Minister of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky participated in an online jam session organized by the Joint Initiative Between the Government of Israel and World Jewry.
The Joint Initiative, organized by the Prime Minister's Office and the Ministry of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs in partnership with the Jewish Agency, is a historic joint effort to develop practical solutions to the greatest challenges facing world Jewry, with a primary emphasis on strengthening Jewish identity amongst Jews and connecting world Jewry to Israel.
The online jam session sought to expand the conversation and enable every individual, community, or organization to contribute their perspectives to the "collective wisdom" of the Jewish people.
More than 1,500 individuals engaged in the online conversation, with participants hailing from Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, and a range of other countries.
A group of professionals analyzed the insights generated during the jam session and will integrate them into the recommendations set to be presented to the government for approval. Due to overwhelming demand, the session – which had been set to end Tuesday – was extended through Wednesday.
Visiting the Jerusalem headquarters of the jam session, Minister Bennett said: "This initiative is about hearing new ideas and empowering Jews from around the world to take part in the debate over which direction Israeli-Diaspora relations should take in the years to come."
Jewish Agency Chairman Sharansky said, "This is our mutual effort to secure our mutual future. The government of Israel and the Jewish world are working together, as equal partners, to explore how we might inspire the younger generation to celebrate its Jewish identity. We look forward to hearing as many voices as possible in order to ensure that the vibrancy and the diversity of the global Jewish community are reflected in this historic process."