Zionism 5777:  Emerging Trends and Diverse Lenses


A series of programs designed for everyone in the community—teens & adults, experts & novices, conservatives & liberals.


The Middle East is constantly changing and our individual understanding is evolving.  The Federation is partnering with diverse experts on emerging trends, with a deep respect for what the community brings to the table.  


August 17
The College Israel Encounter
Congregation Sinai, 7 PM
Learn, discuss and ask questions about the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement on campus. Parallel tracks for parents and students.

In partnership with StandWithUs



September 18
Exploring the World of Judaism - Exploring Jewish Culture
Congregation Shir Hadash, 9:30 AM
Ravit Baer will speak about the political cooperation between Israel and the European Union and how this cooperation impacts life in Israel. Join her as she goes behind the scenes to explore the ins and outs of dealing with the EU, and the meaning of a selection of recent decisions.



September 19 
Israel's Security and the 45th President
Levy Family Campus Adult Lounge, 7 PM
New prospects, from the 45th President and a new, comprehensive study, “Advancing the Dialogue:  A Security System for the Two-State Solution”. 

Speakers include:

  • David Halperin,  Executive Director, Israel Policy Forum,
  • Ilan Goldenberg, Senior Fellow and Director of  the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security;
  • Major General (Ret.) Amnon Reshef, founder, Commanders for Israel’s Security

 In partnership with Israel Policy Forum


September 29             
An Evening with Dennis Ross
Congregation Beth David, 7 PM
American diplomat and author, Dennis Ross will speak about his new book Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama.


October 21                  
A Conversation About Peace Prospects:

  • Ambassador Maen Areikat, The General Delegation of the Palestine  Liberation Organization to the United States
  • Jeremy Ben-Ami, Founder & President of J Street

First Unitarian Church of San Jose, 11:30am-1:00pm 

The struggle between Israelis and Palestinians seems to be as far as ever from a resolution.  How can Israeli and Palestinian leaders move toward a sustainable peace?

Can the US and the international community help to bridge gaps and bring the two sides together?

In partnership with J Street


October 26               
An Evening with Peter Beinart
Temple Emanu-El, 7 PM                                  
Peter Beinart, American columnist, journalist and CNN political commentator, will speak on the politics of Israel and the American Jewish community. 

In partnership with J Street


December 13    
Federation Major Gifts Dinner
La Rinconada Country Club,Los Gatos, 6 PM
IDF Major (Res.) Sarit Zehavi, Keynote Speaker