World Bnei Akiva's international 12th convention in Jerusalem
Thousands to salute Bnei Akiva emissaries throughout the years
In January 12th 2011, approximately 150 delegates from 23 countries around the world will arrive in Israel for World Bnei Akiva's 12th international convention 'בשליחות המדינה', with a special tribute to the movements' Shlichim (emissaries) around the globe. The delegates will come from: Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Hungary, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Switzerland, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Panama, Great Britain, Israel, the US, Canada, Germany and France. Bnei Akiva's Shlichut network exists for close to 80 years, in 30 countries around the world, educating towards Judaism, Zionism and Aliyah.
World Bnei Akiva's convention takes place every four years, while the local branches send delegates to Israel. During the convention, the delegates, youth and young leadership, will vote on the movement's ideology, projects and future.
Thousands expected to attend Bnei Akiva's main event at the Jerusalem Theater this Wednesday. Mr. Shimon Peres, Israel's President will salute Bnei Akiva Shlichim throughout the years, together with key figures in the Israeli society.
also performing are the Maccabeats, who will sing together with the Bnei Akiva chanichim and Bogrim at the opening ceremony for the first time in Israel.
Some of the issues to be discussed:
Israelis abroad: There are huge communities, consisting of millions of Israelis in tens of countries around the world. Should Bnei Akiva try and attract participants from the Israeli communities in the Diaspora or rather just local Jewish communities?
The Conservative and Reform movements: What is Bnei Akiva's relation to the Reform and Conservative youth movements? Are joint activities encouraged? If so, what sort?
Aliyah: Aliyah is one of the main goals of Bnei Akiva's activities around the world. Is it pushed enough? Some may say too much. How should the movement educate towards Aliyah?