The search for the Truth: Israel and its place in the world

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Israel: Sovereign state or irritating intruder? Inspiration or interloper? Goliath or David? Melting pot or militant power? Or, just possibly, all of the above? No country on earth provokes such instinctual, visceral, passionate and - apparently - contradictory responses. John Dunston will explore the questions of where Israel belongs and what its purpose may be; its astonishing achievements and its parallel problems; and whether, depending on your point of view, Israel can become - or continue to be - a light to the nations. He will present the two sides of the invaluable coin that is......Israel.

John Dunston, a former Vice-President of the Oxford Jewish Congregation (OJC), is Director of Music at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, and Tutor at the Farmington Institute. He first visited Israel in 1974 with the Chorus of the Hamburg State Opera (performing Schoenberg's Israel in Egypt), and has led several groups there, including school students and a Jewish study tour. He conducted the choirs of the OJC and Keble College Chapel at the annual Holocaust Memorial Day Service between 2007 and 2019. He was Head of two Quaker schools and is currently a Governor of Harrow School.