Israeli Poetry (Adult Education class)

Conference Room

We will read and discuss Israeli poetry from the early 1900’s to the present (when possible, in both Hebrew and English). We will examine the lives of the individual poets, their poems, and the historical context in which they were written.  Through this process, we will attempt to better understand the history of Israel as reflected in its poetry. The poetry selections will be available in advance on the table outside the Main Sanctuary. Copies may also be obtained by contacting me directly, Knowledge of Hebrew is not required. 

Israeli poetry of the 20th and 21st centuries reflects the engagement with the settlement of Palestine and later creation of the State of Israel. It also reflects the struggles between the Jewish settlers and the Palestinian Arabs. Israeli poetry is influenced by the wars that were fought to win and keep the State of Israel, and is influenced by the struggle of the people living there, including the struggle of women to be equal partners in building the State. In addition, each poet brings his or her own particular concern with the beauty of the land, with the hard work to cultivate the land, and with their own personal struggles and loves, both in the land and when the poet was outside of Palestine/Israel for years, as happened to some who were caught in Europe during WW I. We will start this series with the poetry of Rachel, one of the most beloved of Israel's early modern poets. We will also have the opportunity to hear some of the poems as songs with music written by Naomi Shemer and others. Thanks to Hagar who is helping to shape this program. 

We will meet periodically at other times during the year, to be announced. For information, contact Bob Gerwin at: BBGgerwin [at] gmail [dot] com or by phone: 301-728-7260.

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