Tarbut: Jewish Identity and Contemporary Israeli Culture

Tarbut: Jewish Identity & Contemporary Israeli Culture

The Tarbut Fellowship will engage Tufts students in an accessible and compelling exploration of Jewish life and thought through the lens of contemporary Israeli arts. In delving into various works of poetry, music, film, painting, and dance, we will examine how these phenomena intersect with, build upon, and depart from other forms of Jewish culture, past and present. This pedagogic approach will allow participants to deepen their understanding of modern Israeli society, while also expanding their knowledge of the history of Jewish civilizations. In addition to these conceptual goals, we seek to provide fellows with the opportunity for sustained personal reflection on their own emerging Jewish identities—spiritual, social, and political—and their relationship with Israel.