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Historical Geography of Jerusalem
The historical development of the Holy City from ancient to modern times. What was included in the walls, when and why? How and why did the city expand? How did topography affect that? When and how did people move out of the walls? What happened when the municipal borders were expanded after 1967? What are the plans for the future?
Learn about the incredible diversity of "The Jewish State." We will discuss the small minorities living in Israel - what I call the ABCDS (Alawites, Ahmadiyyans, Bahai, Bedouin, Black Hebrews, Christians, Circassians, Druze and Samaritans). We will also explore Jewish multiculturalism as Israel - unlike the US - actually has a majority non-Ashkenazi Jewish population.
The Israeli Response to October 7th
This can go one of two ways (or both). We can deconstruct what happened on October 7th and understand the numerous strategic challenges involved when considering Israel's response. We can also take a look at how Israeli society has reacted to what some call "Israel's 9/11."
Secrets of the Hebrew Language
This is a look at the deeper meanings involved in the Alef-Bet. We will do a basic introduction about kabbalistic meanings, gematriya, the crowns and even Alef-Bet martial arts and yoga, before examining the deeper meanings of Jewish words which we hear all the time, yet alas are unaware of their true essence.
Love Stories of Jerusalem
Learn about incredible love stories - both the heart-warming and heart-wrenching - from throughout the ages in Jerusalem. Famous kings like David, Solomon and Herod will make appearances as will a Nobel prize winner, Jewish underground fighters, hopeless romantics and star-crossed lovers. This can be two sessions: Ancient and Modern.
Secrets of Jerusalem
This is an exploration of all the fascinating places which tourists almost never get to visit, and the stories which tour guides never get to tell. Think you know Jerusalem? Think again.... The grave of William Shakespeare. The monster of Jerusalem. The secret cave of the Freemasons. The Liberty Bell. King Hussein's abandoned palace. And much, much more...
Street Art of Machane Yehuda Market
One of the striking things about Jerusalem's famed marketplace is the 150-200 street art paintings on the shutters. During a normal visit to the "shuk," however, only a few are visible. On Shabbat, however, when the market is closed, an incredible open-air urban gallery is created. We will enjoy the artwork and learn about the people depicted in the paintings. This can also be done as a Kahoots Game for Kids or Pub Quiz for adults.
Positive Trends in Israeli Society
So often when we hear about Israel, we hear about conflict, violence and struggles. It seems that Israel spends its time just putting out fires, literally and figuratively. We often forget that this is a young country which while having endured growing pains, is emerging as a dynamic, diverse and vibrant society. This is a look at the positive developments in Israeli society in the past decade.
An Archaeological History of Ancient Israel
This is an attempt to tell the history of ancient Israel, from Abraham until the Talmudic/Byzantine period, via its most important archaeological discoveries. The Tel Dan Stele, the Silver Scrolls, the Lachish reliefs, the Siloam Inscription, the Maresha Stele, the Theodotus Inscription and many more will help us to understand our history in a new light.
The History of the Jewish People in 60 MInutes
This is a run-through of Jewish history in which we will try to cover 4000 years in one hour. From Abraham and Sarah to modern times - and from Moses to Sandy Koufax - we will try and get a sense of who we are and how we got to be who and where we are today. Strap yourselves in, because it is going to be a wild ride through space and time.
The 7 Species and the Land of Milk & Honey
Come with me on a virtual hike to the ancient community of Sataf in the Jerusalem Hills. We will learn about Biblical agriculture, explore caves and ancient water systems, encounter the 7 Species of the Land of Israel and a new idea of what the Milk & Honey actually refers to. It's perfect any time, but especially for Tu B'Shvat when the almond trees are in bloom.
New Ways to Experience Israel
So you've been to Israel before. Fantastic. Maybe even a few times. Even better. At some point you think you've experienced everything there is to do here. Not even close... A trip to Israel does need to be your regular Dead Sea/Masada, Independence Hall and holy sites tour. It"s time to rethink what a trip to Israel can look like - for families, friends, congregations & more.