The June 1967 Middle East War transformed Israeli, Jewish, and Middle Eastern History. In the span of six weeks, in May and June 1967, Israel, its neighbors and the international community were engulfed with varying emotions including admonition, arrogance, audacity, astonishment, bravado, boasting, daring, euphoria, fears of annihilation, hesitation, humiliation, indecision, miscalculation, pride, procrastination, relief, resignation, self-doubt, self-importance, and tension.
This program will be taught by Rabbi Judy Schindler, Rabbi Emerita of Temple Beth El and Associate Professor of Judaic Studies and Director of the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University of Charlotte and Stefan Pienkny, Temple Beth El member, Jewish educator, and veteran who fought in the Six-Day War and Yom Kippur War.
Register for three consecutive Wednesdays (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)
Capturing these moments as well as the prelude and aftermath of the War dominate the contents of The June 1967 War: How It Changed Jewish, Israeli and Middle Eastern History. In-depth discussions will include: background to Zionism, the 1948 and 1956 Wars, events of May and June 1967, and the diplomatic aftermath of the War; a discussion of the doctrine of preemption; the evolution of UN Resolution 242, and it as a framework for negotiations; origins of the settlements and their development as a controversial issue; the various results of the War on world Jewry.
The participant booklet contains: an abundance of maps, an extensive chronology of entwined events before, during, and after the War; a six page timeline of Zionism from the 1880s to 2017; original speeches, documents, and online access to the LBJ Library archives; an extensive bibliography with online references to books, articles, and videos; brief biographies of individuals associated with the War; and access to key documents about the conflict through the Center for Israel Education website, Foreign Relations of the United States, and the LBJ presidential archives.
This comprehensive curriculum on the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War was created for the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) and was designed by the Center of Israel Education at Emery University. In reflecting on the outstanding opportunity this course provides, Rabbi Doug Kahn, Executive Director Emeritus of the Jewish Community Relations Council, of San Francisco remarked, “This course is ‘not only relevant for teenage students but also for older adults who – in the midst of continuing sharp public disagreement about Israeli/Palestinian issues – may have forgotten the prelude, moment, and immediate aftermath of the Six-Day War and its profound impact on diaspora Jewry as well as on Israel. The scholarship is top notch but more than that it is very accessible. The timelines, maps, source material, discussion of transformative events, and educational presentation on subjects such as the doctrine of preemption are all presented in an exceptionally clear and thoughtful way. And the author (Dr. Ken Stein) does not shy away from the contentious issues that have led some to note that the Six-Day War – while lightening fast and astounding as a military victory – has not been concluded.”
Rabbi Judith Schindler is Associate Professor of Judaic Studies and Director of the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University of Charlotte. She was named Rabbi Emerita of Temple Beth El in Charlotte, North Carolina after serving as Senior Rabbi from 2003-2016 and as Associate Rabbi from 1998-2003.
Stefan Pienkny was born in Poland and immigrated, as a young child, with his family to Israel in 1957. He served as a tank commander in both the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War. He moved to America where he attended Rice University, got married, raised his son, Adam, and has been a longtime member of Temple Beth El. After retiring as an architect from Gantt Huberman Architects, Stefan has become an educator in the Jewish community teaching religious school and adult education.
Participants will need to register for the class (https://www.tfaforms.com/4618461) and also purchase an e-book or a paperback book for this course. E-books and paperback books should be ordered directly from Center for Israel Education (CIE). https://israeled.org/product/june1967/