We Declare: Exploring Israel’s Declaration of Independence From Reality to Vision

February 25, 2pm

Join us for a journey exploring the realities of Israel and our vision for its future. This discussion will center on Israel’s Declaration of Independence, exploring the vision Israel’s founding fathers and mothers had when they put pen to paper in 1948, as well as how the document is lived and breathed today.

By diving deep into the text, through workshops led by Rabbis, leading educators from the Jewish community, and scholars from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, we will examine our culture and our past, as well as our vision for the future of the State of Israel. The event will culminate in a festive reading of the Declaration of Independence. See the full list of workshops and speakers here. 

Presented in partnership with Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in celebration of Israel at 70.

The schedule for the afternoon:

2:00 – 3:10 Keynote speaker Zohar Raviv

“We Declare”: Envisioning a Future for Israel with an Ear to the Past

Israel’s Declaration of Independence serves as the textual backbone for the existence of the State of Israel, its historical rationale, and ethical trajectory. Dr. Zohar Raviv will offer a contextualized look into this document, interweaving five different ways to understand Israel within our collective memory as a people, and wrestling with the profound challenges in its wake as we declare the vision for the next 70 years of the state of Israel.

3:10 – 3:20 Break, nosh and find your class

3:20 – 4:30 Limud workshops 

4:30 – 5:00 Creative reenactment of the Declaration of Israel’s Independence  


We Declare: Exploring Israel's Declaration of Independence From Reality to Vision

    * Workshops are limited to 20 participants.