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Seeking Peace, Pursuing Justice

Seek peace...and pursue it : Psalm 34:15

In Search of Peace and Security:
A National Teach-In

Thank you for being a part of this teach-in, a program designed to engage Jewish students on campus in an open discussion and debate on the critical issues facing Israel today.

The objectives of this teach-in are twofold. One is to provide students with the historical context to today's violence in Israel and an opportunity discuss the key issues being debated in Israel today. The second is to provide students with an opportunity to engage in conversations that encompass a plurality of views and opinions on what support for Israel means. This teach-in should help set the stage for further opportunities for Jewish students from across the political divide to share and learn with each other.

The teach-in is a project of Seeking Peace, Pursuing Justice, a program of the UAHC dedicated to educating the North American Jewish community around issues Israel faces in her pursuit of peace, security, and social justice.

This material is adapted from the UAHC National Teach-in on Israel.

Introduction to the Materials:

This packet is laid out to help you run the teach-in on your college campus. The program materials have been designed for use in a range of settings and a variety of formats. Both large and small groups will find these materials useful. Some parts of the program will work more naturally with one large group; others will work better with smaller groups. We've included a number of suggestions for you to choose from. It is up to you as an organizer of this teach-in to pick and choose which models work best for your college campus.

If you are interested in providing material to students in preparation for the teach-in, we recommend the article " What Now? Palestinians, Israelis, and America's Options" by Steven Spiegel, Middle East Insight, May 2002.

Should you have questions about the material in this packet, please contact Esther Lederman by phone 212.650.4162, or E-mail elederman@uahc.org OR Rabbi Marc Israel by phone 202.449.6508 or E-mail misrael@uahc.org.

Table of Contents
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Program Outline and Suggested Program Time Lines
Introduction: Setting the Context
Rubric I: Historical and Political Framework

Rubric II: Current Issues

Rubric III: Encouraging Open Conversation
Conclusion: Together as a Community
Resource Packet for Participants

This program has been developed in consultation with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, ARZA/WORLD UNION, North America, Women of Reform Judaism, KESHER and the North American Federation of Temple Brotherhoods.

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