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Sunday, February 15 • 8:30am - 9:45am
The Letter that Changed Everything: Ben Gurion's Status Quo Letter

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Shortly before the 1947 UN vote on recognition of a Jewish state in Palestine, Ben Gurion sent a letter to the leaders of Orthodox religious parties in Israel that shaped the character of the Jewish state forever. He promised to give the Orthodox community full authority over four issues: shabbat; kashrut; marital law; and education. Why was it crucial to send this letter? Was it a good call? Why is this letter unchangeable? Do we want to change it?


Tova Birnbaum

Tova Birnbaum is founder and director of the Voices Fellowship. She was also a founder of the Secular Yeshiva at the BINA Center in Tel Aviv, and served as North American director for the World Zionist Organization. Tova teaches Talmud and Judaic Studies, and facilitates theater midrash workshops. She is an award-winning actress and performance artist. She holds a BA in Psychology from Hebrew U. and an MA in Theater from Tel Aviv University.

Sunday February 15, 2015 8:30am - 9:45am

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