The GA Program - November 16-19, 2008

Hundreds of young people from Israel and North America will hold discussions and join together to strengthen the common identity and future leadership of the Jewish people.

October 5, 2008 10:36
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Sunday, November 16th Morning - GA for the Next Generation. Hundreds of young people from Israel and North America will hold discussions and join together to strengthen the common identity and future leadership of the Jewish people. The participants will represent Hillel Israel, Kol Dor, Masa, academia, the IDF, the business world and the media. The program participants will also tour Jerusalem. During the afternoon, there will be discussions of what was learned on the tours from the perspective of joint activity in the future. Early evening - reception and dinner for major donors of the UJC attended by the Prime Minister. Evening - Gala event to open the GA and to close the Jewish Agency conference. The Prime Minister will speak at the event. The event program will include shows, sounds and colors created by Israeli artists and entertainers. Starting from 23:00 - A special program for the Next Generation at Oman 17 organized by the Jewish Agency. Monday, November 17th 9:15-10:00 Plenary To be attended by Foreign Minister Tsippi Livni. The plenary will be devoted to Israel's foreign relations with special emphasis on Israel's relations with the US - sixty years since the creation of the State. 10:15-15:45 Discussions of the following issues: Jewish Identity - Israel and North America: similarities and differences. Children and Youth - The issue selected as the theme of the 60th year of the State. Jewish philanthropy and the non-profit volunteer sector in Israel. Jerusalem, Heart of the Nation - Joint responsibility. 60 years of Israel's independence - Achievements and a look to the future. 16:00-17:15 Plenary To be attended by Minister of Defense Ehud Barak who will speak on the topic: Security for the State of Israel - Is it just a dream? IDF - a personal perspective. When soldiers sing: the IDF orchestra and entertainment groups. 17:45 - March through the streets of Jerusalem. A march through the picturesque streets of Jerusalem. The march will begin at Binyanei Uma and will reach the center of town via Machane Yehuda. The march will end with a gathering to be attended by the Mayor of Jerusalem with entertainment by local dance groups. At the end of the march, cultural institutions, sites, cafes and restaurants at various locations in the city will open to offer the GA participants a diversity of activities. Tuesday, November 18th A day of tours around the country. This day will provide the opportunity for a close-up look at the Israel that produces and creates. Participants will choose a tour from dozens of possibilities in all parts of the country. The goal of the day is to view and learn about the UJC's programs and projects (implemented through the Jewish Agency and the JDC). In addition, activities will be available at other interesting sites which represent both daily life in Israel and the country's history. In the early evening, the GA participants will meet in Tel Aviv for the event "Tel Aviv at 100" at Ganei Sharona (a reconstructed Templar colony in the Kirya) and will then return to Jerusalem. Wednesday, November 19th 9:00-10:15 Plenary To be attended by the leader of the opposition, Benyamin Netanyahu (program in preparation). 10:30-12:00 Plenary The Jewish People shaping its future. Performances by young entertainers to mark the conclusion of the GA events. The Honorable President of Israel, Shimon Peres, will close the GA in Jerusalem with a look to the future, towards a proud and hopeful Jewish people.

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