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iEngage: Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings

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

Memory is a central element in defining modern Jewish identity. As we look to Israel’s future, we need to engage anew with our past and explore its meanings and consequences. Through the consideration of major historic moments, this iEngage Project series grapples with the different ideas and values that shape the meaning of modern Israel, Zionism, and Jewish identity today.

Shalom Hartman Institute
Shalom Hartman Institute

This innovative new course explores the pivotal events of 1947 and 1967 – following the 1917 Balfour Declaration – as key moments when Zionism unleashed new thinking about the meaning of Jewishness for generations to come. The course engages Jews in an open and pluralistic discussion about issues of Jewish identity, peoplehood, ethics, and theology, as they relate to nationhood, land, sovereignty, Jerusalem, occupation, and moral red lines.

Each session in this eight-unit course includes a 20-35 minute video lecture and a 20-30 minute roundtable video discussion with senior Hartman faculty, as well as primary sources and background readings.
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Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings:
The Legacy of the Past and the Challenge of the Future

Watch Donniel Hartman describe this new lecture series

Unit 1: 1917 – The Balfour Declaration: The Idea of a Homeland for the Jewish People
Unit 2: 1947 – The United Nations Partition Plan: The Jews in the World
Unit 3: 1967 – The Six Day War: Power, Land and God
Unit 4: Judea and Samaria – Occupation or Liberation
Unit 5: One State, Two States – Moral Red Lines
Unit 6: Jerusalem of God, Prayer and Peoplehood
Unit 7: Jerusalem of Responsibility – Loss, and Hope
Unit 8: The Jubilee Year and Beyond – Milestones and their Meanings

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Cost: $500 includes online access to digital course, leader’s guide, sourcebook, and background readings. Additional hard copies of sourcebooks sold separately, $20 each (includes shipping and handling).

For questions or educational consultation, please contact Rabbi Lauren Berkun, Director of Rabbinic and Synagogue Programs

For Synagogues and Groups Using the Video Lecture Series

  • Detailed flyer (PDF opens on screen, can be downloaded)
  • Customizable flyers for synagogues (Word document, automatic download only, does not show up on most computer screens)


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