iEngage: Israel’s Milestones and their Meanings: A Shalom Hartman Institute Lecture and Study Series led by Rick Berkman

Israel's Milestones and Their Meanings
A Shalom Hartman Institute iEngage Lecture & Study Course
Led by Rick Berkman, Past President of Rodeph Shalom

January 14, 21, February 4, 11, 25, March 4, 11, & 18 from 10:00am-12:30pm

Explores the pivotal events of 1947 and 1967 as key moments when Zionism unleashed new thinking about the meaning of Jewishness. For members only. Cost: Free; suggested donation of $180 to cover course materials and online access. Attending all classes is not mandatory, as materials can be viewed online. To register, please contact Candice Nemoff ([email protected]).


January 14      10:00am-12:30pm: iEngage (1 of 8): “1917 - The Balfour Declaration: The Idea of a Homeland for the Jewish People”

January 21      10:00am-12:30pm: iEngage (2 of 8): “1947 - The United Nations Partition Plan: The Jews in the World” - Rick Berkman

February 4      10:00am-12:30pm: iEngage (3 of 8): “1967 - The Six Day War: Power, Land and God” - Rick Berkman

February 11    10:00am-12:30pm: iEngage (4 of 8): “Judea and Samaria: Occupation or Liberation” - Rick Berkman

February 25    10:00am-12:30pm: iEngage (5 of 8): “One State, Two States: Moral Red Lines” - Rick Berkman

March 4          10:00am-12:30pm: iEngage (6 of 8): “Jerusalem of God, Prayer and Peoplehood” - Rick Berkman

March 11        10:00am-12:30pm: iEngage (7 of 8): “Jerusalem of Responsibility, Loss, and Hope” - Rick Berkman

March 18        10:00am-12:30pm: iEngage (8 of 8): “The Jubilee Year and Beyond: Milestones and their Meanings” - Rick Berkman

A note from Rick Berkman: To become a big thinker, one needs to study outside one’s professional field. So my avocation became Jewish learning. I have done it for over 40 years with AJC and even taught courses on Genesis at RS, GFS, and taught in prison. I have also spent 10 summers at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem for 10 days each summer studying with Christian scholars about Talmud and Israel and how Jews study and think. We learned that Jews ask an unending series of unanswerable questions and that being Jewish is more than a religion. It is being part of a people and a history and even a civilization. We used Chavruta to share ideas and questions. I now hope to share some of what I learned with others at RS by teaching this course on milestones involving modern Israel. I hope many of you will join me on this learning journey.”