60th Birthday Peres Presidential Conference - Facing Tomorrow
Israel News Agency
----- May 7, 2008 ....... The idea could only have started with
Israel President Shimon Peres, the man who has witnessed up
close and person more historic events during Israel's first
six decades of statehood than arguably any other person alive
today, going back to 1948 when he was one of founding Prime
Minister David Ben-Gurion closest, and youngest advisers.
decided last year that it was not enough to review the Jewish
state's achievements, challenges and milestones reflectively.
Rather, the emphasis for Israel must be on looking forward.
Thus was conceived the first annual Israel Presidential Conference,
a three-day unparalleled assembly of some of the world's "best
and brightest," including equally large representations
of Presidents and Prime Ministers, current and past, and Nobel
Laureates, to name but two special categories that will be fully
represented at the gathering in Jerusalem, Israel from May 13
to May 15.
was the flagship international event commemorating Israel's
60th Anniversary celebrations was born, with Israel President
Shimon Peres hosting his premiere Facing
Tomorrow Conference which will welcome many international
leaders to Jerusalem including President George Bush. The Conference
was initiated personally by Israel President Peres to address
the three main tomorrows:" the Israel tomorrow, the
global tomorrow and the Jewish tomorrow.
President Shimon Peres. One of Israel's founding fathers
and the catalyst for the first Israel President's Conference.
attendance, in addition to many national presidents and heads
of state will be dignitaries from the worlds of business and
academia. Among them are Sergey Brin, founder of Google and
Susan Decker of Yahoo. Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson will be
serving as the honorary chairpersons for the Israel 60th Birthday
Presidential Conference which has enthusiastically attracted
the attention of Jewish leaders and others worldwide.
entire cost of the Facing Tomorrow Israel Presidential
Conference has been raised privately through a historic fundraising
initiative chaired by Elliot Broidy, Chairman of Markstone Capital
Partners and supported by a committee of two-dozen business
people from across the international community.
President George W. Bush will be a headline guest of the Facing
Tomorrow conference, serving as keynote speaker at a celebratory
dinner marking 60 years of Israel - American friendship. A multi-media
gala event will pay tribute to the historic alliance between
the two countries featuring entertainment acts from both countries
and addresses by US President George W. Bush and Israel President
Shimon Peres as well as Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
and former presidents, prime ministers and senior officials
from 27 countries will take part in the conference.
Nobel Prize winners will pool their brain power to offer insights
at Facing Tomorrow about what tomorrow will look like.
Key luminaries in economics, science, technology, medicine and
philosophy will take part in the major plenary sessions, as
well as in 35 panels that seek no lesser a goal than to help
shape the face of tomorrow.
Facing Tomorrow will be a conference of focused exploration,
a synergistic gathering of major world leaders, Jews and non-Jews,
thinkers and doers, poets and physicists, rabbis and entrepreneurs,
including the next generation of leadership - young men and
women of exceptional promise and originality.
event blog has been created for: Facing Tomorrow.
In addition to plenary meetings, working groups and a host of
keynote speakers, 39 panels will span a broad spectrum of topics,
from Economic Strategy as an Engine of Peace to Wrestling with
Creation: Medical Ethics and New Discoveries in Research and
Treatment; from The Jewish Self and Jewish Collective Identity
in an Era of Multiple Identities to Constructing Dialog with
Islam, New Roles for Religious and Cultural Leaders. Most panels,
plenary meetings and keynote addresses will be simulcast on
the World Wide Web.
Each tomorrow - Jewish, Israel, and world - will
be examined through a set of four critical lenses: The value
systems that are meant to guide our conduct, the leadership
necessary to navigate the challenges ahead, the creativity required
to embrace the new, and the notion of evolving, mutable, and
sometimes multiple identities as we attempt to keep pace with
a rapidly changing and digitally interconnected world.
