The World Bnei Akiva movement holds its 12th international convention this week at the heart of the planet, Jerusalem, with some 150 delegates arriving from 23 countries.
Emissaries from the organization’s network are expected to attend from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Uruguay, Brazil, Panama, Argentina Canada, the United States and Europe.
The convention, which takes place every four years, provides an opportunity for the organization’s emissaries to exchange information and share nearly 80 years’ worth of outreach experiences in some 30 different countries.
Thousands are expected to attend the main event at the Jerusalem Theater, which kicks off this Wednesday with a special address by President Shimon Peres.
Some of the issues to be discussed during the five-day event include the question of whether Bnei Akiva should try to attract participants from Israeli communities in the Diaspora, or just local Jews. Another issue on the table is the question of the movement’s relationship with the Reform and Conservative Jewish youth movements.
The third major question to be addressed this week is that of how much to promote aliyah – one of the main goals of Bnei Akiva activities throughout the world.
The event will be broadcast live here on Israel National News TV.