Hatikvah —Background/History of Hatikva
The creation of State of Israel must be understood in the context of Jewish history
Balfour – Balfour Declaration, 1917
The contents of the 1917 Balfour Declaration became central to the international recognition of the right of Jews to establish a national home/state.
Biblical Connections — Biblical Origins
The choice to engage in the Brit (covenant) forms lasting attitudes toward our Jewish peoplehood, Jewish homeland, and Jewish culture. (adapted from – People Make Choices. Choices Make History)
State Building – Building the State Before the State: Keren Hayesod Posters, 1942
Participation in community requires certain obligations and duties.
Israel’s Neighborhood– Confirmation Class
Living in a land surrounded by enemies
Land and People – Culminating Activity
Israel is my home, a land of my past, a land that I connect to, a land so very diverse
Biblical Connections – Eretz Yisrael and Am Yisrael
The Biblical covenants create a foundation for the connection between Eretz Israel and Am Yisrael.
Culture – Eretz Yisrael/The Land of Israel
Israel is a country rich in history and culture, which is an integral part of our Jewish identities, and our feeling of connectivity to a Jewish homeland.
Immigration – The Ethiopian Immigrant Experience
The journey from Ethiopia to Israel was difficult and dangerous.
Land and People- Group Study on Who’s Who in Israel’s History
A. Connection with the land, people, and history of Israel is an important component of Jewish identity.
B. The relationship with the land of Israel (biblical, historical, political, and mythical) has shaped the experiences of the Jewish people.
Hannukah – Hanukkah
The everlasting quest for Jewish sovereignty in Eretz Yisrael affected how Jews celebrated their holidays; it has shaped the way Hanukkah has been celebrated over time, religiously, culturally, and politically.
Ancient Hebrews – Hellenism’s Challenge to Ancient Judaism
Hellenism represented a major challenge to the cohesiveness of the Jewish community in ancient Palestine.
Land and People – Historical Jewish Connection to Israel
Jews have a connection to the land based on history
Diplomacy – History of the Jewish People
What drives Israeli Diplomacy?
Holocaust —Holocaust Memory in Israel
Remembering without vengeance
Homeland – Homeland
Israel is the past, present, and future homeland of the Jewish people
Biblical Connections – Integration of Bible and Israel
God promised the Land of Israel to the Jewish people.
Media Bias Investigating Media Bias against Israel
For a variety of reasons, media sources have adopted a rigidly negative (or positive) narrative about Israel irrespective of the truth/full story.
Identity – Israel and Jewish Identity
Israel was made as a place where I can identify with my Jewishness.
Declaration of Independence —Israel Seminar
The Declaration of Independence establishes the State of Israel as a Jewish democratic state, incorporating universal values.
Geology —Israel Through Art Environment
A. Geology of Israel influences artistic expression.
B. Our homes have emotional connections which influence artistic expression.
Independence Day —Israel’s Independence Day
Connection to Israel and Judaism can be experienced through celebrations
Land and People —Israel Lesson Plan
The Jewish Connection to the land has changed over time
Land and People – Israel’s history: ancient through first Aliyah
Throughout history the Jews have had a connection to the land of Israel. Even in exile, Jews found ways to remember Israel.
Borders and Security – Israel’s Security
Secure borders in the land of Israel are essential to its existence
Connection with the land, people, and history of Israel is an important component of Jewish identity.
Declaration of Independence —Israeli Declaration of Independence
A. Connection with the land, people, and history of Israel is a core component of Jewish identity.
B. The creation of the State of Israel must be understood in the context of Jewish and world history.
C. Understanding that Zionism has changed Jewish history presents opportunities for reflection on Jewish peoplehood, connection of the land, and Jewish identity in modern times.
Leadership – Israeli Leaders
Jewish leaders played a significant role in the establishment of Israel
Leadership —Jewish “Superheroes”
Learning about Jewish “superheroes” who were essential in creating the State of Israel
Chronology – Jewish History
A basic chronology of Israeli-Arab conflict between 1917 and 1967
Declaration of Independence —Jewish History/Israeli History
The Declaration of Independence/Statehood was the end of one stage of Israeli history and the beginning of another.
Immigrants to Israel in the 1920’s faced many difficulties and worked hard to build and develop the foundations for the Jewish State.
Land Purchase —Land Purchase as the Zionist mean to develop the State
Land purchase in Palestine in the 1920s was strategic and led to the successful creation of the State.
Israel’s borders in 1948 were directly impacted by strategic land purchases.
Negotiations —Netanyahu’s Speech at Bar-Ilan University, 2009
The two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict has many complex layers and unresolved variables that have prevented it from becoming a reality.
Land Purchase —The Political Significance of Land Purchase
To make the Jewish State a reality, Zionists needed to both attract Jewish immigrants & connect them with the land in Eretz Yisrael.
Declaration of Independence – Religion and the Declaration of Independence
There is a religious undertone to the Declaration of Independence that is consciously hidden due to secular pressure.
Hebrew Language —Role of Hebrew Language in the Identity of a Nation in Exile
Language is a binding force that maintains identity (and can facilitate or be a component of redemption).
Land and People – Settling the Land in Eretz Yisrael in the 1930s
The establishment of and settling in different places in Eretz Yisrael is a combination of the ideology of the Olim and the policy of the JNF (KKL)
Symbols and Emblems —Teaching the Emblem of the State of Israel
The colors, symbols, and placement of symbols connects Israel to Jewish history, religion and values for peace, and the Hebrew language
Nation Building – Values in Nation building
Building a nation requires solidifying certain values
Israelis are aware of the water shortage in Israel and have developed various ways on a personal level to conserve water.
Women had and continue to have critical roles to play and a variety of experiences in the growth of modern Israel