Hearing Both Sides: Israeli and Palestinian Perspectives What Happened in 1948 and Why Does it Matter?

Two sessions: Mondays from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. November 13 and December 18

Our goal in this two session class is to deepen understanding of both Israeli and Palestinian perspectives on what happened in 1948, a crucial year in the confict. For Israelis, 1948 marks the Declaration of Independence of Israel as a Jewish state; for Palestinians, it marks the Nakhba, the catastrophe. Rabbi Walt will facilitate discussion based on texts written by Israelis and Palestinian historians, some poetry, and primary documents.

If there is interest, this class may be continued in 2018 with a similar class on 1967, another pivotal year in the history of Israel/Palestine.

Readings for the class will be available by mid- October.

Tuition: $15 for TvO members, $30 for non-members

To register for this class:
or 607-256-1471


Past topics have included:
*How to Lead a Friday Night Service
*End of Life Care
Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual and Ethical Practice for Ourselves & Our Families: Jewish Values
*Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual and Ethical Practice: An Introduction to Jewish Prayer, The Siddur (Jewish prayer book) and the Shabbat Prayer Service
*Personal and Communal Reflections on The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning
*Kabbalah, Hasidism and Us
*Introduction to Mussar: Nurturing our Ethical Lives



Have you always wanted to learn Hebrew but never found the time? Did you once know how to read Hebrew, but the rings on the trees have accumulated since your bar/bat mitzvah and your skills are a bit shaky? Can you sort of follow along, but resort to the transliteration every time? Are your kids learning Hebrew and you wish you could help them? If you have nodded your head yes to any of these, you are not alone!
Join us on a self-paced, independent study journey to learn to read Hebrew. Each participant will work through the curriculum independently at her or his own speed. The focus will be on prayer-book Hebrew. We will meet once a month to support and encourage each other, share tricks, ask questions, and read aloud with each other.