Culture, Land, History, Connection, People


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Israel Current Events Program (ICEP)

Israeliness and Jewishness, with Rabbi Robert Hirt

A History of Israel: A State is Born, with Rabbi Bob Orkand 

Sunday Classes

Israel Current Events Program (ICEP)

Speakers: Varies

Time: 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Class Fee:  Free

Dates: Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17, Jan 28, Mar 18, Apr 29

Description:  The Israel Current Events Program (ICEP) is a discussion group in which we learn, examine, and explore important aspects of Israeli current events and how they impact Israel today.  An invited speaker with share his/her expertise on a specific topic, usually Israeli, followed by Q&A and group discussion. Topics are chosen based on timely and pressing issues facing Israel. Email Robin Goldenson, [email protected], or Paul Zorfass, [email protected], with questions. No registration is required - just drop in! Program duration is designed for an exciting and provocative one hour with occasional spill-over.

As always Q&A follows.

Wednesday Classes

We will explore how American and Israeli Jews understand and relate to the cultural, spiritual, religious, and political dimensions and values of Zionism, and to the State of Israel today. The creation of the state of Israel transformed the way Jews saw themselves and were seen by others. Would Israel be a state like all others or become a laboratory for Jewish renewal for its citizens and Diaspora Jews as well? Join us to examine texts that have engaged and challenged Jews throughout the last century and still do today.

Thursday Classes

It is impossible to understand modern-day Israel without understanding the dreams, hopes, and challenges with which the Jewish state began in 1948.
Rabbi Bob Orkand will continue his very popular history of Israel class by looking at the inspirational stories of those who founded Israel as well as the challenges—both internal and external—faced by these brave—and some would say foolhardy--chalutzim (pioneers).
No prior knowledge is needed, nor is it necessary to have participated in last semester’s class.