On Tuesday, the first meeting of the Sayeret Chinuch was held in Beit Leonardo (Main Offices of the Tnua Kibbutzit) with the visit of the former Knesset Member and journalist correspondent in the US, Nitzan Horowitz.
This is the starting point of a project that has been prepared for almost two years. This joint initiative of the Machlaka Chinuchit and the Rakaz Olim of the Tnua aims to generate a framework of encounter, dialogue and debate. This, in order to form a tzevet of future shlichim and madrichim for the activities of the Tnua in Israel and in the various seminars that we make periodically throughout the entire world.
The Sayeret Chinuch is a kvutza composed of mechanchim from diverse backgrounds, in order to allow an enriching space. There are bogrim from the Tnua and from other Tnuot, there are sabras and there are olim, but what unites all is a great desire and commitment for non-formal education of Jewish-cultural and Zionist values.
In the first meeting of the programed series, Nitzan Horowitz visited us. Nitzan has been an elected parliamentarian of the Meretz party, a journalist correspondent in the United States and a social activist leader in various projects. Among them, he has led an NGO that fights the orthodox religious imposition in the Israeli society, as well as projects directed at an equal inclusion and rights of the LGBT community.
The topic of left Zionism was addressed in the talk, two terms that in the socio-political scenario that Israel is going through in these last decades, are drawn as antagonistic. We have discussed about the role we have as a Tnua in raising the flag of an inclusive and non-racist discourse, about the relation between Israel as a state and the Jewish communities in which we work, and more.
Then, we had a space of peula in which we tried to decipher the meaning of the Tnua in our days, the weight of memories and experiences in the design of our lives today. We also analyzed the symbols and tradition systems of the Tnua from the point of view of its role in the creation of a grupal and educational identity.
The next encounters will be held in January and we aim to end the series of meetings in May. We hope that this pilot project will be successful so we can continue it with more kvutzot. Considering the enthusiasm of the first meeting, undoubtedly, it will be a great success.
Let’s talk about it
Is it possible to be against Israeli policies and still support it?
Does Israel have to intervene in Jewish communities in the world?
Do the Jewish communities in the world have to intervene in the political decisions of the State of Israel?