Who are Israel’s Pioneers?


In this unit, learners will learn about Israel’s pioneers, in their various incarnations and expressions. Beginning with a contemporary look at the concept of “pioneering”, students will then examine the meaning and place of this term in Zionist history. 

The lessons  that comprise this unit (see attachment below for more details) include an exploration of the Zionist pioneers (Halutzim) of the Second and Third Zionist immigration waves (Aliyot). Two lessons focus on the  women pioneers and  the philanthropists that funded these aliyot. In addition, the unit includes two additional lessons that hone in on the immigrants of the “Great Aliya” of the 1950s and 1960s as well as the Ethiopian immigrants of the 1980s and 1990s.  Over time, the pioneering ideology became a kind of status symbol,  and later on, a form of political expression. Delving into the concept of pioneering can serve as a means through which to make the ideals of Zionism relatable to young learners around the world and enable them to better connect to the culture and spirit of Israel today.

The learners will:

  1. understand the pioneering ideal as it developed and evolved in Israel

  2. know about the different pioneering eras, and their unique characteristics

  3. be able to discuss the different ways in which the pioneering ideals are relevant today, and how they can be acted upon in our own lives

Computer, projector, personal computers for each student (optional)

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