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1885-1952: The Letters and Papers of Chaim Weizmann

The Letters and Papers of Chaim Weizmann are an enormously valuable but under-utilized source of modern Zionist History. The twenty-three-volume series offers an intimate perspective into the life of Chaim Weizmann, as he became one of half a dozen key leaders in the 19th and 20th century Zionist quest to establish a Jewish state. Each of the published volumes of The Weizmann Letters, with a couple of exceptions, covers a period of two to four years. Each volume is summarized by a renowned scholar. With permission from the Weizmann Archives, we are publishing those introductions.  We will be publishing two of these volume summaries per week through September 2019. The Center for Israel Education extends its deep appreciation and thanks to the Weizmann Archives in Rehovot, Israel for permission to reprint these introductions.  All credit for assembling the bibliographic information and the lengthy introductions rests with the individual scholar who edited each volume.

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Program & Events

  • October 27 and November 3 -- Rich Walter, "Beyond the Vote: Israeli Politics and Diaspora-Israel relations," Congregation Shearith Israel, Atlanta, GA
  • October 2, 2019 -- Eli Sperling, “Art and Ideology in Israeli Politics,” Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
  • September 27, 2019 -- Eli Sperling, "Israel Shabbat: A Panel of Emory Faculty Answering Student Questions about Modern Israel," Marcus Hillel House, Atlanta, GA
  • September 8 and 15 -- Rich Walter, "Beyond BDS: Understanding Efforts to Deligitimize Israel as a Jewish State," Congregation Shearith Israel, Atlanta, GA
  • September 5, 2019 -- Ken Stein "Across the Divide: Examining the Past, Present and Future of Engagement with Israel," Israel Policy Forum, Atlanta, GA
  • September 1, 2019 -- Ken Stein, "40 Years since Camp David: the past, present, and future of Arab-Israeli Negotiations," Limmud Atlanta/SE, Clayton, GA
  • September 1, 2019 -- Eli Sperling, "What is happening in Israeli politics? A look at the 2019 Israeli electoral process and its implications," Limmud Atlanta/SE, Clayton, GA
  • August 26, 2019 -- Ken Stein "Israel on Campus—Knowing Israel's Story," Israel on Campus Coalition, Denver, CO
  • July 8, 2019 -- Ken Stein, "Building the State," Saban Forum, Washington, DC
  • November 9-11, 2018 -- ISMI@20, Anniversary Celebration, Atlanta, GA
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September 2019 - Contemporary Reading List

Egyptian-Israeli Negotiations’ Documents Reader: 1973-1979

History, Politics and Diplomacy of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 2017