Austin Z3 Conference | Shalom Austin


Thank you for coming to Austin Z3!

What is the Z3 Conference?

The Z3 Project is an initiative of the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, CA, bringing together prominent figures from various walks of life, to share their perspectives and to engage in discussions and debates. Our objective is to foster a fresh approach to Jewish engagement in the 21st century. Our mission remains as ambitious as ever – to provide a unique opportunity for people from all backgrounds to come together and contribute to the shaping of a stronger bond between the global Jewish community and Israel. 

For questions, contact Robyn Burch at

Sunday & Monday, February 25-26, 2024

Sunday, February 25: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday, February 26: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Dell JCC




  • Electives YOU choose to further your knowledge and engagement
  • Israel Exposition with organizations including Americans for Ben-Gurion University, Jewish National Fund, BBYO, Advocacy Action, Israel Scouts Tzofim – Shevet Keren, and the Israel-American Council


  • Electives with a workshop element where you unpack real-life Israel-related scenarios with Rabbi Denise Eger


Israeli Leadership Lab for Jewish Professionals and Lay Leaders 

Exploring the notion of Jewish peoplehood and brainstorming projects for the future


Zack Bodner

Author and President & CEO, Oshman Family JCC

Rabbi Amitai Fraiman

Director, The Z3 Project, Oshman Family JCC

Rabbi Daniel Septimus

Rabbi Daniel A. Septimus

CEO, Shalom Austin

Rabbi Daniel Septimus

Congressman Michael McCaul

U.S. Representative, Texas’ 10th District in the United States Congress

Rabbi Stephanie Max

Executive Director, Texas Hillel

Rabbi Denise Eger

Author, Speaker, Social Justice Activist

Algom Ben-Horin

West Coast Regional Program Director, The Jewish Agency

Michaela Jacobsberg-Reiss

Michaela Jacobsberg-Reiss

Product and Marketing Leader, Founder of MJR Go To Market

Michaela Jacobsberg-Reiss

Yakir Englander

Senior Director of IAC Gvanim and Leadership Education

Dror Stein

Content and Leadership Director, Z3
Oshman Family JCC

Michaela Jacobsberg-Reiss

Carol Silverberg

Co-Founder and President, Explorei3
Co-Founder, Fertility Foundation of Texas

Wendy Goodman

Senior Marketing & Communications Director, Shalom Austin
Editor-in-Chief, The Jewish Outlook & Jewish Austin Magazine

Michaela Jacobsberg-Reiss

Rabbi Amy B. Cohen

Chief Social Services Officer, Shalom Austin
Executive Director, Shalom Austin Jewish Family Service

Michaela Jacobsberg-Reiss

Maura Kinney

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Shalom Austin Jewish Family Service

Michaela Jacobsberg-Reiss

Rachel Stern

Chief Strategy & Impact Officer, Shalom Austin

Michaela Jacobsberg-Reiss

Jessica Ochs

Senior Youth & Teen Director, Shalom Austin


How Big is Your Story?  | Rabbi Stephanie Max

TEENS ONLY. Join us for a taste of Jewish learning on campus with a Jewish Learning Fellowship: Life’s Big Questions experience. When you tell your story, where do you begin? Who are the people that fill it, the places, moments, and experiences you want to create along the way?


Since October 7th, there has been an extreme rise in antisemitism and antizionism in the US and around the world. While we are dealing with a form of the same hatred our people have faced before, the context is different, and so our response as a community must be as well. Join Zack Bodner, CEO and President of the Oshman Family JCC, Founder of the Z3 Project, in a master class providing real tools to organize and combat antisemitism.  


Theodore Herzl famously wrote in his book “If You Will It, It Is No Dream” about the possibility of founding a Jewish State. Now, 76 years after its founding, was the dream fulfilled? What happens when dreams become a reality? Join Rabbi Amitai Fraiman in a text-based session to explore different angles of dreams and how they relate to Zionism, Israel, and the state of the relationship between Diaspora Jewry and Israel. 


My Israeli Story: How to Share My Israel – An American Jewish Dialogue and Learning | Dr. Yakir Englander

In this workshop, we will use Storytelling tools to find the most suitable way for each participant to share “his/her/their Israel.” During the workshop, we will focus on the characteristics of creating stories that suit the complexity of life in Israel and practice storytelling and active listening.

The Iron Dome of the Jewish People  | Algom Ben-Horin

Join us for a briefing and discussion on how Shalom Austin is making an impact on the ground in North America, Israel, and overseas. From college campuses to Ukrainian refugees to victims of terror, Shalom Austin touches and saves many Jewish lives every year through its partnership with The Jewish Agency.

