The Israeli Conservatism Conference

Due to the recent spread of the coronavirus epidemic, the Israeli Conservatism Conference is postponed until further notice and will not be taking place on May 7th as previously scheduled. We will update with a new conference date as soon as possible.

  • 7/5/20
  • Jerusalem – The International Convention Center

The Israeli Conservatism Conference

20% Discount for Early Bird Registration!

  • 7/5/20
  • Jerusalem – The International Convention Center





Amiad Cohen

Opening Speech

Society’s strength is based on the interpersonal relationships between its citizens, not in the size of its government bureaucracy. Conservative public policy provides room for society to grow naturally rather than be artificially engineered.


Mem Bernstein

On the Importance of Israeli Philanthropy

From its very founding, Israeli society has relied substantially on the wealthy and organized American Jewish community for financial support. Even today, many Israeli institutions and organizations depend on Diaspora donors, foundations, and activists. The time has come for Israelis to take the lead in Israeli philanthropic and civic activity.


Speaker to be announced

The Israeli Legal System – A Conservative Perspective

What does an Israeli legal conservatism look like? The legal discourse in Israel – in courts, law schools, universities, and colleges – is characterized by an intellectual hegemony, which tends towards the activist and progressive extreme when it comes to the discussion of constitutional law and natural rights. How can we shape an alternative conservative vision, one which helps balance judicial ideology and practice in Israeli society?


Omer Moav

Organized Labour In Israel


Dr. Charles Murray, Dr. Moshe Koppel

Poverty and the Welfare State

Dr. Charles Murray will discuss his book, “Losing Ground,” one of the most influential contemporary works on political economy. After a lecture exploring the negative socio-economic consequences of the welfare state, Dr. Charles Murray will converse with Professor Moshe Koppel on implications of his work for the State of Israel.




The Israeli judiciary is extremely powerful compared to its counterparts in other countries. This also holds true when it comes to the office of the Attorney General: the perception is that the Attorney General’s guidance is binding on elected officials, while he himself is both the representative of state officials and their prosecutor. What is the role of the Attorney General, what are the consequences of the current structure, and what reforms does this institution require?

A sweeping change has occurred in Israeli culture in recent years. Accepted cultural labels – those of “religious” versus “secular,” “Ashkenazi” or “Mizrachi” – are falling away as new fault lines arise. This changing culture has been felt, but it has yet to be thoroughly analyzed. What are the characteristics of these new divisions, and how may they be understood as part of the global clash between conservatism and progressivism presently dividing the Western world?

Israel is known world-wide as Start-Up Nation, but only 10% of the workforce is employed in the hi-tech bubble powering the Israeli economy. In fact, Israeli labor productivity is worryingly low and threatens the economy’s growth. Economic growth is a vital security concern and central to increasing Israeli social and economic prosperity. Which cultural factors cause low Israeli productivity and how can they best be addressed? What other factors contribute to the problem and what solutions can be offered?

Dr. Yoram Hazony, author of the internationally award-winning book, “The Virtue of Nationalism,” argues for the moral superiority of a nationalist approach rooted in a conservative philosophical tradition. Professor Yuli Tamir, author of “Why Nationalism,” argues for nationalism from a liberal and egalitarian perspective. Eric Cohen, executive director of the Tikvah Fund, moderates a conversation with these two intellectuals with very different perspectives on nationalism, past, present, and future.

The panel will be in English.

Though Israel has fought for its very existence for decades, the state has a fairly non-committal relationship with the territory it controls. And within its established borders, Israel does not always act as a sovereign: It enforces the rule of the Waqf on the Temple Mount. It has almost entirely forfeited its responsibility to enforce land use laws in the south, enabling widespread illegal construction. The presence of law enforcement in Arab neighborhoods is also quite poor. Why does Israel appear to ignore its own laws? What ideas or perception are at the root of this problem? What is the way forward?




Amit Segal & A Senior Economic Figure

Israeli economy

Israel’s economic strength is healthy as it relates to the field of  innovation and startups –  but it is also unfortunately ranked low when it comes to the ease doing business; businesses of the sort that aren’t just built up to be bought out, but also places to work, extraction natural resources, and ecosystems of suppliers, service providers, and consumers enjoying an increase quality of life. This issue will be the focus of a talk between journalist Amit Segal and a senior figure from Israel’s business community, who will tell about the State of Israel from his perspective.


Panel: Israeli Strategic Thinking

How should we understand the geopolitical situation of Israel and the state of the Middle East? What are Israel’s interests vis-à-vis its greatest ally, the United States? What should be its approach to Russia and the rising power of China?




