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Occupation: A people that throughout history has faced powerlessness and persecution now finds itself forced to exercise control over others.  How should Israel balance the right to security with the desire of Palestinians for sovereignty?   When is occupation justified?  What are acceptable measures to control a terrorist minority in a larger population?  To what rights are West Bank Palestinians entitled?

Mondays, April 23 to May 14, at 7:30 p.m.

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Are Diaspora Jews become disenchanted or disinterested in the State of Israel, as some claim? Have Jews become uncomfortable with Israel’s military power? How do we relate to a modern and economically vibrant Jewish State, who needs personal engagement more than charity?

Based on the Engaging Israel program from the world renowned Shalom Hartman Institute, this year’s Israel Seminar will challenge us to reflect on the most difficult questions about a modern Jewish State – from the philosophical (what should a Jewish State look like?) to the real and practical (how do we reconcile with Occupation?).

Join Rabbi John Moscowitz, Rabbi Karen Thomashow and Jeff Denaburg for a timely and thought-provoking series, which will combine video talks from great Jewish thinkers with lively debate and discussion on these important topics.

The Shalom Hartman Institute is a leader in the development of Jewish thought in the modern age, intended to ensure Judaism’s continued advancement and significance in the lives of modern Jews. The Hartman Institute is also a leading teacher of Judaism to Israeli educators, senior IDF officers and to Rabbis and lay leaders from across the world.

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