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Israel Resource Corner

Upcoming Related Programs:

J Street Boston
is holding an intergenerational dialogue, “The Israel Conversation on Campus” featuring current student activists from J Street “U”.  Hear how the next generation is navigating the politics of Israel engagement amidst campus polarization. Weds February 10th, 7 pm on Zoom. All TOS and Shir Hadash  members (teens and older) are welcome. 

Questions? Ask congregants Susan Zeiger (susan@primarysource.org) or Peter Barrer  (pbarrer@gmail.com )

Hand in Hand event March 17th:
Building Peace & Partnership Between Arabs & Jews in Israel We invite you to join us to learn about Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel Wednesday, March 17 at 12:00 - 1:15 PM EST Virtual meeting via Zoom In a society defined primarily by the conflict between Arabs and Jews, Israelis and Palestinians, Hand in Hand has created a growing and thriving new model of integrated schools for Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens. Now with over 2,000 students in seven schools, Hand in Hand is making a tremendous impact for Jewish-Arab partnership and coexistence. Over the next ten years, Hand in Hand aims to create a network of up to 10-15 integrated bilingual schools, supported and enhanced by active communities, involving thousands of Israeli citizens. Hand in Hand is a model of what Israel can and should look like, where its Jewish and Arab citizens can live in a shared society based on equality, mutual respect and peace. Meet: Alma Saporta, Jewish Hand in Hand graduate and community activist Osaid Jammal, Arab Hand in Hand graduate and activist Noa Yammer, Hand in Hand Director of International Communications Lee Gordon, Hand in Hand Co-Founder Click here to register to attend the meeting. or visit
https://bit.ly/3j8T69Y

J Street’s 2021 National Conference
Taking place virtually from April 18-19, will be a major, landmark gathering for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans. The conference assembles prominent political leaders, policymakers, activists and experts from Israel and the U.S. for two days of learning, discussion and networking. Coming in the early months of a new presidential administration, the conference will encourage our leaders to revitalize the pursuit of peace and justice in the Middle East and to promote democracy and equality at home. The entirely virtual format will enable us to bring together more attendees and showcase more diverse programming than ever before. The conference is an amazing opportunity for learning and action; we hope you will consider joining us. Register here.  If you want to know more about the conference, please reach out to Ohabei members David Seldin (daseldin@gmail.com) or Susan Zeiger (susan@primarysource.org).

Websites

- The Israel Museum
The Israel Museum in the Palm of Your Hand

https://tours.imj.org.il/en#new

- Events link with opportunity to sign up for newsletter
https://www.imj.org.il/en/events-list

- Tel Aviv Museum of Art
A wide array of museum exhibits for kids and adults

https://www.tamuseum.org.il/en/exhibition/museum-temporarily-closed/

- The Israel Democracy Institute
https://en.idi.org.il/
All of the events listed on the English site have simultaneous translation into English.  In addition, it has a multimedia library which explains many aspects of Israeli society with a series of short clips in English.

 https://unpacked.media/unpacking-israeli-history-podcast/

Bibliography on Israel

- Martin Gilbert, Israel: A History (a comprehensive history of the state of Israel) 

- Yossi Klein Halevi, Like Dreamers  (follows the lives, and the contrasting political perspectives, of 7 paratroopers whose brigade united Jerusalem in the 6 day war.) 

- Arthur Hertzberg, The Zionist Idea (c wonderfully edited volume of the writings of the top Zionist thinkers, each with an illuminating introduction) 

 - Michael Oren, Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Israeli diplomat and scholar Michael Oren’s history of the Six Day War and its aftermath) 

- Ari Shavit, My Promised Land (critically acclaimed account of Israel’s history told by Israeli journalist through in depth exploration of several key moments in the state’s history) 

- Yael Zerubavel, Recovered Roots (a scholarly examination of how Zionist thinkers and founders of Israel recast Jewish history, creating a new national tradition) 

 - Daniel Gordis, The Promise of Israel (an American who moved to Israel reflects on Israel’s unique status as a Jewish and democratic state, and argues that this is its strength) 

- Daniel Gordis, Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn (published in 2016, a well written text that weaves together  Zionist thought, political history, and Israeli culture) 

- Thomas Friedman, From Beirut to Jerusalem (classic exploration of the Lebanese Civil War and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through 1990 by Pulitizer Prize winning journalist) 

- Amos Oz, In the Land of Israel (Renowned Israeli novelist travels throughout the country and the West Bank, talking with Jews and Arabs across the political spectrum about the country’s past, present and future) 

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