The emergence of Zionism and the founding of the Jewish State saw great rivalries and cultural revolutions propelled by competing Zionist visions and ideologies. These critical divides forced Zionist leadership (and later, Israeli society) to confront foundational questions: Is Zionism a political or cultural movement? Is the use of force an acceptable means to achieving national independence? What is the place of the Holocaust in the national identity and memory? What role does halacha play in determining Jewish identity and Israeli citizenship?
Through an examination of founding Zionist thinkers, key historical events, and great debates, this course aims to explore the political and cultural landscapes of Israel, uncovering the enduring complexities and triumphs of the Zionist project and the Jewish state.
Ms. Sarah Wapner is a faculty member at the Tikvah Fund. She previously served as a program manager for strategic partnerships at a private foundation in New York City. Sarah received her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, where she majored in political science and Jewish studies. She also taught history and Jewish studies at Bnei Akiva Schools of Toronto. Sarah is an alumna of the Krauthammer Fellowship (2021-2022) as well as fellowships at the Hertog Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. She is a graduate of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators. Her writing has appeared in The Jewish Review of Books.
Director, Tikvah Scholars Program