Youth Zionist Leadership Forum

Youth Zionist Leadership Forum

January 18-21, 2019
San Francisco, CA

The Youth Conference on the Middle East and Israel is an annual North American teen conference sponsored by Club Z. The event brings together teens in grades 9-12 from across the United States, for a weekend of learning, debate, discovery, skill building and fun. Conference empowers future leaders to connect with their peers and engage in thought-provoking discussions, fun-filled workshops, and much more.

Inspiring Speakers

Club Z Conference is THE place where modern day luminaries of Zionism come together to inspire the new generation of proud and articulate Zionist.

Past speakers include: Pastor Dumisani Washington; First Nation’s indigenous rights activist Ryan Bellerose; human rights attorney Brooke Goldstein; university professors Tammi Benjamin-Rossman and Naya Lekht; and creative activist Chloe Simone Valdary, and foremost expert on Arab world, Professor Mordechai Kedar.

Action-filled Workshops

Hands on workshops and informal sessions with speakers cover a wide variety of topics. From “Israel’s Story” and “Innovation Nation” to “Israel Advocacy for the perplexed”, “Why Be Jewish”, to “Building Alliances on Campus” and many more

Thought-provoking Discussions

Is Israel practicing Apartheid? What is the Occupation? Why are there gazillion political parties and how does the political process work? Do Jews have a right to live beyond the Green Line? Should they?

What do Arab children learn in their schools? Why is Israel always in the news? Is Israel an outpost of Western civilization or is it a true Middle Eastern country? Why is Jerusalem the center of Jewish universe and what does it mean for other faiths?

Why should I care about this? Where do I fit in the Jewish story? Why be Jewish?

These questions and many more are regularly discussed and are welcomed at the Conference. What would you ask?

The Forum addresses a wide range of topics from contemporary history of the Middle East, the threat of ISIS and other radical groups, to the Arab-Israeli conflict, and more.

What are the terms and conditions of The Youth Zionist Leadership Forum?

a) I understand that I am applying for a limited amount of spaces at this conference and that my application is subject to confirmation. I will be notified within two weeks of submitting my application whether I have been accepted to the conference. In the event I have not been accepted, my charge will be refunded by a check mailed to the address provided when I registered.
b) I must attend all sessions of the Conference. If I do not attend all functions, I will be charged the full cost of the conference and/or event(s), including the hotel, food, and conference costs, which totals $1,500 per attendee.
c) If I violate behavior contract, I will be immediately dismissed from the conference and will be responsible for paying $1,500 and whatever costs incurred to get home.
d) I understand that the conference fee is not refundable.
e) I understand I will be assigned roommates for the conference. I may request preferred roommates of the same sex, but there is a chance I may not be able to room with them.
f) There will be 3-4 people in one room. If I would like to have just one roommate or to have a private room, I will be responsible for additional charges from the hotel.
g) I agree to abide by all rules and instructions of Club Z and to obey all laws. I agree to notify Club’s staff immediately if a problem arises during the conference.
h) Club Z uses real photos, videos, and quotes from students for promotional purposes and to advance its mission. By attending this program, I consent to the use of my photo, written evaluation statements, and video in any Club Z materials.


Club Z Members – $200

Early Bird – $275 Before September 30, 2018.

Conference Fee – $375

After December 1 – $475

Conference Fee includes 3 night lodging, food and all conference activities.

Lodging will be 3-4 people in room, same gender only. For additional fee, you may request to be in the room with 2 people or single — the price difference will be whatever the hotel charges.

Need Based Scholarships are available.

*** Special Group Rates are available. Please email to for more info***


For teens requiring air travel, we are offering a limited number of travel subsidies. The subsidies are on the first come, first served basis.

Southern California – up to $65

MidWest – up to $100

NorthEast – up to $150

Please send your payment via PayPal on the next page or by check to

Club Z
20 El Camino Real,
Redwood City CA 94062

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