Adult Education Special Series with Amy and Gadi Ben-Dov, Session 1: From The Rise of Zionism to a New Nation

03jan12:00 PM1:00 PMAdult Education Special Series with Amy and Gadi Ben-Dov, Session 1: From The Rise of Zionism to a New Nation

Event Details

The State of Israel from the Rise of Zionism through 2023: The first 75 years, How did we get here and what will happen next?

The world changed on Simchat Torah – October 7,2023. All of us in the Jewish community experienced a collective tragedy unlike anything most of us have seen in our lifetime. We are all trying to process and understand what brought us to this point and where to go from here. That includes many people who have deep relationships with Israel and have been there many times, and others who have never been before.  So many questions have arisen: How could this happen? How did this happen? What actually DID happen? While there are no simple answers to these questions, our response is to return to our own history to best understand the foundations of Israel and creating a basis of knowledge to help contextualize today’s events.

Within the heart of the Jewish people lies the State of Israel. The words that come to mind to describe this ancient land include: dynamic, historic, energetic, demanding, difficult, layered, nuanced and complicated.  To best understand our current events, we will embark on a series that will begin in the early days of  Zionism laying the foundations that will get us through the British mandate period and the turn of the century. From there we will share in the experience of the new State’s formation in 1948 and through the ensuing decades until today. We will discuss the people, places and events that have shaped our history.

As we conclude and look to the future, we will have had an opportunity to strengthen what we already know about Israel, add information that wasn’t previously there, and regardless of our opinions about Israel, be able to ask ourselves (and maybe even answer), how does all this relate to us? 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.


Session 1: From The Rise of Zionism to a New Nation

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.  WWI and The British Mandate will leave its 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.


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