Israel 101 (Class #2)


March 20, 2023    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Mondays from 7:00-8:30pm: March 20 & 27

Led by Dr. Jonathan Golden and Rabbi Jethro Berkman on Zoom, the goal of the class series is to connect participants to foundational knowledge about Israel. Originally developed at Gann Academy for students and  parents and later adapted for adult learning in conjunction with CJP’s Community Israel Dialogue initiative, Israel 101 is a lively interactive class based on dual-instructor explanation of source material and probing group discussions. In each session the instructors present model debates that bring to life seminal arguments between figures of historical importance, and between supporters of conflicting viewpoints for the future of Israel, and its people and neighbors. We will also have the opportunity to explore and understand the challenges presented by Israel’s recent election outcomes.

Participants in Israel 101 should expect to emerge with not only increased knowledge and perspective, but also with a strengthened personal connection to Israel as it relates to their Jewish identity.


Class Two: “Hamatzav” (“The Situation”) – This class focusses on the impacts of the wars of 1947-49 and 1967 on the Israeli-Arab state conflict and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Some of the key explorations of the class will be on refugees and on settlements. Our essential question will focus on the relationship of Israel and her neighbors.

For information on all three classes, see our Lifelong Learning page