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Israel: Jewish Democratic State?

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Israel Seminars' lively discussion program explores some landmark cases from the past and looks at recent events to re-examine the future of Israel as a Jewish Democratic State.

The Future for Israel as a Jewish Democratic State.

Several incidents recently hit the headlines showing tensions between secular and ultra-orthodox communities in Israel. But the questions and issues run much deeper.

Israel Seminars' discussion program explores some landmark cases from the past and looks at recent events to re-examine the future character of Israel as a Jewish Democratic State.

Participants' comments:

"I found the sociological aspect of the programme especially interesting. Although it was not possible to explore all the issues in depth, it raised some interesting questions about viewpoints within Israeli society"
Participant, Oxford, UK.

"Learning more about Israel it made me realize that Israeli views are different to what is projected through the media and other sources, and it was very interesting to see facts and opinions from 'the horse's mouth'."
Nicole B., Oxford, UK.

"I thought this was a very interesting talk. I think the interactive method was conducive to more discussion and interest in the subjects. I learned some tenets of the (Israeli) Declaration of Independence and about the Law of Return."
Participant, Oxford, UK.

"Was fun and lively. Learned surprising things I would never have guessed at. Thanks!"
Eva M., Oxford, UK.

"I loved the interactive features. It was wonderful to discuss the issues rather than just being lectured at."
Participant, Oxford, UK.

"Valuable. Interesting. Raised more questions than could be answered in the time available, naturally, and any state is in a dynamic situation, not only Israel."
Participant, Oxford, UK.

This program is suitable for:
Synagogue and community-wide audiences, JCC’s, JCRC’s, Israel action committees, Hillel and college student groups, 11-12th grade students at high schools or supplementary schools (religious schools etc.). Professional development sessions for lay leadership, Federation staff, teachers, educators & clergy. Men's clubs, Sisterhood and Hadassah groups, golden ager groups. No prior knowledge required.

Duration: 60 - 90 minutes

Program fees:
North America: $900 for single program or $1500 per day of programming (according to your schedule, this could be three, four or more engagements in one locality) plus local transportation and accommodation where applicable.
The presentation is also available as part of a Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat ($2000). Contact us for itinerary suggestions.
UK: £450 for single program, £750 for a full day of activities, £950 for Scholar-in-residence Shabbat plus local transport and accommodation where applicable.

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