May 27, 2004

Zionist Circle at Tikkun Leil Shavuot Summary

The Zionist Zen circle at the Tikkun Leil Shavuot event in NYC was a huge success, with over 40 people attending our 3am session which focused on poetry as a form of concentrated emotional expression to explore our emotional root to Zionism, the Jewish People and Israel.

One of the major things that came out of the session was a different idea, however: the idea of holding multiple, parallel circles, on various topics. The collection of ages and populations and interests attending our session made clear that the Zionist Circle idea shouldn't be only focused on young Jewish professionals and college, as it is now, but should also open itself to all interested peoples. We intend to do so through a decentralized model, whereby those interested in holding or hosting Zionist Circles are invited to contact us for ideas on how to initiate a rethinking of Zionism in their community.

We, in particular, will continue to focus on meetings for our own age-group, since that is what we know best, and intend to open up various tracks for different interests within the framework of Zionism and Jewish Peoplehood.

If you have any ideas of specific topics or agenda items that you would like to explore in a group setting, please either join the discussion in the link below, or contact us by clicking the link above. We hope to see you at a future Circle.

Posted by ArielBeery at 12:56 PM | Comments (1)

May 25, 2004

Circle at Tikkun Leil Shavuot

The Circle is hosting a session at the Tikkun Leil Shavuot held tonight, May 25th, at the Manhattan JCC.

The session, from 3-4am, is entitled "Zionist Zen," and focuses on poetry to explore the particular relationship the Jewish people have to Zionism, the Jewish People, and Israel. Poetry is the best form to explore this relationship, as it packs the most emotion into the least amount of words.

We hope that, through tackling the emotional root tying us to Zionism, we will be better able to understand where we as a generation would like to lead the Jewish People in this new millenium.

Posted by ArielBeery at 02:07 PM | Comments (0)