Prime Ministers
“… As is the generation, so is the leader… As is the leader, so is the generation…”
Talmud, Erchin 17a

Over the past 70 years, the Jewish people have thirsted for leadership, have bled for leadership, or its lack.

The State of Israel has borne our hopes and fears; disappointments and rejoicing. It has confused and confounded its critics, sometimes falling short of its own ideals, sometimes exceeding them beyond all imagination.

And through it all were the Prime Ministers – the woman and men who have had to make some of the hardest calls in Jewish history.

Join the Academy and Rabbi Ramon Widmonte in partnership with Sephardi Hebrew Congregation of Cape Town as we leap into the minds, diaries, writings, hearts, hopes, stories and lives of the 4 longest serving Herut/Likud Prime Minsters of the State of Israel: Menachem Begin, Yitzchak Shamir, Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu.

Each Prime Minister had highs and lows. In their own lifetimes, each was heavily criticised and also wildly praised. Their stories mirror, for the large part, the passionate epic of the Jewish people since the dark days of the Holocaust, and understanding their decisions and wisdom leads us all to a better grasp of the State of Israel, the Middle East and the future of the Jewish people.

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Sephardi Hebrew Congregation

In partnership with Sephardi Shul


Prime Ministers
Start date
Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Number of sessions
Sephardi Hebrew Congregation
Rabbi Ramon Widmonte
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