Interested in responding to anti-Israel comments on social media, in print, or in-person? Want to have intelligent conversations about Israel with family and friends? This engaging five-part Zoom course will provide you with an overview of the history of Israel that will help you understand the modern-day Israel/Palestinian conflict in addition to the complex history of Jewish and Arab connections to the land.
Diving deep into Jewish history, our speaker, Charlotte Korchak, will cover Jewish “indigeneity,” historical presence in the land, and the roots of Zionism. She will also trace the rule of Judea/Palestine post-exile, the Islamic conquest, the Arab/Muslim connection to the land, and the evolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Whether you are 13 or 120, this is a must-attend course!
Each class will provide well-researched material, analysis, and relevant context to current concerns. Two of the presentations will be pre-recorded, but all five classes will have live Q&A. Recordings will be available for those who can’t attend a session.
Charlotte Korchak is one of the foremost public speakers in her field, recognized for making complex content engaging, accessible, and meaningful for all ages. As the Senior Educator and Director of International Student Programs at StandWithUs Israel, she has worked with over 10,000 students of all ages. She received her BA in Middle Eastern History from USC.
Admission for this course is free of charge as a community service. Registration is required and will remain open throughout the course.
Sunday mornings, 10:00 to 11:30 AM PST, January 8 to February 12, 2023
(except January 15, MLK weekend)
From Ancient to Modern Times (January 8)
Zionism, Arab Nationalism, and Jewish Statehood (January 22)
The Rise and Decline of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (January 29)
The Evolution of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Part 1 (February 5)
The Evolution of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Part 2 & Answering Difficult Questions about Israel (February 12)
Once you register, you will receive a recurring Zoom meeting link to be used to join all five sessions. You will first receive two reminders, one on Thursday, and the other one, on Sunday morning, before the first session. After the first session, every Friday, we will email reminders that will include previous session recordings. If you do not see these emails, please check your spam/junk folder to retrieve them. We suggest you add firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to your contacts list as well.
This program is sponsored by Contra Costa JCC and Beth Am Jewish and Israel Advocacy Committee in partnership with Cong. Kol Emeth, Sonoma County Israel Committee, and Cong. Beth David (Saratoga).