Israel Programming 2017-18

Theordor Herzl, a founder of political Zionism, famously said:

“If you will it, it is no dream.”

You are invited to join Rabbi Rachel Timoner and Rabbi Josh Weinberg, president of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (and CBE member), on a year-long engagement with Israel, its land, and its people. Together we will learn about the history of Israel, discuss current issues, and explore our views and concerns about Israel’s past, present, and future. During our year of study and discussion, we will dig into the nature of that dream…and the reality that is Israel today.

Israel Dialogue & Study Series
Tuesdays from 7:30-9:30 PM

Our course, which will consist of three, four-week modules (November, January, and April), will trace the timeline of Israel’s history, and the Jewish people’s existence and presence in the Land of Israel from biblical times through today. We will explore the issues of religion, society, culture and identity in Israel, and Israel’s relationship to the Jewish diaspora. We will also listen and learn about Palestinians’ experiences and consider whether Israel has lived up to the aspirations of its Declaration of Independence.

This course will incorporate the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage curriculum which creates a new narrative regarding the significance of Israel for Jewish life. This narrative serves as a foundation for a new covenant between Israel and world Jewry, elevating the existing discourse from a crisis-based focus to one rooted in Jewish values and ideas.

Each session will include an hour of dialogue and discussion led by Rabbi Timoner followed by an hour session of more formal learning led by Rabbi Weinberg. Background readings will be provided prior to each class.

Dates and Topics:
Module א: Israel and the Jewish People – Tracing Our Roots from the Torah to Modernity

Completed November 28

Session 1 – November 7: Our Roots in the Land, Becoming a Nation, and the Babylonian Exile
Session 2 – November 14: The Return to Zion and 2nd Temple Times
Session 3 – November 21: Israel from the Rabbinic Period Through the Middle Ages
Session 4 – November 28: Emancipation, Enlightenment and the Bridge to Modernity

Module ב: From Zionism to Statehood

Completed February 6

Session 5 – January 16: Introduction to Zionism
Session 6 – January 23: The Birth of the “New Jew”
Session 7 – January 30: The Yishuv and Mandate Palestine
Session 8 – February 6: What Is Reform Zionism? Issues of Religion and State

Module ג: “Statehood”

Module 3: Beginning April 10
Tuesdays from 7:30-9:30 PM

Session 9 – April 17: The 1948 War and its Aftermath
Session 10 – April 24: 1967 – The War that Changed Israel and the Middle East
Session 11 – May 1: Tying it All Together – Challenges and Opportunities in Contemporary Israeli Society
Session 12 – May 15: The Future – What Is Our Role?


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