Learning About Israeli Democracy

Prof.-Eran-KaplanThis past Sunday afternoon, January 22, the Achshav Yisrael committee of CBS presented its eighth program, "Knesset 101." Just below, Achshav Yisrael committee member Eileen Auerbach provides a report and shares some photographs takem during the event.

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Professor Eran Kaplan, the Goldman Professor of Israel Studies in the Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University, gave a well-received presentation on the basic mechanisms of the Israeli political system. He specifically reviewed the original and current political parties, focusing on their differences and alliances. He discussed some of the leadership over the years and showed how the system has moved from a left-leaning orientation to a right-leaning, conservative position due to the immigration patterns of specific populations and the influence of the ultra-Orthodox religious parties. He also answered questions about political movements and about the left-leaning Israeli Supreme Court.

In the break-out discussion that followed his formal presentation, attendees were very interested in delving deeper into issues such as how an Israeli bill becomes a law, basic Israeli parliamentary process, and the likely influence of President Trump on Israeli politics.

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Check out some photos from the program below, and visit the CBS Facebook page for more.

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ABOUT ACHSHAV YISRAEL: Achshav Yisrael’s mission is to provide quality programming about Israel to Congregation Beth Sholom and the broader community. Achshav Yisrael programs are open to all age groups and will occur on a regular basis. We intend to create a safe space at CBS for community exploration of Israel.

Achshav Yisrael Steering Committee Members: Eileen Auerbach, Becky Buckwald, Sandra Cohen, Betsy Eckstein, Ovid Jacob, Eva-Lynne Leibman, Ira Levy, Ephraim Margolin, Lucia Sommers