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Warfare and Violence: The Boundaries of Zionism
Uri Regev, Adam Rubin and Michael Marmur
Recorded October 2002

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This mini-course explores how warfare and violence intersect with Zionism. Our three scholars will guide us through challenging questions:

  • In the formation and sustenance of our homeland, what limits, if any, are imposed by our traditional and contemporary sources?

  • How has the Zionist ideal changed in our present economic, political, and social climate?

  • What does it mean to be a Liberal Zionist today?

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This mini-course includes three, 1-hour recorded presentations, and, a set of background study materials accompanies each session. The sessions are as follows:

Session Presenter and Title

Uri Regev

Biblical, Halachic and Contemporary
Religious Insights

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Adam Rubin

New Zionism, New Boundaries

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Michael Marmur

Liberal Zionism Today

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Scholars' Bios

Michael Marmur is the Dean of HUC-JIR Jerusalem. British-born, Rabbi Marmur came to Israel in 1984, and is a graduate of the College-Institute's Israel Rabbinic Ordination Program. For six years he served as rabbi at the Leo Baeck Education Center in Haifa, where his responsibilities included congregational duties and teaching in the high school. He completed a degree in History at the University of Oxford, and an MA in Jewish History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Michael is currently working on a doctorate on the thought of Abraham Joshua Heschel. Michael and his wife Sarah, a lawyer now specializing in interreligious dialogue, have three children: Miriam, Nadav and Gaby.

Uri Regev is a native-born Israeli Reform Rabbi. Uri currently serves as the Executive. Director of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, working from Mercaz Shimshon / Beth Shmuel in Jerusalem. He was the Executive Director and Counsel of the Israel Religious Action Center, the legal advocacy arm of the Reform Movement in Israel. Uri has successfully argued and won in the Supreme Court some of the recent landmark cases regarding Religion and State in Israel including the 'Who is a Jew?/Conversion' controversy, inclusion of Reform and Conservative members to the Religious Councils and State support for non-Orthodox institutions. Uri also lectures at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem. Uri is an active civil rights and religious pluralism advocate.

Adam Rubin is an assistant professor of Jewish history at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, and teaches courses on Jewish history and literature at HUC and the University of Southern California. He received his doctorate in modern Jewish history from UCLA. Adam specializes in the history of Jewish culture and politics in Eastern Europe and pre-state Palestine during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is currently writing a book on the creation of Hebrew and Yiddish national culture in Europe between the two world wars, entitled Hayim Nahman Bialik and the Zionist Reinvention of Jewish Tradition. Before accepting his position at HUC three years ago, he spent a year teaching at the University of Washington in Seattle. During his graduate studies, he lived in Israel for several years. Adam was born in Los Angeles, grew up in Tustin, California and received his undergraduate education at the University of California at Berkeley.

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