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From Mt Sinai to Mt Herzl: Positive Zionism, May 28th

Tuesday, May 29, 7:00pm
Synagogue Emanu-El

The promise of the Promised Land has always been linked to the obligation to create within it a particular kind of society.  There are some remarkable parallels between Biblical injunctions in this regard that were communicated by Moshe to the ancient Hebrews and the ideals that Herzl expounded on in his contemporary Zionist vision.  In this workshop we will explore texts on the imperative of creating an exemplary society in the Land of Israel as envisioned from Biblical times to the present.

Dr. David Breakstone is the Deputy Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel and a member of the Executives of the World Zionist Organization, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (JNF), and Keren Hayesod.  He has previously served as Vice Chairman of the World Zionist Organization, Director of Hebrew University‚Äôs Pedagogic Center for Jewish Education, Associate Dean and Director of Education at The Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies, supervisor of the TALI Education Fund, and Director of Ramah Programs in Israel.  He was the conceptual architect and founding director of the Herzl Museum and Educational Center.

Dr. Breakstone made Aliyah from the United States in 1974 and earned his doctorate from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem i the field of Contemporary Jewy and Israel Education.  He has published numerous articles and books on the teaching of Israel, Israel-Diaspora relations, and Zionist thought.  He writes a regular column for The Jerusalem Post and blogs frequently for The Times of Israel, addressing contemporary issues in Israeli society, particularly as they relate to the life of the Jewish community worldwide.

As a volunteer, Dr. Breakstone has been active in the Masorti (Conservative) Movement for nearly 40 years, having served as both chairman and treasurer of the movement in Israel, Chairman of the Educational Center at Kibbutz Hannaton, and Chairman of the Executive of the Schechter Institute, where he continues to serve as a mentor of the Board.  He is married to an olah from Chile, and together they have five children and twelve grandchildren.



For nearly 90 years, The Jewish Agency has been the champion of our Jewish story.  Once we achieved our original goal of establishing a secure homeland in Israel, we turned to helping Jews in peril come home.  As the needs of the Jewish People continued to change, so did our response.  Our mission today is to ensure that every Jewish person, no matter where they are in the world, feels an unbreakable bond to one another and to Israel.



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