International Lion of Judah Conference 2014

TheSchedule

monday, september 8, 2014

Breakfast
7:30-8:30 AM
Breakfast By Pfizer
7:30-8:30 AM

Meet & Greet at a delightful breakfast with one of our generous ILOJC Sponsors, and come to their fascinating presentation later this morning. Learn about the role Israel is playing with this pharmaceutical giant to address rare Jewish genetic diseases.

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Breakouts
10:45 AM-12:15 PM
The Tzedakah Light Bulb: Bright Ideas to Engage Volunteers Throughout the Year
10:45 AM-12:15 PM

Learn about four thriving social action and philanthropic projects that engage volunteers of all ages throughout the year.  In Cleveland, the 8th Night of Chanukah program teaches philanthropy to the youngest community members, and Chanukah in a Basket brings Chanukah and winter necessities in festive baskets to people in need. New York’s Supplies for Success backpack program ensures that children return to school with the tools they need to succeed. And Montreal’s Mosaic cookbook, a volunteer-led multi-year engagement opportunity, has generated $110,000 in sales so far to help women in need.  Find out how to bring these inspiring and successful programs so home to your community.

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If You Can Make It Here…
10:45 AM-12:15 PM

The Pride came back to New York, and now it’s time to hear from some of the natives. Meet this panel of powerhouse women who call NYC home. Find out how each of them made a name for herself while juggling family, friends, career and philanthropic work. These women will share their compassion and commitment. When it comes to NYC it’s been said (and sung), “if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere.” And these high-powered Lions are living proof of that!

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Jewish Community Builders—The Next Generation
10:45 AM-12:15 PM

As leaders in the Jewish community, we share a strong sense of identity and purpose--and we also share a concern about whether young adults will continue our commitment to community. Come hear from organizational leaders and Lions about a new approach to community building, in which individuals build meaningful engagement opportunities for their peers. And see how this new approach is being successfully implemented by organizations like Moishe House, the Schusterman Foundation’s ROI Community and Hillel’s Campus Entrepreneurs Initiative.

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Modern Orthodoxy, Facebook and the Israeli Feminist Movement
10:45 AM-12:15 PM

Modern Orthodox women are infusing the Israeli feminist movement with new urgency. They’re also playing a leading role in advocating for religious pluralism in Israel today. In May 2012, this trend went viral with the creation of the Facebook group “I am a Religious Feminist and I Too Do Not Have a Sense of Humor.”  The group now has more the 4,000 members and been cited as a central force behind the growth of the partnership minyan movement in Israel and many other grassroots initiatives. Learn about the evolution of Israeli feminism and its impact on Orthodox Judaism and Israeli society.

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Power Shift: The Secret of Leadership and Social Change
10:45 AM-12:15 PM

Learn about the leadership behaviors that advance women and can create positive change in your own work, life and community. Shifra Bronznick, founder and president of Advancing Women Professionals (AWP), will engage you in the key principles of action learning teams--AWP’s “think-and-do tanks” in which women strengthen their sense of purpose and build the skills and mutual support required for change at institutional and community levels. A panel of trailblazing women leaders will share their own leadership trajectories and explore how they leverage their influence on behalf of their Jewish communities and the world.

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The 90-Minute Slingshot: Granting Real Money to Women and Girls
10:45 AM-12:15 PM

Experience an accelerated version of the Slingshot Fund’s grant allocations process, with real money at stake. Slingshot will raise actual funds, and session participants will grant it to an organization featured in Slingshot's Women and Girls Supplement. This 90-minute adrenaline shot offers you a means to explore innovative projects that are changing the lives of Jewish women and girls.

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The Beauty and Possibilities of a Shared Society in Israel
10:45 AM-12:15 PM

What could a “shared society” in Israel look like? In recent years, Jewish and Arab women have been taking the lead in educating young people in their communities about co-existing in a more inclusive, equal and cohesive way. Award-winning speakers Dr. Asmaa Ganayem and Hagit Damri bring professional expertise and a woman’s perspective to this discussion of innovative models for shared society education. Find out why these women look to education as a powerful vehicle for change and how they work with Israel’s Ministry of Education to forge connections among educators and students from socially disparate communities.

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Women at the Forefront: A Discussion with Members of Knesset
10:45 AM-12:15 PM

The current Knesset features a record-breaking 26 female members—five more than any previous Knesset session. These women herald a new era for Israel and its government. Come engage with some of these Members of Knesset, learn what motivates them to serve, and find out how they view Israel’s relationship with Diaspora Jewry.

