Melton & More



Date & Time

Tuesdays, 12:00-1:30pm (EST) June 8, 15, 22, 29

In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.

- David Ben-Gurion


Course Description:

In this 4 part course, we will follow Israel’s journey from Exile to Statehood. The course will explore the history of the creation of the State of Israel and the development of modern political Zionism’s relationship to Jewish identity. We will explore the story of an indigenous peoples recovery of their ethnic identity, their language, their culture and their deep religious and cultural connection to the land of Israel as the children of Israel and return to their self-governance of the land based on the concepts of Eretz Yisrael, Am Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael. 

Tuesdays, 12:00-1:30pm (EST)

Dates: June 8, 15, 22, 29

About the Instructor:

Dr. Samuel Edelman has served as the first executive director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. Currently he is one of the founding faculty members of the new Academic Council for Israel, and its executive director, and a member of the Academic Engagement Network (AEN).  Edelman is  an Academic Fellow and an adjunct professor of Israel Studies and Zionism of the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies at the University of Miami and a lecturer at Florida Atlantic University LifeLong Learning Society and for the Miami-Dade CAJE. He is the former Director of the Israel on Campus Coalition Academic Affairs Department and the National Academic Network and its Fellows Program.  He is also an emeritus professor of Jewish, Israel and Holocaust Studies as well as Rhetoric and Communication Studies. In addition to being one of the key academics fighting against BDS on campuses and in academic professional organizations, he continues to lecture and teach on subjects such as Anti-Semitism, Genocide, Holocaust and resistance, the Arab Israeli conflict, Zionism, the Arab Spring, The Changing Map of the Middle East, Jewish Peoplehood, the history of Israel and more. Edelman is also the co-director of the California State Center of Excellence in Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights and Tolerance Education. Edelman is currently completing a new book entitled the Age of Hate with his wife and colleague, Prof. Carol Edelman.