First Annual National Conference

May 22-24, 2022 – Washington, DC

Conference Registration is for Rabbis and Rabbinical Seminary Students who are ZRC Members. If you are not yet a member, you will be asked to do so as part of your conference registration.

HIGHLIGHTS

Meet and hear from Three Ambassadors, a President and a Major General:

  • Dinner w/His Excellency, the Turkish Ambassador at his Official Residence
  • Lunch at the Embassy of the UAE with the Ambassador to the US
  • Exclusive Meeting with Israel’s Ambassador to the US, Michael Herzog
  • Video Message from Israel’s President, Isaac Herzog
  • Off-the-record Security Briefing by IDF Deputy Chief of Staff

Meet the Biden Administration Liaison to the Jewish Community

Interactive Sessions for Rabbis to Network and Discuss w/each other about how we can strengthen bonds in our congregations and communities with Israel and each other

Sessions:

  • How to Respond to the Lie of Apartheid
  • How Vibe-Israel is changing the way young people think about Israel
  • Effective means of combatting anti-Israel activism on college campuses
  • The challenges posed by Iran and why the new treaty is worse than the first one
  • Interactive Discussion with Elisha Wiesel about new ways to understand tikun olam
  • Private Reception, dinner and personal tours of the new Museum of the Bible
  • Hear from and discuss with Aipac their new model for political engagement
  • And much, much more!

Be part of History – Come to the first in-person gathering of rabbis from all denominations in over two years.

Book your hotel

Zionist Rabbinic Coalition Preferred Hotel Block:
Canopy by Hilton Washington DC Embassy Row

48-Hour Cancellation Policy
Reservation Cut-off Date: 04/29/2022
Group Booking Code: ZRC

Schedule

*Tentative – Subject to Changes*

Day 1 – Sunday, May 22

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2:00PM – 5:00PM

Museum of the Bible

400 4th St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Welcome to Washington

Rabbis are invited to tour the Museum of the Bible on your own

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5:00pm

Museum of the Bible

400 4th St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Welcome and Opening Program:

“Why a Bible Museum and Why in the Nation’s Capitol?”

Shannon Bennett, Museum of the Bible Museum {C}

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6:00PM

Museum of the Bible

400 4th St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Dinner

Rabbi Eric Stark, National Deputy Director, AIPAC Synagogue Initiative: A Discussion of AIPAC’s New Model and Issues Confronting the Pro-Israel Community

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7:00PM

Museum of the Bible

400 4th St SW, Washington, DC 20024

“Answering the Amnesty Apartheid Lie”

Dumisani Washington, Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel

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8:00PM

Museum of the Bible

400 4th St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Ambassador Michael Herzog

Museum of the Bible

400 4th St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Dessert and Ma’ariv

Canopy Hotel on Embassy Row

1600 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Arrive and Check in at Canopy Hotel on Embassy Row in DC

Day 2 – Monday, May 23

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7:00am

Canopy Hotel on Embassy Row

1600 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Breakfast (on own) at Canopy Hotel Restaurant

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8:30am

Steptoe and Johnson Law Office

1330 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Welcome and Greetings from Israel: President Isaac Herzog

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9:00AM

Steptoe and Johnson Law Office

1330 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Report from the Front Lines: “Promoting Pro-Israel Message & Combatting anti-Israel activism on College Campuses”

Leora Bachrach, Managing Director of Campus Affairs for Standwithus

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10:00AM

Steptoe and Johnson Law Office

1330 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

“Rebranding Israel for the Next Generation”

Becca Hurowitz, CEO of Vibe Israel USA

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11:00AM

Steptoe and Johnson Law Office

1330 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

“Security Challenges Facing Israel Today”

Major General Eyal Zamir, Former IDF Deputy Chief of Staff, Visiting Fellow at Washington Institute

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12:30PM

Steptoe and Johnson Law Office

1330 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Lunch

Chanan Weissman, White House Director of Jewish Outreach (Tentatively Confirmed)

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1:30PM

Steptoe and Johnson Law Office

1330 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

“Balancing thought and emotion when engaging on Israel”

An Interactive Conversation with Elisha Wiesel

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2:30PM

Steptoe and Johnson Law Office

1330 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

“How to Determine when Criticism of Israel is Anti-Semitic”

Alyza Lewin, President of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under the Law

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3:30PM

Steptoe and Johnson Law Office

1330 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Rabbis Speaking to Rabbis: How to Speak about Israel in our communities

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4:30PM

Steptoe and Johnson Law Office

1330 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

“How the Media Reporting on Israel and the Middle East Shapes our Perceptions, or Misperceptions”

Sean Durmer, Sr Analyst for CAMERA

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5:30PM

Free Time Before Dinner

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6:30PM

Steptoe and Johnson Law Office

1330 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Depart for Dinner

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7:00PM

Dinner

With His Excellency, Murat Mercan, Turkey’s Ambassador to the United States, at the Residence of the Ambassador

Day 3 – Tuesday, May 24

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7:00am

Canopy Hotel on Embassy Row

1600 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Breakfast (on own) at Canopy Hotel Restaurant

Walk to Steptoe and Johnson Law Office

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8:30am

Steptoe and Johnson Law Office

1330 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

“The Not so Covert Covert War between Israel and Iran”

Jonathan Schanzer, Senior vice president of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

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10:00AM

Steptoe and Johnson Law Office

1330 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

“The New Reality: Israel, Ukraine, Russia & Syria”

Panel Discussion/Rabbis Speaking with Each Other

Mark Levin, Exec Director, National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry & Miriam Lanskoy, Sr. Director, Russia and Eurasia at the National Endowment for Democracy

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11:00AM

Steptoe and Johnson Law Office

1330 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Open Discussion: Why we Need a strong ZRC; How to Grow the ZRC; Expand our Base; How to Strengthen & Support Rabbis; Brainstorming, Sharing of Ideas and exchange of Info: Discussion of Next Steps, Upcoming Programs

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12:00pm

Depart for Embassy of UAE

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12:30pm

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates

3522 International Ct NW #100, Washington, DC 20008

Concluding Lunch at Embassy of UAE

with Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States and Minister of State

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2:00pm - 5:00pm

Canopy Hotel on Embassy Row

1600 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

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Register Now!

Conference Registration is for Rabbis and Rabbinical Seminary Students who are ZRC Members. If you are not yet a member, you will be asked to do so as part of your conference registration.

Book your hotel

Zionist Rabbinic Coalition Preferred Hotel Block:
Canopy by Hilton Washington DC Embassy Row

48-Hour Cancellation Policy
Reservation Cut-off Date: 04/29/2022
Group Booking Code: ZRC