Participants at the Israel Presidential Conference Facing
Tomorrow will grapple with the forces and trends, global
and local, that are redrawing the contours of the future. This,
however, is only one aspect of the conference's work. Facing
Tomorrow will also be a laboratory for practical initiatives
intended to nurture the thriving of Israel, of the Jewish people,
Across the millennia, the echoes of the Jewish biblical prophets
have been heard, repeated, and often gone unheeded. Envisaging
a just and peaceful tomorrow, they charted our thorny way forward,
and gave us the moral armor for the journey. With great passion,
they instructed us to explore and shape a better future, and
continue to provide us with the inspiration and commitment to
do so. In the spirit of the magnitude of the prophets' vision,
and yet with all due humility, Facing Tomorrow will address
the challenges and opportunities that await us.
well before the Israel 60th Birthday Presidential Conference,
it is already nearly impossible to find an available hotel room
in Jerusalem. Eight Israel hotels in Jerusalem have announced
that they are at full capacity. Ben Gurion Airport is readying
itself for non-stop arrivals as President's Conference guests
from around the world stream in to Israel.
Binyanei HaUma, the Israel President's conference site, employees
are working non-stop to transform this Jerusalem, Israel convention
center into a world-class venue for the various plenary and
panel sessions. Hundreds of stewards and students will host
the conference attendees, and the Israel Ministry of Foreign
Affairs is preparing to welcome and assist the many world leaders.
Israel Presidents Conference communications team includes 50
seasoned spokespeople and public relations professionals to
serve the hundreds of journalists from Israel and abroad expected
to cover this extraordinary event. A media center has been built
at the convention site that can serve around 400 members of
Conference is one of those rare larger than life assemblies,
totally imbued not only with history and reflection, but with
important insights into how we can create a better future for
all mankind," said Charley J. Levine, the international
media consultant to Facing Tomorrow and perhaps Israel's leading
and most respected international PR professional.
global media will help convey these exciting discussions to
every corner of the earth," said Levine. "There is
something unique and deeply meaningful about this event, as
very wise people from different walks of life resume the prophetic
function that has been associated with Jerusalem, Israel for
millennia - truly the word will be coming out of Jerusalem in
May in a significant manner for the Jewish people and all humanity."
Israel President's Conference has been identified by Israel
President Shimon Peres as the ideal avenue to communicate Israel's
many accomplishments to the international community. A major
highlight of the three day event will be an extensive exhibition
featuring 60 of Israel's leading companies whose innovations
are seen as positively benefiting humanity in truly revolutionary
JPPPI, an independent think tank, supported in part by the Jewish
Agency for Israel (JAFI), is the organizational body responsible
for the conference. Israel Maimon, Israel's former Cabinet Secretary
is the Conference Chairman and Israel Ambassador Avi Gil is
the Director of Conference Content.
Conference is one of those rare, larger than life assemblies,
totally imbued not only with history and reflection, but
with important insights into how we can create a better
future for all mankind."
J. Levine, the international media
consultant to Facing Tomorrow.
statesmen and world leaders scheduled to attend include Dr.
Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State, Va'clav Havel,
former President of the Czech Republic, Leonid Kuchma, former
President of Ukraine, Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of
the USSR, Wahid Abdurraham, former President of Indonesia and
Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the UK.
in the fields of technology and the global economy include:
Sergey Brin, founder of Google, Susan Decker, President of Yahoo!,
Terry Semel, founder and former President of Yahoo!, Ratan Tata,
Chairman of the Tata Group, Rupert Murdoch, Chariman of News
Corporation, Susan Greenfield, British scientist, writer, broadcaster,
and member of the House of Lords, Morris Levy - CEO of Publicis
Corporation and Martin Sorel - CEO of the WPP Advertising Group.
addition, seven Jewish Nobel Prize winners will take part in
a special Israel 60th Birthday First President's Conference
discussion grappling with the future of the Jewish people and
the State of Israel. Other Jewish intellectuals participating
include Bernard-Henri Le'vy, Professor Alan Dershowitz and Professor
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