The Shabbat table can be a place for conversations focused on the difficult and complex issues facing young Jewish adults in America.

With a new Israeli government incoming, an uncertain future on Israeli-Palestinian peace, and growing rifts within the American Jewish community, it is vital that we build relationships across perspectives and create welcoming spaces for nuanced conversations in 2019.

IPF Atid invites you to critically and inclusively engage with these (and many more) important issues by utilizing the Shabbat table to connect people, have meaningful interactions, and build community.

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MESSAGE FROM OUR ORGANIZERS:

"While our role as individuals can be limited in terms of impact in the wider Jewish community and in the Middle East, what each of us can do is understand, envision, and work towards a better future by elevating the communal discourse and mobilizing support for a viable two-state solution. The leadership that is modeled in our perspective of reconciliation and progress also has the potential to reverberate throughout those communities entrenched in the conflict."

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Dinners will be featured in (but not limited to):

  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • New York City
  • San Francisco
  • Washington, DC

Menu of Dinner Conversations (Suggested)

1) Two-State Solution & The IPF Atid Perspective

2) One People, Two Centers? – Z21 Movement

3) Current Events & Commentary

4) IPF Atid Quarterly Campaigns

RESOURCES


Explore the PDFs and resources below to further frame and craft your IPF Atid-OneTable Shabbat dinner. If you have additional questions, please call the Israel Policy Forum at 212-315-1741 or email atid@israelpolicyforum.org.

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HOST FAQs


What is the primary purpose of each IPF Atid-OneTable Shabbat dinner?

The goal for each gathering is to provide a space for nuanced and informed conversations pertaining to Israel, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Middle East, or American Jewry. Through readings and resources distributed before and after the dinner, it is our hope that the host and guests will become better educated on the realities and complexities of the topics chosen.

Does my Shabbat dinner need to be in my home? Does it need to be dinner?

Your IPF Atid OneTable Shabbat can take many forms, both inside and outside of your home. While most IPF Atidniks host in their apartments and homes, others also utilize restaurants and other communal spaces.

How many people am I expected to include?

The range of guests averages from 7 to 15 for each IPF Atid OneTable Shabbat. Some may involve fewer than 7 or even extend beyond 15, depending on space and capabilities to facilitate larger conversations.

How do I, as the host, de-escalate a contentious discussion or argument?

Remind the group that you are all there to listen and learn, not only to express individual opinions. Recognize that the table shares the same overarching goals of peace, security, and dignity for all peoples. If needed, suggest a pivot in your conversation to a different topic by having additional questions prepared in advance.

How will I prepare my Shabbat conversation?

Israel Policy Forum will work with you in identifying topics, questions, and relevant content to guide your ideal conversation. Some hosts may want to focus specifically on current events, while others more on specific subject areas related to the two-state solution or otherwise. We are excited to work with you!

Who are these dinners open to?

The IPF Atid-OneTable dinners are intended for young professionals in their 20s and 30s. Any friends, family, colleagues, or others who would enjoy participating in an informed discussion are encouraged to be invited and included. The collective level of knowledge of your guests will help to determine the conversation outline and resources curated with the help of the Israel Policy Forum. All backgrounds and perspectives are welcome at the table.

What happens if a guest is against the two-state solution?

Guests and hosts are entitled to their own opinions and are invited to express their own views. As the host, you should be mindful of keeping the conversation civil, productive, and rooted in fact. Disagreements are healthy and even encouraged, so long as they are respectful and not an obstacle to the purpose of the conversation.

Why the two-state solution – and how can it be supported in the absence of its prospects or negotiations?

The two-state solution is the consensus framework for a permanent status agreement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with longstanding support emanating historically from the Israeli government, Palestinian Authority, American government, the United Nations, the European Union, and many other states. While it can take various forms in implementation, the two-state solution is the only pathway that provides national self-determination for both Israelis and Palestinians. In the absence of Israeli and Palestinian leaderships committed to the two-state solution currently, the Israel Policy Forum and its community advocate for interim policies (security, economic, socio-political, and more) to better advance a two-state reality on-the-ground.

Additional questions?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Israel Policy Forum by phone at 212-315-1741. By email, contact Shanie at sreichman@ipforum.org.

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