ZFA President to present at Israeli Presidential Conference
Panel to discuss Jewish community outside of Israel, United States
11 June 2013
Zionist Federation of Australia President Philip Chester is in elite company with current and former world leaders (including Shimon Peres, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and Mikhail Gorbachev), innovative academics (Professors Daniel Kahneman and Dan Ariely, and Dr Rush Westheimer) and international superstars (Barbra Streisand, Sharon Stone and Israel’s Rita): They will all be presenters at the 2013 Israeli Presidential Conference, 19-21 June in Jerusalem.
More than 4,000 of the world’s most influential Jewish community leaders, entrepreneurs, celebrities, politicians and academics from around the world are expected to attend the conference.
Chester is one of five community leaders who will be on the 20 June panel “The Tomorrow of the 20%: Jewish Communities Outside Israel and the United States”.
“So much focus of discussion and news about Jewish continuity outside of Israel comes from the United States, but it is so important for others to note how different other Diaspora communities are from each other and from the United States,” Chester said. “The panel will be an opportunity for the rest of the world to see and understand different ways that Australia has maintained a strong Zionist and Jewish identity in the Diaspora. It will also give us a chance to have a dialogue with other communities and learn ideas and ways that may make our community greater.”
The other panellists hail from France, Mexico, the former Soviet Union and Israel. The panellists have a wide range of community, academic and business experience.