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Buyin' Beinart?

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Join the conversation about Israel's policies, Zionism and American Jewry's relationship with Israel prompted by Peter Beinart's latest controversial book "The Crisis of Zionism".


"Nearly all the considerable attention generated by Peter Beinart's "The Crisis of Zionism" has focused on its final 81/2 pages. There, warning that the "hour is
late," he calls for liberal supporters of Israeli democracy to engage in "direct action" against Israeli occupation of the territories occupied after the June 1967 war. To save Israel from what he sees as the corrosive effects of settlement in the West Bank, he says, American Jews should boycott products made in the settlements and push the U.S. government to ban tax-deductible gifts to charities that fund settlers..."
David Lauter, L.A. Times

"...Beinart, a former editor of The New Republic who now runs a blog called Open Zion, has a problem: he finds Israel, morally, a sinking ship. Instead of simply swimming away, he has written “The Crisis of Zionism,” in which he sets out to save the country by labeling many of its leaders racist, denouncing many of its American supporters as Holocaust-obsessed enablers and advocating a boycott of people and products from beyond Israel’s 1967 eastern border. While saving Israel, Beinart hopes with evangelical zeal to save America from a handful of Jewish organizations that
in his view have not only hijacked American liberalism but also stolen the spine of the president of the United States, who, despite having received 78 percent of the Jewish vote, is powerless to pursue his own agenda..."
Jonathan Rosen, New York Times

This interactive discussion program looks at Peter Beinart's book "The Crisis of Zionism".

Is Beinart's description of the American Jewish community, the state of Israel as a liberal, democratic state and the current status of Zionism accurate?

Do we accept Beinart's analysis? Is this an accurate portrayal to use as his starting point?

What criticisms does he make and what solutions does he propose? Are they justified and do they provide suitable answers?

Some see Beinart as providing a breath of fresh air, a new perspective, others see him as the enemy within.

Our goal will be to have an open, free discussion - to use "The Crisis of Zionsim" to ask ourselves questions and clarify our own views on these vital subjects.

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: $500 for single program or $1000 per day of programming (according to your schedule, this could be three, four or more engagements in one locality) plus domestic travel costs and accommodation where applicable.
The presentation is also available as part of a Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat ($1600). Contact us for itinerary suggestions.
[UK Fees: £300 for single program, £500 for a full day of activities, £800 for Scholar-in-residence Shabbat plus UK transport and accommodation where applicable.]

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