Preparing High School Students for the New Reality: Program

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Conference Coordinator – Rachel Fish, Schusterman Center Associate Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies


Monday, November 14, 2016

8:00  Registration opens

9:00  Breakfast at hotel

10:00 Welcome Remarks
Yossi Prager, Executive Director - North American Region, Avi Chai Foundation
Rachel Fish, Associate Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

10:15 Are We Up to the Challenge of This Millennium?
Ruth Wisse, Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature, Harvard University

10:45 Panel: College Students Experiences

  • Benjamin Gladstone, Brown University
  • Gabriel Goldstein, Brandeis University
  • Michal Leibowitz, Stanford University
  • Esther Oziel, Queen's University
  • Moderator: Rachel Fish, Associate Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

12:00 Lunch

1:15  The Campus Environment
Len Saxe, Director, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University
Rachel Fish
, Associate Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University
Yossi Prager, Executive Director - North American Region, Avi Chai Foundation

2:30 Break

2:45 Breakout Sessions by Region

3:45 Coffee break

4:00 The Emotional Challenge of Preparing Students for Campus Transition
(followed by breakout sessions by region)
Joel Chasnoff, Performer and writer

5:30 Plenary Session: Influencing the Formation of Opinions and the Role of Social Media
Joe Hyams, CEO, HonestReporting

6:30 Dinner

8:00 Partial Screening and Discussion: Body and Soul – The State of the Jewish Nation
Gloria Greenfield, Producer and Director, Doc Emet Productions

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

7:30 Breakfast at hotel

8:00 Vendors Fair Opens (Half Day)

8:30 Plenary Session: The Israel Conversation is not about Right and Left
Daniel Gordis, Koret Distinguished Fellow, Shalem College

9:30 Breakout Session: Integrating Content into the Teaching of the Humanities

11:30 Lunch

1:00  Legal Approaches to Addressing Anti-Semitism on Campus
Kenneth L. Marcus, President and General Counsel, The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law
Susan Tuchman, Director, Zionist Organization of America Center for Law and Justice

1:30  Vendors Fair Closes

2:00 Coffee break

2:15  Panel: Role of Israel Education in Day Schools

  • Joseph Beyda, Principal, Yeshiva of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School
  • Eli Ciner, Head of School, Yeshivat Frisch
  • CB Neugroschl, Head of School, Yeshiva University High School for Girls
  • Meirav Tova Kallush, Director of Israel Programming, Golda Och Academy
  • Bruce Powell, Founder and Head of School, de Toledo High School 
  • Moderator: Raizi Chechik, Principal, Stella K. Abraham High School

3:15  The Power of Words
Bret Stephens, Deputy Editorial Page Editor, Wall Street Journal

4:15  Concluding Remarks
Lee Buckman, Head of School, Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto

4:45  Conclusion of Conference