WHAT WE OFFER 

Our presentations and workshops are interactive, many engaging participants through the use of texts. All are adapted to the specific audience, venue and context of the session . A sampling of topics appears below, grouped by subject area. 

How Jewish the Jewish state?

 

My wife is a bigamist: Reflections on the women in my life

Personal anecdotes illuminating the complexities of living Jewishly in the so-called Jewish state

Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish people

The inherent tension in striving to create a society simultaneously Jewish and democratic

 

A stranger no more?

The conversion conundrum in Israel today: Who’s in, who’s out and who decides?

 

Israel-Diaspora relations

 

The Great Divide: Israel and American Jewry – Are we really one?

What's to blame for the growing alienation of Diaspora Jews from the Jewish state and what can we do about it

 

Putting Israel in its place: The Jewish state and the Jewish people

The centrality of Israel in Jewish life is a cornerstone of Zionist ideology. Is it in any way reflected in reality?

 

Jerusalem

 

Why is Jerusalem always two?

Delving into the city’s celestial and earthly dimensions through the poetry of Yehuda Amichai

 

Next Year in Jerusalem: Fact, Fiction, Fantasy or Farce?

Exploring our bond to this magical city through texts ranging from the Biblical to the contemporary

 

Reclaiming and reframing the Zionist idea

 

From Altneuland to Tel Aviv: Herzl’s vision, our challenge

Relating to an Israel that is yet to meet the expectations of its founders that it be forged as an exemplary society

 

From Mt. Sinai to Mt. Herzl

The Biblical and Zionist commandment to build a society in the Land of Israel that would serve as a light unto the nations 

 

Herzl’s Jewish Journey: Out with the Christmas tree, in with the Menorah

From flirtation with conversion to Christianity as a solution to the Jewish problem to a passionate embrace of Judaism

 

An interview with Theodor Herzl

Contemporary reflections from the visionary of the Jewish state on the state of the state he imagined into being

 

All in the family

 

Those we’ve left behind

The ongoing saga of the remnants of Ethiopian Jewry languishing in Gondar and Addis Ababa

 

Black Lives Matter – Do Jewish Black Lives Matter too?

The fascinating story of the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda, and Israel’s refusal to recognize them

 

It’s Greek to me

From highpoint to Holocaust in the Hellenic Republic and the challenges of the here and now

 

Family Matters: Our brethren in Poland, Greece, Panama  and Uganda

A glimpse into the diversity and vitality of small Jewish communities around the world

 

Israel education

 

Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael, Torat Yisrael: A conceptual model for Israel education

Approaching engagement with Israel as making sense only if it helps make sense of who one is

 

A visit to Altneuland and its implications for Israel Education 

What was of concern to Herzl 120 years ago remains remarkably relevant for Jewish education today

 

Teaching Israel from B to Y: An Incomplete Guide for the Jewish Educator

B is for Birthright, Y for Yerushalayim shel Zahav. What about A for Aliyah and Z for Zionism?