KEYNOTE SPEAKERS YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

KASIM HAFEEZ

Kasim Hafeez is a British Muslim, best known for founding The Israel Campaign, a pro-Israel advocacy organization. Hafeez was born in England to parents of Pakistani origin, and was indoctrinated as a teenager in school and at home to become anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. During his time at university, he made plans to join a terrorist training camp, but radically changed his views after reading The Case for Israel by Alan Dershowitz, and visiting Israel.

RAN BAR YOSHAFAT

Attorney Ran Bar-Yoshafat is Deputy Director of the Kohelet Policy Forum, a leading policy think tank in Israel. Ran appears frequently on Israeli and European TV explaining Israeli positions on various topics and is sought after international speaker. Previously, Mr. Bar Yoshafat worked for the Legal Department of the Knesset, and instructed special classes for struggling Israeli minorities. His first book, published in Israel, details his journey of traveling in the US as an Israeli speaker on college campuses. Mr. Bar-Yoshafat has an L.L.B from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, an MBA from Tel-Aviv University, and an MA from Haifa University.

RYAN BELLEROSE

Ryan Bellerose is a Métis from Northern Alberta who has pioneered the rights of indigenous people all over the world. Ryan founded Canadians For Accountability, a Native rights advocacy group, and was an Idle No More (INM)* movement organizer. He is also a founding member in the Calgary United with Israel (CUWI) organization. Ryan is a self-proclaimed Zionist who has lectured all over United States and Canada and is the inspiration for this year’s theme of the forum. Ryan’s remarkable ability to put complex things into easy to understand terms has inspired many.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
THE CONFERENCE?

  • Any high school student that would like to gain an understanding of current events in the Middle East and it’s implications on the rest of the world.
  • Any high school student wanting to prepare for colleges’ hostile attitude towards Jewish students;
  • Any high school student interested in learning about why Jews live in Israel, why there is a conflict, how it started and how we can end it.
  • Any high school student who’d like to learn about BDS and how to defeat it, explore various resources that are available to you on campus, etc.

Special Community Event with Keynote Speakers –
January 20, 2019

  • Open to the Public
  • Wine and Dessert Reception
  • For more info please click here

Our partner organizations will lead interactive workshops that address a wide range of topics from contemporary history of the Middle East, to the Arab- Israeli conflict, anti-Israel groups and BDS on campus.

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Do I have to be Jewish?

I am Israeli and I have been to Israel many times and i know everything.
That’s great! We are looking for people who would like to deepen their understanding. Of course, just because you’ve been somewhere, even many times, doesn’t necessarily make you an expert. Our speakers have something to teach and wisdom to share with everybody. And, if you can add your expertise to the learning — that’s all the better for all.

I don’t know anything about Middle East other than what is on TV. should I attend?
Absolutely! The Conference will be a fast paced learning environment with participants getting an in-depth, “insider’s” view of many of the current events.

Is food Kosher?
We serve vegan and vegetarian food. If you require certified Kosher food, please let us know and it will be arranged through kosher caterer.

GETTING THERE

BAY AREA LOCALS

Participants are responsible for their own transportation. People
are encouraged to carpool to assure timely arrival

OUT OF AREA

Arrive to San Francisco Airport. Hotel shuttle leaves the airport
every 30 mins and brings you directly to the San Mateo Marriott.

GETTING THERE

BAY AREA LOCALS

Participants are responsible for their own transportation. People
are encouraged to carpool to assure timely arrival

OUT OF AREA

Arrive to San Francisco Airport. Hotel shuttle leaves the airport
every 30 mins and brings you directly to the San Mateo Marriott.

TRAVEL SUBSIDIES

For teens requiring air travel, we will have limited travel subsidies:

  • Southern California

    upto $65

  • MidWest

    upto $100

  • NorthEast

    upto $150

WHAT TO EXPECT

Accommodations are in a 4 star hotel with gourmet food, heated pool, gym, and nearby park, complimentary parking and free wi-fi.

There will be 3-4 teens per room. Private rooms available for additional cost.

WHAT TO WEAR

Dress code is business casual. This is a professional conference, so you are expected to dress professionally. No jeans, no shorts, no t-shirts, no flip flops etc will be allowed.

VIEW OUTFIT SAMPLES

FORUM TIMELINE

Opening remarks
& Shabbat Begin Friday January
18th at 6:00pm

The conference concludes at 9:30 pm on Sunday evening.

Accommodations for out of town teens are reserved till Monday morning.

PRICING FOR FORUM

$375

NOV 1ST

$475

DEC 10TH

*prices include food & lodging.**Generous Financial Aid available. Nobody is turned away for lack of funds.