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.

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 Herzl’s initial approach to solving the problem of anti-semitism?
  2. In what ways is Judaism not just a religion, but a nation?
  3. What is the name of the person who coined the term, “anti-semitism”?
    • Karl Duhring
    • Adolf Hitler
    • Pontius Pilate
    • Gyozo Istoczy
  4. What is the name of the Jewish officer who was falsely accused of espionage by the French?
    • Ze’ev Jabotnisky
    • Leon Pinsker
    • Alfred Dreyfus
    • Emile Zola