Israel 101 (Class #3)


March 27, 2023    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Mondays from 7:00-8:30pm: March 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 Three: “Hayom v’He’atid” (“Today and the Future”) – This class takes the story of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the early 1970s through today. We will particularly focus on the Second Intifada and its impact on Israeli society and Israeli politics. Our essential question will focus on the questions Israelis today are grappling with as they think the meaning of the Jewish state and her relationship with her neighbors.

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