*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Israel's Strategic Position in the Middle East


This course will briefly survey the timeline of Israel's military conflicts, and will touch on the origins of surrounding countries, the Suez Canal, issues of water, arms, natural resources, religion, and regional alliances. We will then examine Israel's relations with its neighbors, along with threats to, and opportunities for, peaceful coexistence. Please note: As the Israeli-Palestinian situation is not the subject of this short course, it will be addressed only sparingly and tangentially. Should attendees wish more information on that subject, they may indicate this in their feedback.

Instructor Bio:

Rabbi Schwartzman is a Reform rabbi, ordained at the Hebrew Union College, where he received his Bachelor of Hebrew Letters, Master of Hebrew Letters, and Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa).  He served for twenty three years as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in the rank of colonel.  He is a graduate of both Air Command and Staff , and Air Force War College.  After leaving the Air Force, he led congregations in and around Denver, Colorado; and served as Dean of the Denver Institute for Jewish Studies.

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Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A400 Rabbi Joel Schwartzman Sept 6, 13 Th 9:30-11:00 a.m. Unity of Charlottesville A

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