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.
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?
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
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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