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bVIEW Conference 2017
Israel Conversations Depolarized
Levin Ballroom
Check-in and Lunch Begin

The bVIEW Conference has been made possible by the generous support of Mr. Judd Malkin.
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12:00 Video addresses from Members of Knesset
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12:05 Opening Remarks
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12:45 Israel Polarization in our American and
Jewish Communities
Round-table Discussions Levin Ballroom

1:30 Get to know your table
Safe Space Guidelines

1:45 Travel Break
2:00 Breakout Sessions #1 classrooms

2:45 Travel Break
2:50 Breakout Sessions #2 classrooms

3:35 Travel Break and Hummus
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3:50 From Conversation to Action: An Activist Panel
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4:35 Round-table Discussions
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5:00 Closing Remarks
The Conversation Continues: Mandel
5:30 Atrium
Open Space Technology and Dinner
bVIEW is a student-initiated series of programs and corresponding conference
focused on innovative and powerful visions for the State of Israel’s future. By
bringing together thought-provoking speakers, experiential learning, and participant
driven discussions, bVIEW aims to transcend simplistic rhetoric and depolarize
discussions on campus. Through this process, bVIEW creates an exchange of
ideas and encourages participants to become visionaries regarding Israel.
Stressing high student involvement, bVIEW challenges participants to grapple
with political, economic, and social realities, developing forward-looking outlook
for Israel’s future.

1. Remember the importance of people's identities, beliefs and worldviews in
their own lives. If you disagree with someone, please do so respectfully.
2. Everyone is welcome to criticize and disagree with ideas or opinions.
However, avoid criticizing the people participating in your discussion.
Personal attacks will not be tolerated.
3. All questions are encouraged.
4. Assume others have no knowledge about your own perspective. Define terms
as much as needed.
5. Seek clarification if you do not understand something. You can always
interrupt if you do not understand a term.
6. Everyone is encouraged to participate actively, but everyone has a right to
passively participate as well.
7. All people represent themselves alone, not their club, university,
faith, ethnicity, citizenship, belief system, political party, etc.
8. Feel free to share your discussion with others. However, respect the privacy
of individual participants by refraining from sharing specific individual’s
comments or stories without first asking their permission.
9. Be conscious of how often you speak. We want to hear from you, but give
everyone who wants to talk a chance.
10. bVIEW kindly requests that you do not record any student conversations.

bVIEW Welcome – Rivka Cohen, Executive Coordinator of bVIEW

“What is bVIEW?” – Chen Arad, bVIEW Co-founder and Executive
Coordinator Emeritus

Brandeis Welcome – Senior Vice President Andrew Flagel

Opening Address – Deputy Consul General Matan Zamir

Matan Zamir is Israel’s Deputy Consul General to New
England. He has been a member of Israel’s Foreign Service
since 2011, previously serving as the Deputy Chief of
Mission at the Israeli Consulate in Mumbai.
Zamir led a decorated career in the Israeli Defense Forces.
He served in the IDF from 2000-2003 and was retired as a
lieutenant. During his service he trained over 1,000 cadets.
In 2003, Zamir was honored for his service and received
the President’s medal of excellence for Israel’s 55th
Independence Day.
Before joining the Foreign Service, Zamir was an International Business
Manager at a privet Israeli telecom company (2010-2011), and the Director of
the Training Department of the Israeli Supreme Court (2007-2008), a position
that was part of Israel’s Center for Citizenship and Democracy.
Zamir grew up in Jerusalem where his family has lived for nine generations. He
is a lawyer; he received his L.L.B. from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in
Like any passionate Israeli, Matan enjoys his basketball, and upon moving to
Boston became a proud Boston Celtics fan.

