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Adult Learning Class: "The Future of Israel"

Upcoming Sessions

1. Sunday, October 25, 2020 7 Cheshvan 5781

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

2. Sunday, November 1, 2020 14 Cheshvan 5781

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

3. Sunday, November 8, 2020 21 Cheshvan 5781

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

4. Sunday, November 15, 2020 28 Cheshvan 5781

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Past Sessions
Sunday, October 18, 2020 30 Tishrei 5781 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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Jonathan Golden and Yoni Kadden from the Gann Academy will be the instructors for this course. The course will take a case study approach to the future of Israel. Each class will focus on a contemporary issue and explore both its historical background and possible future directions.

Weekly Topics

Class 2:  Demographics in Israel 

 Case study: In 2018, Israel passed a basic law called the Nation State Law which included the line “the right to exercise national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people.”  Why did Israel pass the law and should it remain law? 

1.       Present: Israel Arabs in Israel today and how did the Nation State Law get passed? 

2.       History:  Why was this law not passed before?  What did similar discussions in the past look like? 

3.       Future: What is the future of the Nation State Law? 

Class 3: Economics in Israel 

Case study:  How is the COVID-19 crisis impacting small businesses in Israel and what is the government doing about it? (falafel owner vs. IKEA) 

1.       Present:  Small businesses – IKEA vs. Falafel store owners 

2.       History:  Moving from a socialist to capitalist society (Ben Gurion - kibbutzim, Jabotinsky), Netanyahu and privatization, startup nation – 2011 – Cottage cheese protest 

3.       Future:  What is the future of the Labor Party and socialism in Israel? 

Class 4: Religion and State in Israel 

Case study: Why is there no civil marriage in Israel and what are Israelis doing about it? 

1.       Present:   Current marriage law and practice in Israel 

2.       History:   Status Quo Agreement 

3.       Future:  Other issues: Shabbat and stores, Kotel, kashrut 

 Class 5:  American Jews and Israel 

 Case study: How do American Jews relate to the Jewish state in 2020?   

 1.       Present:  A review of the previous 4 classes and what is happening right now -   

2.       History: Pittsburgh to Columbus Platform, Ben Gurion-Blaustein debate, 1967 

3.       Future:  What will you do? Should American Jews being weighing in on these issues?  If so, how?  


Past Sessions:

Class 1: Annexation of the West Bank 

 Case study: Donald Trump has proposed a plan where Israel will annex part of the West Bank.  While the announcement of normalized relations with the UAE have put talk of annexation on hold, Prime Minister Netanyahu has said that annexation is still on the table.  Should Israel annex any part of the West Bank now or in the future? 

 1.       Present:  A look at the Trump plan and current state of affairs in the West Bank 

2.       History:  A review of 1967 and UN resolutions, Jerusalem and Golan annexation.   

3.       Future:  Should Israel annex the West Bank?  Pros and cons

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