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WHAT CAN YOU DO TO STEP UP FOR ISRAEL?

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The CRC and AJC New Jersey cosponsored the third annual Step Up For Israel Advocacy Summit on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus in Whippany.

The program featured talks, panels, and workshops intended to help attendees become better advocates for Israel and enhance the audience’s understanding of the current situation in the Middle East. Topics covered included the crisis in Syria, Iran’s nuclear program, the current peace negotiations, branding Israel, and what you can do to support Israel in Greater MetroWest. Scroll down to view the Summit agenda.

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Welcome and Keynote: Chaos in the Middle East -- A Threat or Opportunity for Israel? (29:23)

Welcome: Gordon Haas, Chair, Community Relations Committee of Greater MetroWest NJ (CRC)
Introduction: Martin Gross, President, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Keynote speaker: Andrew J. Tabler, Syria and Middle East Expert, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Step Up For Israel Advocacy Summit, Panel I: The Race to an Iranian Nuke (49:50)

Moderator: Arthur Dubroff, Co-Chair, Middle East Task Force, AJC New Jersey
Panelists: Dr. Gary Samore, President, United Against Nuclear Iran; former Obama White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction; Mark Dubowitz, Executive Director, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Step Up For Israel Advocacy Summit, Panel II: Branding Israel: Accentuate the Positives (Part 1) (26:53)

Moderator: David Dranikoff, Immediate Past-Chair, CRC Israel & World Affairs Committee
Panelists: Jeremy Geller, Director of Media Outreach, Consulate General of Israel in New York; Jerry Ostrov, CEO, reThink Israel Initiative; Itzik Yarkoni, Founder and Executive Director, BOMAH: The Brand of Milk & Honey: Connecting People to Israel

 

Step Up For Israel Advocacy Summit, Panel II: Branding Israel: Accentuate the Positives (Part 2) (9:37)

Itzik Yarkoni, Founder and Executive Director, BOMAH: The Brand of Milk & Honey: Connecting People to Israel

 

 

Redefining Zionism: Celebrating Israel as Jewish, Democratic and Meaningful to Us – Gil Troy (17:34)

Gil Troy, Leading historian, professor at McGill University, and Israel Action Network Board Member

 

 

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Keynote Address
Chaos in the Middle East — A Threat or Opportunity for Israel?

Andrew J. TablerAndrew J. Tabler
Syria and Middle East expert, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, who regularly appears on TV providing analysis on U.S. policy on Syria.

Mr. Tabler is author of In the Lion's Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington's Battle with Syria (Lawrence Hill Books, 2011), and the 2007 Stanley Foundation report The High Road to Damascus: Engage Syria's Private Sector. »more


Panel 1
The Race to an Iranian Nuke: Is Iranian Nuclear Physics Beating Western Pressure?

Gary SamoreGary Samore
President, United Against Nuclear Iran; former Obama White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction
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Mark DubowitzMark Dubowitz
Executive Director, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
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Panel 2
Branding Israel: Accentuate the Positive

Gerald M. OstrovGerald M. Ostrov
CEO, Strategic Communications Center
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Itzik YarkoniItzik Yarkoni
Founder and Executive Director, BOMAH: The Brand of Milk and Honey
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Jeremy GellerJeremy Geller
Director of Media Outreach, consulate General of Israel in New York
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Panel 3
Branding Israel: Accentuate the Positive

Sarit CatzSarit Catz
Chair, Federation's CRC Advocacy; Director, International Letter Writing Group, CAMERA
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Rabbi Elliot MathiasRabbi Elliot Mathias
Chair, CRC Isreal and World Affairs; Executive Director, Hasbara Fellowships
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John RosenJohn Rosen
Area Director, AJC New Jersey
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Closing Remarks
Redefining Zionism: Celebrating Israel as Jewish, Democratic, and Meaningful to Us

Gil TroyGil Troy
Leading historian, professor at McGill University, and Israel Action Network Board Member
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Sponsored by the Community Relations Committee of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ,
and AJC/NJ in partnership with local synagogues and organizations

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