Trauma, Resilience, and Our Lives  |  Rabbi Amy Cohen & Maura Kinney

Traumatic events change communities and individuals in ways that impact our daily lives. Since October 7th, Jews around the world have been trying to understand how to cope with a never-ending news cycle while defending Israel’s right to exist. How do we support our families and friends in Israel while going about our daily lives? How do we access resilience in times of overwhelming grief? October 7th marked a change in American and Israeli’s sense of safety and security; join this discussion to figure out how we can access resilience in these trying times.



How much does registration cost? What's included in the fee?

Registration is $36 for community members. Teens and college students can register for free! 

Registration includes:

    • Kosher boxed lunch on Sunday 
    • Breakfast on Monday 
    • Snacks and water both days 
When is the deadline to register?

The deadline to register for Austin Z3 is Wednesday, February 21 at 12:00 PM.

Do i HAVE to be a dell JCC member to register?

No! All members of the greater Austin community are welcome to attend. Registration is required for the conference and campus security. 

Which day of the conference should I attend?

You can attend any day you wish (or both)! We’ll be happy to have you. 

What is the conference schedule?

Sunday, February 25: Listen, Think, Do
Monday, February 26: Israeli Leadership Lab for Jewish Professionals and Lay Leaders

You can find a more detailed schedule here!

why should my teen come to austin z3?

We are incredibly excited for teens to have the opportunity to come to Austin Z3. During the conference, there will be a special teen-only session, where your teens will be encouraged to discuss and learn more about Israel. They will be introduced to other teens from all over greater Austin, and will become a part of the larger community! 

What is the dress code?

The dress code for Austin Z3 is conference/business comfortable. 

What do I need to bring?

All you need to bring is your favorite water bottle, a light jacket/sweater, and an open mind! 

are meals provided?

Meals and snacks will be provided with your registration! Additionally, Afuga Coffee and Babka ATX will be available for purchase. Our Dell JCC JCafe is always open with snacks, coffee, and various drinks for purchase as well. 

what will security be like?

We will be following the Dell JCC Campus Security Policy and Procedures. Security will be on-site. Registration is required to attend. All bags are subject to search. 

Z3 Code of Conduct

Our code of conduct policies are set forth for the security and safety of staff, members and guests. All members and guests should abide by these guidelines at all times. Individuals or groups refusing to abide by the campus conduct policy may face disciplinary action, including the revocation of membership or campus privileges.

The Dell Jewish Community Campus is private property. The following activities are prohibited anywhere on the Dell Jewish Community Campus:

  • Any behavior that endangers the life, safety, or health of others
  • Smoking of all types, including vaping and the use of electronic cigarettes
  • Disrupting or interfering with normal campus operations or with the production, viewing, or enjoyment of any scheduled or approved campus event, program, service, or activity
  • Disrupting, interfering, or blocking the flow of pedestrian or vehicle traffic without prior approval
  • Using any electric, electronic, or mechanical device to amplify sound without prior approval
  • The distribution of flyers, leaflets, booklets, hand-bills, or other literature without prior approval
  • Carrying, holding, posting, hanging, or otherwise displaying signage, banners, posters, flags, exhibitions, and other forms of advertisement without approval
  • Using offensive, vulgar, indecent, or abusive language in a public space
  • Abusing or harassing others, or engaging in behaviors that are hostile, menacing, antagonizing, or threatening
  • Using remotely controlled airplanes, drones, helicopters, gliders, or other unmanned aerial vehicle without approval
  • Professional or commercial photography/videography anywhere on campus without approval

As a member or guest, you are expected to comply with any reasonable request from a staff person. You are expected to comply with that request in a respectful manner. If you have a concern regarding the request, a formal complaint may be filed at the Welcome Desk in the Sports and Fitness Lobby to be reviewed by the appropriate party. These forms are available at the Welcome Desk.

All members and guests should notify a staff person immediately upon witnessing inappropriate behavior by another member or guest.

Consumption of alcohol during official campus functions should be in moderation. Public intoxication is not acceptable on campus and violators will be removed from the property immediately and membership may be revoked based on staff or board recommendation.

All drivers should behave in a responsible and courteous manner. Texas traffic laws should be adhered to on campus. This includes limiting speed on campus to 10 miles per hour. A violation of this rule may cause termination of membership or access to campus. In addition, handicapped parking is provided strictly for those with appropriate tags. Failure to abide by this guideline may result in towing at the owner’s expense.

Pursuant to Section 30.07, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with an openly-carried handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government may not enter this property, the Dell Jewish Community Campus, with a handgun that is carried openly.

Robyn Burch

Robyn Burch

Executive Assistant, Rapoport Center