After the death of Theodor Herzl in 1904, British-Jewish biochemist Chaim Weizmann was determined to carry out Herzl’s vision of international support for a Jewish homeland in what was then Palestine. Like Herzl,  Weizmann was known for his willingness to work with world leaders in order to further the interests of the Zionist movement. With World War I raging and the Jews of the Land of Israel suffering greatly under Ottoman rule, Weizmann petitioned the British and persuaded many, including Winston Churchill, of the urgency to declare Israel as the Jewish homeland. In this lesson, students will learn about Weizmann’s efforts on behalf of the Jewish homeland and discuss the complexities of navigating independent statehood that is partially determined by world leaders on the international stage.

Lesson Attachments​

    The learner will:

    1. understand why and how the opinions of world leaders factor into the State of Israel’s decisions

    2. know the ways in which Chaim Weizmann helped propel the Zionist dream forward 

    be able to explain what made Weizmann a successful champion for Israel and how they can apply this when advocating for a cause they are passionate about

    Unpacked for Educators materials include:

    1. An educator’s guide that  contains many rich components. These are organized under the following titles: 

    • review (questions that relate to the video)

    • discussion

    • activities

    • reflection

    • further learning

    A video designed to spark interest in the topic.

    Computer, Student Handouts

    The website link includes a “further learning” section in the educator’s guide.

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