Golda Meir: Iron Lady of the Middle East

This video talks about the remarkable and also complicated legacy of Golda Meir. Israel’s only female premier was beloved by her nation but had her reputation tarnished to an extent with the outcomes of the Yom Kippur War. In this episode and through this educator’s guide, students will explore and reflect upon Golda Meir’s life, her successes and her failures. Students will be asked to consider what truly makes someone a hero. Is it someone infallible? Students will also think through Golda Meir’s early life in which she made sacrifices for her Zionism, making the decision to immigrate to Israel from the U.S.
Watch this video and then use these prompts to facilitate discussion, meaning making and personal growth!

Executive Producers:
Shevi Peters
Adam Milstein

This series would not be possible without the generous support of:
The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation

  1. What was the Evian conference, and why did it have such an impact on Golda?
  2. What about the 1973 Yom Kippur (or Ramadan/October) War made determining the victor ambiguous?
  3. What was the name of the commission that determined that some Israeli leaders did not do enough to prevent the casualties of the war?
    • Agranat commission
    • Kahan commission
    • UN Resolution 181
    • Dayan commission
  4. What was the name of the Mizrahi group who was bothered by Prime Minister Meir?
    • Mizrahi mayhem
    • Black Panthers
    • Shas
    • Sonei (haters of) Meir
  5. Which city did Meir live in when she lived in America?
    • New York
    • LA
    • Baltimore
    • Milwaukee