The Seventh Day: Israel at a Crossroads on the 50th Anniversary of the Six Day War

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June 11, 2017 / 17 Sivan 5777
11:30 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
One West 4th St., New York, NY  10012-2286

Register now for an afternoon of learning on the complex legacy of the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War and what it means for Israel and the Jewish community. Featuring a concert by Banot!

June 11, 1967 was the first day of Israel’s new reality. This 50th anniversary is a moment for reflection, learning and discussion on how the events of 1967 shaped our reality today—and where Zionism is going in the future.

Join ARZA, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Union for Reform Judaism, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and the World Zionist Organization for a day of learning, discussion, music, history, and looking to what the future may bring.

Space is limited! Register today:
$50 registration fee includes lunch and concert admission
$18 registration for students and 2017 graduates with discount code YADiscount


Lunch and Small Group Learning​

Opening and Welcome
Speakers: Rabbi David Adelson, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR)
Rabbi Josh Weinberg, Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA)
Cheryl Fishbein, Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA)

Awaken Dreams: 50 Years of Complex Unification of Jerusalem
Interview of author Elan Ezrachi by Rabbi Josh Weinberg       

Dani Dayan, New York Consul General of Israel    

The Future Possibilities of Peace
Moderator:  Elana Stein Hain, Shalom Hartman Institute
Speakers:  Mohammed Dawarshe, Givat Haviva and Joshua Muravchik, Institute of World Politics


Role of Diaspora Jewry 50 Years Later
The Six Day War had profound effect on American Jewry and Israelis and how they see each other. What are lessons learned from both communities and how do we move forward together?   
Moderator:  David Bernstein, President & CEO JCPA
Speaker: Rabbi Dr. Ayala Samuels, Caesarea, Israel

Religion & Culture after 1967 
This is an educational workshop on the psychology of the reunification of Jerusalem which resulted from the Six Day War.  Is this a messianic period? How has this expressed itself in Israeli society and Jewish connection for Israel?          
Speakers: Rabbi Neal Gold, ARZA Director of Program & Content, Brandeis University and Rabbi Reuven Greenwald, Director of Israel Engagement, Union of Reform Judaism (URJ)

The Legacies of 1967 and its Impact on Israel Today
Through the Historical & Political Lens To understand the modern Middle East today what are the basic things you need to know? How has the Six Day War affected the Jewish and Arab worlds through the past 5 decades? 
Speakers: Dr. Hillel Gruenberg, HUC-JIR and Prof. Ken Stein, Emory University and Center for Israel Education    

Israel Advocacy and the Generational Divide
The old pro-Israel strategies often fail to resonate with those who don’t have the active memories of the 1967 war and experience.  How do we strengthen understanding and support among younger Jews? The old pro-Israel strategies were largely created by those who have active memories of the 1967 war, and come across as less and less relevant to those in younger generations. What new strategies are being created, and which have the best potential for success?
Moderator:  Julia Ben Shalom, VibeIsrael, NYC                        
Speakers: Noam Gilboord, JCRC New York and Liya Rechtman, ARZA

Balancing Human Rights and Israel’s Security
The 1967 war left Israel with a responsibility for the dilemma with ruling over a Palestinian population.  After 50 years, how do we ensure that human rights are met while protecting Israeli lives.
Speakers: David Halperin, Israel Policy Forum and Yosefi Perlmutter, World Zionist Organization           

Speakers:  J.J. Goldberg, the Forward
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, Union of Reform Judaism

Concert:  Banot​

Followed by: The Tel Aviv Review Podcast, Live from New York! 

Join Gilad Halpern as he interviews Professor Timothy Snyder, Yale University historian and author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. 

The Six Day War of June 5-10, 1967 was a historical turning point for Israel, her neighbors, and the Jewish people. The 50th anniversary of Israel’s war for survival is a complex milestone—a time of celebration and a time of sober reflection. As a result of the war, Jerusalem was united under Jewish sovereignty for the first time in 2,000 years, Israel reclaimed Jewish holy sites, and the military emerged as a confident bulwark of Israeli security. But 1967 also marks the beginning of Israel’s authority over millions of Palestinians and the beginning of the settlement in conquered territories that remains so complicated today. Fifty years after a euphoric that promised normalization, peace seems more elusive than ever.