Yoav Sorek and Rabbi Yehoshua Pfeffer

The Israeli Covenant

Get beyond the ever-present debates on the tug-of-war between religiosity and secularism. Zionism has yet to meet one of its greatest challenges: the formation of Israeli Judaism, a Judaism which is commonly accessible and suited to the conditions of a reconstituted Jewish State. What can Israeli Judaism look like? Is one forming bottom-up on its own, out of sight of scholars and leaders, in a social reality which exalts secularized Jewish identity? Does this emerging religious and cultural model have a future?


עמיעד כהן

הענקת פרס זלמן ברנשטיין למפעל חיים לדניאל דורון


David Friedman

Israel-American Relations

David Friedman, American Ambassador to Israel, will speak about Israeli-American relations, both in general and in the Trump era in particular, and on its consequences for President Trump’s “Deal of the Century.”


עמיעד כהן

הענקת פרס החירות ליעקב אחימאיר ולדניאל דורון

16:45 - 17:45

סנטור כלשהו

משהו באנגלית

Due to the recent spread of the coronavirus epidemic, the Israeli Conservatism Conference is postponed until further notice and will not be taking place on May 7th as previously scheduled. We will update with a new conference date as soon as possible.

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190 For those registering by  01.04.2020
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380 For those registering by  01.04.2020
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Amiad Cohen

Amiad Cohen is the Director-General of the Tikvah Fund, Israel, and the publisher of the Hebrew-language intellectual journal, Hashiloach. He served for several years as the chief executive of his native settlement of Eli and as the head of the Business and Industry Innovation departments of the Mateh Binyamin Development Company. He is also a partner in several business initiatives in the fields of security and technology.

Mem Bernstein

Mem Bernstein – venture philanthropist – is the Chairman of The AVI CHAI Foundation, a leader in Jewish education; and a trustee of Keren Keshet – The Rainbow Foundation, whose signature project, Nextbook, promotes Jewish literature, culture, and ideas through the Jewish Encounters books series, and its website, In the late 1980s, Mrs. Bernstein authored two books that resonate with today’s baby boom generation: Aging Parents and You published in the US, and The Sandwich Generation, published in Israel.

Omer Moav

Omer Moav is a professor of economics at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, and at the University of Warwick, UK. His research relates to economic growth and development. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Michael Landau Prize. Between 2009-2010 he served as senior economic advisor to then-Minister of Treasury Yuval Steinitz. Professor Moav appears regularly as an economic commentator for Israel’s leading media outlets.

David M. Friedman

Attorney David Friedman serves as United States Ambassador to Israel. He served as Donald Trump’s advisor in his 2016 US presidential campaign and as his campaign manager in Israel. Previously, he worked as a lawyer for the Trump Organization.

Yonatan Green

Yonatan Green is the Executive Director of the Israeli Forum for Law and Liberty.  He is a licensed attorney in Israel and the State of New York, and a graduate of the Hebrew University School of Law. His previous legal experience includes working as an associate attorney at a Jerusalem-based commercial law firm, and as a researcher on law and policy at the Kohelet Policy Forum. Most recently, he was a technical project manager for Mobileye, a leading Israeli hi-tech company.

Gil Bringer

Gil Bringer, LLD, was formerly a senior advisor to Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked where he was responsible for government and Knesset affairs. Bringer also served as the coordinator of the Ministerial Committee on Legislation and as the coordinator of the Shaked-Levin Governance Committee.

He is currently a doctoral candidate at the department of law at the Hebrew University, and writes a popular column focused on law and democracy for the Globes financial newspaper. Bringer also lectures and directs a legal clinic at the Ono Academic College.

דינה זילבר

עו”ד דינה זילבר היא המשנה ליועץ המשפטי לממשלה לענייני משפט ציבורי-מנהלי. בעברה שימשה כפרקליטה בכירה במחלקת הבג”צים. כתבה מספר ספרים אודות המנגנון הבירוקרטי-מנהלי בישראל, ההיסטוריה של הייעוץ המשפטי ועל אתוס המשפטן הציבורי.

Ronen Shoval

Dr. Ronen Shoval is the dean of the Tikvah Fund, Israel, and a researcher of political philosophy. He is a publicist, the co-founder of the Im-Tirzu movement, and a former chairman of Professors for a Strong Israel. Dr. Shoval is also the founder  of the hi-tech company BLINK. He formerly chaired the board of the Uri Zvi Grinberg Heritage Center.

