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Herzl: The Zionist Dream of a Jewish State

This video introduces a Zionist visionary and founding father of the State of Israel, Theodor Herzl. The video tells Herzl’s story, from his experience at the infamous Dreyfus Affair to his eventual establishment of the annual Zionist Congress in 1897. While Herzl did not live to see Israel’s establishment, he is credited with planting the seeds that allowed the State of Israel to come to fruition, teaching the Jewish world, “If you will it, it is no dream.” Students will learn about Herzl’s life, legacy and vision. What is Zionism? Why is it so controversial and why there such a strong relationship between Zionism and anti-Semitism? This video and educator’s guide explore all this and more.

Watch this video and use these prompts to dig deeply into history, analyze new ideas, and foster meaningful discussion.

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