Realize that for Jews, as well as for millions of others, Israel has taken on a mythic role. The stories feel greater than real life. But yet they are real.
Israel fights a war on all sides with one arm tied behind its back. Israel is the outpost of freedom in the Middle East. Israel is the survivor. Israel is the nation that brought its land back to life. The people transformed a desert waste in to a land once again flowing with Milk and Honey. Israel is the home for refugees. White, Black, Asian.
These are all true events. They all really happened or are still happening. You and I, as members of the greater community of Israel are all active participants in the drama of this myth.
And yet how do we know the stories and individual’s, the ideas and politics that shaped Israel.
At TBA our Wednesday evening Adult Class has just begun a multi-week study of Zionism, and the modern nation of Israel. Over the next two months we will be examining this story in depth, including subjects as: The early Aliyah, War of Independence, Building a Modern Israel & Sinai Campaign, Six Day War & Settlement of Mizrahi Jews, Yom Kippur War, Camp David & Lebanon War, Begin, Rabin & Sharon and Israel in the 21st Century.
We look forward to having you join us for all or some of these classes Wednesday nights, from 7-9 pm. In addition, if you are interested in TBA’s sixth trip to Israel this June please contact the office as soon as possible. We will be having an info session at Beth Ami Feb. 18th at 7 pm.
See Israel info online: www.templebethami.org/flyers.html