Panelists: Dr. Leonard Saxe, Rabbi Elyse Winick , Yair Rosenberg
Moderator: Rivka Cohen

LEONARD SAXE, PH.D. is the Klutznick
Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and
Social Policy at Brandeis University where he
directs the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish
Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research
Institute. Professor Saxe is a social psychologist,
methodologist and social policy analyst. He leads a
program of research on Jewish identity, education
and socio-demography. He is author of more than
300 articles and books, including Ten Days of Birthright Israel: A Journey in
Young Adult Identity (with B. Chazan) and How Goodly are Thy Tents:
Summer Camps as Jewish Socializing Experience (with A. Sales). He has been
a Fulbright Professor at the University of Haifa, a science fellow for the
United States Congress and received the American Psychological
Association’s early career award for distinguished contributions in the public
interest. In 2012, he was awarded the Marshall Sklare prize for his lifetime
contributions to the social scientific study of Jewry.

RABBI ELYSE WINICK is the Director of Adult
Learning at Combined Jewish Philanthropies and served
until December 2016 as the Jewish Chaplain at Brandeis
University. A graduate of Brandeis and JTS, she spent 20
years with the Department of KOACH/College Outreach of
the USCJ.
At Brandeis, her work focused on deepening the sense of
community among Jewish students, through informal
education and hospitality.
While with KOACH, she created its student internship
program, outreach and programming for the inclusion of
LGBTQ students and built the program’s hands-on social justice
agenda. KOACH’s Taglit-Birthright Israel program for young adults with
Asperger’s Syndrome has been her project since its inception.
Her current focus is on creating and sustaining journeys of identity for adults in
the CJP catchment area.

YAIR ROSENBERG is a senior writer at Tablet
Magazine, where he covers the intersection of politics,
culture and religion. His work on these and other
subjects has also appeared in the Washington Post, Wall
Street Journal, The Atlantic, and The Guardian, among
other outlets, and his writings have received awards
from the Religion Newswriters Association and the
Harvard Center for Jewish Studies. He also serves as the
editor of “Israel’s Documented Story,” the English-
language blog of the Israeli National Archives, and in
his spare time, creates bots that troll anti-Semites on
During the breakout sessions, you will have a choice from a selection of expert
presentations and discussions about specialized aspects of Israeli life, politics,
and its relevance to American discourse. This is when you are welcome and
encouraged to delve into an issue that is of specific interest to you.
This is the part of the conference in which we deal with current burning issues.
They vary in the level of prior knowledge and participation they require.
Each session will include a speaker, followed by Q&A and facilitated
discussion portions.
The breakout sessions will take place in two separate time-slots, 2:00-2:45 and
2:50-3:35 in the ground-floor classrooms of the Mandel Center for the
Humanities. Exact locations are specified in the description of each session.
…So choose wisely and pick the ones that intrigue you most!

ROUND ONE: 2:00-2:45
This session will discuss a few of the historical factors behind the unusual
relationship between Evangelical Christians and the State of Israel, looking also
into some of the political and social ramifications of that relationship today.

This session will explore the religious, social, and political significance of
Women of the Wall. What does this group teach us about the relationship between
American Jews and Israel? How does this group and its efforts serve to illustrate
the challenges of religious pluralism within Israel and the broader Jewish
community? How can Women of the Wall serve as a case study for the politics of
group power? This session will be source-based and interactive.
This session will introduce some historical and contemporary foodways in Israel.
We will discuss how the changes that have occurred in Israeli culinary culture
may shed light on some of the major social and cultural processes Israeli society
has undergone.

Fifty years since the Sixth Day War. Fifty years of Israeli occupation. Discussing
this part of Israel’s history and current reality is undeniably tense. And yet, to
work toward a better future for Israelis and Palestinians alike we must be able to
talk about the occupation and its human rights implications. This session will
examine the occupation’s legal basis, its current status, and what lies ahead.

ROUND TWO: 2:50-3:35
This session will examine the two-state paradigm and how it has been understood
since 1937 to the present. We will also examine and question if this paradigm is
possible today in the 21st-century. Alternative conceptions for the nation-state of
Israel will also be explored.

