The Academic Friends of Israel 

Vol.10 No2                                                                   15 April 2011 

We believe in Israel. Do you?


On Sunday 15th May, join us and 1,000 others to support one vital concept – Israel, a democratic and Jewish state.Working through the rhetoric and misconceptions, find out how you can make a difference. Whether you are a novice or seasoned campaigner, Jew or non-Jew; politically active or not, this conference is for you.The conference will unite behind Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, and help you find your voice to engage with and support Israel in Britain.We are delighted that Makôm is part of the conference. Makôm is an Israel Engagement initiative supported by the Jewish Agency that embraces the vibrant complexity of Israel and the Jewish People. Makôm develops content and empowers Jewish activists, educators, rabbis, arts and community leaders around the world to develop deep, innovative and honest programming. Makôm works with anyone eager to hug and wrestle with Israel and the Jewish People.

You will be re-energised in your conviction, enriched in your understanding and confident in engaging with the issues. From inspirational to deeply practical sessions, with world leaders to expert educators, the best of the best will be coming together for one reason – you!
If you believe in Israel, we'll see you on Sunday 15th May.


Hear from leading speakers from Israel and the UK: household names, leading politicians, and journalists Discuss how we can work with different faiths, political parties, trade unions and other groups in society Choose from over 30 sessions on theory and practice Develop your personal knowledge and skills, from writing letters to lobbying Parliament and everything in between.Find out what people in Britain really think about Israel understand who the anti-Israel lobby is in Britain

Discover what you can do to be more engaged and effective For details of the conference and programme:

The conference is being led and coordinated by BICOM and is supported by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council, the Zionist Federation, the Union of Jewish Students, as well as the leading Jewish media outlet, the Jewish Chronicle. In addition, the United Synagogue, Assembly of Masorti Synagogues, WIZO UK, the Zionist Central Council, the Movement for Reform Judaism, Liberal Judaism, Stand With Us, New Israel Fund, Limmud, Makom and the Union of Jewish

Students are lending their support and every day we are adding organisations who are coming on board, including the Academic Friends of Israel and the Friends of Israel Education Trust. This unique event is also supported by the Israeli Embassy.

Conference details: Sunday 15th May 2011 from 9.30am - 5.30pmThe conference will be in a top-quality hotel in central London (Zone 1

)Limited parking will be available

Just £25 per person

Special bulk discount: book six seats and pay only for five

Just £10 for students (valid student ID to be displayed upon entry)

Kosher lunch, tea and coffee included in the booking priceIf you have any queries, please phone 020 8387 4135 or email 


Patron: The Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks

Advisory Board: 

Dr Manfred Gerstenfeld - Chairman of the Board of Fellows, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Vivian Wineman - President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews

Amir Lev

John D A Levy - Director of the Academic Study Group on Israel and the Middle East

Andrew R. Marks, M.D. - Columbia University, USA

Professor Leslie Wagner CBE

Rt Hon Lord Young of Graffham

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