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How to Talk to Your Children, Friends and Family About Israel

  • Congregation Shir Hadash 20 Cherry Blossom Ln Los Gatos, CA, 95032 United States (map)

How to Talk to Your Children, Friends and Family About Israel

What you need to know to have constructive conversations and meaningful dialogue

Exploring the World of Judaism

Presented by: Jessica Kosmin

This dynamic, participatory workshop will provide the tools you need to have a constructive conversation about Israel with your friends and family, paying particular attention to how to talk to your children about the current conflict in Israel. We will examine the messaging Jewish youths are exposed to on social media, in schools and on college campuses in relation to Israel. We also will discuss how the BDS global movement and the pervasive, new anti-Israel rhetoric are reframing the conversation about Israel for the next generation. Explore with Jessica the importance of talking about the Arab-Israeli conflict at home in a safe space without shying away from the tough issues, and how best to do this. Most importantly, we will explore your personal connection to Israel and your opinions on current events so you have the motivation and confidence to engage in positive and meaningful dialogue.

About our speaker: Jessica Kosmin is originally from London, UK and moved to the Bay Area after living in Israel for seven years. She provides communications and Israel advocacy workshops for teens, college students and adults as part of her role at the JCRC. In Israel, Jessica was the Operations Manager for the British Council in Ramat Gan and volunteered for a variety of social justice causes. Jessica has a B.A. (First Class Honors) in History from the University of Birmingham and an M.A. in Government, Diplomacy and Conflict Studies from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzlya, Israel. 

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This event is part of the fifth year of Exploring the World of Judaism, adult learning designed by and for religious school parents.

Sessions meet on Sunday mornings while kids are in Religious School.  Each session is self contained, requires no advance reservations, and is free to congregants.  Babysitting will be provided for all programs. Please call (408) 358-1751 x5 to reserve a space.

Whether you’re a rabbi or haven’t attended a day of religious school, we are sure that you’ll find these speakers engaging and interesting.

Exploring the World of Judaism is a partnership between Jewish LearningWorks and the participating organizations.  It is supported in part by the Newton and Rochelle Becker Charitable Trust.