Oday will talk about his experiences growing up in Gaza. He will tell the story of
how he was enlightened to believe that he should do something to change the
current situation between his people and the people of Israel, which made him
make his way to Brandeis to do a Master's program in Conflict Resolution.
Birthright Israel is the largest Israel travel program in the world, having sent more
than 450,000 Jewish young adults from around the world to Israel since 2000.
Throughout the life of the program, researchers at Brandeis University have been
engaged in a sophisticated, independent evaluation of its impact on participants.
We will draw on this body of research to explore the politics of Birthright
applicants and Birthright trips. Does Birthright attract applicants from across the
political spectrum? What do participants learn about Israel and the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict while on the trips? Do the trips change participants' political
views? Questions and discussion will follow the presentation of research findings.

This session will address the Movement for Black Lives platform and how Black-
Jewish relations are affected by polarization on Israel. When the Movement for
Black Lives came out with a platform that included a section characterizing
Israel’s treatment of Palestinians as “genocide” and “apartheid,” many Jewish
allies felt hurt and betrayed. Some Jewish groups denounced the movement
because of this section in their new platform. Others noted that had those Jewish
groups been closer and stronger allies, the language about Israel in the platform
might have been different. Through a text study of the Movement for Black Lives
platform and facilitated discussion, this session will attempt to answer the
following questions: Does the platform's stance on Israel point to a disconnect
between Black Lives Matter activists and Jewish activists? Does a good ally have
to agree with everything the Movement for Black Lives platform stands for? Are
there similarities between the struggles of African Americans and Palestinians?
How can we balance our values of social justice with our connection to Israel?
Finally, how can we work to improve Black-Jewish relations in America?
Palestine Gaza. He is a current
Coexistence and Conflict Resolution
Master's degree student at Brandeis
University and a Fulbright Scholar. Oday
has worked with non-profit organizations
for the past three years as a project
coordinator and social worker.

CHELSEY BERLIN is the director of B'Tselem
USA, a nonprofit that builds support in the United
States for the protection of human rights in the
Occupied Territories. Chelsey previously spent
three years in the northern West Bank city of
Nablus directing a service-learning program
at Tomorrow's Youth Organization and a year in
Tel Aviv as the recipient of a Dorot Fellowship in Israel. Chelsey is the vice chair
of HEKDESH, a national giving circle. She earned her BA in Islamic and Middle
Eastern Studies from Brandeis University.

MOLLIE FELDMAN is a current graduate student
at Brandeis University, earning an MA/MA in Near
Eastern & Judaic Studies and Jewish Professional
Leadership. Mollie is a graduate of the Pardes Center
for Jewish Educators and is a current Wexner
Fellow/Davidson Scholar. She likes running, sweet
potatoes, and watching music videos on YouTube.
DR. RACHEL FISH is associate director of the
Schusterman Center. She completed her doctoral degree in
the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department at
Brandeis University in 2013. Her dissertation,
"Configurations of Bi-nationalism: The Transformation of
Bi-nationalism in Palestine/Israel 1920's-Present,"
examines the history of the idea of bi-nationalism and
alternative visions for constructing the State of Israel. She
has worked as an educator and consultant in various
capacities in the Jewish community and higher education,
teaching about Zionism and Israeli history at Brandeis University, UMASS
Amherst and the Me’ah Adult Jewish Education program. At Brandeis, Fish
teaches the Myra Kraft seminar on Israel at the Hornstein Jewish Professional
Leadership Program. In 2015 she held the Rohr Visiting Professorship at
Harvard University, where she lectured on modern Israel and received the Derek
Bok Certificate of Teaching Excellence. She is co-editor, with Ilan Troen, of the
forthcoming Essential Israel: Essays for the Twenty-First Century (Indiana
University Press).
DR. RAFI GROSGLIK is a postdoctoral visiting
scholar in the Department of Sociology at
Brandeis University. He received his PhD from
the Department of Sociology and Anthropology,
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. He
focuses on sociology of food, cultural
globalization, ethical consumption, environmental
sociology and Israeli society. He is a guest co-editor of special issues on Food
and Power in Hagar and Food, Culture & Society. He also published several
peer-reviewed articles in Journal of Consumer Culture, Israeli Sociology and
Food, Culture and Society. He also completed a book manuscript titled:
“Organic Food in Israel: Resistance, Assimilation and Global Culture”. He is
founder and chair of Consumption and Culture research network of the Israeli
Sociological Association (ISA) and cofounder of Environment and Society
research network of the ISA.
YAVILAH MCCOY is the CEO of the
international diversity consulting group, VISIONS
Inc. in Boston. She is an educator, activist and
spiritual teacher that has worked extensively within
multi-faith communities to increase racial justice
and expand equity and inclusion. Yavilah is a
certified coach for the Auburn Theological Seminary’s Pastoral Coach Training
Program and a fellow for their Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle. Yavilah was
voted one of “16 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2016” by the Center for American
Progress in Washington, DC. She is a certified trainer for the A World of Difference
Institute, the National Coalition Building Institute, and the National Center for
Community and Justice. Yavilah directed the launch of the “Ruderman Synagogue
Inclusion Project” for Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Ruderman Family
Foundation in Boston. Yavilah also worked for Bronfman Philanthropies as the
Boston Director of The Curriculum Initiative. Yavilah was one of the inaugural
recipients of the Joshua Venture Fellowship, and the founding director of Ayecha,
one of the first nonprofit Jewish organizations to provide education and advocacy
for Jews of Color in the United States.

