TC-TI to hold iEngage programs

Temple Concord and Temple Israel, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton, will bring the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage program on “Israel’s Milestones and their Meanings” to the Binghamton Jewish community. The program will explore the legacy of the past and the challenges of the future through video lectures, discussions and texts. Each participant will get their own booklet of materials and access to all the lectures and more online reading materials to continue their explorations. The cost is $20 per person for the entire program, starting with two spring sessions, Thursdays, May 31 and June 21, from 7-9 pm, then continuing with six more sessions in the fall. Rabbi Barbara Goldman-Wartell and Rabbi Geoffrey Brown will be facilitating the sessions. Advanced registration is requested so the booklets can be ordered.
“iEngage: Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings” will explore the events of 1917, 1947 and 1967 as key moments when Zionism unleashed new thinking about the meaning of Jewishness. Each session includes text study and discussion led by Brown and Goldman-Wartell, and video lectures and roundtable discussions with leading Hartman scholars.
“I’m excited that we are offering this program to the Jewish community since the program expands the way we might understand these important milestones,” said Goldman-Wartell. “Memory is a central element in defining modern Jewish identity. As we look to Israel’s future, we need to engage anew with our past and explore its meanings and consequences. This iEngage series grapples with the different ideas and values that shape the meaning of modern Israel, Zionism and Jewish identity today. Together we will engage in a new values-based discourse about Israel, including such topics as nationhood, land, sovereignty, Jerusalem, occupation and moral red lines.”
To make a reservation, contact Temple Concord at 723-7355 or templeconcordbinghamton@gmail.com, or Temple Israel at 723-7461 or titammy@stny.twcbc.com.