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You Say You Want a Revolution: Jewish Education for the 21st Century
10:45 AM-12:15 PM

It’s time to reinvent Jewish education. Come engage with us in rethinking the traditional models and adapting them for the 21st century. You’ll learn about new approaches for teaching the next generation of Jewish learners and their parents, using technology, family education and service learning for teens. Explore the latest trends in supplementary Jewish education, including partnerships with summer camps. These models need a network of support in order to succeed—get educated about the role you can play in this revolution.

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Jewish Women: Creating Welcoming Communities and Engaging Interfaith Families in Jewish Life
10:45 AM-12:15 PM

What would you say if your Jewish son told you that he and his Catholic partner were planning to raise their children in both religions? How would you create a positive relationship with a grandchild whose religion is different from your own? There are now more intermarried households in the Jewish community than in-married households, and interfaith families are a key part of Jewish life today. With increased diversity comes change and fear, but let’s break down challenging barriers and talk about how we can create welcoming Jewish communities that encourage interfaith families to make Jewish choices about their home and family.

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Jewish Genetic Wellness, from Strength to Strength: Empowering Women and Families
10:45 AM-12:15 PM

Learn how to secure a healthy future for your family and for the Jewish community. Find out about the options, innovations, and path forward for North American Jews as we seek to build healthier Jewish families and heighten awareness about Jewish genetic diseases. This compelling interactive session will take you from education to advocacy and from testing to action.

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When Adult Learning Changes Individuals, Families, and Communities
10:45 AM-12:15 PM

When adult Jewish learning becomes a community’s focal point, the results can be astounding. Families lead richer Jewish lives. More people get involved in community. More kids even get enrolled in day schools. But don’t just take our word for it—experience it for yourself. Rabbi Amy Wallk Katz will lead us though a compelling interactive study class from the Florence Melton School, the gold standard of adult Jewish education. She and Meredith Dragon will then discuss how they have forged effective relationships between congregations and Federations using Melton as a community learning centerpiece. Learn how to use this powerful model to enrich your own community.

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Lunch
12:15-1:45 PM
Forums
2:00-3:30 PM
The Modern Middle East: Exploring the New Normal of War and Peace
2:00-3:30 PM

This summer Hamas terrorists fired more thousands of rockets on Israel, reaching as far as Haifa and Tel Aviv. Three-quarters of Israelis—five million Jews, Christians, Muslims and many others—lived under threat of rocket fire, but no one was immune to the effects of being in a nation at war. And everyone is affected by the continuing uncertainty of the situation. How did we get to this point? And where do we go from here? Explore the current conflict and modern history that brought us to this juncture. Follow it from the perspective of a communal leader and a Middle East expert. Be a part of this thought-provoking discussion. 

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Not in My Backyard! Exposing and Combatting Modern-Day Slavery in Our Communities
2:00-3:30 PM

Every year, human traffickers earn billions of dollars by victimizing millions of people around the world—including here in North America. Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world, and it’s happening all around us. What is our role as members of the Jewish community in stopping this cycle of victimization? Hear from human rights experts and a survivor of human trafficking, and learn how to advocate for the rights of people living in slavery in plain sight.

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What’s Trending in Women’s Health? Let’s Set the Agenda!
2:00-3:30 PM

Reproductive health. Breast cancer. Eating disorders. The list goes on. Women’s health has been on our collective agenda for years. But where are we headed in 2015 and beyond? How do we define the priorities that will affect our lives and those of our families? A panel of national experts from government, academia and private practice will discuss women’s health priorities in the Jewish community. Listen. Learn. And join in as we set plans in motion to address these health issues in our own communities. What’s on your agenda?

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The Power of Community and the Power of One
2:00-3:30 PM

College friends turned influential thought-leaders in religion, politics, and culture. How did they start out--and how did they end up where they are? What does it mean to serve as leaders in the 21st century? In what ways are their careers affected by being women in male-dominated world? Hear from three inspirational women--two nationally known rabbis and one best-selling author and journalist for The New York Times. Join them in a candid conversation about community, culture, religion and the ties that bind us together.

