Online Friday Noon Study Group

January 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

 Friday, January 15, 12-1 

Our discussion on January 8 was rich and lively, covering a number of topics related to Zionism:
  • Controversy over whether world Jewry/American Jewry did enough to rescue European Jews during the Holocaust
  • Shifting approval of the Zionist Cause and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948
  • A secular Declaration of Independence calling for the natural right of every people to be masters of their own fate in their own sovereign state the paradox of such a statement in terms of Palestinian sovereignty in Israel
  • The steady growth of militant support for Zionism from the right and the left as a result of Arab attacks on Jewish settlements  (many occurring well before the War for Independence)
  • Significant population growth along with significant class distinctions between Ashkenazi and Mizrachi factions in Israel
 This week, we’ll pick up on the impact of Israeli independence as it affected women, and the significance of the Law of Return as it affected immigration to Israel (Chapter 7, pp. 70-80) and then we’ll move on to discuss developments in Zionism from the period of the Six Day War in 1967  to Israeli politics under Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Rabin (Chapters 8 and 9, pp. 81-105). 
Our informal discussion group is held online every Friday from 12-1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions. If you have questions, or would like the Zoom link, please contact Jay Jacoby at


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