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Crash Course on Israeli History

Past Sessions
Sunday, February 12, 2023 21 Sh'vat 5783 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Zoom
Sunday, February 5, 2023 14 Sh'vat 5783 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Zoom
Sunday, January 29, 2023 7 Sh'vat 5783 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Zoom
Sunday, January 22, 2023 29 Tevet 5783 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Zoom
Sunday, January 8, 2023 15 Tevet 5783 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Zoom

Interested in responding to anti-Israel comments in print, on social media or in person? Want to have intelligent conversations about Israel with family and friends? This engaging five-part Zoom course will provide you with an overview of the history of Israel that will help you understand the modern-day Israel/Palestinian conflict in addition to the complex history of Jewish and Arab connections to the land.

To understand the modern-day Israel/Arab conflict, one must understand the history of both Jewish and Arab connection to the land. Diving deep into Jewish history, our speaker, Charlotte Korchak, will cover Jewish “indigeneity,” historical presence in the land, and the roots of Zionism. She will also trace the rule of Judea/Palestine post-exile, the Islamic conquest, the Arab/Muslim connection to the land and the evolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Whether you are 13 or 120, this is a must-attend course!

Charlotte Korchak is one of the foremost public speakers in her field, recognized for making complex content engaging, accessible and meaningful for all ages. As the Senior Educator and Director of International Student Programs at StandWithUs Israel, she has worked with over 10,000 students of all ages. She received her BA in Middle Eastern History from USC.
Admission for this course is free of charge, but registration is required
. Each class will provide well-researched material, analysis, relevant context to current concerns. Two of the presentations will be pre-recorded, but all five classes with have live Q&A. Registration is required, and will remain open through the duration of the course*. Recordings will be available for those who can’t attend a session.  

Sessions will be held Sunday mornings, January 8 to February 12, 10:00 to 11:30 AM (except January 15, Martin Luther King weekend). Session topics will be:

  • From Ancient to Modern Times (January 8)
  • Zionism, Arab Nationalism, and Jewish Statehood (January 22)
  • The Rise and Decline of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (January 29)
  • The Evolution of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Part 1 (February 5)
  • The Evolution of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Part 2 and Answering Difficult Questions about Israel (February 12)

Beth Am JIAC and Contra Costa JCC, in partnership with Congregation Kol Emeth and Sonoma County Israel Committee, and Congregation Beth David (Saratoga) are offering the course for free. Please register.

*Registration is required and will remain open throughout the course. Once you register, you will receive a recurring Zoom meeting link to be used to join all five sessions. You will receive weekly reminders on Thursday and Sunday mornings before each session. If you do not see these emails, please check your spam/junk folder to retrieve them. We suggest you add and to your contacts list as well.

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