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Talk Israel 2016

On Sunday, March 13th, the JCRC in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, hosted our inaugural Talk Israel conference for teens. This day-long event brought together high school students from across the DC area to learn about Israel and what to expect when they go to college in the next few years. Teens participated in plenary sessions and breakout sessions on topics ranging from Answering the Big Questions to Zionism to BDS to online activism to the New Face of Anti-Semitism (and more!). We have already received amazing feedback from participants and parents, and are excited to grow the program in future years. IAC Director Noa Meir and IAC Assistant Director Alexis Schwartz taught breakout sessions on the multiple narratives of the Israeli Palestinian conflict and the myths and facts of the BDS movement, and Social Justice Director, Rabbi Batya Steinlauf taught a breakout session with Father Josh Thomas of Kids4Peace International on how to talk about the conflict to different audiences. Thanks to Pnina Agenyahu, Samantha Vinokor, JCRC Intern Melissa Dworkin and the staffs of the JCRC and Federation for helping our organizations work together to host such a wonderful and meaningful program! And many thanks to Margo and Yoram Cohen whose generous sponsorship of Talk Israel made the day possible.


Preparations for the day
Preparations for the day

Opening Session
Opening Session

Alexa Herman and Andrew Cohen in Opening Plenary Session
Alexa Herman and Andrew Cohen in Opening Plenary Session

IAC Associate Director Alexis Schwartz
IAC Associate Director Alexis Schwartz

IAC Director Noa Meir and Associate Director Alexis Schwartz
IAC Director Noa Meir and Associate Director Alexis Schwartz

JCRC and JFGW staff members
JCRC and JFGW staff members

"Am I a Zionist?" Breakout Session
"Am I a Zionist?" Breakout Session

"Am I a Zionist?" Breakout Session
"Am I a Zionist?" Breakout Session

"Answering the Big Questions" Breakout Session
"Answering the Big Questions" Breakout Session

Students participate in Talk Israel breakout session
Students participate in Talk Israel breakout session

Anton Marks Breakout Session on Zionism
Anton Marks Breakout Session on Zionism

David Bernstein Closing Plenary
David Bernstein Closing Plenary

Talk Israel participants
Talk Israel participants

Getting ready for Talk Israel
Getting ready for Talk Israel

Talk Israel Breakout Session
Talk Israel Breakout Session

Students participate in active breakout session
Students participate in active breakout session

Students learn about online activism
Students learn about online activism

Students participate in breakout session on different narratives
Students participate in breakout session on different narratives

Students participate in breakout session
Students participate in breakout session

Talk Israel participants and staff
Talk Israel participants and staff

Participants sign in for Talk Israel
Participants sign in for Talk Israel

Talk Israel conference
Talk Israel conference

Talk Israel Opening Plenary
Talk Israel Opening Plenary

IAC Director Noa Meir and Associate Director Alexis Schwartz
IAC Director Noa Meir and Associate Director Alexis Schwartz

Talk Israel Opening Panel
Talk Israel Opening Panel

Talk Israel Opening Remarks
Talk Israel Opening Remarks

JCRC's Executive Director Ron Halber
JCRC's Executive Director Ron Halber

JFGW's Samantha Vinokor speaking at the closing plenary
JFGW's Samantha Vinokor speaking at the closing plenary

Talk Israel Breakout Session
Talk Israel Breakout Session

Talk Israel Participants
Talk Israel Participants

Talk Israel Participants
Talk Israel Participants


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