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Israel in 3D 2015, Spotlight: Jerusalem

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Join us for the 4th Annual "Israel in 3D" conference, with a special focus this year on the city of Jerusalem!

Sunday, May 31, 2015
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
UCLA Covel Commons
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Keynote Address - "Jerusalem...Until There is an Agreement"

Dan Meridor, former Deputy Prime Minister and minister of Justice, Finance, Intelligence and Atomic Energy in successive Israeli governments.

Remarks by MK Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the US (speaking from Jerusalem).



Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch (kosher option available), and post-conference reception (see details below). $45 General Admission; $25 Young Professionals (35 and under); Students with valid ID - Free

The conference is presented in partnership with the Jerusalem Foundation and the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies

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Additional Sponsors: Sinai Temple, UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, Valley Beth Shalom, Westwood Village Synagogue

Jerusalem is at once an ancient and holy city, and a living, breathing modern metropolis; a political symbol and source of contention and conflict, and an extraordinary place to live and visit.  The conference will explore Jerusalem from many dimensions, and look to the future of this city that so many people around the globe care about so deeply.

Click here to read more about the conference speakers.


9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30 Welcome

 9:40-10:05  OPENING SESSION - The Jerusalem Mosaic: A Delicate Balance

Meir Kraus, Director General, Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies

Jerusalem is a city with three main communities: secular and orthodox Jews, ultra-orthodox Jews, and Arabs. These groups differ religiously, nationally, and culturally, and each forms its own institutions. This session will present the demographic trends impacting the delicate balance in the city, and the competition among Jerusalem’s many communities to influence its physical and symbolic landscape.

10:05-10:15  “One Wish Jerusalem”

Video Presentation with Joseph Shamash, Co-Creator

10:15-11:35 SESSION II  - Whose Jerusalem? The Challenge of Coexistence

How do Jerusalem’s diverse residents navigate life in the city? What brings them together and what barriers – physical, cultural and political - keep them apart? How can efforts to improve relations between communities be nurtured and expanded?


Avner Haramati, Board Chairman, The Jerusalem Intercultural Center; Social Entrepreneur, Panel Chair 

Rebecca Bardach, Parent and Director of Resource Development & Strategy, Hand-in-Hand School

Mohamad Marzouk, Parent, Founder, and Director of Community, Hand-in-Hand School

Tehila Nachalon, Co-founder and Board member, “Yeru-Shalem” Coalition

Yael Elimelech, Professional Manager/ Training Coordinator, Bais Yaakov High School; Board member, "Meoravot" empowerment organization for ultra-Orthodox women.

11:35-11:45 Break

11:45-1:05  SESSION III - Sustainable Jerusalem: Creating a Dynamic, Livable City

What makes Jerusalem a place where people will want to work, live, and raise their families? How can the city preserve its unique character while creating a livable, environmentally-sustainable, culturally-rich city that works for all its residents?


Naomi Tsur, Founder and Chair, Jerusalem Green Fund; former Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, Panel Chair

Nadav Meroz, Director, Jerusalem Transportation Master Plan

Glenn Yago, Senior Director, Milken Innovation Center, Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies

Forsan Hussein, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder, Zaitoun Ventures

1:05-2:00    Lunch


2:00-3:25 KEYNOTE SESSION - "Jerusalem...Until There is an Agreement"

Keynote Address by DAN MERIDOR,  former Deputy Prime Minister, and minister in successive Israeli governments

Followed by an interview with Uri Dromi, Director General, Jerusalem Press Club, and audience Q&A.

3:25-3:30 Closing Remarks

3:30-4:30 Post-Conference Reception 

A festive reception on the Covel Commons Terrace with Israeli/Middle Eastern music, gourmet bites (kosher), and wine tasting from one of Israel's top boutique wineries, Pelter Winery and its new kosher label Matar by Pelter.  



Click here to read more about the conference speakers.

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch (kosher lunch option available), and reception 

$45 General Admission; $25 Young Professionals (35 and under); Students with valid ID - Free