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Sunday, February 15

12:00pm EST

Dramatic American Religious Demographic Shifts and Their Implications for Israel Support
How will the changing face of religion in the US affect America’s historic support for Israel? With a decrease in the percentage of Americans who identify as Christian and reports suggesting weak spots in US Christian support for Israel (e.g., Presbyterian Church), one might think that the sky is falling. But the reality is far more nuanced and positive. We will look beneath the headlines and see what is really happening within US religious perspectives on Israel.


Noam Marans

Noam Marans is the national director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations at AJC (the American Jewish Committee). Previously he served as the rabbi of Temple Israel in Ridgewood, NJ. He has participated in multiple private audiences with Pope Francis and leads AJC's battle against... Read More →

Sunday February 15, 2015 12:00pm - 1:15pm EST

9:45pm EST

Researching a Travel Guide to Israel During the Gaza War of 2014
Robinson's research for the upcoming 8th edition of Lonely Planet’s travel guidebook Israel and the Palestinian Territories took place during the summer of 2014, while missiles were flying and foreign tourists were a rare sight. Based on scores of interviews with Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Israelis, this session will look at Israel’s hugely important tourism industry and the way it copes with crises. It will also feature some lesser-known but fascinating places to visit.


Daniel Robinson

After twenty-five years in Israel, Daniel came back to the US when his wife began Conservative rabbinical studies in Los Angeles. She is now the rabbi of Congregation Beth El in New London, CT. Daniel has been writing travel guidebooks for Lonely Planet for 25 years, including guides... Read More →

Sunday February 15, 2015 9:45pm - 11:00pm EST