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Year of Learning Event: 2-Part Series by Rabbi Maurice Harris

Upcoming Sessions

1. Thursday, December 3, 2020 17 Kislev 5781

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

2. Thursday, December 17, 2020 2 Tevet 5781

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


Rabbi Maurice Harris presents this two-part online class. 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.

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PLEASE NOTE that Rabbi Harris has 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. 

To register for online attendance, please complete this form:


  Rabbi Maurice Harris 2-Part Series: How Did We Get Here?
Two Thursdays, December 3 & 17, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

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