PROGRAM

Subject to Change


sunday, september 11, 2016

7:15 PM - 9:00 PM   Opening Plenary: 15 Years After 9/11: The Global Landscape
7:15 PM - 9:00 PM

As the world commemorates the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, we will pay tribute to the victims and survivors, reflect on the past and look forward to the future. We will hear from fearless leaders, Lions of Judah, foreign policy experts and change makers.

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Monday, september 12, 2016

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM   Plenary: Advocacy in Action

In our constantly changing world, taking action is more important than ever. And when we don’t take action, we face the consequences. We will first hear from inspiring activists, who will share their personal stories of making a difference in the world.  Then, political pundits will analyze the political landscape just months before a transformative election.

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10:30 AM - 12:00 PM   Breakouts
Amazing Emissaries: How Shlichim Transform Jewish Communities Around the World
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

One of The Jewish Agency’s signature initiatives brings Israeli emissaries to Jewish communities around the world.  This year, close to 2,000 shlichim are creating Israel engagement opportunities on college campuses, Jewish summer camps and communal institutions. We know the transformation that shlichim can bring to a community, but how do the community and the experience of living abroad transform the shaliach? Three shlichot will talk about the work they are doing in Italy, Argentina and Washington, DC, and the impact their service has had on their identity as Israelis, as women and as future leaders of the Jewish people.  

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Balabusta Revolution: Former Ultra-Orthodox Women Break the Mold
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Meet women who defy, reclaim and redefine what being a Jewish woman means today. Hailing from highly secretive and segregated Hasidic enclaves, the women on this inspiring panel will talk openly about gender dynamics and other issues inside ultra-Orthodox communities, including arranged marriage, domestic violence and lack of education. They will shine light on what it's like to leave, and how they have blazed their own trails. They will share how Footsteps, an organization founded by a young woman who left the community herself, creates a safe haven of support and empowerment for those who choose to leave the communities they came from.

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Growing Goodness: Developing the Next Generation of Philanthropy
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Raising children is a gift and a responsibility. How can we ensure that our children develop the sense of personal identity, financial acumen, values and stewardship skills they need? In this interactive session, 21/64 will present Growing Goodness, a new tool designed to help families strengthen bonds, develop a grounded sense of identity and clarify the values that guide parenting and other decision-making.

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Initiating Inclusion: Access and Opportunities for All
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Some people are born with disabilities, but anyone can become disabled at any time in their lives. Yet until recently, synagogues and other Jewish organizations -- as well as secular places to live and work -- routinely excluded people with disabilities. Learn about the progress that has been made and where the inclusion movement is going. Hear from strong leaders and Lions of Judah who are tackling difficult challenges and who will provide you with tips on how your community can provide access and equality for all. 

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The Honeymoon Phase: An Israel Trip for Any Two
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

A vacation in Israel is an impossible dream for most young couples beginning of their lives together. Honeymoon Israel makes it possible, providing subsidized, immersive trips for couples with at least one Jewish partner in groups of 20 couples all coming from the same community. For interfaith couples, this can be a first step to building Jewish community and exploring how they will create Jewish families. Three interfaith couples will discuss the impact of Honeymoon Israel as well as the challenges and opportunities they face engaging in Jewish life.

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Lions Beyond Philanthropy: Israeli Social Entrepreneurs
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Israel Lions of Judah are more than philanthropists. They are social entrepreneurs with their own organizations that promote educational opportunities for Israeli children (Yerucham Association and Push Foundation) and women's empowerment through self-defense (El-Halev). The Lion of Judah-Israel chair, an industrialist and social entrepreneur herself, will interview fellow Israeli Lions about their work in founding and sustaining non-profits, social activism in Israel, women's leadership, building better businesses and challenges they have overcome.

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The Millennial Mindset: More Than Just Me
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Millennials, ages 18-35, are the next generation of leaders for our countries and communities. Nicknamed the “Me Me Me generation,” millennials are often perceived as narcissistic and hard to engage.  The truth? They are actually a great force for positive change. Hear directly from four millennials about the characteristics of their generation, their connection to Jewish community and what they are doing to make the world a better place.

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Not a Labor of Love: Modern-Day Slavery and Labor Trafficking
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Labor trafficking, a form of slavery in which individuals are coerced into performing labor or services, is pervasive in North America and abroad. According to the International Labor Organization, there are an estimated 14.2 million victims worldwide. About half are women, who often face sexual trauma as well. What can our communities do to recognize human rights violations in our own backyards? How do we avoid advancing labor trafficking overseas by purchasing slave-made goods? A panel of anti-human trafficking experts will present on the work being done to stop labor trafficking and how our communities can help.

