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New Dialogue Questions March2011

New Dialogue Questions March2011

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New Questions for Dialogue Programs
1. How We Talk With Our Children About the Conflict
This set of questions was designed for a one-time dialogue session that brought together members of a small synagogue. The participants were each struggling to figure out how totalk with their children or grandchildren about Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Theyhad a variety of backgrounds, experiences, connections with Israel, and political views.Before this session, they had not had an in-depth conversation in their community aboutissues related to Israel. The questions we created enabled participants to share their stories,feelings, and concerns; to exchange ideas; and to discuss how they could support each other.The dialogue created a strong foundation for future conversations and activities.
First Question
How have the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and related events affected you personally?Also, can you reflect on any parts of your background and/or experiences that haveshaped the way you relate to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
Second Question
When you think about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, what is at the heart of the matter for you? You may want to share something about of the following:
What is most important to you, or what is at stake for you
Your hopes and fears
Any commitments or obligations you feel -- as a Jew, a citizen, an activist, amember of your family, a human, etc.
What you are struggling with – areas of confusion or ambivalence
Third Question
What is it like for you as a parent (or grandparent) engaging with Israel? How have youtalked with your children about Israel? What have you struggled with? What feelssimple or clear, and what feels complicated or unclear?
Optional Additional Question (posed during the connected conversation)
What next steps do you see for yourself? What would help you to get there? What areyour hopes for future conversations in this community?
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Jewish Dialogue Group
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2. Dialogue About Current Events
These questions are designed for one-time dialogue programs in which participants discusstheir reactions to and questions about particular current events. We have used versions of these questions during the Lebanon War in the summer of 2006, the Gaza War in January2009, and after the Gaza flotilla incident in the summer of 2010. The questions have workedwell in dialogues that took place among synagogue members and also in programs thatbrought together people who did not have a common affiliation.In a few cases, we have used questions like these during one session in a multi-part dialogueseries. Since the participants had already discussed their backgrounds in previous sessions,we skipped the first go-round question and began with “How have you been responding torecent events...?”
First Question
How have the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and related events affected you personallyover the years? In addition, can you share something about your life experiences or background that has shaped the way you relate to the conflict?
Second Question
 How have you been responding to events related to the Gaza flotilla incident over thepast few weeks? You may want to share:
what you have been feeling, thinking, or doing
what is at the heart of the matter for you, or what is at stake for you
your hopes and fears
any responsibilities or commitments you feel
Third Question
What questions or areas of uncertainty or confusion are you wrestling with?
This work by 
Jewish Dialogue Group
is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

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