2016 Symposium

1st Annual Israel Today Symposium

More than 340 people joined together to take part in the first Annual Community Wide Israel Today Symposium. Attendees selected from over 20 different breakout lectures and panel discussions, led by knowledgeable speakers from across the country.

When: Sunday, August 7, 2016; 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Temple Shalom, 6930 Alpha Road, Dallas, Texas 75240

Speakers and Topics

Daniel Agraov
Remarks at the closing plenary session.

Daniel Bleiberg
Israeli Missile Defenses

Max Chamovitz
Boycott Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) BDS-Panel Panel Member – focus on BDS in Business

Roberta Clark
Assessing and Responding to Anti-Israel Incidents

Rafi Danziger
History of the Israel/Arab Conflict

Pastor Robert Dean
Why Israel is so important to non-Jews

Melissa Duchin
Boycott Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) BDS-Panel BDS Panel member – BDS activity on college campuses

Mark Ellison
Israeli Desalinization Technology for the World

Lauren Feibelman
Israel on Campus: Opportunities and Challenges (For High School/College Students) Panel Discussion for programs for entering and existing college students to bolster Jewish identity (MASA , Birthright, etc) and offset anti-Israel and anti-semetic activity on campus

Daniel Frankenstein
Israel Cyber-Security Technology
Business Investment Opportunities in Israeli Companies (e.g.,High Tech and other Start-ups)

Harold Gernsbacher
U.S./Israeli Community Partnerships

Eldad Jacobson
Israeli Food Delicacies

Rep Phil King
Boycott Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) BDS-Panel panel member – Texas legislator considering BDS ban

David Levy
Special Israeli Developments: 1). For Special Needs Accessibility 2). The World’s Water Needs

Jacob Millner
Boycott Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) BDS-Panel member – anti BDS state /federal legislation

Kevin Pailet
History of U.S./Israel Relationship

Lillian Pinkus
From Education to Advocacy

Charles Pulman
Luncheon Key Note Speaker: We are Israel-A time for Pride and Resolve
Israel/Gaza Border Experiences
Ethiopian Aliyah – A Reason To Be Proud

Danielle Rugoff
Boycott Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) BDS-Panel BDS Panel member – BDS activity on college campuses

Asher Saida
Understanding Israeli Politics and Political Conflicts

Maura Schreier-Fleming
Boycott Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) BDS-Panel BDS Panel Moderator

Dawn Strauss
Israel Advocacy

Sabrina Thomas
Why Israel is so important to non-Jews

Martin van Brauman
Energy Exploration in Israel