In a post-October 7 world, the challenges to Israel’s future as a secure, Jewish, democratic state are unprecedented, spilling over into deepening rifts across American Jewry, rising antisemitism on campus and in the community, and disengagement from Jewish life.

Join fellow Jewish communal professionals to learn from Israeli and local experts on how to confidently face the most daunting issues and policies surrounding Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – all while embracing a Zionist perspective that allows for both metziutiut (realism/reality) and tikvah (hope).

This five session series is geared towards young Jewish communal professionals, but it is open to all in the industry who want to hone their Israel advocacy skills. 

This learning experience is in collaboration with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and the Kaiserman JCC in partnership with the Israel Policy Forum. 


Date & Time:
5 sessions | March – April 2024 (exact dates below)

Virtual and JCC Kaiserman

$50/person for the entire series

Register by Sunday, February 25.


Session #1 | In-Person
Monday, March 4 | 6:00 p.m.
The Past, Present, and Future of Israeli and Palestinian Identities
Explores major themes and events that shape Israeli and Palestinian national identities and narratives, from the mainstream to the extreme.

Session #2 | In-Person
Monday, March 18 | 6:00 p.m.
In Search of a Viable Option
Within a post-October 7 reality, this session examines potential outcomes to the Israel-Hamas war and overall Israeli-Palestinian conflict, training a critical eye on what is still possible.

Session #3 | In-Person
Monday, March 28 | 6:00 p.m.
The Knife’s Edge: Israel at War
What are the regional and domestic threats facing Israel? How are U.S.-Israel and Israel-diaspora relations being challenged? We will unpack this fraught moment in which increasing division and unique developments are shaping the future of Israel and the conflict.

Session #4 | Virtual
Sunday, March 31 | 10:00 a.m.
The Knife’s Edge: Israel at War
Using Israel Policy Forum’s 360o virtual tour platform, this session will provide a bird’s-eye view of historic and recent trends in and around Gaza, the West Bank, and Jerusalem, including a visual breakdown of the Hamas attack on border communities.

Session #5 | In-Person
Monday, April 8 | 6:00 p.m.
Storytelling and Public Narrative Workshop
A custom workshop designed to practically apply newly gained knowledge in professional and personal settings.

For more information, contact Jewish Federation’s JCRC Program Associate Julian Morein at jmorein@jewishphilly.org.