Shifting Borders: The Map of Israel Past and Present

by | Sep 22, 2022 | What’s Happening

Wednesday, October 26, 7:30 pm

Sandler Family Campus


The best way to begin to understand Israel is to first understand the nation’s map. Since declaring independence in 1948, the tiny nation’s borders have often changed. Sometimes, Israel has gained territory; other times, it has withdrawn from territory. Why is the map of Israel so important, yet so misunderstood? Where does the issue of Israeli settlements fit into this discussion? How does the debate about Israel’s borders affect Israeli politics and Israeli-Palestinian negotiations? Might Israel’s borders change again?

Map expert Joe Perlov will answer all of these questions and more with an experiential exploration of the map of Israel as part of the 12th annual Israel Today series, presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Simon Family JCC, and Community Partners, including all local synagogues and Jewish agencies.

Together, participants will recreate the map of Israel with historical borders, shifting those lines until the current national borders are reached—all while engaging with the competing narratives of social, political, and security issues.

To learn more and to register (RSVP required), visit, or contact Elka Mednick, assistant director of the JCRC, at or 757-965-6112.

Elka Mednick