iEngage: Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings

A Shalom Hartman Institute Lecture and Study Series

Led by Rabbi David Steinberg

Through video lectures, text study, and lively group discussion, we are pleased to bring the world-renowned faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute into the Temple Israel community during this, the State of Israel’s 70th birthday year.

iEngage: Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings explores the pivotal events of 1917, 1947, and 1967 as key moments when Zionism unleashed new thinking about the meaning of Jewishness for generations to come. Memory is a central element in defining modern Jewish identity. As we look to Israel’s future, we need to engage anew with our past and explore its meanings and consequences. This iEngage series grapples with the different ideas and values that shape the meaning of modern Israel, Zionism, and Jewish identity today. Together we will engage in a new values-based discourse about Israel, including topics such as: nationhood, land, Sovereignty, Jerusalem, Occupation and Moral Red Lines.

Each session includes text study and discussion led by Rabbi David and video lectures and roundtable discussions with leading Hartman scholars.   The course is free (thanks to a grant from the Union for Reform Judaism) but registration is required.  Please register by contacting Rabbi David Steinberg at or at 218-724-8857

The class will meet on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., starting in February 2018 but with a break during the height of the summer.  Please feel free and encouraged to register for the class even if you know you’ll only be able to attend some of the sessions.

The planned session topics include:

Unit 1 (Feb. 7): 1917 - The Balfour Declaration: The Idea of a Homeland for the Jewish People

Unit 2 (Mar. 7): 1947 - The United Nations Partition Plan: The Jews in the World

Unit 3 (Apr. 4): 1967 - The Six Day War: Power, Land and God

Unit 4 (May 2): Judea and Samaria: Occupation or Liberation

Unit 5 (June 6): One State, Two States: Moral Red Lines

Unit 6 (Sept. 5): Jerusalem of God, Prayer and Peoplehood

Unit 7 (Oct. 3): Jerusalem of Responsibility, Loss, and Hope

Unit 8 (Nov. 7): The Jubilee Year and Beyond: Milestones and their Meanings


Posted on January 9, 2018 .

Learn to Read Hebrew

A beginning Hebrew class for adults is being taught by Susan Rees. The class meets at 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The book being used is Linda Motzkin's Aleph Isn't Tough and can be purchased online. Please leave a message for Susan via the Temple Office, 724-8857, for more information.

Posted on February 12, 2017 .