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Hadassah's Defining Zionism in the 21st Century Series is an online monthly program that creates a welcoming opportunity for everyone to explore various perspectives of Zionism from the comfort of home.  This program is free of charge and open to the community.

Defining Zionism in the 21st Century


Re-framing Israel Advocacy: Listening as a Precondition to Being Heard

with Rabbi Melissa Weintraub,
Director of JCPA Civility Initiative

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Thursday October 23 at 7:30pm EDT

*This program will be FULLY CAPTIONED*

Many Israel advocates wish their efforts had wider and stronger impact among the disengaged, uninformed, indifferent, skeptical and critical. This talk addresses why efforts to cultivate sympathy for Israel aren’t heard by many of the audiences advocates most want to reach, and what might be more effective. More than talking points and messaging, we need to be training advocates in how to listen deeply, ask the right questions, see the point of view of their audience honestly and appeal to their values.

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Join our open discussion about Defining Zionism in the 21st Century.


Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:30pm EST
“Re-framing Israel Advocacy: Listening as a Precondition to Being Heard”
Rabbi Melissa Weintraub
Director of JCPA Civility
Initiative and Founding Director, Encounter

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 7:30pm EST
Progressive Zionism: The most important discussion for the next generation of North American Leadership
Nomi Colton-Max
Foreign Policy Analyst on Middle East and Founding Member of Ameinu

Monday, December 15, 2014 at 7:30pm EST
Rebranding Zionism
Jasmine Patihi
StandWithUs, an international Israel education organization


Did you miss any of our sessions? You can watch them now:

What Surviving Terror Teaches You

with Sarri Singer, Terrorism Survivor, Founder & Director of Strength to Strength

Recorded Monday September 8at 7:30-8:30pm EDT
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Facilitated by:
Stephanie Stark, Web Producer and Social Media Manager at Hadassah

In 2003, Sarri Singer was on a bus in Jerusalem when a suicide bomber came on and attacked, killing 16 and injuring 100.Sarri lead our Defining Zionism discussion on how surviving terror has shaped her political and personal views.


Is Zionism Still Relevant for the Next Generation?

with Tova Birnbaum, Director of the North America Region of the World Zionist Organization (WZO)

Recorded Tuesday August 12at 7:30-8:30pm EDT
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Facilitated by:
Lauren Katz, Hadassah Policy Associate

The Millennial Generation—in the United States and in Israel—has its own unique perspectives on the world and on Jewish values. Does this include a new and fresh re-thinking about Zionism and Jewish identity?


Rethinking and Reaffirming Zionism in the 21st Century

with JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen

Recorded Wednesday, July 9 at 7:30-8:30pm EDT

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Facilitated by:
Ellen Hershkin, Hadassah

We have heard a great deal in recent years about "post-Zionism" and "anti-Zionism" but far too little discussion of Zionism itself, and how it has—and must—take on new meanings in keeping with the realities of 2014.

How shall we think about Zionism in a new age?
What tools do Jewish tradition and Zionist thought until now offer us?
What programs and practices flow from these new ways of conceiving Zionism?


Israel and the USA:A Mutually Beneficial Relationship

with Ambassador Yoram Ettinger live from Jerusalem

Recorded Sunday, June 1 at 4:00-5:00 pm EDT
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Facilitated by:
Barbara Sofer
Israel Director of Public Relations and Communications for Hadassah

The American Jewish Community is vital to Israel. Explore ways of expressing your practical Zionism by learning about the mutually beneficial relationship between America and Israel. The two nations value each other because of common values and a commitment to Israel's security and prosperity.


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