Congregation Beth Shalom

Tribes of Israel Program

Become immersed in the challenges of creating a Jewish and democratic public space in the modern State of Israel—a shared common space for a people divided along “tribal” affiliations.

Who are the diverse groups living in Israel, what challenges do they face, and what is their place in the mosaic of Israeli society? How do people divided along religious, national, and ideological lines create a shared public space? Explore principles that shape the public sphere in Israel and learn how the Israeli courts have attempted to balance competing values among Israeli tribes.

We discuss texts, religious and secular, from Torah to essays by contemporary Israelis. We watch online videos by Israeli and American scholars. We share personal stories. We talk openly and respectfully with each other, even while we disagree politically. We are engaged in a different kind of conversation about Israel.

For program specifics (dates, times, registration), see our Tribes of Israel Promotional Flyer.

If you are interested, please call the CBS Office to register (630-961-1818).

The Tribes of Israel program is an in-depth adult learning program created by the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. For more details see the Hartman Institute Info SheetIntro Video and explore the iEngage website.