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2019 Summer Community Leadership Program
Nationalism and Tribalism in a Global Era

June 25 – July 2, 2019

More than 200 participants joined us in 2019 for a week of pluralistic, open-minded text study, small group seminars, field trips and cultural experiences exploring Nationalism and Tribalism in a Global Era, and what the current global tensions mean for North American Jews, for Zionism, and for the State of Israel.

Highlights of Summer 2019

Small-group study session leaders included Dani Segal, Rani Jaeger, Michal Guvrin, Orit Malka, Sara Labaton, Tomer Persico, Zohar Atkins, Channa Pinchasi, Sarah Mulhern, and Tal Becker. Topics included innovative Jewish rituals, different models of “chosenness,” poetry and history, and the conflict between philosophy and politics.

Day trips (tiyulim) included exploring the conflicting identities of Palestinian Israelis, a hike in the hills along the Israel Trail from Tel Azeka to Kibbutz Netiv Halamed Hey on a route connecting the biblical story of David and Goliath, “Jewish Nationalism and Tribalism” through the centuries beginning at Tel El-Ful and the Tomb of Samuel. A visit to the Shrine of the Book and an exhibit about Ilan Ramon the Israel Museum connected the dots of Jewish nationality and Statehood from ancient times to the 21st century. A Hadassah Hospital tour included staff, doctors, and patients speaking first-hand about everyday human encounters and how they overcome the tensions and challenges.

2019 Videos

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