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Green Israel Summit 1: Sustainable Zion

“Thank you so much for this seminar! I now know where I can help — I’m ready to fight for Israel’s environment.”

— GIS participant Meira Goodwon


Through celebration and stories, lectures and discussions, participants in Green Israel Summit 1: Sustainable Zion explored topics including early Zionist thought, a Jewish back-to-the-land movement, population growth, suburban sprawl, Negev preservation, and environmentalism during a time of war. The first Green Zionist Alliance conference, GIS::1 was co-sponsored by Marom Olami and hosted at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, Conn., from Dec. 1 to Dec. 3, 2006.


GIS::1: Schedule for Friday, Dec. 1, 2006

3 p.m. Registration and preparations for Shabbat
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Candle lighting
4:30 p.m.
Introductions and icebreakers
5 p.m.
Kabbalat Shabbat
6 p.m.
Shabbat dinner
7:30 p.m. 
"The Unnatural Jew: Exploring our personal connection to Land,"
presented by Noam Dolgin
8:30 p.m. 
Choice A: "The Zionist Dream: An environmental nightmare?"
presented by Noam Dolgin and Dr. Daniel Orenstein

Choice B: "Early Pioneers: From history to modern time with pioneer texts"
presented by Dr. Jeremy Benstein, deputy director of the Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership
9:30 p.m.
Shabbat Social: Meet your community


GIS::1: Schedule for Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006

8:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
Choice A: Traditional Shacharit

Choice B: Alternative Shacharit
10:45 a.m.
Torah reading and d'var Torah by Itamar Kremer
12 p.m.
Kiddush and lunch
1 p.m.
"Losing Ground: Overview of environmental issues in Israel,"
presented by Dr. Daniel Orenstein
2 p.m.
Choice A: "KKL-JNF: Tree planters, developers, environmentalists or what exactly?"
presented by Dr. Daniel Orenstein

Choice B: Hike to overlook,
led by Becca Weaver
3:15 p.m.
Choice A: Funky Mincha,
led by Aviva Perlo

Choice B: Ultimate frisbee
4 p.m.
Choice A: "If I Forget Thee O’ Jerusalem: A spiritual and political exploration,"
presented by Noam Dolgin and Ami Greener

Choice B: "Environmentalism in a time of war,"
presented by Becca Weaver
5:30 p.m. 
Dinner / Seudah Shlishit, with singing of Israeli songs
6:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
"Making the Deserts Bloom? An introduction to two visions of Negev development and their environmental implications,"
presented by Dr. Daniel Orenstein
9 p.m.
"Eco-Zionist Dilemmas: How do we balance environmental sustainability with security and economic considerations?"
presented by Noam Dolgin
10 p.m.


GIS::1: Schedule for Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006

8:15 a.m. Choice A: Traditional Shacharit

Choice B: Tiyul Breishit: A reflective hike
9 a.m.
10 a.m.
Choice A: "Landscape of Israel’s Environmental Movement,"
presented by Dr. Daniel Orenstein

Choice B: Green Tour of the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center,
led by Becca Weaver
11 a.m. Strategy Session: How can we make a difference
12 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. GIS::1 Conclusion



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