Update from Jerusalem: Day 1

Conference of Presidents Kicks Off Leadership Mission

We are thrilled to kick off the 48th Conference of Presidents National Israel Leadership Mission!

Over the next few days we will engage with many top political, governmental, and military leaders who are responsible for the formulation and implementation of Israeli foreign and defense policies. We will also experience exclusive and unique programs in areas of vital strategic, cultural, and historical importance.

We are excited to share details about these high-level, stimulating, and inspiring programs with you in a daily newsletter. 

In his first address to American Jewish leadership since his re-election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered the keynote address at the opening night gala of the annual National Leadership Mission of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.



“The work the Conference of Presidents does, to keep the bilateral relationship as strong as possible, is more important than ever.”

— Thomas Nides, United States Ambassador to Israel



“The Conference of Presidents is perhaps the biggest Jewish tent welcoming all the Jewish people in the biggest Jewish community outside of Israel. You are here this week in Jerusalem to listen and engage with Israel’s leaders. And as Mayor of Jerusalem, I can say Israel also must listen to you, too.”

— Moshe Lion, Mayor of Jerusalem


In a Journalists Panel moderated by Gili Cohen, Diplomatic Correspondent for KAN, COP Israel Mission participants heard from (left to right) Carrie Keller-Lynn, Political and Legal Correspondent for The Times of Israel; Ariel Kahana, Diplomatic Correspondent for Israel HaYom; Zvika Klein, Jewish World Analyst for The Jerusalem Post; and Attila Somfalvi, Political Journalist and TV Anchor for Ynet, on the political, economic, and social issues shaping Israeli society in 2023.



Conference of Presidents National Israel Leadership Mission participants met with executives of OrCam, an Israeli company pioneering AI technology into a wearable platform that improves the lives of individuals who are blind, visually impaired, and have reading difficulties.

Attendees were provided a hands-on demonstration of OrCam’s MyEye, a wearable voice-activated device that attaches to virtually any glasses. MyEye can instantly read to you text from a book, smartphone screen, or any other surface; recognize faces; and help individuals live a more independent life.