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Registration opens at 8 am.  Learning Sessions (detailed below) run from 9 am - 4:45 pm.  Grand Finale Concert runs 5-6:30 pm.

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Sunday, December 8


Getting it Right: Israel, the Media and the Modern Middle East
In this session, we bring together two presenters for a joint session on Israel and the media:

Joe Hyams: Six Secrets of Media Objectivity - Quantifying Media Bias and Responding Effectively.
Lessons and first hand insights from the November 2012 media war. We'll explore the role of social media, photography and the power of grassroots action. You'll gain behind-the-scenes perspective and practical communications training from the Executive Director of HonestReporting, an Israeli non-profit.

Dexter Van Zile: Telling Israel's Story in a Post-Shoah World.
In the first few decades after the Shoah, Israel's legitimacy was largely unquestioned. Now that the catastrophe is less fresh in people's memories, Israel's role in protecting the rights of Jews in a region where minorities are badly oppressed has become an increasingly important story to tell to American and global audiences.

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Joe Hyams

Joe Hyams, CEO of HonestReporting.com is a former London advertising agency executive who made aliyah in 2005. He continues to develop and strengthen the means of ensuring fair, accurate and positive media coverage for Israel. Joe is currently resident in Boston at the Hornstein Professional Leadership Program - Brandeis University.
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Dexter Van Zile

Dexter Van Zile is Christian Media Analyst for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. While at CAMERA, Van Zile has countered the de-legitimization of Israel by Christian churches and the institutions they support. He has also promoted awareness about the mistreatment of Christians in the Middle East.  

Sunday December 8, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Classroom 5


The Song of the Turtledove and the Wings of Eagles: Birds in Israel
Did you know that Israel is one of the top bird-watching destinations in the world? Come and learn why. We will examine Biblical and Talmudic texts about birds and will see pictures from birding hotspots and refuges all over Israel -- including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.


EM Ganin

EM Ganin is a birdwatcher who lives in Sharon MA. He visits Israel regularly and has been to many bird watching hotspots and refuges in Israel.

Sunday December 8, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Classroom 8


Supporting a Two-State Solution: What Does it Really Mean?
The majority of Americans and Israelis believe that a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians is the only viable way to ensure Israel's future as a Jewish and democratic state. What does it really mean to support a two-state solution? This workshop will explore the core issues and provide tips for how to effectively discuss these issues.


Evelyn Frankford

Evelyn Frankford has worked for 30 years as a policy advocate for improvements in health, education, and human development systems through state and federal budgets and regulatory frameworks. Her involvement in J Street's advocacy for a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians stems from her experience as a first-generation American child of Holocaust refugees, a status that highlights for her the importance of securing a safe Jewish... Read More →

Shaina Wasserman

Shaina Wasserman is the Northeast Regional Director of J Street. She holds a Joint Masters Degree in Jewish Non-Profit Management and Jewish Education from HUC-JIR in Los Angeles. She previously worked at The Jewish Education Project in New York and has over 15 years of teaching experience in Jewish settings.

Sunday December 8, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Classroom 14


Masculinity and Marshmallows: The Role of Krembo in Israeli Cinema
Krembo, a staple marshmallow sweet of Israeli childhood, has made several appearances in recent Israeli cinema. This session will analyze Krembo's cameo role in the movies "Beaufort," "Close to Home" and "Operation Grandma," examining how in different contexts this tasty symbol is able to reinforce, challenge and subvert Israeli norms of masculinity.


Charlie Schwartz

Charlie Schwartz is a rabbi and the director of BIMA and Genesis at Brandeis University's Office of High School Programs.

Sunday December 8, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Classroom 14


Report Card on Stewardship of THE LAND from 1948 to Today
Everyone who loves Israel should know about the environmental problems that have been created in the process of her rapid development, as well as major successes, such as the creation of national parks, nature reserves and the Nature and Parks Authority itself. We'll review a history of the environmental movement and its creative win-win approach!


Michelle Levine

As the former English Spokesperson for the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel for the last 8 years, Michelle is uniquely qualified to lecture/comment about environmental issues across Israel. She published SPNI News, the largest distribution English-language publication on Israel's environment. She holds an MA in American Indian Studies.

Sunday December 8, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Classroom 7


Reading the Future of Zionism Through Its Past
This session focuses on three major challenges confronting Israel. By studying the history and ideas of Zionism, especially Herzl's ideas, we can better understand these contemporary tensions in Israeli life. We will also discuss how Jewish educators can best teach Zionism and Israel.

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David Starr

David Starr is founder and Executive Director of Tzion, A Program for Israeli Literacy. He was founding Dean of Me'ah and is an Instructor at Gann Academy. He is writing a biography of Solomon Schechter and a study of Me'ah and its impact on adults and community. He holds a doctorate in history and Jewish studies from Columbia and rabbinic ordination from JTS.

Sunday December 8, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Leffell Conference Room