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Unit 9: Into the Future
(1945 to Present)
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Directions to Students
(From the Study Guide)

Before Viewing the Show

Reexamine chart 2 on the world Jewish population.

Watch for . . . and Think About

Note the vociferous quality of the U.N. debates on Palestine and the enthusiastic Jewish response to the vote on partition. How do you explain these strong reactions?

Observe the footage of contemporary American Jewish life. How would you characterize this, the largest Jewish community in the world? Are American Jews successful? What is the nature of their Jewish commitments?

Listen to the interviews and glimpse the photographs of Jewish life in the Soviet Union. How do the majority of Jews fare in Russia?

Listen carefully to the variety of individuals who voice their opinion on what it means to be Jewish in the contemporary world. Evaluate their responses.

While Reading the Study Guide and Source Reader
Look for the following:
  • Where Jews came from to settle in the state of Israel. Why did most of them come? What was the Israelis' vision of the new society they wished to create? Identify Yishuv, kibbutz.
  • How native and immigrant Jews in Russia in the 1940s viewed the Soviet government and its policies towards the Jews. Identify Stalin.
  • How fully the Jews were integrated into American society in the years following World War II.
  • The wars that were fought by the state of Israel between 1948 and 1967. What were the causes of these wars?
After Viewing and Reading
  • Characterize the relations between the Yishuv and the British mandate authorities between 1939 and 1945.
  • Did the visit of Golda Meir, Israel's envoy to Moscow, force the Soviet government to rethink its policies towards the Jews?
  • How did Stalinist policies affect the Jews in both the Soviet Union and the Soviet Bloc countries?
  • What role did the American Jews play in American culture in the post-World War II era?
  • How did the Six Day War in 1967 affect the Jews in the United States and throughout the world? How did the Israelis perceive this conflict?
Suggested Readings

Eli N. Evans, The Provincials: A Personal History of Jews in the South (Atheneum, 1973)

Lionel Kochan, Jews in Soviet Russia Since 1917 (Oxford University Press, 1978)

Nadav Safran, Israel: The Embattled Ally (Harvard University Press, 1981)

Marshall Sklare, Conservative Judaism (Schocken, 1972)

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