SESSION SCHEDULE

10:00 to 10:50 PM

Chani Altein

Positivity Bias: Revealing the Beauty in a Fractured World
Amy Bardack

Maybe God Isn't the Big Man in the Sky
Daniel Fellman

Liberal Zionism Today
Toby Glaser

The Role of Liturgical Poetry on Shavuot
Jeff Myers

Does Ruth Meet Her Bashert? Where Is the Divine Hand? WhatIis Levirate Marriage?
Jonathan Perlman

Sexual Innuendo in the Book of Ruth
Kara Tav

Yizkor and Shavuot: Where Private Remembrance Becomes Public
Daniel Yolkut

The Khazars and Eretz Yisrael
LOCATION:2nd Floor:
Levinson B
2nd Floor:
Room 202
3rd Floor:
Spin Studio
3rd Floor:
Dance Studio
3rd Floor:
Staff Lounge
3rd Floor:
Room 310
2nd Floor:
Board Room
2nd Floor:
Gym

11:00 to 11:50 PM

Seth Adelson

How Did We Get Here? 3,000 Years of Land, Peoplehood and Text
Laura Berman

Psalm 23: Facing Dark Times in a Challenging World
Yitzi Genack

Is Shavuot Still as Meaningful as in the Good Old Days?
Sharyn Henry &
Adam Reinherz

Judaism Is About Love: A Conversation About Rabbi Shai Held’s New Idea On Judaism
Yaier Lehrer

Finding Your Judaism in a Modern World: Walking the Tightrope
Yikara Levari

From Adam to Ruth: How it all Connects
Eric Lidji

The 13th Scroll: Torah and the Museum
Danny Schiff

The Afterlife
Howie Stein

Idolatry and Its Practical Applications to Modern Life
LOCATION:2nd Floor:
Gym
3rd Floor:
Staff Lounge
2nd Floor:
Room 202
3rd Floor:
Spin Studio
3rd Floor:
Room 310
3rd Floor:
Dance Studio
3rd Floor:
Board Room
2nd Floor:
Levinson B
3rd Floor:
10.27 HP

12:00 to 12:50 AM

Larry Freedman

We Take a Moment for Silent Prayer: Ancient Structures, Modern Needs, and Personal Expression
Beth Kissileff

What Happens at 40: The Cases of Ruth and Rabbi Akiva
Danielle Kranjec

Revelation, Torah, and Resilience on Campus
Levi Langer

War and Torah: Halachic Perspectives On and Post-October 7
Henoch Rosenfeld

Teslas at Sinai: The Evolution of the Never-Changing Torah Law
LOCATION:3rd Floor:
Board Room
3rd Floor:
Room 310
2nd Floor:
Room 202
2nd Floor:
Levinson B
3rd Floor:
Spin Studio
3M Company
Adobe Systems Inc
Alstom Power
American Eagle Outfitters
American Express Company
Ansys Inc.
Apple Inc.
Argo Group
AT&T
Bank of America
Bayer US
BDO USA, LLP
Bejamin Moore & Co.
BNY Mellon
Boeing Co.
Charles Schwab Corporation
Chevron Corporation
CIGNA Corporation
Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
Coach, Inc.
Comcast
Crown Castle International
CVS Health
Deloitte
Dollar Bank (Dollar Bank Foundation)
Duolingo
Eaton Corporation
Edward Jones
Enterprise Holdings
Equitrans Midstream
F.N.B Corporation
Gap Corporation
General Electric
Gilbane Building Company
GlaxoSmithKline
Goldman Sachs Group
Google
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
Highmark
Home Depot
IBM
Johnson and Johnson
Kennametal Inc.
KeyCorp
KPMG LLC
Kraft Heinz Foods Company
Lincoln Financial Advisors
Loews Corporation
MassMutual Financial Group
Merck & Co.
Microsoft
Morgan Stanley
Mutual of America
National City
Nike, Inc.
Northwestern Mutal
NRG Energy
Pella Corporation
Peoples Gas
Pfizer, Inc.
Pitney Bowes
PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
PPG Industries
Premier, Inc.
Prudential Financial Inc.
Quest Diagnostics
RBC Wealth Management
Robert W. Baird & Co. Foundation
Salesforce, Inc.
Sephora
Sherwin Williams
Starbucks Corporation
Subaru
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Toyota Motor Corporation
Truist Bank
U.S. Bank
Verizon
Wabtec Corporation
Walmart, Inc.
Wells Fargo
Wesco
WTW
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Xerox Corporation