AMBER TAYLOR is a PhD candidate in Near
Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University,
with a focus on the history of the State of Israel. She
has taught courses exploring Evangelical Christian
relations with the Jewish state, as well as Israeli
history and society. Her dissertation explores the
history of the Mormon Church in Israel from 1948-
DR. MICHELLE SHAIN is an Associate Research
Scientist at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies
at Brandeis University. She received her PhD from the
Heller School for Social Policy and Management at
Brandeis and an MA from the Avraham Harman Institute
of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem. Dr. Shain's primary research focus is the
intersection of religion and family formation, and she
has been working on the Cohen Center's evaluation of
Birthright Israel since 2008. She has co-authored a
number of articles in journals such as the Journal for the
Scientific Study of Religion and Contemporary Jewry
and recently contributed a chapter to Love, Marriage,
and Jewish Families: Paradoxes of a Social Revolution.

Panelists: Jonathan Ginsburg, Jesse Cerrotti, Aliza Schwartz, Zach Shartiag
Moderator: Lauren Grobois

Jonathan Ginsburg, ZOA
Jonathan was born and raised in the New York Metro area. After
attending SUNY Purchase, where he studied history, he made Aliyah
to Israel in 2007. Following his military service in the IDF, he settled
in Tel Aviv. Jonathan relocated to Boston in 2015, where he serves as
the New England Campus Coordinator for the ZOA. As a dedicated
Zionist, he is proud to work with students from all backgrounds and
beliefs to share his passion for Israel.
Jesse Cerrotti, OneVoice Movement
Jesse is the Northeast Regional Organizer for the OneVoice Movement.
Jesse holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of
Hartford and is currently studying at Hebrew Union College part-time,
working towards a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. Before
starting at OneVoice, Jesse served as the Assistant Director for the URJ
Kutz Camp, where his work focused on empowering leadership-driven
high school students with the tools to be social activists in their
Aliza Schwartz, NIF & IfNotNow
Aliza Schwartz is the Assistant Regional Director for NIF’s New
England region and a Strategy Coach for IfNotNow. In 2011-2012,
Aliza spent a year in Israel immersed with NIF grantees - most
prominently the African Refugee Development Center (ARDC) and
BINA’s Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv - and then served as a committed
New Generations (NIF’s 20s & 30s contingent) volunteer in Boston for
the following two years before joining NIF staff. Aliza has been a
member of IfNotNow since its start in the summer of 2014. Aliza is the
current President of the Moishe Kavod Jewish Social Justice House in
Boston, to which she devotes a large amount of her time. Aliza is an
alumna of Brandeis University (class of 2011) as well as an alumna of
AmeriCorps’s Ambassadors of Mentoring program and JOIN for
Justice's Jewish Organizing Fellowship. She previously worked as the
Community Organizer at Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater

