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Israel through the Lens of Poetry with Rachel Korazim

Past Sessions
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 10 Sh'vat 5780 - 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Meeting Room
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 3 Sh'vat 5780 - 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Meeting Room
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 25 Tevet 5780 - 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Meeting Room

We are excited to announce a new three-part series with Rachel Korazim, live from Israel via the Internet. No knowledge of Hebrew required.

Contemporary Israeli literature offers a unique view of the complex narratives of Israeli society. With humor and wisdom, Rachel Korazim brings poetry alive and gives us new insights into Israeli history and culture. An outstanding teacher, she is beloved by just about everyone who has had the good fortune to study with her.

We will gather over lunch at Temple Isaiah to learn from Rachel in interactive online sessions. Or you can participate via Internet from your office, Florida, or wherever you are (if technology cooperates!). Please sign up for this series by January 13 using the registration form on this page.

Class 1 - Connections to the Land

The best session to start your exploration into the world of Israeli poetry: the Zionist narrative and reactions to it. The core Zionist narrative of Israel presents an unbroken unwavering connection between the people of Israel and its land. True as it is, individuals have at times felt doubts, pain and critique as they were articulating their particular attachment to it. We shall look at works by Yitzhak Shalev, Rachel, Nathan Alterman, Yehuda Amichai, Ephraim Kishon, Balfour Hakak and Amos Oz.

Class 2 - Biblical Motifs: Challenging Views

This session offers a critical reading of modern poems that challenge our traditional view of well-known biblical figures. With works by Yehudit Kafri, Uzi Shavit , Haim Guri and others, we will revisit Rachel, Eve, Jacob's sons, Bat Sheva and Sisra's mother to explore possible meanings for contemporary readers of ancient texts.

Class 3 - Echoes of the Holocaust

The Holocaust and the creation of the state of Israel are probably the most important historical milestones in modern Jewish history. The main focus of this session is to explore the ways Israeli society deals with the Shoa as a significant influence on who we are and how we behave. We will discuss the reflections of the Holocaust in recent works by Amir Gotfreund and Lysie Doron, as well as some older ones by Grossman and Liebrect, Treinin, Guri and others. By doing so we will be able to address the changes in the understanding of the Holocaust from different Israeli perspectives.

Rachel Korazim is a freelance Jewish educator and education consultant who has developed curricula and taught worldwide. She teaches at Israel’s top learning centers, including Pardes and Shalom Hartman Institute.

Cost: $54 at Temple Isaiah (box lunch will be provided) / $36 for distance learning

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