantine, Executive Director, The Harold Grinspoon Foundation
Speakers: Sharon Gindi, Gindi Family Fund; Larry Moses, President, The Wexner Foundation; Steven B. Nasatir, President, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

Breakout Session
Jewish Learning: The Values of Living Generously
Pulpit star Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky of Bnai-David Judea Synagogue in Los Angeles leads the session.

Breakout Session
The Mice That Roar
Put the mass market in your federation corner. Learn how to engage the marketplace from leading non-profits that have grown their donor bases and turned impulse givers into lasting investors.

Moderator: Bob Cutler, Chair, UJC Marketing Committee
Speaker: Phyllis Goldman, Vice President of Development and Communications, American Jewish World Service

Breakout Session
Reaching Out to Family Caregivers
Some 44 million Americans are providing unpaid care to an adult family member or friend. Israel is experiencing a similar phenomenon. Join us for a first-hand account of the challenges and rewards of family caregiving; and then explore the pioneering efforts of the federation movement, UJC and JDC in this area.

Speakers: Cheryl Fischbein, Chair, UJC Family Caregivers Committee; Jack Habib, Director, Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute

Breakout Session
The Young Philanthropists
Join leaders from Jewish Youth Foundations and B’nai Tzedek Funds and Growing Kids with Character author
Ellen Sabin for the latest trends in the never-more-trendy-than-now world of high-school age philanthropy.

Moderator: Judy Bloom, Director of Imprint Giving, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Speakers: Rachel Levensohn, High School Student, San Francisco; Ellen Sabin, author, The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving; K’vod Wieder, Director, B’nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy Program, Harold Grinspoon Foundation

Breakout Session
The New Extreme Model: Responding to Donors and Funders
The best fundraising models give donors a multitude of vehicles to achieve their philanthropic goals. With this method, you need an effective system to identify donors and forge positive, fruitful relationships. Get the skills.

Moderator: Fred Zimmerman, UJC National Campaign Vice Chair
Speakers: Carole-Ann Levine, Executive Vice President/FRD, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County; Rebecca Newman, Associate Vice Chancellor–Development, University of California at San Diego; Jim Rosenberg, Assoc. Vice President, Campaign, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

Breakout Session
Flowers Aren’t Enough
A monologue written and performed by Naomi Ackerman that tells the story of Michal, a young woman from an upper-middle-class family who finds herself in an abusive relationship. Woven together from true stories and already presented to more than 800 audiences around the world, the play was originally commissioned by the Israel Ministry of Welfare. The performance is followed by a discussion with the audience.

Breakout Session
Who’s That Woman Driving the Bus?
The Hannah Engle Memorial Seminar
Leadership guru, Jim Collins, says that getting the right people on the bus is essential to moving organizations from good to great--from business-as-usual to extraordinary measures, goals and results. Learn how extraordinary leaders impact our organizations with some of the federation movement's top women. This session will pay tribute to Hannah Engle, a humanitarian and a FEREP student, a leader within her community, who demonstrated extraordinary potential and died tragically in January 2006.

Panel: Maxyne Finkelstein, North American Director, Jewish Agency; Marsha Hurwitz, Executive Director, The Columbus Jewish Federation; Ann-Louise Kleper, Chair, UJC Domestic Affairs Pillar; Kathy Manning, Incoming Chair, UJC Executive Committee

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Challenges of the Jewish People at the Beginning of the 21st Century
The always free-speaking Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu looks at the Jewish world from Israel’s perspective; then respected Canadian MP Dr. Irwin Cotler brings us the view from this side of the Atlantic.

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Kosher Dinner

8:15 pm – 10:00 pm
A Once in a Lifetime Evening at Walt Disney Concert Hall
The Los Angeles Jewish Federation, the Jewish Community Foundation and the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music are proud to host a concert of Jewish music at the Music Center's world class Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by the renowned architect Frank Gehry. The foot-tapping, soul-stirring program includes music by Leonard Bernstein and Kurt Weill among others, as well as jazz, cantorial music and a Yiddish theater revue. Performers include Theodore Bikel, Leonard Nimoy, Cantor Alberto Mizrahi, an 85-voice chorus and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, led by internationally renowned conductor Gerard Schwarz.

