Looking Towards Tomorrow: Trends, Challenges and Decisions

The Israeli Presidential Conference 2011

In June 2011, the Chief Rabbi was invited to deliver a speech at the Israeli Presidential Conference, which entitled “Looking Towards Tomorrow: Trends, Challenges and Decisions”.

The goal was a strategic look into the future. Will we find solutions to the great challenges that stand before the world, the Jewish people and the State of Israel? To what extent is our tomorrow subject to unpredictable and incontrollable events and to what extent is it subject to the rational decisions of humankind?


Mr. David Witzthum, Israel
News editor, Channel 1, Israeli TV; Radio Personality, Israeli Radio

Other Participants:

Ms. Abby Joseph-Cohen, USA

President, Global Markets Institute; Partner and Senior US Investment Strategist, Goldman Sachs; Presidential Councillor, Cornell University; Chair, Board of Trustees, Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Ms. Tzipi Livni, Israel
Chairperson of the Opposition; Chairperson, Kadima Party

Professor Niall Ferguson, UK
Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University; William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs; London School of Economics

Major Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, Israel
Former head, Israeli Defense Intelligence Directorate (Aman); Former Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) defense attaché to Washington D.C.

Watch a clip of Rabbi Sacks from the moderated panel later that same day, entitled The Future of European Jewry: Thriving or in Decline?