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Sparking Change: Innovation, Impact Investing and Social Enterprises
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The power of philanthropy can also be found in the power of business. A growing number of new philanthropic vehicles in the business world include impact investments, social enterprises and advocacy marketing. Learn how for-profit companies are harnessing the power of these innovative strategies to make a lasting difference at home, in Israel and around the world.

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When Obligations Collide: Women, Family Caregiving, and the Long-Term Care System
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Family caregivers, most of them women, provide the majority of long-term care. They manage everything from shopping and paying bills to administering advanced medical treatments, often risking their own physical, emotional and financial health to do so.  Women are also more likely than men to need long-term health services—and less likely to have the financial resources to pay for them. Learn about the challenges women face as caregivers, the solutions proposed by policy makers in response to the growing care crisis, and how Federations can engage, empower and support family caregivers. 

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12:15 PM - 1:45 PM   Reach Higher Luncheon (by invitation)

This is a special luncheon to celebrate women who increase their gift to the next Lion of Judah level for the 2017 Annual Campaign.

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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   Forums
Beyond Our Borders: The Syrian Refugee Crisis
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

There are almost 5 million Syrian refugees across the Middle East and Europe.  Assad’s human rights violations are considered worse than the genocide in Rwanda, and basic necessities like food and medical care are scarce. Learn about the struggles the refugees are facing, the response of the global Jewish community, and the role that Israel plays in this complicated conflict.   

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Breast Cancer World View
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

The lives of women around the world have been touched by the hardship of breast cancer. Different cultures call for different approaches to educating women, providing support and raising awareness. This panel will explore breast cancer and women’s health through a geographic lens. Find out how organizations respond with cultural sensitivity to the challenge of breast cancer. 

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Israel Advocacy and Action: The College Campus Perspective
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement’s attempts to delegitimize Israel touches every campus constituency, from student government to graduate student unions and faculty, leaving campus administrators, leaders and donors with complex issues to address. Community organizations and parents are eager to jump into the fray but lack the tools to be successful.  Enter the Israel Action Network (IAN), a strategic initiative founded to counter assaults on Israel’s legitimacy. Presenters and case studies from the front lines will demonstrate how you can play a constructive and impactful role as effective partners of our campus allies.

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Risk and Reality: Anti-Semitism in Europe
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

The Jews of Europe are facing an increasing threat on a daily basis. A trip to the kosher market is now accompanied by fear. The life of routine has been replaced by the life of caution, and many European Jews have chosen to make Aliyah. Who is combating Anti-Semitism in the U.S. and in Europe and how do they do it? Hear from the experts and be a part of this thought-provoking discussion.

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Unlikely Partners: Collaborations Strengthening the Fabric of Israeli Society
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

In March 2016, the Pew Research Center released findings from its first study of Israeli society, revealing deep gulfs among Israelis over political values and religion’s role in public life. This session will highlight cutting-edge efforts to counter these divisive trends in service of a State of Israel for all its citizens. Some of these partnerships are new, while others have developed over decades. In all of them, you will see hope for a stronger, more cohesive civil society in Israel that draws strength from its diversity.

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4:00 PM - 5:30 PM   Plenary: Power Women Making a Difference

Entrepreneurs. Philanthropists. Senators. Women are catalysts for change. The inspiring and innovative women you will encounter this afternoon – business leaders, journalists and policy makers – are paving the way for a brighter future. 

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6:00 PM - 10:00 PM   Dinner on Your Own

We encourage participants to enjoy dinner with old and new friends in Washington, DC!

Tuesday, september 13, 2016

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM   Breakouts
Building the Jewish Future: Young Leaders Across the Globe
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Whether isolated by geography or ethnic identity, young Jews can feel alone and unsupported. Innovative programs from Moishe House, the Ethiopian National Project, World ORT and MASA provide safe spaces that nurture young adults in Israel and around the world and train them to be active leaders and collaborators. Learn how these young leaders connect their local communities with the broader Jewish world and what this means for global Jewry.

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Campus Corner: Challenges Facing Young Women at Universities
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

University years are a time of self-discovery in women’s lives. At the same time, campuses breed issues that women face on a national level: sexual assault, race relations, equality and career advancement. Across its 550 campuses, Hillel International raises awareness of these concerns and demonstrates to students that women’s issues are Jewish issues. Take an in-depth look at the lives of women on campus, and acquire tools to help the young women in your lives stay safe and be successful.

