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An Exciting, Compelling Challenge: Zionism

What do you see as the biggest shifts and challenges that Zionism has faced or will face? Do you see Zionism as an "opportunity of a lifetime"? David Harris, CEO of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), does. In these six short, easy-to-share clips presented by Hadassah's Defining Zionism in the 21st Century, Harris talks about why he feels so honored and excited to participate in Zionism. Here, he speaks to the interplay between the land, the faith, and the people of Zionism, and what we must do to keep it just as exciting an endeavor for younger generations and those who come after us.

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Join David Harris as he discusses the following topics:


Zionism: A Story of Self-Determination
Zionism: A Story of Self-Determination

One way to see Zionism is a path from self-determination to being authors of our own destiny. David Harris breaks Zionism into three interdependent components: a faith, a people, a land.

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At the UN: Dramatic Shifts
At the UN: Dramatic Shifts

From recommending the creation of Israel to rebuking the Jewish state, the UN relationship has taken many paths. Today's issue, according to Harris, is what role the UN should play in trying to advance the peace process.

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The Unique Pull of Israel
The Unique Pull of Israel

I’m enhanced and ennobled by Israel’s very being, says Harris. For many since it’s creation, it’s been far more than destination, it’s a home, a haven, a sactuary.

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Generation Next: Israeli Innovation and Dynamism
Generation Next: Israeli Innovation and Dynamism

Younger generations are more judgmental – ultimately, for new generations, Israel’s appeal will be it’s innovation and history of defying the odds. This spirit can, and will hopefully be, infectious to millennials.

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On Parenting: Zionism Begins at Home
On Parenting: Zionism Begins at Home

If we want our children to be proud Jews, we need to teach our children that Israel, like collective responsibility, is important to us. We can’t leave this to others to teach our children. “Nothing in my experience can replace the home,” says Harris.


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Fast Forward: Whose Jewish State?
Fast Forward: Whose Jewish State?

For Harris, the notion of what the Jewish state is and what Zionism means won’t be resolved. They’re part of ongoing challenge. One that’s very exciting. “Being part of this conversation is the opportunity of a lifetime.”

 


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