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Students' REAL FAQs about Israel: 4-Part Discussion Series is a Course

Students' REAL FAQs about Israel: 4-Part Discussion Series

Oct 16 - Dec 18, 2018

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Online 4 Part Series- Come to one, all, or as many sessions as you would like!

Anyone who attends 3 out of 4 session will get  free copy of: "Essential Israel: Essays for the 21st Century" edited by our instructor, Dr. Rachel Fish!

Description:
 In this four session online experience, we'll delves into the questions you and your students are asking about Israel. Each session will seek to answer a different frequently asked question about Israel ranging from "Why should Israel be important to me and my students?" to  "What do people mean when they say 'the Occupation?'" At the conclusion of each session you'll be given additional resources for further engagement and learning. 
 
Who This is For: This course is perfect for those looking to learn more about Israel and those looking for meaningful answers to student's questions

**Come to one, two, three or all session!**

Dates & Topics for Online Sessions

All sessions will take place 12:00pm -1:00pm EST / 9:00am-10:00am PST

  • Tuesday, October 16th 
    • Why Israel?: We'll look at the historical, religious, spiritual and political reasons the Land and State of Israel play a central role in organized Jewish life and throughout the Hillel movement.
  • Wednesday, November 14th  
    • What is Zionism?: This session will be an engaging deep dive into the origins and diversity of Zionist ideology as well as the modern critiques and criticisms frequently heard on campus.
  •  Wednesday, December 5th
    •  Is there an occupation and if there is an occupation, what is it?: In this session we'll examine why the word "occupied"  is frequently used to describe some of the territories captured by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War and why some people find this word problematic.
  • Monday, December 17th 
    • How does Israel relate to its minority populations?: The diverse population of Israel is anything but homogeneous. In this session we'll take a look at how Israel relates to it's various minority groups and how the recently passed "Nationality Law" effects these populations. 
Facilitator: Dr. Rachel Fish
Rachel Fish is the Senior Advisor and Resident Scholar at the Paul E. Singer Foundation. Previously, she was the Associate Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University. She completed her doctoral degree in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department at Brandeis University in 2013. Her dissertation, “Configurations of Bi-nationalism: The Transformation of Bi-nationalism in Palestine/Israel 1920’s-Present,” examines the history of the idea of bi-nationalism and alternative visions for constructing the State of Israel. She has worked as an educator and consultant in various capacities in the Jewish community and higher education, teaching about Zionism and Israeli history at Brandeis University, Harvard University, UMASS Amherst and adult education programs. In 2015, she held the Rohr Visiting Professorship at Harvard University, where she lectured on modern Israel and received the Derek Bok Certificate of Teaching Excellence. Rachel lives in Waltham with her husband, Dave, and their four children. Rachel enjoys playing soccer, reading, traveling

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