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.

The Israeli Conservatism Conference

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Amiad Cohen

Showing the Way for the Conservative Movement in Israel

Amiad Cohen, Director-General of the Tikvah Fund in Israel, on the vitality of Israeli society and its belief in life, necessitating intellectual and cultural ideological support for the intuitively conservative worldview which most Israelis have.

Roger Hertog

The Free Market of Ideas

Roger Hertog, Chairman of the World Tikvah Fund, and co-founder of the Stanford-Bernstein investment fund, talks about Israel’s prosperity and the enormous importance of developing conservative ideas and deep thinking to deal with the new challenges it faces in economic and social affairs.

Douglas Murray

Progressive Ideas and the Strange Death of Europe

Douglas Murray, the British author and journalist and author of the bestselling book The Strange Death of Europe, lectures on how the universalist progressive worldview harms Europe’s ability to deal with deep moral ideas and ultimately believe in its right to exist and the justice of its cause, and on the differences between Europe and Israel regarding nationalism and patriotism, borders and religion.

Rotem Sela, Dr. Gadi Taub, Dr. Ronen Shoval

Postmodernism, Political Correctness, and the Liberation of the Discourse

PC culture, imported from the US over the last twenty years, argues that the path to change runs through the transformation of language and public discourse. Rotem Sela, publisher of Sela Meir books, and Drs. Gadi Taub and Ronen Shoval talk about the dangers inherent in this approach for the principle of freedom of speech and the free play of ideas and opinions in Israel, as well as the basic error in the belief that fixing the mirror fixes reality.

Prof. Moshe Koppel

From Vision to Reality

The Kohelet Forum deals in research and advancement of policy in the fields of governance, nationhood, and economic freedom. Forum Chairman Professor Moshe Koppel lectures on how one can influence political reality in Israel and deal with the power of the bureaucracy. A rare look behind the scenes of public policy making in Israel.

Sagi Barmak, Hadas Lanciano, Avrum Tomer, Rabbi Yehoshua Pfeffer

Identity Politics and the Weakening of the Weakened

Identity politics formed in the west during the sixties, raising the flag of excluded and discriminated groups. The emphasis was moved from the virtues of the individual to the collective and untransferable sentiments of the group. Dr. Sagi Barmak talks with Hadas Lanciano, Avrum Tomer, and Rabbi Yehoshua Pfeffer on the influence of identity politics in Israel. Does it lead to historic justice or to a reverse racism, overflowing with resentment? And is there a contemporary conservative response to this view.


Dr. Ran Baratz

Nation, State, and the Freedom to Prosper

The radical ideas in favor of dismantling the nation, religion, and family are very influential in the public discourse and public opinion in Israel and around the world. Dr. Ran Baratz provides a fascinating survey of the central conservative thinkers who dealt systematically with these positions: Edmund Burke with his focus on the importance of the little platoons in forming a nation, Alexis de Tocqueville on the political importance of local responsibility, and Friederich Hayek on the limits of the individual and the importance of the free market. Finally, Baratz surveys the prosperity of freedom-loving countries in terms of their economy and quality of life.

Yoav Sorek, Emily Amrousi, Irit Linor, and Benny Tziper

Conservative Culture – Is There Such a Thing?

What is conservative culture? Do conservative limitations handicap creation or allow it to break through? And are conservative artists pushed outside the milieu by the cultural gatekeepers? Journalists Emily Amrousi talks to author and columnist Irit Linor, Haaretz Literary Section editor Benny Tziper, and Hashiloach editor Yoav Sorek on the issue.

Dr. Eran Bar-Tal, Amichai Shikli, Ricky Maman, and Moshe Kinley Tur-Paz

How to Educate for Excellence

With mediocre results, a convoluted teacher employment system, and without a coherent identity – the Israeli education system has been the subject of ongoing public criticism. Journalist Dr. Eran Bar-Tal talks to Amichai Shikli, Ricky Maman, and Moshe Kinley Tur-Paz on how to improve one of the most important state systems.

Erez Tadmor, Rabbi Haim Navon, Rabbi Amihai Eliyahu, and Adv. Eran Ben Ari

Big State or Small State

Does the state create the community or vice versa? What is the role of government ministries in developing communities and creation the national ethos, if at all? And what is “character” or its relation to law? Erez Tadmor talks with Rabbi Haim Navon, Rabbi Amichai Eliyahu, and Adv. Eran Ben Ari, on the place of the state in our Jewish and communal lives.