Temple B’nai Abraham Congregational Learning presents History Through Text, a seminar to be offered throughout the year, taught by Rabbi Kulwin. Taught in blocks, each class will also be a stand-alone unit, so that an in ability to attend all (or even most) of the sessions will not be an impediment an enjoyable and simulating learning experience. This lecture series is free and open to the community, but pre-registration is requested. Register online at www.tbanj.org or call 973-994-2290.

The first series is History Through Text: From Herzl to Statehood, Israel before Israel.  Rabbi Kulwin will begin each session with an overview of the historical significance of the period or theme to  be studied, but the group will spent most of the time reading primary source documents so we can learn and understand the history first hand.  Texts incorporated into the first series include Israel’s Declaration of Independence, the Balfour Declaration, and first person accounts of the first Zionist Congress.  Topics for each session listed below.

  • *Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 PM:     Early Zionist Ideologies
  • Tuesday, November 11, 7:00 PM:   Herzl’s Vision…and those who thought him myopic
  • Tuesday, November 25, 7:00 PM:   Basel, 1897 – The First Zionist Congress
  • Tuesday, December 2, 7:00 PM:     Zionism After Herzl:  Diversity Run Amok
  • Tuesday, December 9, 7:00 PM:     The City and the Kibbutz; Settling the Land
  • Tuesday, December 16, 7:00 PM:    From British Partition to a Jewish State