Shabbat Scholar Weekend 2018

April 20 - 22, 2018

A Song of Zion: Dreaming of Israel in Poetry, Song, Text and Humor

Expand your insight with a thoughtful and thought-provoking weekend with Dr. Rachel Korazim.

Friday, April 20
6:15 PM – Kabbalat Shabbat Service
7:15 PM – Shabbat Dinner (Reservation required by April 16)
8:30 PM – Presentation:
"Connections to the Land: Competing Worldviews of the Zionist Dream”
The core Zionist narrative presents an unbroken, unwavering connection between the people of Israel and its land. Nonetheless, individuals have felt doubt, pain and criticism as they expressed opposing views of what Zionism means, and how it should unfold. We will explore those competing narratives through poetry and texts.

Saturday, April 21
9:45 AM – Shabbat Morning D’var Torah: "Six Million Prosecutors"
The portion of the week, Tazria-M’tzora, speaks of “casting out” the leper before bringing him back into the camp.  Rachel’s d’var torah will recall the Eichmann trial, wherein Israelis learned not to “cast out” their Holocaust survivors from the “camp” of Israeli society.  She will draw from the great poets Chaim Guri and Natan Alterman, “insiders” whose poetry led Israel toward inclusion and Tikkun.

1:30 PM – Acharei Kiddush: "The Other as Mirror"
We will explore images of Arabs as “other” in Israeli Jewish literature.  We will then juxtapose these works with those of Israeli Arab poets and writers who depict a majority-Jewish society in which they often feel disenfranchised.

Sunday, April 22
10:00 AM – For 8th-12th graders: "Challenging Torah, Midrash & Prayer in Modern Israeli Literature"
11:30 AM – Coffee and bagels
11:45 AM – Presentation: "Anxiety, Euphoria and Concern: 1967"
Many of us remember the 1967 “Six Days’ War” for its glorious victory, the unification of Jerusalem, the liberation of the Old City and the Western Wall, and the renaissance of Jewish pride throughout the world.  Others think of fifty years of occupation, the controversy surrounding the settlements, and the seemingly endless Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Our goal will be to move beyond this dichotomy and bring back to life, through song and poetry, the spirit and authentic voices of 1967 and their lingering impact on our lives today.

We will look at texts of “anxiety” (Amnon Grof, Abba Kovner, and Yechiel Mohar); “euphoria” (Naomi Shemer, Yossi Gamzo, Shmuel Rosen, Yovav Katz, Daliah Rabikovitz and Amos Ettinger); and “concern” (Didi Manosi, David Atid, and Chanoch Levine).



Dr. Rachel Korazim is a freelance Jewish education consultant in curriculum development for Israel and Holocaust education. Rachel opens for her audiences a window to Israeli society through literature, stories, poems and songs of the best of Israel’s writers. She invites listeners to engage with Israel in an innovative way. Rachel teaches at Israel’s well-known learning centers such as Pardes and the Shalom Hartman Institutes as well as numerous world Jewish communities.

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