iEngage: Israel's Milestones and Their Meanings


Take Part in an Advanced Text Study of Israel’s Legacy and the Challenges for its Future with Rabbi Denise L. Eger

iEngage: Israel's Milestones and Their Meanings: The Legacy of the Past and the Challenge of the Future

In cooperation with the Shalom Hartman Institute and Union for Reform Judaism,

study with Rabbi Eger and the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute as we prepare for the 70th anniversary of Israel's Independence: A 7-part series to understand Israel in these times.

At this moment in time, Israel and Jewish communities around the world will be marking, celebrating, and reflecting on both the 50 years since the Six Day War and 70 years since Israel's establishment. As we reflect on these anniversaries, three key events stand out. The Balfour Declaration, the UN Partition Plan, and the Six Day War each, in their own way, unleashed ideas and emotions which influenced the different paths Israel took in forming its identity and its impact on the Jewish people globally.

1917, 1947, and 1967 are more than historical moments. They are carriers of ideas, challenges, and aspirations that continue to define the contours of the Israel and Zionist narratives. They trigger deep sentiments and divide us into different political and ideological camps. As we consider the implications of 50 years since 1967 and 70 years since the founding of the State of Israel, and as we look to Israel's future, we as a community need to engage anew with our past and explore its meanings and its consequences. What of this past should we embrace, what needs re-interpretation, and from what should we break free?

All perspectives welcome.

Course fee: $25 dollars to cover materials only--no one turned away for lack of funds.

Tuesdays 7 pm to 8:30 pm (Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 13, Feb. 20, Feb. 27, and Mar. 13)



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