Zionism: Founding Ideas and Modern Debates

Zionism is the most important Jewish political movement in two millennia. It gathered the Jewish nation into and around the State of Israel, and it has provided incredible meaning to Jews around the globe. In this course, we’ll examine key speeches from the founding of Israel on themes including antisemitism and the need for a Jewish state, the meaning behind Israel’s Declaration of Independence, and early visions of Israel. Through this course, students will be able to apply foundational texts to the modern study of Israeli politics, culture, and society. We will probe Ze’ev Jabotinsky involvement at the Peel Commission, Israel’s Declaration of Independence, and Moynihan’s condemnation of the “Zionism is Racism” motion at the UN.

We are grateful to Jennifer and David Millstone for supporting our education initiatives for exceptional 7th and 8th grade students.

Jonathan Schatz-Mizrahi

Jonathan Schatz-Mizrahi is originally from New City, New York and completed his master’s degree in Political Thought at the University of Cambridge this past June. Previously, Jonathan taught AP World History at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts where he developed a passion for teaching and an interest in the theory of education. Jonathan graduated from Columbia University in May 2019 with a degree in history and is spending this year studying Jewish thought in Jerusalem as he applies for PhD programs in Religion.

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