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travel seminars
A remarkable journey of heart and mind...
Explore sites and landscapes, using texts for context. Explore the story of the Jewish people, gaining insights on site!

Our seminars deepen participants' appreciation of Israel as the setting and inspiration of our shared heritage, while grappling with the meaning and place of Israel in our lives. They provide an insight into the challenges of building a sovereign Jewish state in our ancient homeland while reflecting and responding to Jewish tradition and history, and allow for discussing, interpreting and absorbing the rich culture of both the people and the land.

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At the start of the twentieth century, Poland's Jewish community was the greatest in the world. This seminar visits a number of pivotal locations in Poland and Israel, tracing the outlines of a critical chapter in the history of the Jewish people through to the Shoah and considering its central role in the development of the Yishuv (Palestine) and the State of Israel.

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Iberia served as the setting for one of the most remarkable chapters in Jewish history: that of Sefarad, embracing tragedy and great creative powers alike. The great poets, thinkers and statesmen of Sefarad help raise critical questions for us: when do Jews flourish? What ties do we have as a minority with the surrounding cultures? What happens when Jews are themselves a majority culture? The seminar explores these issues, both in southern Spain and in Israel.

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God’s “Island of Dew", Melton’s newest seminar, will allow for an engagement in Jewish and Italian history and culture in ways that only Melton can offer as we explore this most fascinating Jewish community, two thousand years after the exile by Rome. For centuries, during both Imperial times and the Renaissance, Italy was at the center of European development, and even until the rise of Fascism and the events of the Second World War modern Italy also offered its Jews a place in its burgeoning political life. The seminar will examine the Jewish world inside Europe’s greatest empire.

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Join us in following the trajectories of these great and beautiful cities, each in its time playing a unique role in Jewish life, and both succumbing to the great madness that almost led to the destruction of European Jewry. We will explore the ways that each city has dealt with its past, dealing also with political change and reintegrating into the surrounding societies: Berlin has become the symbolic phoenix of European Jewish life, while Prague allows us access to the precious legacy of central European Jewish life, ironically due to the Nazis' intention to create a Museum of the Extinct Jewish Race.

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Details to follow.
If you are interested in either of the dates of this seminar, please contact Jody Hyman at jhyman@meltonschool.org in order to preregister and guarantee your place on the seminar.

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