The Israeli Conservatism Conference

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

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

Advancing from intuition to conception, from instincts to reasoned discourse, and from improvisation to long-term policy.

“Actions speak louder than words,” the saying goes. There’s a lot of truth to that. Anyone who looks at the small choices of Israelis will see that they are full of faith. Israelis – across the boards – have children at the highest rate in the west, since they see the world as a place that’s good to live in and see people as worthy of populating it. They enlist in the army and the reserves, fiercely debate politics and vote at high rates, out of a love and appreciation for the Jewish nation state. They establish communities, charity projects, and civil organizations galore, since they believe in the good that comes from below, out of personal encounters and mutual obligation towards others.

But the small deeds lone don’t speak loudly enough. On the bigger field, words have the power to move reality, and shape the framework within which daily life could flourish or, God forbid, perish. The Israeli intuitions fit their conservative beliefs. But the ideas which characterize the dominant intellectual discourse and the mindset of policy shapers in Israel is different. It is this gap which we seek to bridge.

The conservative movement aims to translate the conservative, wise, and sober intuitions of Israelis into a clear language, an organized set of intellectual teachings translated into calculated public thought. To give expression to the accumulated life wisdom and skepticism invested in their small actions in the larger and all-embracing work of their leaders. To get them to encounter a world of ideas they have always recognized as correct, even if they never encountered it in an articulated manner, and didn’t know how to apply it to the issues dearest to their heart.

Join the conservative movement, and we will do this together.

Amiad Cohen Director-General 

The Tikvah Fund is a philanthropic foundation and ideas institution committed to supporting the intellectual, religious, and political leaders of the Jewish people and the Jewish State. Tikvah runs and invests in a wide range of initiatives in Israel, the United States, and around the world, including educational programs, publications, and fellowships. We invite you to explore some of these initiatives through the links on this page.

Our animating mission and guiding spirit is to advance Jewish excellence and Jewish flourishing in the modern age. Tikvah is politically Zionist, economically free-market oriented, culturally traditional, and theologically open-minded. Yet in all issues and subjects, we welcome vigorous debate and big arguments. Our institutes, programs, and publications all reflect this spirit of bringing forward the serious alternatives for what the Jewish future should look like, and bringing Jewish thinking and leaders into conversation with Western political, moral, and economic thought.

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