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The Jewish Future: New Strategies for Sustaining and Inspiring Jewish Life
JDC Ambassadors Global Symposium
December 3, 2012 - New York City
Westin New York, 212 East 42nd Street between Second and Third Avenues
JDC has worked for almost 100 years to support Jewish life around the world. But even as we help individuals and communities deal with crisis and handle extreme poverty on a day-to-day basis, our middle and long-term aims are to ensure robust and inspired Jewish communities that have the know-how and will to care for one another.
The December 3 Symposium will bring inspired thinkers and speakers from all over the world for a unique day of learning and visioning about the Jewish future. But we know we don’t have all the answers, and we are actively seeking an action-oriented dialogue with people like you, who care. Please join us.
Peter J. Rubinstein, Senior Rabbi of New York's Central Synagogue,
introduced by Andrew H. Tisch
Anne Heyman, Founder & Board Chair, Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, Rwanda
Jack Habib, Director, Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute
and JDC’s own
Will Recant, Assistant Executive Vice President
Amir Shaviv, Assistant Executive Vice President for Operations
Judy Amit, Global Director of JDC’s International Development Program
Sarah Eisenman, Founding Director, JDC Entwine
Doors open and breakfast served
Open marketplace on JDC work with regional staff
Jayne Lipman and Zach Fasman, co–chairs, JDC Ambassadors
Members, JDC Board
Our work, our day – Rebecca Neuwirth, director, Ambassadors
What is our Global Jewish Responsibility?
Introduction Andrew H. Tisch, JDC Board
Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein, Senior Rabbi, Central Synagogue, NY
Hot Issues Panel
Introduction – Betsy Sheerr, JDC Board
Building Bridges: Can we share Jewish and Israeli models of care with others around the world?
Presenter: Anne Heyman, Founder & Board Chair – Agahozo–Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda – on building on Israeli knowledge to help orphans in Rwanda
Judy Amit, Global Director of JDC’s international development program, on providing a Jewish and Israeli face to disaster response and development work
Jack Habib, Director, Myers–JDC–Brookdale, on working with multilateral international frameworks to effect broad impact
Moderator: Sam Amiel, Senior Program Manager, JDC11:45
Emergency Response: Israel in crisis
Introduction – Sandy Lenger, JDC Board 2013
Live Hook – Up with Israel, Avital Sandler–Loeff
William Recant, Assistant Executive Vice President, JDC
Seeing the World through JDC’s Lens: Ambassadors travel in 2013
Israel – Ben Gordon, JDC Board 2013, and Jonathan Chane
Turkey/Kazakhstan – JDC’s Dov Ben-Shimon
Bringing it Together – Mark Sisisky, JDC Board
JDC Think Tank introduction
Introduction – Cheryl Fishbein, JDC Ambassadors
JDC Ambassadors introduce Think Tank – an opportunity for lay leaders to get an inside look into JDC’s work, “roll their sleeves up,” and engage actively with finding solutions. We’d like to see Think Tank as a new step in substantive lay engagement with JDC. Our new Impact Network initiative allows interested lay leaders the chance to make a longer term commitment to helping JDC find solutions around the world.
1:15 pmJDC Think Tank (breakouts)
Concluding Think Tank session
Judah Kraushaar, JDC Board 2013
Hot Issues Panel – OFF THE RECORD
Introduction - Etta Gross Zimmerman, JDC Board
Jews in Muslim countries: dangers and opportunities
Presenter: Robert Silverman, U.S. State Department
Responder: Amir Shaviv, Assistant Executive Vice President for Special Operations
The Role of Ambassadors at JDC – Charles Ribakoff, Chair, RD Committee, JDC Board
Recognitions and thanks — Barry Kahan, JDC Ambassadors
For more information on JDC Ambassadors, go to jdc.org/ambassadors or contact Rebecca Neuwirth, Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 885-0878
JDC Ambassadors programs provide insight into the state of Jewish communities around the world — and what we can do about it. Programs are open to JDC Ambassadors, members of our Ambassador Circle and Society, and select guests.