Jewish Media Summit

The Challenges of Reporting on Israel and the Jewish World

A Conference for Members of Leading Jewish Media

June 22-25 2014, Jerusalem, Israel

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General Info

The First Jewish Media Summit in Jerusalem will bring together the editors and writers of leading Jewish media for three days of debate and dialogue on the main issues confronting Jewish media organizations. The summit is intended as a gathering of peers from around the world, as well as an in-depth encounter with Israeli leadership and society, with a particular emphasis on expanding dialogue with Israeli media. President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Yoel Edelstein, Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman, Minister of Jerusalem & Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett, and Chairman of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky are planned to participate in the conference.
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There are several hundred self-defined Jewish media outlets in the world. “Jewish media” are identified as such by name, managed by Jews, employ Jewish journalists and photographers or have links to Judaism, and mainly appeal to the Jewish community.

Jewish newspapers have existed since the 19th century and maybe even earlier in closed, local communities. Today, most activities have moved over to electronic media – television, radio, Internet sites and social networks.
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Time Event Location
14:00-17:45 Arrival to the Hotel & Registration Ramada Hotel – Jerusalem
17:45 Gathering and Welcome
Nitzan Chen, Director, Government Press Office
Ramada Hotel – Jerusalem
18:00-18:30 Opening Greeting and Q&A with the President of The State of Israel Shimon Peres
18:30-22:00 Gala Address by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Greetings: Efi Stenzler, World Chairman, KKL-JNF
Schedule subject to change
Time Event Location
07:00-08:30 Breakfast Ramada Hotel – Jerusalem
08:30-09:00 Transportation to Mishkenot Sha’ananim
09:00-10:30 Plenary:
The Role of Jewish Media in Maintaining Jewish Life
Moderator: Shmuel Rosner, New York TimesEditor and Writer, The New York Times
Speakers: Henrique Cymerman, Middle East & International Affairs Expert;
Gary Rosenblatt, Editor and Publisher, The Jewish Week;
Jennifer Frazer, Comments Editor, The Jewish Chronicle;
Marshall Weiss, President, AJPA
Main Auditorium
(Mishkenot Sha’ananim)
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-12:15 “Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, or Paranoia?”: A Conversation with Abe Foxman, National Director, Anti-Defamation League
Moderator: David Horowitz, Publisher,
Times of Israel
Main Auditorium
(Mishkenot Sha’ananim)
12:15-13:15 Lunch, accompanied by a playlist
courtesy of the Jerusalem Sacred Music
Greetings by Amir Halevi, Director,
General Ministry of Tourism
Touro restaurant in Yemin Moshe, Jerusalem
13:30-15:00 Plenary:
From Prisoner of Zion to the Leadership of Israel: Moral Heroism and Pragmatic Politics
Speakers: Yuli Edelstein, Speaker of the Knesset;
Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Executive, The Jewish Agency for Israel
Interviewer: Jane Eisner, Editor-in-Chief, Forward
Main Auditorium
(Mishkenot Sha’ananim)
15:00-15:15 Coffee Break
15:15-16:45 Parallel Panels:
I. Iran Negotiations at the Crossroads
Moderators: Dr. Yehuda Ben Meir, INSS Fellow, Editor of INSS Insight
Speakers: Major General (ret.) Amos Yadlin, Director, The Institute for National
Security Studies;
Dr. Emily Landau, Senior INSS Fellow
II. Journalists Analyzing the Peace Process
Moderator: Uri Dromi, Director General, Jerusalem Press Club
Speakers: Barak Ravid, Diplomatic Correspondent, Haaretz;
Joel Greenberg, Special Correspondent, McClatchy newspapers;
Asaf Gibor, Arab Affairs Correspondent, Makor Rishon;
Elias Zananiri, CEO, Palestine Tomorrow;
Samer Shalabi, Chairman, FPA
Mishkenot Sha’ananim
I. Fostel Auditorium
II. Ginogly Auditorium
17:00-17:30 Transportation to City of David
17:30-19:30 Tour of the City of David and Walk from the City of David to “Ezrat Yisrael,” the section of the Kotel for egalitarian prayer, at Robinson’s Arch City of David
19:30-21:00 Dinner with Naftali Bennett, Minister of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs
Greetings from Akiva Tor, Director, Bureau of World Jewish Affairs and World Religions, MFA
City of David
21:00 Transportation to Ramada Hotel
Schedule subject to change
Time Event Location
06:00-08:00 Breakfast Ramada Hotel – Jerusalem
08:00-17:00 Track 1
Gush Etzion, Rawabi, and the Jordan Valley: Competing Visions?
With Head of Defense and Foreign Committee MK Zeev Elkin;
former NSC Director Uzi Dayan;
and Palestinian entrepreneurs
(Presented MFA and by Face of Israel)

Various Locations

Participants in each track of Site Visits will have an opportunity to leave their mark on the Holy Land by planting a tree at a JNF-KKL site and will receive certificates as mementos of this unforgettable experience.

