AJC Global Forum 2018


AJC Global Forum 2018

AJC Global Forum is a unique policy and advocacy conference. Each year more than 2,500 people from 70+ countries convene to discuss, debate, and advocate on key issues affecting the future of world Jewry. There are large plenary sessions featuring addresses from influential leaders, smaller breakout sessions with policy experts, and meetings with diplomats and policy makers. 

Thie year, the Global Forum took palce in Jerusalem to celbrate Israel's 70th birthday. Over the several days of the conference, we experienced Israel's vibrancy and indomitable spirit. Seventy years after the founding of the modern Jewish state, AJC Global Forum 2018 brought more than 2,400 advocates together in Jerusalem to reflect on Israel's past, explore its present, and look toward its promising future. We witnessed groundbreaking addresses by world leaders, dined with diplomats, and sent a powerful message about religious pluralism. 

We had the pleasure of listening to remarks by many important world leders, among which:

  • H.E. Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel 
  • Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem
  • Yahya Cholil Staquf, General Secretary of the Nahdlatul Ulama Supreme Council and Director of Religious Affairs of Bayt ar-Rahmah, world’s largest Muslim organization
  • Sebastian Kurz, Federal Councellor of Austria 
  • Avi Gabbai, Chairman of the Israeli Labor Party
  • Leah Goldin, CEO of Golden Solutions and Mother of Lt. Hadar Goldin
  • Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria 
  • Naftali Bennett, Minister of Education and Minister of Diaspora Affairs of Israel
  • Stav Shaffir, Member of Knesset
  • Tzipi Livni, Co-Leader, Zionist Union; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel
  • Péter Niedermüller, Member of the European Parliament, Treasurer, & VP of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats

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