The Z3 Project is an initiative of the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, CA. Our aim is to promote a stronger relationship between Diaspora Jewry and Israel. We are dedicated to modeling how Zionism can evolve, and how our communities can come together for meaningful discussions about the Diaspora and Israel. Since 2015, we have gathered leading voices from across the political spectrum for a day of debate and conversation, aimed at creating a new model of Jewish engagement in the 21st century. In our sixth year of programming, Z3 became a global event with over 25 participating JCC’s from around the world.
In our work we rely on three core operating principles:
Unity, Not Uniformity
The Z3 Project aims to honor our differences while working for the oneness of the Jewish People.
Engaging as Equal Partners
The Z3 Project brings together Israelis and Diaspora Jews to build our common future.
Diversity of Voices
The Z3 Project convenes Zionists of differing backgrounds and perspectives across the political and religious spectrums.
We believe that elevating the relationship between Israel and Diaspora Jews is of critical importance to the flourishing of our people. We invite you to join the conversation, in hopes that together, we can bridge knowledge and emotional gaps between our communities.
For the first time in Jewish history, there is both a strong Jewish Homeland and a strong Jewish Diaspora. This raises fundamental questions about our Jewish future. What will the relationship between these two thriving centers of Jewish life look like? Will there even be an intersection, or will two separate and distinct Jewish populations and cultures develop over the next several generations? The new paradigm for that relationship is Zionism 3.0.
To bridge the growing gaps, we offer a wide variety of programs. Our flagship event is the annual Z3 Experience, where we host speakers and presenters from across the Jewish world to share ideas. In addition, we assist communities across the country in producing their own Z3 events, by facilitating speakers, seminars, and community workshops.
Our multifaceted work targets a broad range of demographics. We offer community-wide events, educational experiences for students, as well as leadership events. In touching all levels of the Jewish community, the Z3 Project grows its reach and ability to effect change in the relationship between Israel and Diaspora Jewry.