Hadassah

Making Zionism a Model for Everyone

"Zionism is a model for everyone," says Hen Mazzig, an Israeli writer, international speaker, social media activist and Israel advocate. In Defining Zionism, Hadassah's provocative dialogue series, the former IDF commander speaks about finding common ground to promote Zionism and fight BDS, moving beyond misconceptions, and how his deeply personal version of Zionism has been shaped by the history of his family, Berber Jews from Tunisia who were among 850,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries, and by his experience in a special IDF humanitarian unit where he was able to protect Palestinian civilians while taking care of our homeland and working for peace.

DISCLAIMER: Hadassah is not affiliated with the featured speakers who participate in the Defining Zionism series, or with their affiliated organizations. The opinions and viewpoints expressed by the speakers do not necessarily reflect Hadassah’s positions and Hadassah does not endorse or make any representations regarding the speaker or information presented by such speaker.


Join Hen Mazzig as he discusses the following topics:


My Israel, My Zionism | Hen Mazzig
My Israel, My Zionism

Hen talks about his family arriving from Iraq and Tunisia in the 1950s, the miracle of having a home for Jewish people to return to, and a close call with a suicide bomber at age 12.

WATCH ›
Pride in Service: Working for Peace in the IDF | Hen Mazzig
Pride in Service: Working for Peace in the IDF

Hen recounts his experience in a special IDF humanitarian unit where he was able to protect Palestinian civilians while taking care of our homeland and working for peace.

WATCH ›
Wearing Zionism on My Sleeve | Hen Mazzig
Wearing Zionism on My Sleeve

"Zionism is a model for everyone, a story of resilience, of people overcoming challenges," says Hen.

WATCH ›
The Biggest Misconception | Hen Mazzig
The Biggest Misconception

Ironically, Israeli and Palestinian civilians too often hold the exact same misconceptions of each other. Watch to see what Hen’s take is.

WATCH ›
Israelis, Palestinians: Listening to Each Others' Narratives } Hen Mazzig
Israelis, Palestinians: Listening to Each Others' Narratives

“My main focus it to bring people together. That’s what I’m trying to do.” That’s why, he says, he tries to stress human connections, and shared values, that often get lost in Israeli-Palestinian dialogue.

WATCH ›
Campus BDS: Promoting a False Narrative | Hen mazzig
Campus BDS: Promoting a False Narrative

BDS appropriates every narrative out there. Every person who cares about Zionism needs to find ways to share the story of Israel with non-Jews, with an emotional connection.


WATCH ›

Defining Zionism in Easy-to-Watch Segments

The subject of Zionism is too important to rush through. Now you can enjoy Defining Zionism at your convenience.

Speakers are filmed in several short (3 to 5 minute) segments. Each segment is a different topic. This means you can “binge watch” a speaker’s videos all at once, or a couple at a time.

We encourage you to use the comment section to discuss these engaging videos and to let us know how you like the new format.

Comments

No comments yet.
First Name
Email
Comment
Enter this word:

Explore the Defining Zionism Archives

dz goldstein thumb
Using the Legal System to Counter Israel's Adversaries

Lawyer Brooke Goldstein, founder and executive director of the Lawfare Project, believes that the...

READ MORE ›
DZ Glick Eshman thumb
Zionism Is Not In Crisis

Two passionate Zionists with deeply divergent views -- Caroline Glick, Deputy Managing Editor of...

READ MORE ›
dz Aluf Benn thumb
A Liberal Standpoint

Haaretz Editor-in-Chief Aluf Benn talks about his deeply rooted Zionism, civil rights and why...

READ MORE ›
Chloe Valdary | Zionism for millennials
Zionism for Millennials

Wall Street Journal Tikvah Fellow Chloe Valdary talks about Zionism among millennials, in pop...

READ MORE ›
hartman-still-thumb
Israel, Zionism & America today

President of the Shalom Hartman Institute, Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman brings a new and profound...

READ MORE ›
kleinbaum thumbnail
LGBTQ Rights, Israel & Zionism

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum is spiritual, straight-talking, controversial, inspiring and passionate...

READ MORE ›
Afridi thumbanil
A Muslim scholar talks about Zionism & anti-Semitism

Dr. Mehnaz Afridi, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Holocaust,...

READ MORE ›
susannah heschel thumb
Zionism enhances Judaism enhances Zionism

Professor Susannah Heschel explore the relationship between Zionism and Judaism for each of us.

READ MORE ›
gil hoffman thumb
Do Zionism & Democracy Go Hand in Hand?

Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post in conversation...

READ MORE ›
dz salkin thumb
The "Z" Word: Why Zionism Makes Some People Uncomfortable

Rabbi Jeff Salkin discusses the most common objections to Zionism, both within the Jewish world...

READ MORE ›
dz colton max thumb
Progressive Zionism: The Most Important Discussion for the Next Generation of North American Leadership

Nomi Colton-Max discusseses progressive zionism. Inherent in its definition is asking for...

READ MORE ›
Sara Greenberg DZ thumb
Zionism and Combating BDS

Sara Greenberg speaks about the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against...

READ MORE ›
dz Gil Troy thumb
Why I Call Myself a Zionist and Not Just a Lover or Supporter of Israel

Gil Troy, professor of history at McGill University and a Shalom Hartman Engaging Israel Research...

READ MORE ›
dz patihi thumb
Inspiring Zionism for a Younger Generation

Jasmine Patihi, Program Coordinator at Stand With Us will discuss the current problem with the...

READ MORE ›
dz weinberg thumb
Is American Zionism an Oxymoron?

Rabbi Joshua Weinberg is the President of ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America.

READ MORE ›
dz weintraub thumb
Re-framing Israel Advocacy

Rabbi Melissa Weintraub addresses why efforts to cultivate sympathy for Israel aren’t heard by...

READ MORE ›
DZ Tova Birnbaum thumb
Is Zionism Still Relevant for the Next Generation?

Tova Birnbaum speaks about the Millennial Generation—in the United States and in Israel—has its...

READ MORE ›
DZ Singer thumb
Practical Zionism

Sarri Singer is the Founder and Director of Strength to Strength, a nonprofit organization which...

READ MORE ›
dz arnold eisen thumb
Rethinking and Reaffirming Zionism

Arnold M. Eisen, one of the world’s foremost authorities on American Judaism, is the seventh...

READ MORE ›
dz yoram ettinger thumb
Israel and the USA: A Mutually Beneficial Relationship

Ambassador Yoram Ettinger - The American Jewish Community is vital to Israel. Explore ways of...

READ MORE ›

Contact Us

40 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005

support@hadassah.org

More ›

Membership Questions

membership@hadassah.org

(800) 664-5646

Donation Questions

donorservices@hadassah.org

(800) 928-0685

Missions Department

missions@hadassah.org

(800) 237-1517

Show More