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Pride and Prejudice: A History of Immigration in Israel
Pride and Prejudice: When do we get it right, when do we get it wrong, and does context matter? Waves of immigration, inclusion and success, and, discrimination and regress. Join us for six sessions, as we examine a history of the State of Israel through the immigrant lens. While waves of immigration were served and saved by the foundation of the State of Israel, it would be those very same waves, that would serve as the foundation on which the young state would grow. These waves were a miracle orchestrated by the very Rock of Israel mentioned in the concluding line of the Declaration of Independence. This description of entity, deity or people, was chosen in all of its ambiguity, for the purpose of allowing the founding generation the freedom to direct ownership of this miracle to that which best reflected their ideals. With open arms, this generation, and those that followed, welcomed in their sisters and brothers. We will identify the truly altruistic as well as very practical reasons, behind this call of inclusion. We will excavate as well, the cracks that represent the failure and the fissure which at times, lead to discrimination and exclusion of the very same sisters and brothers.

The history with which we engage will come alive through our presentations as well as through our conversations, with individuals who have lived this history. As we pull back the layers, we hope to strengthen our connection with the State of Israel and those who live here, and through authentic engagement, deepen our relationship with a very real country, with real challenges and real wonder.
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