Israel Advocacy Summit

Proud of our rich heritage and founding as the world’s first Jewish fraternity, Zeta Beta Tau assists young men in establishing a relationship with the State of Israel. Driven by our Heritage Initiative, the Fraternity actively seeks ways to partner with organizations that align themselves with similar values to develop educational programs that enables learning, promotes dialogue and generates ideas for the support of Israel.

This weekend-long program helps brothers of ZBT connect with the Fraternity’s Mission and learn about connecting with our heritage in the modern world. Chapters and colonies from across North America are represented by brothers who share a common interest in supporting Israel and connecting with ZBT’s heritage. The program allows undergraduates, alumni, partner agency representatives and friends of ZBT and Israel to network.

The 2019 Israel Advocacy Summit will be held on April 5-7, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois. REGISTRATION IS LIVE and closes March 20! Contact Director of Jewish Programs and Strategic Partnerships Sheri Rosenberg or call (317) 334-1898 with any questions.

The Israel Advocacy Summit is made possible by a generous grant from the Zeta Beta Tau Foundation. Learn more about how you can support the Zeta Beta Tau Foundation.


Friday, April 5
4:00pm – 4:10pm Introductions (Sheri Rosenberg, Director of Jewish Programs and Strategic Partnerships; Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity)

This session will welcome all brothers to the conference and ensure all attendees understand the expectations and outcomes of the conference.

4:10pm – 4:15pm Opening Session (Aviv Ezra, Consul for Public Diplomacy; Consulate of Israel in Chicago)

This session will educate brothers about the role of the Consulate on a global stage and how they encourage others to be Israeli advocates.

4:15pm – 5:15pm The Power of Personal Narratives in Israel Education (Michael Soberman, Associate Director, Community Engagement; iCenter)

During this session, participants will explore ways to develop and articulate our own personal stories and learn how to help students connect their lives, their own culture, and their own history, to that of the Jewish state and society

5:30pm – 6:15pm Lior Ofir: An Israeli Champion

Lior will share his story of being in the IDF as well as winning 6 worldwide championship titles in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Participants will learn simple Jiu-Jitsu moves from real life practice.  

6:30pm –7:00pm Break – Shabbat Prep
7:00pm – 8:15pm Shabbat Dinner and Dialogue (Becky Adelberg, Chicago Manager, Reboot)

Participants will experience an inclusive Shabbat dinner and think about ZBT and what it means to you on a deeper level.

8:30pm – 9:15pm Alumni Panel

Hear from local ZBT alumni about what they are doing now and how ZBT prepared them for their future. Brotherhood For A Lifetime!

9:30pm – 10:00pm Enhancing Heritage in Your Chapter (Sheri Rosenberg, Director of Jewish Programs and Strategic Partnerships, Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity)

Participants will share about how their chapter connects to ZBT’s heritage and be able to take ideas back to their chapter to enhance heritage programming.

10:00pm Review of Saturday


Saturday, April 6
9:00am – 10:00am Breakfast and Preview of the Day
10:00am – 10:45am 3000 years of history in 45 minutes (Alex Rittenberg, Campus  Coordinator; Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America)

An overview of Israeli history­ will be discussed.

11:00am – 11:45am Anti-Semitism vs. Legitimate Criticism of Israel (Liora Bachrach, Midwest Campus Coordinator, StandWithUs) Participants will understand the difference between statements that are considered anti-Semitic and what is appropriate analysis of Israel.
11:45am – 12:30pm ZBT and Israel – How Do They Connect? (Amy Cytron, Associate Director of Education- Midwest; Jewish National Fund) During this session, participants will discuss their chapter/colony identity, how to properly brand your organization and how all of this connects to the Israel conversation and culture.
12:30pm – 1:45pm Lunch
1:45pm –


2 State Solution: What Does That Mean? (Jonathan Kamel, Brianna Goodlin; Lay Leaders, Israel Policy Forum)

We all hear about the term ‘2 State Solution’…but what does it really mean? Hear about the positives and challenges of this possible resolution.

2:45pm – 3:30pm Start Up Nation: Israel Edition (Jacob Kranitz, Partner Relations & Special Projects Coordinator; Onward Israel)

This session will allow brothers to learn about all the exciting and new innovations that started in Israel

3:45pm – 4:30pm How to advocate for Israel from Diverse Places on Campus (Emily Briskman, Executive Director; Jewish United Fund’s Israel Education Center)

Participants will learn how to work with people from different backgrounds to build an understanding of Israel.

4:30pm –5:00pm Break: Change for Evening Activity
5:05pm -9:00pm BBYO Greater Midwest Region Convention Dinner/Dialogue and Accapella Concert


Sunday, April 7
9:00am­ – 9:30am Breakfast
9:30am –10:15am “You Don’t Look Jewish”: Diversity in Israel (Ariella Rada, Consul for Academic and Community Affairs; Embassy of Israel)

Ariella will share her story of being an Ethiopian Israeli and discuss the diversity of Israelis.

10:15am –11:30am Remembering the Holocaust (Nate Taffel)

Participants will have the honor of hearing Mr. Taffel’s personal story of his experience during the Holocaust. His book “Stolen Childhood” retells Nate’s story of inner strength, his struggles, and his overcoming hate.

11:30am –12:00pm Evaluations, Good and Welfare
12:00pm Depart for Airport