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Israel Religious Freedom Month
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December is a month of religious holidays and a good opportunity to focus on the freedom to worship in Israel, the different faith communities and the diversity among religious Jews in Israel. This is a good time to highlight Israel as a Jewish state, and the fact that national holidays are Jewish ones. Programs may also teach about the ideology of Spiritual and Religious Zionists as well as Christian Zionists and the connections they see between the land of Israel and their beliefs.

Historical Events

 

Other Holidays and Anniversaries

 

  • Christmas, December 25
  • Kwanzaa, December 26

Programming Ideas

 

  • Invite students from various groups (e.g., Muslim Students Association, student government, LBGT) to a Chanukah party and explain the significance of the holiday and freedom of religion in Israel.
  • Put together a virtual tour (posters, photos, videos) of holy sites around Israel.
  • Compare the treatment of religious minorities in Israel to other Middle East states.
  • Discuss the question of “Who is a Jew?” in Israel.
  • Present a program on the views of Spiritual, Religious and Christian Zionists.
  • Discuss why Israel is and must remain a Jewish state.
  • Cosponsor an event with other faith groups on campus.
  • Put up an exhibit about the “Gospel Trail” trail from Nazareth to Capernaum where Christian pilgrims can retrace the route of Jesus.

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