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Israel: Commitment and Criticism

Addressing how Jews in Israel and North America balance between their commitment to Israel and their right to criticize its actions and policies.
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Dr. Rani Jaeger is a Research Fellow of the Kogod Research Center and head of the recently formed Tanakh Initiative at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He was one of the founders of the Institute’s Be’eri Program for Pluralistic Jewish-Israeli Identity Education. Rani received his doctorate from Bar-Ilan University on Jewish-Israeli culture as perceived by the poet Avraham Shlonsky. He was a participant in the first cohort of the Beit Midrash for Israeli Rabbis and received rabbinical ordination

Israel: Commitment and Criticism
iEngage Conference on Loyalty, Empathy, and Moral Clarity

December 15, 2015
UCLA Hillel, Los Angeles

One of the most burning contemporary questions for Jews in Israel and North America relates to the balance between the commitment to Israel and our right to criticize its actions and policies.

This is not a theoretical question but a debate that many of us have on a personal level as well as in our communities and as citizens of the countries that we live in. We will attempt to find a relevant way to address this question through a deep look into generations of Jewish and Zionist thought.

You care about Israel, peoplehood, and vibrant, ethical Jewish communities. We do too.

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