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As of February 8, 2024
AREA OF NEEDDOLLARS ALLOCATED
Lifeline Services
In crisis, fundamental needs require immediate attention—giving people time to breathe and process the tragedy. We took swift action to address these pressing needs. These lifeline services included food, clothing, financial assistance, and medicines as well as spiritual care such as assistance with funerals and shiva, practical housing solutions, and educational support to evacuated children.
$62,702,994
Medical and Trauma Relief
Addressing the physical, psychological, and emotional wellbeing of affected Israelis is crucial to their recovery. We have supplied hospitals with medical equipment and capacity. We also responded with a proactive approach to mental health and trauma relief including dedicated hotlines, training for caregivers and responders, and ongoing support to emergency teams. We ensured direct care to individuals in need, including first responders, lone soldiers, and families and caregivers coping with the loss, injury, or abduction of their relatives.
$22,597,795
Economic Relief and Recovery
When the attacks forced thousands from their homes, it prompted the closure of businesses nationwide. Families also grapple with income loss as reserve soldiers answer the call to duty. Many face an uncertain path to recovery. We are at the forefront of economic relief efforts, having invested in frontline communities and in a significant loan fund for small and medium-size businesses struggling to stay afloat. Our investments in economic relief are designed to create a resilient and flourishing Israeli economy.
$29,365,000
Community Resilience and Rebuilding
In the months and years ahead, we will help enable people to return to their homes and rebuild their communities. We aim to bolster societal resilience, so that despite the events of October 7, we make possible the growth and potential of this generation of Israelis. Our giving will enable substantial investments towards rebuilding and strengthening Israeli society.
$4,550,000
Other
Support for communities under fire and for new olim (immigrants) living in absorption centers through evacuations, temporary housing, children’s activities, and increased security.
$50,000
  • No, Hamas is an Iran-backed terrorist organization designated as such by the United States and the European Union. Founded in 1987, Hamas’s charter calls for the destruction of Israel.
  • While some reports have speculated that Iran was involved in the planning and implementation of the attack, neither the Israeli nor U.S. governments have confirmed Iran’s role at this time. In a tweet sharing a video of Israelis running for their lives, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei called for “the Zionist regime” to be “eradicated.”
  • No. Hamas is a genocidal, radical, Islamic terrorist organization that is committed to the annihilation of the state of Israel and the Jewish people. 
  • They use their people as human shields - and their people are the ones who thus suffer the most. Since Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007 rather than use the hundreds of millions of dollars of aid given to build a vibrant Palestinian community, Hamas has used the money to build terror tunnels, to stockpile illegal munitions, and to provoke the Israeli army. 
  • Hamas has been proven to store weapons in mosques, hospitals, schools, and UN facilities.  The organization has deliberately impeded progress towards establishing a two-state solution. 
  • Massacres and hostage-taking aren’t humanitarian acts of service. They are war crimes. 
  • As President Joe Biden said: “Hamas does not stand for the Palestinian’s people’s right to dignity and self-determination. Its stated purpose is the annihilation of the State of Israel and the Jewish people.
  • Victim-blaming is never justified. Hamas explicitly targets innocent civilians and is proud of its brutality - the rape, murder, and kidnapping of women, children and the elderly - and brazenly puts these images on social media to create fear. 
  • Hamas intentionally targeted civilians. In one case, a Hamas terrorist live-streamed the murder of a grandmother and posted it on her Facebook account. 
  • These actions are illegal under every international law of war.
  • Israel has made numerous attempts to peacefully end the conflict over many decades and Palestinian leadership has continued to rebuke such offers, instead opting for an escalation of hostility towards Israel and Israelis. 
  • Hamas has worked to derail peace efforts through terrorism by opposing any steps that would allow Israel to exist in any form.
  • Israel has historically and regularly supplied Gaza with food, water, and electricity. In 2021, Israel sent approximately 104,000 truckloads of supplies–goods, food, and medical equipment–through the Kerem Shalom border crossing in Gaza, which was destroyed during the attack. 