Chaim Navon

Rabbi Chaim Navon is a research fellow at the Tikvah fFund, and a prolific author, thinker and publicist. He teaches Gemara, Halacha and Jewish thought in Yeshivat Har Etzion, Midreshet Lindenbaum, and Midreshet Nishmat. He has written many bestselling books on Jewish topics as well as three novels. His last book “Freedom” is a dystopian novel. He writes a weekly column for Makor Rishon.

Gadi Taub

Gadi Taub is an Israeli historian, journalist, publicist, screenwriter and author. He is a senior lecturer at in public policy and communications at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Taub is one of the leading voices in Israel criticizing the culture of post-Zionism, political-correctness and the overreach of the Israeli judiciary. He is a regular op-ed contributor to the daily Haaretz. 

Galit Distel Atbaryan

Galit Distel Atbaryan is an author and publicist. She writes opinion pieces regularly for the Yisrael Hayom daily newspaper and her cultural and political commentary is regularly featured on the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation. Ms. Distel Atbaryan also writes literary reviews for Ha’aretz. She was a regular guest on Channel 20’s “The Patriots” and was a radio host for Galei Yisrael and Galei Tzahal. She is a business owner in the fashion industry.

Ricky Maman

Ricky Maman is a research fellow at the Kohelet Public Policy Forum. She is the Co-founder of “HaDor Haba – Parents for Free Choice of Education” and “Tacharut – the Movement for the Freedom to Work.” She holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology, cinema and education, and a master’s degree in public policy. She formerly headed academic programming at the Tikvah Fund, Israel, and was a project manager at the Jewish Statesmanship Center. She has authored several policy papers on education.

Eli Groner

Eli Groner is the managing director of the Israeli branch of the KDT investment fund. He served as the executive director of Israel Prime Minister’s Office between the years 2015-2018, where he spearheaded major social-economic reforms including decreasing bureaucracy and cost of living, advancing Israel’s natural gas program, managing the business licencing reform, and overseeing the establishment of Israel’s National Cyber Security Authority. He also led the implementation of advanced management methods in Israel’s public sector, especially with regards to transparency and public access to government databases. In the past he dealt in strategic advising for McKinsey & Company. He has  also served as Israel’s economic envoy at the Israeli embassy in Washington D.C.

Eric Cohen

Eric Cohen has been the Executive Director of the Tikvah Fund since 2007. He was the founder and remains Editor-at-Large of the New Atlantis, serves as the Executive Director of the Jewish Review of Books, and is the publisher of Mosaic Magazine. He currently serves on the boards of directors of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the Witherspoon Institute, and National Affairs, and on the Editorial Advisory Board of First Things. Mr. Cohen has published in numerous academic and popular journals, magazines, and newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, Commentary, The New Republic, First Things, and numerous others. He is the author of “In the Shadow of Progress: Being Human in the Age of Technology” (2008) and co-editor of “The Future is Now: America Confronts the New Genetics” (2002). He was previously managing editor of the Public Interest and served as a senior consultant to the President’s Council on Bioethics.

Yoram Hazony

Dr. Yoram Hazony is an Israeli philosopher, Bible scholar and political theorist. He is President of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem, Chairman of the Edmund Burke Foundation and the founder and former head of the Shalem Academic Center in Jerusalem. He is also the Director of the John Templeton Foundation’s project in Jewish Philosophical Theology.

Hazony conductsresearch and writes in the fields of philosophy and theology, political theory and intellectual history. His most recent book, “The Virtue of Nationalism,” won the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s Conservative Book of the Year Award in 2019. His previous books include “The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture,” “God and Politics in Esther,” and “The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel’s Soul.” His articles and essays have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and The New Republic, among others.

יולי תמיר

יולי תמיר היא פרופסורית לפילוסופיה ונשיאת מכללת שנקר. בעבר הייתה חברת הכנסת ושרה מטעם מפלגת העבודה. בשנים 1999–2001 היא כיהנה כשרה לקליטת עלייה, ובשנים 2006–2009 כשרת החינוך. ממייסדות ארגון שלום עכשיו.

משה קופל

פרופ’ משה קופל הוא יו”ר פורום קהלת ומשמש כחבר המחלקה למדעי המחשב באוניברסיטת בר-אילן. בעל דוקטורט במתמטיקה מה- Courant Institute ופוסט דוקטורט מאת המכון ללימודים מתקדמים בפרינסטון. תחומי המחקר העיקריים של פרופ’ קופל במדעי המחשב כוללים למידת מכונה ותאוריות של בחירה חברתית. עבודתו על זיהוי מחברים של טקסטים מיושמת במגוון שימושים מסחריים, משפטיים ובטחוניים.

