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The Biennial Symposium for Professional Community in Israel is held every two years at the Peres Center for Peace Jaffa. The seminar convenes the professional community that operates around common issues relating to the mission of strengthening the relations between Israel and the American Jewish community. Hosted by the foundation, the seminar invites professionals from organizations working among senior leadership in Israel and serves as a unique opportunity to share knowledge and create cooperation between members of the community working towards this common goal.
The Knesset Caucus for US-Israel Relations, established in 2013 and chaired by MK Nachman Shai (Zionist Union) and MK Avraham Neguise (Likkud), serves as a dynamic platform for open and candid conversations on relevant and controversial issues on the agenda of the relationship triangle between Israel, America, and the American-Jewish community. As a central address for all related issues in the Knesset, the caucus aims to elevate the concerns of American Jews within Israeli deliberations and aspirations. The caucus meets two or three times a year.
Leading Awareness is a program that works among diverse groups and audiences in Israeli society and the Israeli leadership. Its purpose is to expose these audiences to the American Jewish community, facilitating their encounter and acquaintance with American Jewish history, history, culture, community, education, law, security and more. The program consists of collaborations with various organizations through conferences, events, seminars, campaigns and content productions.
The Ruderman Conference for Israel-American Jewish Relations assembles senior Israeli leadership from all realms of society: government agencies, security networks, academia, media, philanthropy, business, public organizations, and other partner foundations for collaborative discussions on the strategic relationship between Israel, America, and the American Jewish community. The conference convenes in Israel and features speakers of high political stature from Israel and America, leaders already invested in this issue and those from across professional disciplines, in order to expand and develop future public work in the area of Israel-American Jewish relations.
The Ruderman Journalist Mission leads a delegation of Israeli journalists who represent a variety of media outlets to New York for a week of educational tours about the history of the American Jewish community. The journalists learn about Jewish-American opinions on Israel – both past and present – by engaging in discussions with senior researchers, leading American philanthropists, activists, students, media professionals and thought leaders from Jewish organizations, heads of Jewish movements, Jewish community newspapers and major American news publications.
The Ruderman Knesset Mission is a flagship program designed to educate Israeli political leaders about the American Jewry and the strategic importance of the relationship, and cultivate a stronger dialog with the leadership of the community. During a weeklong tour through New York and Boston, MKs deepen their understanding through personal interactions with leaders, researchers and activists who represent a diversity of voices and opinions, as well as participating in conferences, tours and events. Upon their return, MKs join a network of former participants, receive updated and relevant information from the foundation, and are encouraged to continue to engage with the issue within and without the walls of the Knesset.
The Ruderman Press Network serves as a platform for Israeli journalists and communications professionals, including alumni of journalist missions, to connect with their colleagues in the Jewish press in Israel and America. Members convene at events and seminars, and regularly receive content published by the foundation: books, studies and surveys, reports, data and other publications on the subject. The development of this network has sparked an increase in informed public conversation about Israel-American Jewish relations in Israel and the United States.