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A Presidential Conference

05/17/2012 09:23 am ET | Updated Jul 17, 2012

A tradition of four years now has become part of the Jerusalem agenda for the summer. The Israeli Presidential Conference "Facing Tomorrow," a place for leaders and opinion designers to show and tell, will take place once again this coming June!

The conference gathers people from various walks of life in order to discuss issues that matter today. The conference will assemble world leaders, international scholars and activists, poets and scientists, artists and clergy, entrepreneurs, economists and industrialists, and representatives of the next generation of leaders -- promising young individuals radiating innovation and creativity.

I am covering the conference so readers may get to know the huge impact of such an event in the middle of the Israeli consensus in Jerusalem. Apart from the importance of the talks between leaders of all kinds (young and adult) related to Jewish life in Israel and the Diaspora, the general life of the nation is discussed. Issues that will be discussed are questions such as the impact of the new economic situation: Will it get worse before it gets better? The connections between Judaism and democracy -- an issue that has claimed many headlines in the last few years in Israel -- and the challenges of being a Jew in the Diaspora are also discussed. Part of the panel deals with developments of technology in the service of the people -- health, medicine and so on.

The host of the conference is President of the State of Israel Mr. Shimon Peres, a very respected man with decades of experience with the Jewish people and the state of Israel. He is also the former prime minister and the minister of defense.

I am looking forward a meaningful and interesting conference together with the other hundreds of people who are invited to this extraordinary event. This is the first in a number of articles I am writing for the conference.