Kehillah Opens the Discussion on Current Events; Impeachment, Iran, and Rising Antisemitism
Kehillah recently hosted a conversation for students led by educators and administrators around current issues including, Impeachment, Iran, and Rising Anti-Semitism. Our Dean of students, Dr. Nathan Bennett, opened the session with the following sentiment,
“Perhaps one of the more significant of our charges is to help you think about the world you inhabit, the world you will one day inherit. Many times we do this work in the classroom but there arise occasionally momentous events that all but demand to be addressed…”
Our rapidly changing news cycle can be overwhelming for students (and adults!) to decipher. Headlines pop up on our phones constantly but how often do we take the time to really examine and address our opinions while giving equal respect towards differing viewpoints. The influx of information from all sides makes it challenging to pause and digest what we’re taking in.
Breaking off into groups in different areas, Kehillah facilitated a bias-free arena to focus on the weighty matters swirling through the headlines today.
Students expressed their viewpoints and shared their thoughts around the various topics all in a respectful manner that hopefully lead to an overall more clear understanding of what’s going on presently and how we can strive to understand not just the topics swirling in the news cycles daily but also how we can better process varied points of view around those topics in a way that doesn’t shut anyone out and instead, seeks to respectfully understand that a different opinion in one area does not necessitate the shutting down of dialogue. The more we communicate, the more we understand each other and break down the divisiveness of the current political climate.
• Historical Context and Constitutional Framework
•The Impeachment of Donald J. Trump
•International Perspectives on Impeachment
•Talking through Disagreement
• Processing Recent Antisemitic Acts
Conflict with Iran
• A History of Conflicts with Iran