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8:30 am – 10:00 am
Challenges and Opportunities: Israel 2006
Sponsored by Israel Ministry of Tourism
Before the war, Israelis had so much more to do with their lives than worry about Hezbollah. They still live in a society that empowers and enables them to do almost anything. And young Israelis still dream of being inventors and investors and teachers and Ministers. But the world has changed dramatically in less than four months. Two of the Jewish State’s most dynamic and innovative leaders take a look at post-war Israel; and how the Israeli people are looking to the future.

Moderator: Judge Ellen M. Heller, President, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Speakers: Isaac Herzog
, Israel Minister of Tourism; Yuli Tamir, Israel Minister of Education
Special Guest: Moshe Oofnik, Sesame Street Workshop

10:15 am – 11:45 am
The Israel Economy: Investing in Israel Today

Governor of the Bank of Israel Stanley Fischer and Bank Leumi President & CEO Galia Maor are on hand to help you take a fresh look at Israel innovation and financial opportunity even in these difficult times.

Moderator: Prof. Stanley Fischer, Governor, Bank of Israel
Speakers: Elliott Broidy, Chairman & CEO, Markstone Capital Group; Idan Ofer, Chairman, The Israel Corporation; Haim Saban, President & CEO, Saban Capital Group

Leadership in Changing Times
Professor/Author/Leadership Guru Warren Bennis takes center stage. Dr. Bennis is one of America’s foremost authorities on organizational development, leadership and change. These days, he’s writing on the significance of character in the making of authentic leaders.

11:45 am – 1:15 pm

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Top Ten Tips for Leadership Success
Top 10 Tools to Resolve Conflicts & Manage Process Differences

Personal passions often drive decision-making during pressure-packed times. Learn mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution techniques that will help you when you need them most. With Marc Purchin, Mediator/Trainer, Purchin Consulting.

Top 10 Ways to Respond to a Crisis While Planning Strategically for the Future
Learn how to develop planning strategies that ensure all federation needs are met even during times of crisis. With Amy Asin, Consultant, Asin Associates.

Top 10 Ways to Launch a Legacy Campaign
Learn how to start and grow this critical sector of the not-for-profit industry. With Ed Schumacher, President, Third Sector Consulting.

Top 10 Savvy Solicitation Techniques
Be on hand for the latest, greatest tools to increase your face-to-face solicitation success – whether you are asking for the annual campaign, a crisis campaign, a second-line campaign or all three! With Rob Mann, Chair, UJC National Training Department.

Top 10 Ways to Utilize the Digital Age to Raise Dollars & Donors
The IEC reminded us of the important role of the Internet in providing a vehicle for philanthropic action. Examine strategies for e-philanthropy, on-line outreach and electronic crisis communication that will make your efforts even more effective in the future. With Madeline Stanionis, author, The Mercifully Brief, Real World Guide to Raising Thousands (if Not Tens of Thousands) of Dollars with Email.

Top 10 Tips to Deliver a Message that Motivates
In difficult times, the best leaders are able to provide meaning and context for the community and to inspire others to act.  Join us to learn how you can enhance your own ability to turn talk into motivation. With Betty Kane, former Chair, UJC National Women’s Philanthropy; executive coach specializing in communication skills and public speaking.

Top 10 Ways to Build Bridges
The Jewish community’s vitality depends, in part, on our ability to build bridges. That is creating alliances with other ethnic and faith groups. Join us to develop strategies for building the relationships that will enhance your Jewish community.

Speaker: Abby Porth, Associate Director, Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties

Top 10 Ways to Ensure Effective Community Preparedness
A community’s ability to get through a crisis – a war, a terrorist attack or a national disaster – is based on the strength of its already existing contingency plans. Get the tools you need to ensure your community’s safety during these dangerous times. With Rick Katz, Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Facilities Corporation.