Zach Shartiag, StandWithUs
Zach grew up in Highland Park, IL and attended the University of
Minnesota. After coming back from the NATIV gap year program in
Israel, he immediately got involved with Israel affairs on campus by
joining Students Supporting Israel, where over his three years on
campus, he saw it go from a local chapter to an international grassroots
movement. As a member of the Minnesota Students Association, Zach
wrote and helped passed a pro-Israel bill during Israel Apartheid Week.
Outside of student government and Israel, Zach was a brother of Alpha
Epsilon Pi and a board member at Hillel. In 2015 he was awarded the
Arnold B Hoffman University Service Award by AEPi International for
his significant contributions towards the advancement of his alma
mater. In his free time he enjoys touring New England on the search
for the perfect burrito.
Address by two bVIEW Conference Coordinators:
MATTHEW SCHECTER, Campus Engagement Chair for Brandeis
Israel Public Affairs Committee
ZACH NARIN, Co-President of J Street U Brandeis,

5:30 | Mandel Atrium
There are Four Principles and One Law which serve as guides for Open Space Technology
meetings. The Principles are: Whoever comes is the right people. Whatever happens is the only
thing that could have. Whenever it starts is the right time. When it is over, it is over.
“Whoever comes is the right people” acknowledges that the only people really qualified or able to
do great work on any issue are those who really care, and freely choose to be involved. “Whenever it
starts is the right time” recognizes that spirit and creativity don’t run on the clock, so while we’re
here, we’ll all keep a vigilant watch for great ideas and new insights, which can happen at anytime.
“Whatever happens is the only thing that could have” allows everyone to let go of the could haves,
would haves and should haves, so that we can give our full attention to the reality of what is
happening, is working, and is possible right now. And finally, “When it’s over, it’s over”
acknowledges that you never know just how long it’ll take to deal with a given issue, and reminds us
that getting the work done is more important than sticking to an arbitrary schedule. Taken together,
these principles say “work hard, pay attention, but be prepared to be surprised!”
The Law of Two Feet: This law states that if at any time during our time together you find yourself
in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, use your two feet, and go
someplace else.
In this way, all participants are given both the right and the responsibility to maximize their own
learning and contribution, which the Law assumes only they, themselves, can ultimately judge and
control. When participants lose interest and get bored in a conversation, or share all that they can,
the charge is to move on. In practical terms, the Law of Two Feet says: "Don't waste time!"
How it works: As we walk to Mandel Atrium, think about a topic you addressed today that you
want to talk about more, or think of a topic that wasn’t discussed that you wish had been included in
the conference. When we get to Mandel Atrium, grab a marker and a sheet of paper, and write down
your burning question or passionate issue. When you finish, tape your sheet to the wall, where you
would like that conversation to take place. Then, grab a plate of food and head to your conversation
– or if you didn’t pose a topic, head to someone else’s!
bVIEW and its entire program would not have been possible without the
support, financial assistance, and mentorship from countless individuals and
organizations. We would like to thank everyone who helped make this
possible. From offering advice, to helping with campus advertising, to
advising and assisting us with event logistics. From the beginning, bVIEW was
designed to be a group project and we could not have done it without you!

In particular, the bVIEW team would like to thank the following individuals for
their time, energy, advice, interest, and financial support:
Mr. Judd Malkin , for his generous financial support and belief in us
Brandeis President, Ron Liebowitz
Brandeis Senior Vice President of Students and Enrollment, Andrew
Flagel Director of Student Activities, Stephanie Grimes
Department Coordinator of Conference and Events, Kim
Hillel Israel Engagement Coordinator, Tamar Brendzel
Director of Public Safety, Ed Callahan
Associate Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Dr. Rachel Fish

In addition, bVIEW would not have been possible without the help and
commitment of the following organizations, be it financial assistance,
speaking or participating in the Conference, time, guidance, or partnership:
Brandeis University OneVoice Movement
Hillel at Brandeis Zionist Organization of America
Hillel International Israel’s Consulate in New England
J Street U Brandeis Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies
Brandeis Israel Public Affairs Committee StandWithUs
Judges For Israel IfNotNow
AEPi Brandeis New Israel Fund

Finally, bVIEW would be impossible without the student leaders, volunteers, and
participants! We look forward to continue working together to make our visions a reality!




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