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Family, Federation and Philanthropy: An Intergenerational Story
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Your daughter. Your granddaughter. Your nephew. They are the future of your philanthropy. How can we engage these individuals in philanthropy now, to ensure that they will commit themselves to giving back to their community in the future? Learn how philanthropic families share their values from generation to generation and how Federation can become their partner in fulfilling their philanthropic goals.

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From the Front Lines: International Holocaust Restitution and Compensation Efforts
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

The U.S. Department of State works tirelessly with European governments to form agreements and promote international policies that help Holocaust survivors and other victims of Nazi Germany.  The World Jewish Restitution Organization and Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany advocate on behalf of Jewish Nazi victims for restitution and social services.  Learn from top negotiators how the U.S. brokers international treaties and agreements to bring a small measure of justice to Nazi victims. 

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Hackers and Attackers: The Growing Complexity of Cybersecurity
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

As the Jewish community confronts a variety of threats, the methodologies of attack are shifting. Criminals can now attack our institutions without stepping foot near them.  From donor records to tax information and from operating procedures to human resource information, our cyber systems and with them our data, personal information and security, are uniquely vulnerable. Experts in the field discuss the issues and propose comprehensive cybersecurity solutions for the Jewish community.

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In the Best of Times; In the Toughest of Times: Case Study on Community Building Overseas
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

JDC has been the lifeline for thousands of Jews in the former Soviet Union for 25 years, providing basic necessities as well as Jewish education to help the Jewish community grow and thrive. Get an insider's look at how the current and next generations of Jews in the FSU are building their future through innovative teen programming, Jewish celebrations and volunteerism. Through the lens of the Ukraine crisis, we’ll explore the vital role community development and Jewish institutions play during times of trouble. You will be inspired by the passion, devotion and achievements of the Jewish community in Ukraine and beyond.  

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Judaism That Embraces All: The Pride of the LGBTQ Jewish Community
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

The LGBTQ and Jewish communities need each other. LGBTQ Jews need a place to come together with other Jews to observe holidays, celebrate lifecycle events and engage in learning. The Jewish community needs the creativity and inclusiveness that LGBTQ Jews learned out of necessity. Without clear role models, they learned to created unique family structures and celebrated LGBTQ and Jewish holidays, all while living in a world that was often hostile. During this session, participants will gain concrete ideas for creating the most inclusive and unique Judaism possible.

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Beyond Bedtime Stories:  PJ Library’s Transformational Impact on the Jewish Community
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

The strongest outreach tool in North American Jewish life today happens when you’re in your pajamas. Each month, PJ Library sends high-quality Jewish books to 140,000 children ages 6 months to 8 years, many of them from families that were previously unengaged in their Jewish community. The Harold Grinspoon Foundation partners with more than 130 Federations to leverage this game-changing program to its maximum potential. Learn best practices for partnering with PJ Library and Federation to engage young Jewish families in your community.

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Start-Up Nation for All Its Citizens? Arab and Haredi Women in Israeli High Tech
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Over the last two decades, Israel’s high-tech sector has emerged as a powerhouse that’s known and admired worldwide. But this dynamic engine spearheading the Israeli economy has not yet reached all of Israeli society. Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) and Arab women are notably underrepresented in this field. Significant efforts have been made by the State of Israel to integrate these two communities into the high-tech industry with the goals of closing economic gaps and boosting industry growth. Join us to hear from inspiring, ground-breaking women about current realities, challenges and opportunities.

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Trailblazing Jewish Women: Female Leadership from the Talmud to Today
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

A woman of valor, who can find? This sentence, recited in thousands of Jewish homes throughout history, raises many questions about women. Who is the ideal Jewish woman? Has her role changed over the years? And can she be a leader of the Jewish people?  This session will explore two historical Jewish women – each a leader of her generation –to find out what they can teach us about our own roles as leaders. We will then examine the state of rabbinic leadership today, with an eye to understanding what has changed for women and what remains the same.

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11:00 AM - 12:15 PM   Campaign Plenary: The Power of We

As a collective, we make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. We innovate, we impact, we influence and we inspire. Meet remarkable women whose involvement in the Jewish community has taken them to places they could never have imagined, and whose lives have been forever changed by the work of our Jewish Federations. 

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8:30 PM - 10:00 PM   Closing Plenary and Celebration

Together we celebrate our campaign achievements, our sisterhood and our global Jewish community. This is a night for us to sing, dance the night away and roar about the incredible work we do.

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