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Adult Ed: Israel 101b

Israel 101B
Course Overview

Led by Dr. Jonathan Golden and Rabbi Jethro Berkman on ZOOM, the primary objective of Israel 101b is to connect participants to foundational knowledge about Israel and show how these facts affect key stances. Originally developed as part of the My Israel program for Gann students, and later adapted for adult learning in conjunction with CJP’s Community Israel Dialogue initiative, Israel 101b is a lively interactive class based on recitation of source material, dual-instructor explanation, and probing group discussions. Each session also includes exploring seminal arguments between figures of historical importance, and between supporters of conflicting viewpoints for the future of Israel, and its people and neighbors.

Participants in Israel 101b should expect to emerge with not only increased knowledge and perspective, but also with a strengthened personal connection to Israel as it relates to their Jewish identity.

Class One:Hatikva” (“The Hope”) – The first part of the class explores the origins and meaning of Zionism through leading Zionist thinkers like Theodore Herzl and Ahad Ha’am. The second part of the class explores the trajectory of Israeli politics through the visions of David Ben Gurion and Ze’ev Jabotinsky. Our essential question will focus on whether Jews need a state (or homeland) of their own and if so, what should it look like.

Class Two:Hamatzav” (“The Situation”) – This class focuses on the impacts of the wars of 1947-49 and 1967 on the Israeli-Arab state conflict and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Some of the key explorations of the class will be on refugees and on settlements. Our essential question will focus on the relationship of Israel and her neighbors.

Class Three: “Hayom v’He’atid” (“Today and the Future”) This class takes the story of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the early 1970s through today. We will particularly focus on the Second Intifada and its impact on Israeli society and Israeli politics. Our essential question will focus on the questions Israelis today are grappling with as they think the meaning of the Jewish state and her relationship with her neighbors.

Class Four: HaSicha (“The Discussion) This class is an opportunity to bring the historical material to the present moment. What are ways in which October 7th might impact Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? What are frames and lenses to understand and talk about Israel in 2024?


Classes meet on Zoom only. Mondays: 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 from 7:30-9:00 pm

Tue, June 18 2024 12 Sivan 5784