Since 1948, the State of Israel has transformed itself from distant long-shot to an amazing success story. In this year-long seminar, we will discover the near-impossible yet extraordinary ideas and leaders behind the earliest triumphs of the Jewish state. This fall, we will look at several challenges the Jewish state faced and overcame during its formative period, the country’s early decades. These challenges were virtually without precedent in the history of nations and in each case Israel turned a daunting task into an opportunity to establish itself as a regional power and the driving force in leading the Jewish people worldwide. This course will include sessions on the 1948 War of Independence, the immigration of Jews from Arab lands, Israel’s development of nuclear weapons and the kidnapping and trial of the top-ranking Nazi Adolf Eichmann.
Ms. Sarah Wapner is a program manager at a private foundation in New York City. She previously served as the impact and recruitment officer at the Yeshiva University Straus Center, and taught humanities at Bnei Akiva Schools of Toronto. Sarah received her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, where she majored in political science and Jewish studies. Sarah is an alumna of the Krauthammer Fellowship (2021-2022) as well as fellowships at the Tikvah Fund, the Hertog Foundation, and the American Enterprise Institute. Sarah has served as a faculty member on several of Tikvah’s educational programs, including Tikvah Online Academy, the Truman Scholars Program, the Millstone Scholars Program, and the Tikvah Scholars Program.
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