Top 10 Things You Need to Know About the Middle East
An informed leader is an effective leader. Get the historical background you need to understand the current Middle East realities. With Nadav Morag, Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Judaism.

Top 10 Tips to Turn Crisis Donors into Federation Supporters
Explore successful strategies for engaging “pop-ups”– people who donate to an emergency campaign, who have never donated to the annual campaign – the important work of federation when the crisis subsides. With Susan Bodner Levine, Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando.

Top 10 Ways to Integrate Technology into Jewish Learning
Sponsored by the Charles H. Revson Foundation
Join us to explore the conflicts that existed among the State of Israel’s founding fathers, and how lessons learned during that time might help us resolve conflicts among today’s Jewish leaders. See the stories come alive through technology. With Dana Baruch, Consultant, Jewish Media Fund of the Charles H. Revson Foundation; UJC Limudim teacher.

Top 10 Ways to Turn Jewish Values into Action
There are a variety of historical, religious and sociological reasons why Jews are devoted to volunteerism. Join us to explore all of them and how we can help people turn their values into action. With Rabbi Sid Schwarz, author of the just released, Judaism and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World.

Top 10 Strategies to Re-Imagine Federation
Join us to examine the need for organizational creativity and re-imagination; then get real-world tools for enhancing your ability to be innovative during this latest set of new global realities. With John Foster, Head of Talent and Organization Development, IDEO Consulting.

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Breakout Session
The Volunteer Sector and Israeli Philanthropy During the War
During the conflict this summer, the voluntary  sector and Israeli philanthropy took a prominent role and gained a great deal of visibility. This however was not without its pros and cons. In this session, we will discuss this role and its pros and cons. We will also relate to the following questions from the philanthropic, governmental and academic perspectives: What was the role of this sector during the war? How did the voluntary sector engage both Israeli and worldwide philanthropy? What was the nature of this sector’s role on a general level and in relation to the government? What conclusions can be drawn for the next emergency Israel may face? How can we strengthen this sector and its relationship between Israeli philanthropy and worldwide philanthropy?

Breakout Session
Understanding Islam: Current Trends

After reviewing traditional Islamic beliefs, we’ll look at the range of radical forces within the Islamic world, from more moderate spokespeople, and from those resisting the radical Islamic groups.

Speakers: Prof. Menachem Milson, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Hebrew University; Chairman, The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI); Prof. Norman A. Stillman, Schusterman-Josey Professor and Chair of Judaic History, University of Oklahoma; Irshad Manji, Author of The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith

Breakout Session
The Federation System and Israeli Arabs

Join us to discuss issues related to Israel’s Arab citizens and paths federations are taking to both educate their leadership and to direct allocations to this sector. We also learn about a new study of NGO activity.

Moderator: Harriet Mouchly-Weiss, Chair, UJC Roundtable on Israeli Arabs, Chair, Commission on the Jewish People, UJA-Federation of New York
Speakers: Kher Elbaz, Director, Department of Social Services, Segev Shalom Municipality; Dr. Shimshon Zelniker, Director, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute; Joelle Steffel, Chair, Leadership Development Committee, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin & Sonoma Counties

Breakout Session
Securing the North American Jewish Community

Jewish communities are increasingly threatened by radical Islamic movements and their constant messages of hate.  Witness the shooting at the El Al gate in 2002, and this summer’s shooting at the Jewish Federation of Seattle on August 11th and the terrorist plot uncovered in Torrance, CA on August 31st. Join us to consider the nature of the ongoing threats and the steps that the organized Jewish community is taking to protect its institutions and those who use them.

Moderator: Stephen Hoffman, President, Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland
Speakers: William Bratton, Chief of Police, Los Angeles; Avi Dichter, Israel Minister of Public Security

Breakout Session
Israel’s War Against Hezbollah

The recent war in Israel has been described as an attempt by Iran to extend its hegemony throughout the Middle East and to create a Shiite arc going from Iran through Iraq and Syria to Lebanon. Examine the war’s implications for the entire region through the lens of its many rivalries.

