Join the Conversation — Zionism:Seven Questions

A Journey Through Zionist Thought 1840 – 1948

Join AZM Chicago for “Zionism: Seven Questions, “a text-based discussion series in seven parts that explores the diverse writings and speeches of major Zionist thinkers in the pre-State era, 1840-1948. From Herzl to Ha’am, Rav Kook to Ber Berechov, Brandeis to Jabotinsky to Ben-Gurion and more, we will journey through this century of Zionist thought in all its complexity.

Based on chevruta-style learning, in which students gather in pairs or groups to discuss shared texts, the program provides an opportunity for participants to learn from the thinkers themselves and from each other in an engaging and open-minded environment. If you have some knowledge of Israel’s past and present but want to take your understanding to the next level, this program is for you.

Sessions will meet on Thursday nights from 6:30-8:00 PM in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, starting Thursday, March 8, 2012.

Each session is $5; dates and session topics are listed below. You can sign up for as many individual sessions as you want; or sign up for all seven and pay only $25 – a $10 savings! It will be possible to sign up for additional sessions as the series goes on.

To participate, you will need to register in advance . We will email you with the exact address for the sessions along with reading materials.

Sessions:
March 8 – Why Do The Jews Need A State?: The Early Modern Zionists
March 15 – A Jewish State or A State of the Jews?: Theodor Herzl and Ahad Ha’am
March 22 – Do We Need A Land to Labor?: Socialist Zionists
March 29 – Zionism – Divinity or Heresy?: Religious Zionists
April 5 – Does the Diaspora Need a Jewish State?: American Zionists
April 19 – What Does the Jewish State Need to Exist?: State Creators
April 26 – What State Did We Get?: Independence

Cost is $5 per session, or $25 for all seven sessions.  Registration includes light kosher dinner and materials

We look forward to learning with you!

Questions? E-mail azmbeitmidrash@gmail.com

Sponsored by the American Zionist Movement and the WZO Department for Diaspora Activities.