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Dinner on Own

We have put together a list of kosher and non-kosher restaurants that we recommend for your time in New York City. You can review the guide here.

tuesday, september 9, 2014

Breakfast
7:30-8:30 AM
Breakouts
9:00-10:30 AM
A New Definition of Sisters
9:00-10:30 AM

Every woman deserves to be fully included in the fabric of our communities. This interactive session will model an inclusive community that enables women with intellectual and physical disabilities to participate in all aspects of Jewish life. Learn to engage in mutually beneficial and respectful partnerships with women of all ages living with a wide range of developmental disabilities.

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Beyond Doing Good: Innovators in Social Responsibility
9:00-10:30 AM

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Our technology-driven world has generated new passion to connect in traditional human ways. Increasingly, women are choosing to gather in person at events where they can meet leaders outside their immediate industries and social circles. UJA-Federation of New York Women’s Philanthropy leveraged this trend to launch the i3 Summit—Insight, Innovation, Impact. Women who are transforming the philanthropic landscape in unique ways will present their visionary work in this session, which replicates one of the most popular segments of the i3 Summit.

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Defending Israel from Deligitimization: Find the Right Message
9:00-10:30 AM

Countering the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement requires a sophisticated and mobilized community, so come and join the network! Those seeking to undermine Israel’s legitimacy promote their messages in a range of areas. To combat those messages effectively, you need to know the scope of the threat and hear the latest research data. Learn practical messages and advocacy tools to use in your own community.

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I am a Change Agent: Three Stories of Impact
9:00-10:30 AM

Lia, Tzlil and Michal—women whose actions made a difference in their communities. These three extraordinary young Israelis, from the FSU, Arad and Ofakim, needed help to overcome significant personal challenges. Each was able to transform personal obstacles into building blocks of strength because of help she received from the Jewish Agency—thanks to the generous support of Federation donors. All three have become leading activists in their communities and are embracing opportunities to give back. 

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Now What? Doing Jewish in College and Beyond
9:00-10:30 AM

So you know a Jewish young adult who had a bat mitzvah, went to Hebrew school, was involved in a youth group – but what happened next? This session will explore the many ways Jewish organizations are successfully engaging young adults once they graduate from high school. Find out how you can help the young people in your life navigate life on a college campus or in a new city and find their place in the Jewish community.

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The Reality of Jews at Risk Around the World
9:00-10:30 AM

In the hinterlands of Siberia, in villages in the Negev and in frontier towns in Argentina, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) brings life-saving assistance to Jews in need, wherever they may be. JDC’s global network of on-the-ground professionals provides critical services and helps build self-sustaining Jewish communities in Latin America, Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and helps ensure that all of Israel’s people have the opportunity to achieve the Israeli dream.  Get an in-depth peek at JDC’s response and rescue readiness, and take a look back at a partnership that has supported Jews around the world for nearly a century. 

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What’s In Your Genes? What You Need to Know About Breast and Ovarian Cancer
9:00-10:30 AM

One in 40 Ashkenazi women is at risk for breast and ovarian cancer, compared to one in 800 women in the general population. If that strikes you as a huge discrepancy and cause for concern, join us for a Women’s Health Forum. This important panel will help you assess whether you, your sister, your mother, your daughter or even your son may be at increased risk for breast or ovarian cancer. Our expert panelists will discuss the issues, options and strategies for prevention.

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Why Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Inclusion is a Jewish Issue
9:00-10:30 AM

Does the Jewish community, one of the most historically oppressed minorities in the world, understand the true meaning of inclusion? What would it take for a 13-year-old boy to feel safe coming out to his youth group? How might a child of a same-sex marriage fit in at camp? As a Jewish women’s organization committed to inclusion, we delve into this important but controversial issue led by a panel of philanthropic, forward-thinking women. Explore how to embrace LGBT Jews in our community and create a space for everyone to feel comfortable in Federations and communal institutions. 

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Whose Chuppah is it Anyway?
9:00-10:30 AM

In recent years, Israelis have been seeking new outlets in and connections to Judaism, re-appropriating texts and customs, and redefining what it means to be religious. It is within this context of the diversity of Jewish practice that a new conversation has emerged. Does Israel's fusion of religion and state help bolster or hinder Israel's unique position as both a Jewish and a democratic nation?  This session will explore some of the complexities of the relationship between shul and state. We will hear from the Jewish Funders Network about Hitchadshut Yehudit (Jewish Renewal), explore the ramifications of potential action and of inaction and learn about how members of our communities from across the religious spectrum are attempting to bring change to the current system with vision, respect and sensitivity.

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Caucus and Lunch
12:30 PM
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