Speakers: Nimrod Barkan, Deputy Director General and Director of the Center for Policy Research, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Martin S. Indyk, Director, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, and Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution; Tzvi Yehezkeli, West Bank Reporter, Israeli Defense Forces Radio

Breakout Session
Linking the Silos: Creating a Jewish Community Pipeline
Federations can play the pivotal role in developing and implementing strategy that engage Jews across the continuum of experience: nursery, day school, supplemental education, camp, Israel trips, JCC, synagogue, etc. Given increasing concerns over Jewish vulnerability, a declining sense of Jewish peoplehood and weakening affiliation rates, should our communities organize differently? Without strong infrastructure and educational systems on a local level we will create generations of disconnected Jews. Communities that are building well-oiled networks between their educational institutions are leading the way to creating a Jewish community that explores meaningful personal Jewish journeys and a connection to the Jewish people.

Moderator: Alisa Rubin Kurshan, Vice President for Strategic Planning and Organizational Resources, UJA-Federation of New York
Speakers: Alan S. Edelman, Associate Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City; Dr. Shulamith Elster, Executive Director, Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning; Prof. Jack Wertheimer, Provost, Jewish Theological Seminary

Breakout Session
Jewish Learning: Jewish Leadership

Join us to examine how the right leadership at the right time has ensured our survival and success in the face of persecution and crisis, from ancient times until today.

Breakout Session
The 2006 Elections: Domestic & International Implications

A bipartisan panel assesses the mid-term elections and how they may affect US-Israel relations, homeland security and other issues relevant to the federation movement, such as lobbying and non-profit reforms, Medicaid, Medicare, and appropriations projects. There will also be early handicapping of the 2008 presidential race.

Moderator: William Daroff, Vice President for Public Policy, UJC
Speakers: Jay K. Footlik, Special Assistant to President William J. Clinton and White House liaison to the Jewish community; Eve Kessler, Associate Editorial Page Editor, The New York Post; Noam Neusner, Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and White House liaison to the Jewish community

Breakout Session
Innovations in Jewish Education: A Town Hall Meeting
Our community needs significantly more collaboration between federations and educational institutions. We need to look together at what’s next on the horizon, and how we can educate more effectively about Israel, Jewish peoplehood and global Jewish concerns. Join community leaders who are living the 21st century Jewish education reality to see what happens next. Also, a brief celebration of JESNA and its 25 years of commitment; and a tribute to the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award Winners.

Moderator: Cindy Chazan, Vice President, Alumni and Community Development, The Wexner Foundation
Speakers: David Bryfman, Ph.D. Candidate, New York University; Wexner Fellow; Rabbi Joshua Elkin, Executive Director, Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education; Diane Troderman, Chairperson, JESNA

Breakout Session
Genetic Testing: What You Need to Know

You’ve probably heard of Tay-Sachs disease. But what about Canavan disease? Or Neimann-Pick? Jews are not only susceptible to recessive diseases like Tay-Sachs, but from dominant ones as well. And Ashkenazi Jewish women are more than five times likely to have a mutated gene that causes breast cancer. Learn what you and your community can do to protect current and future generations.

Speakers: Karen Litwack, Director, Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders; Andi Minkoff, Co-founder, Greater Phoenix Jewish Genetic Disease Project; Prof. Lee Shulman, Chief, Division of Reproductive Genetics, Northwestern University; Lois B. Victor, Member, Board of Overseers, Victor Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases at Albert Einstein Medical Center

Breakout Session
Challenges Facing Jews in the FSU and Jews from the FSU in America

Join us for a comparison of models of engagement and intervention and a discussion about future challenges.

Moderator: Abby Knopp, Planning Director, Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal, UJA-Federation of New York
Speakers: Alla Feldman, Coordinator, Émigré Programs, The Los Angeles Bureau of Jewish Education; Inna Kotlar, Senior Regional Program Manager, Belarus, FSU Division, JDC; Alan Hoffmann, Director-General, Jewish Agency Zionist Education Department; William Rapfogel, Executive Director, New York’s Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty

Breakout Session
Building Lives: New Approaches to Engaging College Students

Today’s college students, the so-called “Millennial Generation,” pose unique challenges and opportunities for the Jewish community. They are proud of their Jewish heritage but they often hold multiple ethnic or religious identities. They avoid Jewish organizations but they are interested in spirituality and social justice. Hillel’s new five-year Strategic Plan dedicates unprecedented resources to engaging these young people through new and unique programs, such as the 1,000-student JUST for a Day social justice blitz on November 12 in Los Angeles. Who are these young people and how do we reach them?