07:30-17:00 Track 2
Living on the Edge: Life Along the Gaza Strip and the Egyptian Border
A security briefing will be given by Major Y. Kapach of the IDF Gaza Division
(Presented by KKL-JNF)
08:00-17:00 Track 3
Jewish Denominations: Social & Religious Controversies in Israel
(Presented by the Shearim Association)
08:00-17:00 Track 4
Start-up Nation, Innovation, Nobel Prize Winners, and Cutting Edge Technologies
(Presented by the Ministry of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs)
17:00-18:00 Transportation to Ramada Hotel
16:00-19:00 Dinner Ramada Hotel – Jerusalem
19:00-21:00 Visit The Israel Museum Israel Museum (optional) Israel Museum
21:00-23:00 Night Tour of the Shuk: A Market in Renaissance, in its Nighttime Guise (optional) Machane Yehuda Market
Schedule subject to change
Time Event Location
07:30-08:45 Breakfast with Members of The Knesset Ramada Hotel – Jerusalem
09:00-10:30 Parallel Panels
I. The Unity of the Jewish People: Making Room for All Streams
Moderator: Bambi Sheleg, Founder and Editor, Eretz Acheret magazine
Speakers: Prof. Tamar Hermann, Israel Democracy Institute, will present a new study, “What Israelis really think about the Diaspora“;
Rav Yosef Carmel, Rabbinical Dean and Av Beit Din of Eretz Hemdah;
Rebecca Caspi, Executive Director, The Jewish Federations of North America;
Yossi Klein Halevi, Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute;
and a representative of the Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism – TBA
II. What is New in the Government of Israel – World Jewry Joint Initiative
Moderator: Lisa Hostein, Executive Editor, Jewish Exponent
Speakers: Hagay Elitzur, Senior Division Head, Ministry of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs;
Yael Weiss Gadish, Jewish Agency Representative to the GOI-World Jewry Joint Initiative;
Justin Korda, Executive Director, Schusterman Foundation
Ramada Hotel – Jerusalem
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Parallel Panels
I. Israel’s Image Problem
Moderator: Steve Linde, Editor-in-Chief, Jerusalem Post
Speakers: Eyal Arad, President, Arad Communications;
Yigal Palmor, Spokesman, MFA;
Susan Fishkoff, Editor, JWeekly;
Shlomo Malka, RJC Radio;
Marcus Sheff, Executive Director, The Israel Project
II. The Future of Jewish Media: Economic Strategies
Moderator: Calev Ben David, Senior Correspondent, Bloomberg News Jerusalem
Speakers: David Horovitz, Publisher, Times of Israel;
Uriel Heilman, Senior Correspondent, JTA;
Elie Singer, Founder, The Jewish Channel New York;
Jacob Kamaras, Publisher, Jewish News Service
Ramada Hotel – Jerusalem
12:45-13:45 Lunch Ramada Hotel – Jerusalem
13:45-14:30 Plenary
The Challenges to Israel’s National Security: Brigadier General Oren Avman, Chief of the IDF Ground Division
Ramada Hotel – Jerusalem
14:30-16:00 Final Plenary
Greetings by The Elected President of the State of Israel Mr. Reuven (Rubi) Rivlin
Covering Israel & the Diaspora:
Why Doesn’t the Israeli Press Cover the Diaspora, and Does the Diaspora Really Know Israel?
Moderator: Haviv Gur, Correspondent, Times of Israel
Speakers: David Suissa, President, LA Jewish Journal/Tribe Media;
Dovid Efune, Editor, Algemeiner;
Charlotte Halle, Editor, Haaretz English Edition;
Dan Beylsky, Head of News Desk, “Kol Israel”
Closing: Yigal Palmor, Spokesman, MFA;
Nitzan Chen, Director, GPO
Ramada Hotel – Jerusalem
Schedule subject to change