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Exploring Zionism: a two-part series of learning and reflection

June 27th and July 11th, 7-9pm on Zoom

Part One: Zionism and anti-Zionism: A Historical Introduction, led by Matthew Ellis

June 27th, 2024 from 7-9pm on Zoom

One among many developments since October 7 has been the extent to which Zionism itself—and not just the policies of Israel’s current government—has come under fire from various critics. The intensity of criticism, even vitriol, directed at Zionism as a foundational concept of modern Jewish life has only increased in the recent student protests on college campuses across the U.S. But amid all of the clamor, a much deeper, more nuanced history of Zionism tends to get eclipsed. In this session, part one of our two-part series, Middle East historian and Malkhutnik Matthew Ellis will offer a brief historical overview of Zionism’s foundation and development from the late nineteenth century to the present. Special emphasis will be paid to the diversity of Zionist and anti-Zionist viewpoints over the decades, and the complicated ways Zionism has changed and evolved as a political ideology.


Part Two: How do I relate to Zionism? A Space to Process, Listen, and Reflect, led by Rabbi Goldenberg

July 11th, 2024 from 7-9pm on Zoom

Rabbi G. will create a safe, confidential container for Malkhutniks who attended Part One to explore for ourselves how we feel and what we think about Zionism and its role in our lives, and in Jewish life in general. Some questions that we may explore: Am I a Zionist? Am I an anti-Zionist? How do these words and concepts impact my sense of identity and belonging as a Jew or Jewish-adjacent person?

Bio: Matthew Ellis is a historian of the modern Middle East. He has taught in the History Department at Sarah Lawrence College since 2012, and is the author of Desert Borderland: The Making of Modern Egypt and Libya (2018)


  • If you are planning on attending Part Two, it is required to attend Part One. However, it is not required to attend Part Two if you do attend Part One.

  • Sessions will begin promptly. No one be able to join after 7:15pm.

  • Both sessions are confidential and will have ground rules in place for us to engage in a safe, respectful, courageous environment.

Register below for the Zoom link:

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