Israel’s Milestones Shabbaton

Friday and Saturday, July 27-28

Friday night services at 6 p.m., followed by a lecture and Q-and-A session over a Vermont Kosher catered dinner.

Saturday afternoon lecture from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and participatory discussion with appetizers.

Please RSVP for one or both sessions below.


Please join us for a special Shabbaton with Jonathan Golden, PhD, as we mark Israel’s milestones. Inspired by the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage curriculum, “Israel’s Milestones and their Meanings,” Jonathan Golden will bring our congregation into a conversation about these seminal moments and their continued impact. Jonathan is the Israel curriculum coordinator and an American history teacher at Gann Academy, a pluralistic Jewish high school Waltham, Massachusetts.

D’var Torah: ‘Measuring Milestones: Israel at 70’

Since 2017, Jewish people around the world have commemorated key historical anniversaries, including the Balfour Declaration, the UN Partition Plan, the Six Day War, and Israel’s 70th birthday. Why do we mark these anniversaries, and how does the way in which we mark them reflect and shape contemporary conversation about Zionism and Israel? These questions will be addressed. We hope you will make plans to join us for part or all of the weekend or all.

Friday night session: ‘A National Home for the Jewish People – The Historical Roots of the Balfour Declaration’

Friday night lecture and Q-and-A over dinner

A century ago, the British government announced its endorsement of a national home for the Jewish people. Why was this declaration issued in 1917, and how did it shape the Zionist movement on a world stage?

Saturday afternoon session: ‘Israel and the World – The Balfour Declaration at 100’

4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Saturday afternoon lecture and participatory discussion with appetizers

Why is the Balfour Declaration still at the center of many conversations about Israel, Zionism, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?We will explore the legacy of the Balfour Declaration in terms of its connection to Israel’s place in the global community.

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