קופל פרסם גם שני ספרים ומאמרים רבים על הספרות הרבנית, בדגש על היגיון והסתברות. בנוסף, הוא ייסד במשותף והיה אחד העורכים של כתב העת “היגיון”, המוקדש לנושאים אלו. פעילותו הפוליטית של קופל כוללת השתתפות בכתיבתן של שתי טיוטות עבור חוקה לישראל, אחת מהן יחד עם מיקי איתן, יו”ר דאז של ועדת החוקה, חוק ומשפט של הכנסת. מספר חוקים שנכתבו על ידי הפרופ’ קופל נכנסו לספר החוקים של מדינת ישראל.

שרה העצני הכהן

שרה העצני כהן היא יו”ר תנועת “ישראל שלי” העוסקת בקידום הציונות, באקטיביזם ובהסברה ישראלית. על פעילותה זו זכתה בפרס “רוח ציון ליזמות צעירה” של קרן מוסקוביץ לציונות. בעבר שימשה כמנהלת חינוכית של תנועת בית”ר העולמית. בעלת טור שבועי קבוע בעיתון “מקור ראשון”.

Akiva Bigman

Akiva Bigman is the author of How Netanyahu Turned Israel into an Empire, and a writer for the Israeli daily, Yisrael Hayom. Bigman is an investigative journalist who was formerly the editor of Mida. Previously he worked as a legal correspondent for the Israeli daily Makor Rishon. He holds an MA in Jewish history from Bar Ilan University.

Simcha Rothman

Simcha Rothman is an attorney, activist, and author. He is the founder of, and partner in, the Rothman-Lev law firm which specializes in public and constitutional law. Rothman also serves as the legal adviser to the Movement for Democracy and Governability. The Movement promotes public policy aimed at restraining the power of the state legal advisers and increasing the governance of elected politicians.  Rothman lectures regularly on matters of politics, law and the government structure in Israel.  His first book, about the so-called “constitutional revolution” in Israel and its detrimental effects on Israeli society, was published in 2019.

Nave Dromi

Nave Dromi is the director of the Middle East Forum in Israel. She previously served as the manager of the Blue and White Human Rights movement, founded by the Institute for Zionist Strategy. Dromi was a Hillel fellow of the Jewish Agency to the University of Pennsylvania. She publishes regular opinion and analysis columns in Haaretz.

Ran Baratz

Dr. Ran Baratz served as the director of communications for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office between 2016-2017. Baratz conducts research on matters of national policy, chiefly security, economics and government. He  lectures on philosophy, history, and Zionist thought at numerous Israeli academic and informal educational institutions. Dr. Baratz also initiates and directs many conferences and international intellectual programs on matters of politics and policy.

Dr. Baratz is the founding editor of the Hebrew-language conservative news site Mida and a columnist for Makor Rishon. He regularly publishes op-eds, essays, and studies in leading Israeli and American newspapers and periodicals.

The Tikvah Fund

The Tikvah Fund is a philanthropic institution and think tank, aimed at cultivating intellectual and civic excellence within the Jewish People and the State of Israel. Tikvah accomplishes its mission through its support of educational and intellectual projects, where the greattexts on policy, morals, and economics are presented and studied.

The Israeli Forum for Law and Freedom

The Israeli Forum for Law and Freedom advances a conservative legal approach in Israel, based on a deep tradition of legal and political thought. Our mission is focused on advancing scholarship, debate, and discussion on: the separation of powers, judicial restraint, individual freedoms, and the reduction of the intervention of the state. The Forum is presently focusing its activity on law students and university legal departments, as well as the broader community of jurists in Israel


Hashiloach – The Israeli Journal for Thought and Policy offers a range of thorough and wide-ranging intellectual articles ranging from the concrete questions of public policy to the philosophical roots of the discourse in which we participate. Our articles are non-academic, but written with intellectual rigor, integrity, and precision.

The Argaman Instituteז

The Argaman Institute aims to cultivate a new generation of Zionist intellectuals to crystallize and debate the foundational ideas of Israeli conservatism. The Institute offers a variety of academic programs, exposing participants to serious thought whose study will contribute to the building and flourishing of Israeli society. Argaman attracts excelling, talented, and ambitious students who want to delve deep into the foundations of political philosophy, economics, Zionism, culture, and society – and join the future generation of the leading intellectuals in Israel.

