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Limmud Toronto (Virtual)
22 November 2020
An innovative, inclusive festival of Jewish learning that brings people of all backgrounds together to celebrate the rich diversity of Jewish culture and heritage.
Don’t miss NIFC’s sponsored talk: Enlisted Archaeology, by Naama Baumgarten-Sharon, from 4:00-5:00pm.
As an Israeli human rights professional who is also the holder of an MA in Hebrew Bible and a former guide at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem, I found myself in a unique position in my approach to archaeology in the West Bank. In both Israeli (B’Tselem) and international (Oxfam, Norwegian Refugee Council) organizations I worked for, I was unique in promoting a nuanced approach that was willing to acknowledge the importance of findings from the West Bank to Jewish history; Whereas in my religious community, my objection to the exploitation of archaeology as a means to take over land, and to the twisting of the historical narrative for political purposes, was simply incomprehensible to many. In this talk I will share my approach to this dilemma.