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Discussing Israel, Zionism and Peace

January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

As American Jews join in marking the 50th birthday of the State of Israel and the 100 years of the Zionist movement, there is cause for both celebration and concern.

"As we rejoice in the accomplishments of Israel, Zionism and American Jewry, they each face their own, though interrelated, crises," says Yoav Ben-Horin, senior fellow at the Wilstein Institute of Jewish Policy Studies and former RAND Corp. strategic analyst.

Ben-Horin will explore both the triumphs and challenges in a series of five Sunday-morning lectures, sponsored by the Labor Zionist Alliance.

The first lecture, on Jan. 18, will examine "The Modern Middle East: Where From? What About?" with tickets available at the door. This and the following four monthly lectures and discussions will start at 9:30 a.m. at the Institute of Jewish Education, 8339 W. Third St.

Subsequent talks will deal with Zionism, Israel's middle-age crisis, the peace process and American Jewry's relationship to Israel.

"Each of these areas is in a state of flux and facing crucial crossroads," says Ben-Horin. "One purpose of this series is to relate the topics to each other and see where they fit together. For instance, Israel's struggle intersects with the evolution of American Jewry."

Tickets are $40 for the entire series, and $10 per individual lecture. For information, call (213) 655-2842.

Organizers of the series are Bernard Weisberg, president of the regional Labor Zionist Alliance chapter, and Ethel Taft. -- Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor


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