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Israel Education: Teaching The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Rabbi Shmuel Hain, Rabbi Tully Harcsztark and Honorable Robert Wexler
January 29, 2021
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This edition of INSIDE THE CONVERSATION shares some of the important work of Machon Siach on the subject of Israel Education: Teaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Teaching about this conflict presents a unique challenge for yeshiva high school educators: How to simultaneously instill within students a strong connection to Israel and pride in the Zionist enterprise whiley laying bare the complex historical realities of Israel’s past and present? At its inception Machon Siach established a research cohort comprised of SAR High School administration and faculty and outside experts to explore this question in-depth. More recently, Machon Siach has partnered with the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace on a program for yeshiva high school principals and educators to engage with each other and with experts to learn more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and share best practices for teaching.

Rabbi Shmuel Hain

Rabbi Shmuel Hain

Rabbi Hain is Rosh Beit Midrash at SAR HS and Rabbi of YIOZ of North Riverdale/Yonkers. He recently served as the Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellow and as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s Center for Jewish Studies.

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Rabbi Tully Harcsztark

Rabbi Harcsztark is the Founding Principal of SAR High School and Dean of Machon Siach. He is the recipient of the 2017 Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.

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Honorable Robert Wexler

The Honorable Robert Wexler is the President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace in Washington, DC. He served as a Democratic member of Congress from 1997 to 2010, representing Florida's 19th district in the House of Representatives. Congressman Wexler was an advisor on Middle East and Israel issues to President Barack Obama and addressed the Democratic National Convention outlining the President's policies related to Israel.

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