Celebrating Israel

Zionism Forward: AZM Washington National Conference 2017

Tags: Leadership, Am Yisrael, History, Balfour, Israel Engagement, Take Action, Zionism

It was with great excitement that after years of building content, awareness, and engagement programming, The Balfour Initiative of The Israel Forever Foundation shared the stage at Zionism Forward: In the Spirit of Balfour, the American Zionist Movement's National Conference, held on November 15-17, 2017 in Washington, DC.

The conference was also held in partnership with the Department of Diaspora Activities of The World Zionist Organization in the ongoing efforts to advance the public reaffirmation of the vision and ideals set forth by Balfour and the Zionist leadership 100 years ago.


Jacob Baime
Executive Director, Israel on Campus Coalition

Dr. Mitchell G. Bard
Executive Director, American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE)

Eyal Ben Zeev
Media Consultant, World Zionist Organization’s Department for Diaspora Activities

Edwin Black

Rabbi Mendel Bluming
Rabbi & Executive Director, Chabad Shul of Potomac

Herbert Block
Executive Director, American Zionist Movement

Dr. Daniel Branovan
President, American Forum for Israel

Shoshana Bryen
Senior Director, The Jewish Policy Center

Minister Eli Cohen
Israel’s Minister of Economy & Industry

Sarrae Crane
Executive Director, MERCAZ USA

Heidi Krizer Daroff
North America Director, Israel Forever Foundation

William C. Daroff
Senior Vice President for Public Policy & Director of the Washington Office of The Jewish Federations of North America

Baroness Ruth Deech
UK House of Lords

Ambassador Ron Dermer
Israel’s Ambassador to the United States

Alan Dershowitz [Video Remarks]
Lawyer & Author

David Dormont
Former Treasurer, Partners for a Progressive Israel

Avraham Duvdevani
Chair, World Zionist Organization

Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat
US Ambassador (ret.) to the European Union

Daniel Flesch
Founder & Executive Director, ZOA’s Fuel for Truth – DC

MK Oded Forer
Member of Knesset

Brooke Goldstein
Founder & Executive Director, The Lawfare Project

Rabbi Paul Golomb
Vice President, American Zionist Movement

Ambassador Keith Harper
US Ambassador (ret.) & Permanent Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva

Dr. Elana Yael Heideman
Executive Director, The Israel Forever Foundation

Richard D. Heideman
President, American Zionist Movement

Ellen Hershkin
National President, Hadassah, AZM NLC

Malcolm Hoenlein
Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

Col. Richard Kemp
Commander British Forces (ret.)

Morton A. Klein
President, Zionist Organization of America

Brig.-Gen (ret.) Yossi Kuperwasser
Former Director General, Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs

Rabbi Vernon Kurtz
Rabbi, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Past President, American Zionist Movement & MERCAZ USA

Frederick M. Lawrence
Secretary & CEO, Phi Beta Kappa and Former President, Brandeis University

Minister Yariv Levin
Israel’s Minister of Tourism

Dr. Matthew Levitt
Director, Counterterrorism program at The Washington Institute for Near Policy, and a former Treasury and FBI official

Ann F. Lewis
President, JAC Education Foundation

Herb London
President, London Center for Research

Rotem Malach
Central Emissary, World Zionist Organization’s Department for Diaspora Activities

Daniel S. Mariaschin
CEO & Executive Vice President, B’nai B’rith International

Mark Mellman
President & CEO, The Mellman Group

Aaron David Miller
Vice President, Woodrow Wilson Center

MK Avraham Neguise
Member of Knesset

Ashley Perry
Former Advisor, Israel Minister of Foreign Affairs

Daniel Pipes
President, The Middle East Forum

Russell Robinson
CEO, Jewish National Fund

Gregg Roman
Director, The Middle East Forum

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks [Video Remarks]
Global Religious Leader, Philosopher & Author

Ambassador (ret.) David Saperstein
Director Emeritus, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Dr. Robert B. Satloff
Executive Director, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Zachary Schaffer
Associate, Community Strategy, Israel Action Network

Dr. Esther Serok
Representative of the World Zionist Organization Executive in North America

Dr. Dmitry Shiglik
Chairman, American Forum for Israel

Rabbi Gideon Shloush
President, NY Board of Rabbis & Former Executive Director, RZA

Dr. Francine Stein
Chair of the National Board, American Zionist Movement and Past National President, AMIT

Mindy Stein
Honorary National President & Chairman of The Board, Emunah of America

Sarah Stern
President, Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET)

Stephen Trachtenberg
President Emeritus, George Washington University

Susan B. Tuchman, Esq.
Director, Zionist Organization of America Center for Law and Justice

Rabbi Joshua Weinberg
President of ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America

Lesley Weiss
Member & Former Chair, U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad

Robert Wexler
President, Center for Middle East Peace

Gusti Yehoshua-Braverman
Chair, World Zionist Organization’s Department for Diaspora Activities

Ben-Dror Yemini
Journalist & Author of “Industry of Lies”

Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt
Founding (& Senior) Rabbi, Congregation B’nai Tzedek, President of the Rabbinic Cabinet of the JFNA

As communities and organizations sought to commemorate the 100th anniversary of this historical milestone, The Israel Forever Foundation provided an informational booklet and prepared an exhibition that was featured at the AZM conference and other local Balfour centenary celebrations.

Contact us if you would like a copy of the booklet and the exhibition. These resources, in addition to the expertly crafted educational resources are being used by communal leaders, educators, schools, and organizations to inspire their communities and members in a dynamic and engaging way.

Interested in bringing the Balfour Exhibition to your community? Contact Heidi for more information.

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Tags: Leadership, Am Yisrael, History, Balfour, Israel Engagement, Take Action, Zionism