Zionism: The Courage to Dream

Interim Assembly Program

Sunday, March 5

1:00 PM  REGISTRATION OPENS

2:00 PM  WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS

Opening remarks: Dr. Francine Stein, Biennial Assembly Co-Chairman

Greetings from the State of Israel

PLENARY 1 – The Future of Nationhood in Israel

Professor David Passig , Leading Israeli Futurist,Bar-Ilan University

Round Table Discussions – introduced by Rabbi Paul Golomb, Biennial Assembly Co-Chairman

Panel and Break-outs on the Following Subjects:

Israel: Center, Partner or Theme Park.  A discussion of Zionism in the Diaspora

Professor Sylvia Barak Fishman

Why Zionism is Not a Four-Letter WordRetrieving a working understanding of Zionism in the 21st Century for a New Generation of Leadership

Rabbi Josh Weinberg

Challenging the Three Nos: Anti-Zionism, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Israel Policy and Action

Dr. Elana Heideman, Executive Director, The Israel Forever Foundation

Talking About Israel:  How to Conduct an Inclusive Conversation

Dr. Yehezkel Landau

6:15  PM  CELEBRATORY DINNER RECEPTION

7:00 PM  PROGRAM & DINNER

Dinner Co-chairs: W. James Schiller and William D. Hess

Main Speaker: Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

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Monday, March 6

8:15 AM BREAKFAST

8:45 AM PLENARY 1

2017:  A Year of Anniversaries

Presentation of World Zionist Organization (WZO) resources and materials in celebration of 120 years since the first Zionist Congress and other anniversaries

Speakers to be announced

10:00 AM  PLENARY 2

Engagement in Zionism versus Pro-Israelism

How do we differentiate between Zionism and  support for Israel?   Many people believe they are one and the same; however this is not true.  Zionism is not Aliyah to Israel, nor a specific political approach to the conflict.  Zionism is based on the deep connection to the people and the land of Israel which endures beyond politics.  It is AZM’s responsibility to engage American Jews in the process of finding their personal connection to Jews  around the world and Israel, and to challenge our community to envision a personal and enduring nation in its historical homeland.  In 2016 AZM leadership created a Strategic Plan as road map to engaging American Jewry in understanding and embracing Zionism. In this session, leadership will introduce the Strategic Plan and Panelists will present their vision and tools for engagement of  target populations

Professor Steven M Cohen, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion

10: 45 AM  PRESENTATION OF STRATEGIC PLAN — Kenneth Bob and Sondra Sokal

11: 00 AM  PANEL AND BREAKOUTS

Engaging the American Jewish Community in Zionism – Cheryl Fishbein

Engaging the Next Generation – Sara Zebovitz

Israel in a Digital Age — Gerald Ostrow

Followed by Breakouts

11:45 AM  BUSINESS SESSION

Business:

Credentials Report
Nominations report
Membership report
Election of Officers
Election of National Board
Election of Tribunal

Presentation to Rabbi Kurtz:  Marlene Post

Discharge of Outgoing Officers and Farewell remarks: Rabbi Vernon Kurtz

Introduction of the New AZM Executive Director

12:45 PM  CLOSING LUNCH

Installation of President and Officers – Seymour D. Reich, Installing Officer

President-Elect Acceptance:

2:30 PM  ASSEMBLY CLOSE/Leadership Meeting with

Past Presidents, Incoming and Outgoing Cabinet & Officers