How essential is the Land of Israel to Zionism? Therodo Herzl, after witnessing the antisemitism that European Jews were experiencing, proposed the temporary establishment of a Jewish homeland in Uganda. However, there were many who heavily opposed this suggestion. When is it preferable to detour from a goal in service of a greater good? In this resource students re-enact the debate that took place at the Zionist Cogress and have the opportunity to vote on whether or not the 20th century Jews should make Uganda their temporary home.

Lesson Attachments​

The learners will: 

  1. understand how competing needs impacted the priorities of the early Zionists

  2. know the chain of events leading to Hertzl’s proposed temporary safe haven in Uganda and the reasons it was ultimately rejected. 

  3. be able to formulate and prepare an argument for and against the necessity of the Land of Israel to Zionism

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

  1. A video designed to spark interest in the topic.

  2. A lesson plan (link in the attachment above) that incorporates additional building blocks for the construction of an engaging and interactive lesson.

Computer, Projector

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

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