  • About 20% of Israel’s population identify as Arab or Palestinian Israelis. They are entitled to the same rights to security and protection from terror as Jewish citizens of Israel.
  • False moral equivalency between Hamas terrorists and the Israeli Defense Forces is dangerous and disempowers the Jewish state from protecting its citizens, who are both Jewish and non-Jewish. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which predates the 1948 War of Independence, is a dispute that is about narrative as much as it is about the territory itself. 
  • Since the creation of the State of Israel, Israel has faced non-stop existential threats from surrounding countries and therefore has created the defense and deterrence capabilities necessary to defend her citizens. It has also proven, in the cases of Egypt and Jordan, that it is willing and able to create a peaceful resolution - including giving up land - in exchange for the end of hostilities. 
  • There has never been a moment of peace with Hamas. Furthermore, there are established systems and processes to resolve political and territorial disputes, which are not unique to Israel and the Palestinian territories.  
  • Hamas has been in control of Gaza since Israel withdrew all civilian and military presence from Gaza in 2005 in the hopes of establishing peace with a Palestinian controlled territory. In exchange for disengaging from Gaza, militant factions, many of which are funded as Iran’s terror proxies with the sole mission to destroy Israel, have continually terrorized Israeli communities. 
  • Hamas is responsible for the lack of investment in civilian infrastructure and has failed to build a better life for their people. 
  • Israel has established the necessary security infrastructure to prevent the illegal smuggling of weapons into and out of Gaza. Despite its best efforts, however, terrorists continue to hide weapons in humanitarian aid packages and to use building materials intended for hospitals and schools to build miles of subterranean terror tunnels into Israeli neighborhoods. 
  • Hamas and other terrorist leadership in Gaza cynically uses their own populations as human shields. The loss of every innocent life is tragic. The biggest impact of the ongoing conflict is the general Palestinian population living under the authoritarian rule of Hamas. 
  • Israel has taken great lengths to prevent innocent casualties, including canceling critical missions to prevent terror attacks, if there is intelligence that innocent people are in harm's way. 
  • Hamas and other terror groups store their weapons and command centers in Mosques, schools, hospitals, and UN buildings using their own civilians as human shields. 
  • In the days and weeks following the horrendous massacre committed on October 7, 2023, there will be much analysis to understand how such atrocities took place. In the meantime, Israel and the Israeli Defense Forces must do what is necessary to protect Israeli citizens and secure the Israeli borders. 
  • Until now, the strategy of deterrence rested on the assumption that Hamas was not interested in a full-scale war, nor was it capable of it. Last weekend’s events show that Hamas and its determination to humiliate, dehumanize, and destroy Israel requires the fullest response possible.
  • Since 2005 alone more than 20,000 rockets have been fired into Israel. It has taken soldiers and civilians hostage, perpetrated violence across the border, and illegally smuggled weapons in and out of Gaza. Hamas has continually said that it has no interest in a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
  • Israel has demonstrated through peace agreements, disengagement, shared security infrastructure (e.g. helping Egypt rid the Sinai of ISIS) and other agreements (e.g. water and electricity agreements with Jordan) that they will work with anyone in the region who will work with them.
  • Under international law, it is illegal to intentionally target civilians with military force. However, international law recognizes that military actions directed against legitimate targets of strategic value sometimes result in civilian casualties. The doctrine of proportionality outlines the standard armed forces must consider when weighing military action. 
  • The doctrine of proportionality dictates that military action cannot be “excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated.” Stated simply, this means that the balancing test to determine whether military action is “proportionate” is done in relation to the threat being faced. In this situation, it means Israel must respond to the threat of Hamas’ continued rule in Gaza, which is an existential one for the safety and security of its civilians, Jewish and Arab alike. 

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