27 2018

Israel: From Ancient History to Modern Headlines

7:45PM - 9:00PM  

Beth Shalom Congregation 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane
Columbia, MD 21044

Contact Jessica Schultz

$ Cost $ 20.00

Join Rabbi Grossman and guest lecturers to explore the intersection of history, politics, and polemics in this fast paced series designed to provide participants with the myth busting facts and nuanced context to make sense of contemporary social and political challenges facing Israel today. All classes hosted and moderated by R. Susan Grossman. Recommended text: Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict by Mitchell Bard
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November 27: Archaeologist and Smithsonian Scholar Dr. Michael Hornum explores The History of the Jews in their Land showing the unbroken continuity of Jewish settlement in the Promised Land from the Biblical through the early Ottoman Empire.

December 4: Jewish community Shaliach and former IDF commander, Shay Rubinstein explores the international context and social and political complexities of The Endless Conflict between Jews and Arabs from early Zionism to Independence through the 1967 Six Day War and its aftermath.

December 11: Former member of IDF intelligence, Zachary Fisch takes us from the Yom Kippur War, the Egyptian and Jordanian peace treaties, Oslo, internal Palestinian conflicts, Israeli politics and the impact of terrorism on the peace process in this frank discussion on Israel, its Neighbors and the Palestinians.

December 18: Rabbi Grossman will co-lead with Shay Rubinstein a thought provoking and respectful conversation with class participants synthesizing and reflecting on what was learned in the course and exploring how young Israelis are responding to the current matzav (political situation) in order to better understand How to Talk Thoughtfully about Israel.

Speaker Bios:
Rabbi Susan Grossman, spent years as a journalist covering Prime Minister Netanyahu and traveled through refugee camps in Gaza and the West Bank before becoming a Rabbi. Later as a prominent Conservative Rabbi, she was part of interfaith peace delegations to King Abdullah of Jordan and PA President Abbas. She has served on the Rabbinic Cabinet of Rabbis for Human Rights and has her doctorate in Ancient Judaism from Jewish Theological Seminary.

Dr. Michael Hornum, Archaeologist and Smithsonian Scholar, has 25 years of field experience in archaeology and has his doctorate in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr. He currently manages archaeological investigations in Eastern North America for R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. His publications include Nemesis, the Roman State, and the Games.

Shay Rubinstein is the Jewish Federation of Howard County’s Community Shaliach.  He teaches about Israel and promotes Israel related activities in Howard County. He was a commander in the Israel Defense Forces.  Before entering the IDF,  Shay served with youth advocacy delegations in London and Paris as part of the Israeli Center for Young Leaders. 

Zack Fisch served in intelligence in the Israel Defense Forces and knows Arabic. He has closely followed Arab-Israeli relations for decades and remains closely in tune with developments in Israeli politics, Palestinian activity and Arab-Israel relations.


Register at www.beth-shalom. Registration $20 for all participants.
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Howard County

Sponsor: Beth Shalom Congregation and Jewish Federation of Howard County