In this course in early Zionist history, we will take you “behind the scenes” on a globetrotting odyssey. We will travel from the casino in Basel, where we will join the delegates of the First Zionist Congress all dressed in their evening formal dress, to the bloody pogrom in Kishinev, to the fields of the Land of Israel during the Ottoman period, where the young teenage pioneers work with the sweat of their brow, to the trenches of WWI, and finally to the boardrooms of London. In all these far-flung locations we will meet the men and women who made the Zionist dream a reality. Theodor Herzl, Chaim Nachman Bialik, Rachel Bluwstein, Yosef Trumpeldor, Ze’ev Jabotinsky, Sarah Aaronson, and Lord Balfour are among the cast of illustrious characters we will meet on our journey from Basel to London as we explore the great moments in early Zionist history.
Dr. Tuvia Book
Dr. Tuvia Book was born in London and raised in both the UK and South Africa. After making Aliyah at the age of 17, he studied in Yeshiva and volunteered for the IDF, where he served in an elite combat unit. Tuvia has been working in Jewish education, both formal and informal, for many years. He is a licensed tour guide and has taught students and educators from around the world for some of Israel’s premier educational institutions and programs. He is the author (and illustrator) of the internationally acclaimed Israel education curriculum For the Sake of Zion: A Curriculum of Israel Studies, as well as Moral Dilemmas of the Modern Israeli Soldier. He has just completed his next book on the history of the Jewish people during the Second Temple period, to be published by Koren.
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Tikvah aims to make all of our courses available to as many qualified students as possible. In the event that Tikvah needs to add additional sections, this course may be taught by a different faculty member with a similarly high level of expertise.