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Prelude to Rabin

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2016.

RabinPrime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s life was shaped by several seminal events that led to the creation of the State of Israel. During this 20th anniversary year of Rabin’s assassination, we will take an in-depth look at four milestones in the nation’s history, including the socio-political climate that led to modern political Zionism; why the French and British created the "mandate" system at the end of WWI; Palestinian Jewry's response to WWII, and the American political landscape following the war that shaped President Truman's recognition of the State of Israel in May 1948.

Two of the sessions will uncover the real story of the ship "Exodus" and the heroic American volunteers and Haganah agents who took part in this rescue operation made famous in Leon Uris' well-known novel.

The East Bay International Jewish Film Festival will be screening Rabin, In My Own Words — a powerful documentary featuring rare footage capturing the life of Rabin.

This course will be available to registered students at no extra charge via Adobe Connect online distance learning. Students may attend live in the classroom, live online or anytime via recording.


# Sessions
Date & time

Thursdays, January 28 - February 25
7:00 - 8:30 pm

$70 for the public
$50 for members
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Jan 28 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu B'nai Shalom Riva Gambert
Feb 04 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu B'nai Shalom Riva Gambert
Feb 11 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu B'nai Shalom Riva Gambert
Feb 18 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu B'nai Shalom Riva Gambert
Feb 25 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu B'nai Shalom Riva Gambert


Congregation B'nai Shalom

74 Eckley Lane

Walnut Creek, CA 94596



Riva Gambert

Riva GambertRiva Gambert served on the staff of the Jewish Federation of the East Bay both as Director of its Israel Center and Senior Director of Community Programs. She has been Director of the East Bay International Jewish Film Festival. A frequent lecturer on Israel and film-related topics, Riva lived in Rehovot, Israel for several years before moving to California.