Taglit-Birthright Israel

CONFERENCE PROGRAM


(Program subject to change. Last updated June 5th, 2013)

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

9:00-9:30

Conference Registration
(4th Fl. Lobby)

9:30-10:00

Opening Session: Welcome and Conference Goals
(Room 405)

Prof. Uzi Rebhun, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Theodore Sasson, Brandeis University; Middlebury College

10:00-11:45

Session 1: The Educational Philosophy and Practice of Taglit-Birthright Israel
(Room 405)

GOAL: Introduce Taglit’s educational philosophy and its programmatic implementation. Discuss in the context of Homeland Tourism.

CHAIR:
Prof. Menachem Kellner,
 Shalem College; University of Haifa (Emeritus)

PRESENTERS:

Dr. Zohar Raviv, Taglit-Birthright Israel
Taglit-Birthright Israel's Educational Philosophy: Platform and Implementation

Dr. Hagit Hacohen Wolf, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Educational Philosophy Underlying Taglit: Some Applications of Group Dynamics Theory

Dr. Mooli Brog, Taglit-Birthright Israel
Turning Land into a Homeland: The Taglit-Birthright Israel Experience as a Rite of Passage

DISCUSSANT:
Prof. Hanan Alexander,
University of Haifa
12:00-13:30

Lunch
(2nd Fl. Dinning Room)

Chair: Dr. Howard Deitcher, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Welcome: Prof. Reuven Amitai,
Dean of Faculty of the Humanities at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Speaker: Dr. Shimshon Shoshani, Deputy Chairman Counsel of Higher Education and Former Director General of Israel's Ministry of Education
Taglit-Birthright Israel: From Vision to Implementation - A Practical Approach

13:45-15:30

Concurrent Session 2A: Jewish Education
(Room 405)

GOAL: Discuss the variety of ways Diaspora Jews are taught about Israel, Jewish peoplehood, and Jewish identity.

CHAIR: 
Prof. Zehavit Gross,
Bar-Ilan University

PRESENTERS:

Dr. Alex Pomson, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Rosov Consulting
Israel Education in North America as a Ritual of Performance

Dr. Hal M. Lewis, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
What Color is Your Ocean? What Taglit Might Teach Us About Solving Jewish Problems

Prof. Jon Levisohn, Brandeis University
The Limits of Jewish Identity: Rethinking the Goals of Taglit

DISCUSSANT:
Dr. Daniel Marom,
Mandel Leadership Institute

13:45-15:30

Concurrent Session 2B: Young Adults and Jewish Identity
(Room 404)

GOAL: Explore the manifestations of Jewish identity among Jewish young adults around the world.

CHAIR:
Prof. Larissa Remennick, Bar-Ilan University

PRESENTERS:

Prof. Uzi Rebhun and Dr. Shlomit Levy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jewish Identification of Young Jews (Aged 18-26): A Comparative Analysis of Israel and the United States

Dr. Gabor Balazs, University of Szeged
The Role of Israel in the Identity of Jewish Young Adults in Hungary

Laura Limonic, City University of New York
Redefining a Jewish Identity: The Experience of Jewish Latinos in the United States

Prof. Bethamie Horowitz, New York University
Identity and Agency in Emerging Adulthood

DISCUSSANT:
Prof. Steven M. Cohen,
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
15:45-17:30

Concurrent Session 3A: Mifgash
(Room 405)

GOAL: Explore cross-cultural encounters and the mifgash component of Taglit.

CHAIR:
Prof. Barry D. Berger, University of Haifa

PRESENTERS:

Fern Chertok, Brandeis University
Leaving Home: The Impact of Travel and Mifgash on Israeli and American Teens

Dr. Pnina Golan-Cook, Henrietta Szold Institute
The Mifgash in Taglit: Timing is Everything

Prof. Noam Shoval, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Breaking Barriers between Hosts and Guests: Taglit-Birthright Mifgash in Mt. Herzl

Prof. David Mittelberg, Oranim, Academic College of Education
Mutual Encounter: Reciprocal Impact in the Taglit Mifgash

DISCUSSANT:
Prof. Daniel Pekarsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison
15:45-17:30

Concurrent Session 3B: Israel and Heritage Education Experiences
(Room 404)

GOAL: Discuss the framework of contemporary tourism of religious and historical sites.

