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Congregation Shomrei Torah

Virtual Rabbi's Tisch with Dr. Rachel Havrelock

Friday, March 12, 2021 28 Adar 5781

6:15 PM - 7:30 PM

The Perils and Possibilities of Water in Israel
Water distribution has sustained the State of Israel and exacerbated its conflicts.  This talk will assess the current water situation in Israel, explain its historical roots, and propose ways in which water management could support a new peace movement. We will look at environmental peacebuilding efforts and their vision for building relationships through the restoration of watersheds.  We will also examine the famous water technologies pioneered in Israel and consider their role in both survival and ongoing conflict.

Rachel Havrelock is Professor of English and Jewish Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she also directs The Freshwater Lab, focused on water justice and species survival amidst accelerated climate change.

Rachel’s latest book, The Joshua Generation: Israeli Occupation and the Bible (Princeton University Press, 2020), tells the story of how the Bible became militarized yet still holds lessons for de-escalation and cohabitation.  While writing River Jordan: The Mythology of a Dividing Line (University of Chicago Press, 2011), Dr. Havrelock became involved in environmental peacebuilding with the Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian NGO Ecopeace Middle East.  She currently sits on the Ecopeace Middle East International Advisory Council and has much to say about water in Israel.

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