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"Israel in 3D" Community Conference

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“Israel in 3D” is a conference series that explores Israel's multiple dimensions and provides opportunities for the community to learn more about Israel's complex culture, society, economy and political system. This year, “Israel in 3D: Civil Society in Action” will spotlight the young leaders of Israel's civil society who are working to shape their country's future.

Sunday, May 21, 2017
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
UCLA Covel Commons
Grand Horizon Ballroom
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PLEASE NOTE : If you haven't purchased a ticket and are interested in attending, you can purchase tickets at the door. 

Israel’s dynamic and diverse civic activists, artists and social entrepreneurs are playing a critical role in addressing social and economic issues facing the country. By advocating for a society that respects and reflects Israel’s deep diversity, expressing the concerns and hopes of Israelis, and making profitable investments in companies addressing pressing social issues, Israel’s young civil society leaders are leaving their mark on their country.

On May 21st, the public will have the rare opportunity to hear members of this rising generation of civil society leaders speak about how they and their peers are working to drive change and address issues ranging from minority rights and a shared society to economic disparities, gender equality, education, and religious pluralism.

At the conference, these leaders will also discuss the challenges they face as well as their vision for the future of their country.

More information about the panels and speakers in the program below.



Registration fees includes continental breakfast, lunch and a festive post-conference reception (kosher) with Israeli wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres and Israeli/Middle Eastern music! Pre-registration is required.  

Student $7
UCLA Faculty & Staff/Young Professionals (35 & Under) $30
General Public $45

For questions about registration, please contact the Y&S Nazarian Center by email at israel@international.ucla.edu or by phone at (310) 825-9646.

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10:00 AM - Welcome

10:10 AM - Israeli Civil Society: An Introduction

A brief introduction to the "third sector" and its role in strengthening Israeli society from the ground up. 

10:20-11:35 AM - Panel I - Building a Shared Society

Israelis are highly diverse, with different ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and faiths. Community leaders working to promote social cohesion, defend minority rights, and foster religious tolerance will discuss their efforts to create an Israel that respects and reflects this diversity, and to build a shared vision for the future.

  • Mickey GitzinCEO, Yisrael Hofsheet (Be Free Israel) - Advocating for religious pluralism in Israel
  • Nawa Jahshan BatshonFounder, MAWARED (Resources) Consulting Services; Deputy Executive Director,
    Collective Impact- The Partnership for a Breakthrough in Arab Employment
  • Daniel JonasChairperson, Havruta - Supporting LGBTQ members of the Orthodox community
  • Pnina Tamano-ShataLawyer, journalist & social activist for Ethiopian and other minority communities
  • Moderator: Eitan AromStaff writer, Jewish Journal

11:35-11:45 AM - Coffee Break

11:45 AM-12:50 PM - Panel II - The Voice of the Arts

In Israel today, artists are using various media to express some of the social realities and challenges facing the country. These artists will speak about how their work is helping to raise questions, highlight concerns, and bring marginalized communities to the forefront.

12:50-1:40 PM -  LUNCH (vegetarian and kosher options available)

1:40-2:40 PM - Keynote Session - Guy Rolnik

Guy Rolnik is a media executive, entrepreneur, and “Israel’s most influential economics and business journalist.” As Founder of Israel’s leading business publication, TheMarker, and Deputy Publisher of the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, he led a media campaign to address the inequality, lack of competition and concentration of power in Israel’s economy. In 2013, Rolnik was awarded the “Sokolov Lifetime Achievement” award for the success of his efforts to raise public awareness of these issues, which resulted in new laws and other government actions to significantly change the structure of the Israeli economy. These include the “Anti-Concentration Law” passed in 2013 and the introduction of competition into the mobile phone service market, which led to substantial savings for Israelis.

After his presentation, Mr. Rolnik will be interviewed by journalist Tal Schneider.

2:40-3:55 PM - Panel III - Doing Well by Doing Good

Israel is well-recognized as a “Start-Up Nation” for its entrepreneurial prowess. But Israel is now also known as an international leader in "social entrepreneurship" - creating businesses for economic and social impact. Panelists will discuss how entrepreneurs and investors are helping to address societal issues and spread the benefits of success to more Israelis and communities around the globe.

3:55-4:00 PM - Closing Remarks

4:00-5:00 PM - Reception with the panelists

After the conference, guests will have the opportunity to speak with the panelists informally and enjoy Israeli wines, hors d'oeuvres and music.

Pre-Registration is required.  Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and festive post-conference reception!

For any questions about the conference, feel free to contact the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies by email at israel@international.ucla.edu or by phone at (310) 825-9646.