CHAIR:
Matthew Boxer,
Brandeis University

PRESENTERS:

Hana Holland, Journey into Jewish Heritage
Journey into Jewish Heritage: A Unique Model for Heritage Education Experience

Dr. Jillian Powers, Washington University
Becoming Worldly: Cosmopolitan Sensibilities on Homeland Tours

Prof. Philip Wexler, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Brandeis University
Education, Society and Taglit: The Case of the Missing Subject

DISCUSSANT:
Michael Soberman, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership; Jewish Federations of Canada - UIA

18:00-18:30

Wine Reception
(2nd Fl. Balcony)

18:30-20:30

Dinner and Presentations
(2nd Fl. Dinning Room)

GOAL: Assessment of the past and future challenges of Taglit-Birthright Israel.

Master of Ceremonies: Prof. Leonard Saxe, Brandeis University

Greetings: Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, President, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Yossi Beilin, Former Minister of Justice and Deputy Foreign Minister
Dr. Ruth Calderon, Knesset Member

   

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

   
8:30-10:15

Session 4: Identity and Memory
(Room 405)

GOAL: Explore the narratives of identity and memory.

CHAIR:
Prof. Dalia Ofer, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

PRESENTERS:

Prof. Nachman Ben-Yehuda, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Cultural Cores and Identities: Collective Memory, Deviance and Myth
 
Dr. Jackie Feldman, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Is Heritage Tourism a Refuge for Worn-Out Myths?

Prof. Barry Schwartz, University of Georgia
Memory, Identity, and the Practices of Commitment

DISCUSSANT:
Prof. Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi,
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

10:30-12:15

Concurrent Session 5A: Taglit’s Impact on Jewish Communities Worldwide
(Room 405)

GOAL: Discuss the role of Taglit in Jewish communities around the world.

CHAIR:
Prof. Chaim I. Waxman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Rutgers University

PRESENTERS:

Prof. Sergio DellaPergola, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jewish Young Adults Worldwide: Population Projections, 2010-2025

Prof. Lilach Lev Ari, Oranim, Academic College of Education
One Program (Taglit), One Homeland, Two Diasporas: The Differential Re-ethnification among Young Jews from North America and the Former Soviet Union

Dr. Aviad Rubin, University of Haifa and
Dr. Ofir Rubin,
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
The Transnational Characteristics and Encounter with the Homeland in Short-term and Long-term Diaspora Groups: Insights from the Jewish and Israeli Diasporas

Anna Pokorna, Charles University in Prague
Is the Taglit Experience Something to Talk of? Taglit’s Impact on Czech Jewish Youth

DISCUSSANT:
Prof. Judit Bokser-Liwerant,
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

10:30-12:15

Concurrent Session 5B: Israel Education
(Room 404)

GOAL: Discuss the reality and goals for Israel education.

CHAIR:
Prof. Ephraim Tabory,
Bar-Ilan University

PRESENTERS:

Dr. Alex Sinclair, Jewish Theological Seminary
A Research Agenda for the "Complexity Hypothesis"

Prof. Lisa Grant, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Rabbi Yehudit Werchow, Union for Reform Judaism
Israel Education - for what?

Dr. Elan Ezrachi, Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education
The Tension between Narrated Curricula and Top-Bottom Approaches to User-Generated Discovery

Prof. Theodore Sasson, Brandeis University; Middlebury College
The Political Dimension of Israel Education

DISCUSSANT
Dr. Aviva Zeltzer-Zubida,
Jewish Agency for Israel

12:30-14:00

Lunch
(2nd Fl. Dinning Room)

Welcome: Prof. Eli Lederhendler, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Speaker: Prof. Ilan Troen,
Brandeis University
Enhancing Israel Literacy

14:00-15:45

Session 6: The Impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel
(Room 405)

GOAL: Explore Taglit’s impact on participants regarding perceptions of Israel, Jewish identity, and connection with Israel.

CHAIR:
Prof. Len Bickman, Vanderbilt University

PRESENTERS:

Dr. Rachel Zorman and Tamar Brosh, Henrietta Szold Institute
Taglit's Impact: The Path to the Heart is Through the Brain

Prof. Erik Cohen, Bar-Ilan University
Pre-post Taglit: A Facet Analysis

Prof. Leonard Saxe, Brandeis University
The Taglit-Birthright Israel Generation Comes of Age

DISCUSSANT
Dr. Ezra Kopelowitz,
Research Success Technologies Ltd.

16:00-17:00

Closing Session
(Room 405)

GOAL: Discuss conclusions and outstanding questions regarding Taglit/Homeland Tourism and education.

CHAIR:
Prof. Amy L. Sales,
Brandeis University

PRESENTERS/DISCUSSANTS:

Prof. Charles Kadushin, CUNY; Brandeis University
Prof. Lee Shulman, Stanford University
Prof. Gil Troy, McGill University