A five session course on social and philsophical discussions of Zionism
The course is meant to use primary sources, academic articles, and newspaper op-ed to guide discussion sessions on Israel. Topics include visions of Zionism, the Ultra-Orthodox, Israeli Arabs, the Israeli Supreme Court, and future challenges to Zionism.
The program seeks to educate students on items not often discussed in the news and to show them a different, more social and philosophical side of pro-Israel activism.
1. Recruit students to participate in fellowship. Use email and word of mouth.
2. Prepare for each session. Find original and interesting source materials.
3. Host discussion session. Prepare questions to guide the sessions along.
Make sure you spend plenty of time preparing for each session.
Source sheets. See attached.
$150 stipends per student. Printing and education materials.
Depends on personal interests and knowledge. Prepare based on source sheets.
We used email and word of mouth to recruit students to participate in all five sessions.
I would have liked to have had more than five sessions. Need to cover less material per session.
Here is a copy of the year 2 student feedback evaluation:
- It's very informative on many levels. Definitely have a rough basic grasps of some of the central issues facing Israel after the fellowship. Very helpful to have heard the discussion leaders and a few active discussants on their takes on these issues.
- A lot I think. I really enjoyed the discussion about the roots of zionism and the history of the state of Israel as well as the talk on the Israeli Supreme Court.
- I thought the conversations were pretty intellectual.
- I liked that it was facilitated by different students each time - people who really knew the subject and cared about it. I learnt a lot about the domestic issues confronting Israel.
- I really enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about Israel in the presence of those who could teach me without feeling bad that I did not know as much
- I enjoyed the diversity of opinions. With my background, I don't usually engage in Israel with non-Jewish people on a deeper level. I appreciated this opportunity very much
- I enjoyed the cultural focus that allowed Yalies like myself to really appreciate aspects of Israel's complexity beyond what is largely captured in the newspapers. I appreciated the attempt to generate an open environment in which to discuss ideas
- A refreshing discussion of serious, basic topics about domestic Israeli issues.
- I definitely learned things about Israel that I hadn't known. I really liked having conversations that were about what goes on IN Israel, rather than between Israel and neighboring nations, which is what I normally spend time hearing about when Israel comes up in a conversation. I loved learning about chasidic jews and their role in Israeli society, Arab Israelis, the supreme court, etc.
- I enjoyed the fact that the readings were short and easy to digest. There wasn't a learning curve at all. I feel like I have a better general understanding of Israel