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How Did We Get Here? A Brief History of Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - final session

Thursday, January 7, 2021 23 Tevet 5781

6:00 PM - 7:30 PMVirtual event on Zoom: access provided upon registration


Rabbi Maurice Harris presented a 2-part online class on December 3 and 17, to which he has graciously added a 3rd session which will take place on January 7, 2021.

  • If you registered for the 1st or 2nd sessions in December: you are automatically registered for this 3rd session and will receive the Zoom link on the morning of January 7.
  • If you did not attend the 1st or 2nd session: you are still invited to attend the 3rd session - Please register below! The recordings of session 1 and 2 will be sent to you along with your Zoom access information so you may review them prior to January 7.

Before beginning his current work at Reconstructing Judaism, Maurice served as an adjunct faculty member in the Judaic Studies Department at the University of Oregon. These two sessions will offer a comprehensive but not too overwhelming overview of how Jews came into being as a nation in the Land of Israel, how their many centuries of exile affected their relationship to that land, and how modern Zionism developed into a successful state-building movement culminating in the establishment of the modern State of Israel in 1948. The series will also unpack the major components of the Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Arab conflicts, taking care to honor both Palestinian narratives and Israeli narratives of what happened and continues to happen.

Maurice approaches these subjects from a progressive Zionist perspective, seeking to develop insight into how large blocs within both peoples tend to narrate and mythologize the conflict, always striving to honor the depth, humanity, and complexity of all the people involved.


PLEASE NOTE that Rabbi Harris suggested that participants read the following article prior to the first session. This is an article he wrote in 2018 that includes information regarding how the leadership of Reconstructing Judaism approaches the relevant issues, and also gives a sense of what a progressive Zionist perspective looks like: Israel at 70: State of Hope, Conflict, and Possibilities

We hope you will join us for this important opportunity!

This series is a collaboration with Reconstructing Judaism and is sponsored by the CBG Family Fund.  




If you need help accessing Zoom on your computer, please call our office at 303-388-4441, and we will connect you with a volunteer who can assist you. 

Anyone who does not have internet access through a computer, tablet, or smartphone may call our office at 303-388-4441 and register to attend this Zoom event by phone. 


  Rabbi Maurice Harris: How Did We Get Here?

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