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Green Israel Summit 2: Blue, White and Green

“The questions around Israel and Zionism were seen as productive topics for debate, rather than a set of positions to be enforced.”

— GIS participant Charles Lenchner


Inspired and encouraged, participants in Green Israel Summit 2: Blue, White and Green found new ways to think about, care about and work for the betterment of Israeli society. The second Green Zionist Alliance conference, GIS::2 was co-sponsored by Marom Olami and Mercaz USA and hosted at the Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center in Reistertown, Md., from Nov. 16 to Nov. 18, 2007.


GIS::2: Schedule for Friday, Nov. 16, 2007

3 p.m. Registration and preparations for Shabbat
4:30 p.m. Candle lighting
5 p.m. Introductions and icebreakers
5:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat
6:30 p.m. Shabbat dinner
8 p.m. "The Unnatural Jew: Exploring our personal connection to Land,"
presented by Noam Dolgin
9:30 p.m. Shabbat Social: Meet your community


GIS::2: Schedule for Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007

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

Choice B: Alternative Shacharit
10:45 a.m.
Torah reading and d'var Torah
12 p.m. Kiddush and lunch
1 p.m. "Losing Ground: Overview of environmental issues in Israel,"
presented by Noam Dolgin
2 p.m. Keynote Address: "Climate Change as a Threat to Water Security for Israel and the Region,"
presented by Gidon Bromberg, executive director of EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle East
3:15 p.m. Choice A: Jewish yoga,
led by Aviva Melissa Frank

Choice B: Ultimate frisbee

Choice C: Tour of Kayam Farm,
led by Kayam Farm Director Jakir Manela
4:15 p.m. Choice A: "Preservation vs. Development as an Expression of the Zionist Dream?"
presented by Noam Dolgin

Choice B: "Air Pollution and Health in Israel,"
presented by Joe Greenblott, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development

Choice C: "Challenges of Being a Liberal Jew in Israel,"
presented by Rabbi Paul Arberman, Congregation Yedid Nefesh in Modiin, Israel
5:30 p.m. Dinner / Seudah Shlishit, with singing of Israeli songs
6:30 p.m. Havdalah
7:30 p.m. Panel: "Peacemaking in Israel Through the Environment,"
presented by Israeli, Palestinian and North American alumni of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, moderated by Dr. Galya Sipos-Randor
9:30 p.m. Campfire


GIS::2: Schedule for Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007

8:15 a.m. Choice A: Spiritual garlic planting,
led by Kayam Farm Director Jakir Manela

Choice B: Tiyul Breishit: A reflective hike with quotes and questions,
led by Noam Dolgin
9 a.m.
10 a.m.
Choice A: "Exploring Shmita: Israeli controversy and personal meaning,"
presented by Becca Weaver

Choice B: "If I Forget Thee O’ Jerusalem: A spiritual and political exploration,"
presented by Noam Dolgin and Ami Greener

Choice C: "Environmental Justice in the Negev,"
presented by Devorah Brous, founder and director of Bustan
11:30 a.m. Strategy Session: How can we make a difference
12:30 p.m. Closing Session
1 p.m. Lunch
2 p.m. GIS::2 Conclusion



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