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The History of the State of Israel: Zionism Through 2023

Tue January 2, 2024 at 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Mondays and Tuesdays in January – 12:00 to 1:15 pm via Zoom

Tuesday, Jan 2, Monday, Jan 8, Tuesday, Jan 9, Monday, Jan 15, Tuesday, Jan 16, Monday, Jan 22, Tuesday, Jan 23

How did we get here and what will happen next?
A seven-part class with Master Educator Uri Feinberg
$36 (members); $54 (public) for the entire series.

In the aftermath of the devastation that befell the Jewish people which began on Simchat Torah, October 7, 2023, many may find themselves on very shaky ground. How did this happen, why did this happen, what actually happened and how can I explain how I feel and why? These may be only some of the questions emphatically circling our consciousness.While no one can promise answers to all these questions, we believe that a deep dive into the history of the State of Israel will offer a first step towards a broader, stronger foundation of knowledge on which to stand.

Uri Feinberg, a licensed tour guide since 1999, has worked as a tour educator for a wide range of groups including synagogue, Federation, URJ and CCAR leadership, interfaith, multi-generational and more. Uri’s experience has been driven by a clear desire to share the power of the Land and State of Israel, to strengthen Jewish identity and a connection with the Jewish People. Uri will be leading Mount Zion’s 2025 trip to Israel.

Mondays and Tuesdays in January – 12:00 to 1:15 pm via Zoom

  • Session #1 – Tuesday, Jan 2: The Foundation of Zionism: Was this in fact the beginning? We will begin in the middle of the 19th century, looking forward but with a glimpse behind us. We will follow this new movement through its unity and division, its ideology and practice. This will propel us towards WWI where we find the early Zionists with a foot on the ground and hands in it. We will also be on the cusp of changing tides as new outside forces begin their pressure on the land and on those in it.
  • Session #2 – Monday, Jan 8: WWI and The British Mandate: These events will leave their mark, for better and for worse, on the region, on the Jews and on the Arabs living here. Maps, letters and agreements will create a tidal wave of events that will sweep through the region during the war and pave the way for the rise of British control in what will become known as the British Mandate of Palestine.
  • Session #3 – Tuesday, Jan 9: Setting the Stage for 1948: Following the first decade of the Mandate, what seemingly was a slow trot will turn into a gallop. Immigrations, legal and clandestine; partitions accepted and rejected; cityscapes and agricultural fields. Tension, threat and hope, all set the stage for the Sinai-esque moment of the founding of the State of Israel.
  • Session #4 – Monday, Jan 15: Highs and Lows of the New State: With yearning now behind us, living as a sovereign in our land is a miracle manifest. With doors open for the ingathering of Jews around the world, great heights will be reached even when missteps and mistakes are made along the way. Achievement and challenge will present itself, as we continue through the momentous early decades of the young state.
  • Session #5 – Tuesday, Jan 16: Nation Amongst Nations: The momentous early decades will make way for the momentous latter decades. Becoming a nation amongst the nations, internal strife, pride and power, overcoming threats, internal and external, success at home while reaching out to help the world. All these descriptions don’t do justice to all that the State of Israel has seen, done, been proud of, and been devastated by. Hopefully by the end of our seminar, we will strengthen a foundation of knowledge about the Jewish State, we will be able to zoom out and zoom in, contextualize and look forward. However, true success will be established if we can part ways and feel comfortable asking the question- why do I care? What does this mean to me?
  • Session #6 – Monday, Jan 22: Stranger in a New Land: While many aspects, angles and elements that make the State of Israel what it is will be discussed and dissected, we will dive deeper into some of the unique qualities that complement the pulsating essence of what Israel is. There have been Jews living in the Land of Israel, well, from the beginning, some who never left. However, as we know, the young state has been molded by the waves of immigration who have landed on its shores. They have arrived through both push and pull factors and have their mark on what it means to be an Israeli. Along with the incredible option as a haven for the ingathering of the exiles, this has not been without its challenges. We will take the opportunity to look more closely at some of these communities, the hurdles and altruistic goals of integration, where Israel has succeeded and where it still has room to improve.
  • Session #7 – Tuesday, Jan 23: What Happened on October 7?: What happened to the State of Israel, what happened to Israelis what happens next. We will take a closer look at the events that began on this terrible day and led the state of Israel into a state of war.

 

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Tue January 2
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12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
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