Tzarich Iyun

Tzarich Iyun is a Charedi magazine devoted to Torah-based thinking. The magazine aims to inspirea probing discussion of social and Torah issues which require more serious inspection and reflection. The magazine has tens of thousands of readers every month and has quickly become an influential platform in shaping Charedi discourse in Israel.

HaDor HaBa

“HaDor HaBa – Parents for Choice in Education” is a national organization of Israeli parents invested in improving the Israeli educational system. HaDor HaBa aims to increase the influence of parents on the quality of their children’s education in three key ways:

ending registration areas and allowing full choice for parents as to where their children study

expanding educational options and encouraging entrepreneurship and competition in the field of education

and promoting quality teaching through flexible employment of teachers.


“The Association for the Public’s Right to Know” is the oldest media watchdog in Israel. Since it was founded in 1995, the Association has worked to promote a fair and balanced medica. In the past few years, the Association has seen that viewpoint imbalance in the Israeli media is primarily caused by government subsidies, which detach an irresponsible journalistic establishment from the interests and agenda of the Israeli public. The Association works to reduce regulation on the media, limit the harms of public broadcasting, and advance awareness of social networks as a free alternative to the establishment media.

המרכז הירושלמי לענייני ציבור ומדינה jcpa

המרכז הירושלמי לענייני ציבור ומדינה הוא מכון מחקר עצמאי המתמקד במחקרים ובניתוחים אסטרטגיים, מדיניים ומשפטיים – ובהפצתם בקרב מקבלי ההחלטות ומעצבי דעת קהל בארץ ובעולם באמצעות ניירות עמדה, ספרים ופרסומים. רבים ממחקריו של המרכז עוסקים בזכויותיה של ישראל על-פי המשפט הבינלאומי, בטרור הגלובלי, בגרעין האיראני ובבחינת רעיונות חדשים לפתרונות אזוריים במזרח התיכון.

The Movement for Governance and Democracy

The Movement for Governance and Democracy aims to preserve the proper balance between the branches of government in Israel. MGD works to strengthen the governance of elected representatives and the options they have to advance a policy reflecting the will of their constituents, the citizens of the State of Israel.

MGD aims to restore the court system to its proper place and prevent too great a concentration of power and authority in the hands of the judiciary. MGD believes that such a concentration harms the separation of powers, the proper government and administration of state institutions, and the public trust in the various governmental systems.


Mida is a daily news magazine covering the fields of economics and defense, education and culture, academia, law and political thought. We aim to provide readers with new information on Israel and expose Israelis to news and thinking from around the world. We also analyze various initiatives and issues in the world of Israeli public policy, often proposing efficient alternatives.

Shibolet Press

Shibolet Press translates the best of conservative and rightwing thought from around the world for an Israeli audience – books which have stood the test of time and whose ideas have real-world implications. Shibolet aims to expand the boundaries of Israeli intellectual discourse.

Shalem Academic Center Press

Shalem Academic Center Press aims to advance the deepest thinking in a range of topics in Hebrew culture and contribute to the expansion and enrichment of public discussion in Israeli society. The press focuses on translating the best of philosophical works in the fields of the philosophy of religion, science, and politics.


Yehi – A Poetic-Political Journal is a dynamic platform for nationalistic Israeli creative works. Yehi is published in print and online and presents Hebrew creative works of all the printed and visual varieties, as well as the cinematic, theatrical, and musical arts. Following in the path of Uri Tzvi Grinberg, Yehi seeks to occupy a central place in the national voice in Hebrew culture.

The New Liberal Movement

The New Liberal Movement is a non-partisan movement aimed at increasing the civic and economic freedoms of Israel’s citizens in the spirit of liberalism. Individual freedom, by our lights, is a sine qua non for advancing Israel socially and economically. Only a free and tolerant society, in which the individual rights of every person and every citizen is respected, and in which they can pave their own path as they wish without harming a similar path of another, can flourish and be robust

צ'ארלס מאריי

צ’ארלס מאריי הוא חוקר מדע המדינה, סוציולוג ומחבר פורה. משמש עמית מחקר במכון היזמות האמריקני, מכון חשיבה שמרני בוושינגטון הבירה. ספרו “מתקדמים לאחור” העוסק במדיניות הרווחה האמריקנית, שראה אור בעברית בהוצאת שיבולת, הוא מהחיבורים המשפיעים ביותר שנכתבו במאה העשרים על מדיניות כלכלית.