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Green Israel Summit 3: Blue, White and Green

“Thank you for opening my eyes to new ways of looking at Israel and the environment — and for a wonderful experience!”

— GIS participant Wendy Morris


Working together to begin forming a voice for Israeli environmentalism on the West Coast, participants in Green Israel Summit 3: Blue, White and Green explored the environment and politics in relation to Israel. The third Green Zionist Alliance conference, GIS::3 was co-sponsored by Marom Olami, Mercaz USA and Hagshama and hosted at the Shalom Institute Camp and Conference Center in Malibu, Calif., from March 14 to March 16, 2008.


GIS::3: Schedule for Friday, March 14, 2008

3 p.m. Registration and preparations for Shabbat
5 p.m. Introductions and icebreakers
5:30 p.m. Candle lighting and Kabbalat Shabbat
6:45 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 and games


GIS::3: Schedule for Saturday, March 15, 2008

8:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m. Torah reading and d'var Torah
12 p.m. Kiddush and lunch
1 p.m. "Two Steps Forward: Overview of environmental issues in Israel,"
presented by Dr. Daniel Orenstein
2 p.m. "Carbon Neutrality through Israel,"
presented by Dr. Daniel Orenstein
3:45 p.m. Ultimate frisbee
4:45 p.m. Choice A: "Why Being Green Isn’t Just a Crunchy Thing,"
presented by Lee H. Wallach

Choice B: "What right do we have to the land of Zion?"
presented by Rabbi David Seidenberg
6 p.m.
Dinner / Seudah Shlishit, with singing of Israeli songs
7 p.m. Havdalah
7:45 p.m.
Panel: "Peacemaking in Israel Through the Environment,"
presented by Israeli, Palestinian and North American alumni of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
9:30 p.m. Campfire


GIS::3: Schedule for Sunday, March 16, 2008

8:15 a.m. Eco-spirituality hike,
led by Rabbi David Seidenberg
9 a.m. Breakfast
10 a.m.
"Biblical Land Use in Genesis,"
presented by Maggid Ilan Glazer
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::3 Conclusion



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