Speakers: Claude Brodesser-Akner, Host of National Public Radio’s “The Business”; Andrew Green, student social justice activist, UCLA; Arlene Miller, Associate Director, UCLA Hillel; Dan Smokler, Hillel Assistant Director for Student Leadership and Engagement

Breakout Session
Culture, Culture, Culture

Movies, books, magazines. These new shared experiences are providing welcoming Jewish environments for young adults. Learn how federations can get into the act.

Moderator: Elise Bernhardt, Executive Director, National Foundation for Jewish Culture
Speakers: Ronit Avni, Founder & Director, Just Vision; Director/Producer, Encounter Point; Prof. Ari Kelman, University of California, Davis; author, A River and Its City; Mireille Silcoff, Editor-in-Chief, Guilt & Pleasure; Joanna Smith Rakoff, Editor, Nextbook

Breakout Session
Will Life Ever Be Normal in Israel? Should It Be?

The results of the recent fighting have reduced the hopes of many Israelis that they will ever achieve a normal way of life, while some Israeli intellectuals have questioned whether those hopes were ever realistic and even whether they represent an appropriate goal. The ideas in play revolve around the nature of traditional Zionism, approaches of post-Zionism, and the emergence of what might be called a post-post-Zionism.

Breakout Session
Working to Save Darfur

One genocide nearly annihilated the Jewish people. Another has made them into leading voices in the struggle against human cruelty. The ongoing atrocities in Sudan, which have killed an estimated 300,000 black Muslims and left millions more homeless, have galvanized a community that knows the lessons of persecution all too well. As the past few months have demonstrated, the Jewish community, at least, refuses to stand idly by. Much of the effort centers around the Save Darfur Coalition, a collection of 150 faith-based advocacy and humanitarian aid organizations.

Speakers: John Fischel, President, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles; Rabbi Harold Schulweis, Founder, Jewish World Watch

Breakout Session
The Jewish Advocacy Agenda in Canada
The Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy (CIJA), the advocacy arm of UIA Federations of Canada, works with its partner agencies each year to develop a strategic agenda based on current events, future needs and political realities. This session reviews the current year’s plan, the effect of the Middle East war last summer on that plan, and current programs to address our agenda on both domestic and international issues.

Keynote Speaker: Susan Davis, Executive Vice President, CIJA

4:15 pm – 5:45 pm
The New Front Lines: Facing the Future Together

The Jewish people are born for community. Under every circumstance, we find our strength when we look to each other and to the lessons of both crisis and opportunity learned and shared over generations. Prime Minister speaks directly to the North American Jewish community for the first time since the war, when he looked across an ocean and saw us; and UJC’s Howard Rieger brings us home, to a community we embrace and we foster. Join us.

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister of the State of Israel
Chair: Robert Goldberg, Chair of the Board, UJC
Speaker: Howard M. Rieger, President & CEO, UJC

6:30 pm
Prime Minister's Council/Star of David Society Reception & Dinner
Join legendary actor, writer and producer Kirk Douglas at the Prime Minister's Council Dinner at the GA.

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Kosher Dinner

9:00 pm
Night at the Movies
SNEAK PREVIEW: Freedom Writers

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8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Translating the GA Into Action: Open Board of Trustees & Delegate Assembly Forum
In addition to corporate business, we’ll translate the GA into action steps. That is, defining and distilling the overarching themes and issues addressed during the GA into practical applications going forward. Through presentations and discussion, we’ll formulate local and national action steps that effectively respond to the critical issues facing our community and our future. All GA participants are welcome.
12:00 pm

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