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Jerusalem and the Jewish People: Unity and Division

The Jewish People Policy Institute’s 2017 Dialogue process Jerusalem and the Jewish People: Unity and Division included a number of key research components: a comprehensive survey and in-depth analysis of background literature on definitions and interpretations of Judaism, and on collective identity in our time; several dozen seminars in communities throughout the world, some of which were facilitated by JPPI moderators while others were facilitated locally; distribution of a questionnaire to all discussion group participants; reading and analyzing opinion articles from all over the world on this topic; analysis of  the Dialogue survey data and written seminar summaries; and data from JPPI’s 2017 Pluralism in Israel Survey.

Materials produced by the Institute in advance of this year’s Dialogue process included:

  • A background report prepared prior to the seminars;
  • A PowerPoint presentation to be shown at the seminars, and detailed instructions for moderators on how to utilize the presentation;
  • A questionnaire that was distributed to all the discussion group participants (attached above);
  • An interim report, presented to Mr. Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem, in May.

 

Below is a list of the communities that took part in the Dialogue process:

 Communities that held seminars facilitated by JPPI fellows

Seminar location/ Organizing body Seminar Coordinator, Moderator & Note-taker Seminar dates Number of participants
Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor, USA Coordinator: David Shtulman

Moderator & Note-taker: Shmuel Rosner

April 25, 2017 24 (2 groups)
JUF – Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, USA Coordinator: Elissa Polan

Moderator & Note-taker: Shmuel Rosner

April 26, 2017 36
Jewish Federation of Cleveland, USA Coordinator: Erika Rudin-Luria

Moderator: John Ruskay, Bruce Goodman,

March 30, 2017 70 (8 groups)
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, USA Coordinators: Jacob Allen and Jennifer Levin

Moderator & Note-taker: Shmuel Rosner

April 27, 2017 13
Federation CJA 15
UJA-Federation of New York, USA Coordinator: Orly Harel 32 (4 groups)
Jewish Theological Seminary, NY, USA Moderators: JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen and John Ruskay

Coordinator & Note-taker:

Rabbi Burton Visotzky

February 22, 2017 10
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, USA Coordinator: Josephine Gon and Patrice Gilbert

Moderator: John Ruskay

Note-taker: Patrice Gilbert

March 13, 2017 13
UJA Federation – Greater Toronto, Canada 13
Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, USA Coordinator: Lynn Jatlow

Moderator: John Ruskay

Note-taker: Naomi Rosenblatt

April 5, 2017 31
Wilmington, Delaware, USA Coordinator: Russel Silberglied

Moderator & Note-taker: Shmuel Rosner

March 23, 2017 14
Conference of Presidents

Jerusalem, Israel

Moderator & Note-taker: Shmuel Rosner February 21, 2017 70 (9 groups)
Forum Hashlama – for promoting Haredi-Secular connections

Jerusalem, Israel

Moderator: Shmuel Rosner

Coordinator & Note-taker: Inbal Hakman

April 19, 2017 12

 


 

Communities that held locally facilitated seminars

Seminar location/ Organizing body Seminar Coordinator, Moderator & Note-taker Seminar dates Number of participants
State Zionist Council of South Australia

Adelaide, Australia

Coordinator & Moderator: Alison Marcus

Note-taker: Merrilyn Ades

April 2, 2017 13
State Zionist Council of Queensland

Brisbane, Australia

Moderator: John Searle

Coordinator & Note-taker:

Tony Leverton

May 21, 2017 24
The Jewish Federation of Sao Paulo (Fisesp), The National Jewish Confederation (Conib), The Jewish Federation of Parana,

Curitiba, Brazil

Coordinator & Note-taker: Alberto Milkewitz

Moderators: Sergio Napchan and Alberto Milkewitz

Guest Speakers: Rabbi Pablo Berman and Israeli Consul Dori Goren

March 19, 2017 33
Zionist Federation of Australia – the Zionist Council of Victoria

Melbourne, Australia

Moderator: John Searle

Coordinator & Note-taker: Ariella Birnbaum

February 19, 2017 16
Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA Coordinator & Moderator: Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D.

Note-taker: Terri Krivosha

March 8, 2017 21
Hebrew Union College, NY, USA Coordinator, Moderator and Note-taker: Hillel Gruenberg March 15, 2017 8
Sutton Place Synagogue, NY, USA Coordinator, Moderator & Note-taker: Rabbi Rachel Ain April 25, 2017 9
Conseil représentatif des institutions juives de France (CRIF)

Paris, France

Coordinator, Moderator & Note-taker: Gil Taieb January 22, 2017 15
The Jewish Federation of the State of São Paulo (FISESP); The National Jewish Confederation (CONIB); The Jewish Federation of Rio de Janeiro (FIERJ)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Coordinator & Note-taker: Alberto Milkewitz

Moderators: Sergio Napchan and Alberto Milkewitz

Guest Speakers: Psychoanalyst Dr. Socrates Nolasco and Honorary Consul of Israel in Rio de Janeiro, Journalist Osias Wurman

March 15, 2017 18
The Jewish Federation of the State of São Paulo (FISESP); The National Jewish Confederation (CONIB)

São Paulo, Brazil

Coordinator & Note-taker: Alberto Milkewitz

Moderators: Ruth Goldberg, Sergio Napchan and Alberto Milkewitz

Guest Speakers: Historian Reuven Faingold and Israeli Consul Dori Goren

March 8, 2017 29
Jewish Federation of St. Louis, USA Coordinator: Cyndee Levy Moderator: Barry Rosenberg

Note-taker: Rabbi Tracy Nathan

March 13, 2017 10
Zionist Federation of Australia

NSW, Sydney, Australia

Moderator: Dr Ron Weiser AM

Coordinator & Note-taker:

Hayley Hadassin

May 15, 2017 20
Zurich, Switzerland Coordinator and Moderator: Guy Spier and Lory Spier

Note-taker: Julie Fogler

April 6, 2017 8

 

 

Partial List of participants

JUF /Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

Seminar coordinator: Elissa Polan

 

Jewish Federation of Clevelandהפדרציה היהודית בקליבלנד   

 

   

 

 

הפדרציה היהודית בדטרויט    Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

 

 

Forum Hashlama – for promoting Haredi-Secular connections

פורום השלמה לקידום יחסי חרדיםחילונים

 

State Zionist Council of New South Wales    הפדרציה הציונית בסידני

 UJA – Federation of New York   

Jewish Federation of Palm Beach   

 State Zionist Council of Queensland

Jewish Federation in Rio de Janeiro (FIERJ), CONIB

Jewish Federation on São Paolo (FISESP), CONIB

 State Zionist Council of South Ausralia

 Jewish Federation of St. Louis  

 Jewish Federation of Greater Washington  

 State Zionist Council of Victoria

 Jewish Community in Zurich   

Naama Baram

Elizabeth Kalmin

Guy Spier

Lori Spier

Avital Levi

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