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Past Programs – 2001

Monday, January 1
A FASCINATING STORY: JEWISH SETTLEMENT ATTEMPT IN SAUDIA ARABIA 1892
Joseph Shadur, former director, the Jerusalem Field Studies Center of the Society for the Protection of Nature, author of numerous books and articles including monographs on 19th Century Middle East.

Monday, January 8
THE POLITICAL STALEMATE
Jim Lederman, economic and political analyst

Monday, January 15
NON ORTHODOX WEDDINGS IN ISRAEL – CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE?
Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann, National Coordinator of Conversion Program, Masorti Movement

Monday, January 22
JUDAISM’S RESPONSE TO ADVERSITY
Shlomo Tucker, associate dean Mahon Schechter

Monday, January 29
TORAH AND THE LITERARY IMAGINATION
Prof. Dan Vogel, Professor of Literature at Yeshiva University and Michlalah of Jerusalem, retired, author of two books and numerous articles.

Monday February 5, 2001
THE COMMANDMENTS CONNECTED TO LIVING IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL
Rabbi Dr. Avraham Feder, rabbi of Congregation Moreshet Yisrael Yerushalayim

Monday February 12, 2001
TRADITIONAL JEWISH PAPERCUTS: AN INNER WORLD OF ART AND SYMBOL
By the artist Yehudit Shadur

Monday February 19, 2001
BIBLICAL WARFARE: WEAPONS AND STRATAGEMS
Prof. Ailon Shiloh, anthropologist

Monday February 26 , 2001
ISRAELI POLITICS: WHERE NEXT?
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday March 5, 2001
IS HARRY POTTER JEWISH?
Ruthie Fogelman, author and long time resident of the Jewish Quarter

Monday March 12, 2001
TO PARADISE AND BACK: THE SONGS OF SHABBAT
Hanna Jaffe, Musicologist

Monday March 19, 2001
BEN SHAHN: JEWISH OR SOCIAL PROTEST ARTIST?
Maxine Blendis, art historian

Monday March 26, 2001
“WHEN I WAS IN ROME I SAW THE MENORAH”
Prof. Steven Fine, University of Cincinnati, (slides)

Monday April 2
WHO KNOWS FOUR? THE HAGGADAH OF PESACH
Rabbi Ed Romm, Director of Education, Fuchsberg Center For Conservative Judaism

Monday April 16
YOM HASHOAH PRESENTATION: THE RESURGENCE OF ANTI-SEMITISM
Jim Lederman, Political & Economic Analyst

Monday April 23
THE EARLY DAYS OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL: AN EYEWITNESS
Prof. Ailon Shiloh, Cultural Anthropologist

Monday April 30
THE TEMPLE MOUNT SOVEREIGNTY CONTROVERSY
Jacob Dalal, former editor of “In Jerusalem”

Monday May 7
EARLY RELIGIOUS ZIONIST THINKERS ON RELIGION AND STATE
Rabbi Joel Roth, Rosh Yeshiva of the Conservative Yeshiva, Prof. of Talmud, Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Monday May 14
NAKBA DAY: INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM INSIDE THE P.A.
David Bedin, Bureau Chief, Israel Resource News

Monday May 21
YOM YERUSHALIM ATTRACTION: ARCHIE GRANOT, WORLD-RENOWNED PAPERCUT ARTIST, SHARES HIS WORKS WITH US. JOIN US FOR A MOST SPECIAL EVENING.

Monday June 4
THE MAGIC AND MYSTERY OF MARC CHAGALL
Maxine Blendis, Art Historian

Monday June 11
JUDAISM AND DEMOCRACY: A CONTRADICTION OF TERMS?
Shaya Rothberg, Doctoral Candidate, the Hebrew University, Faculty Member, The Conservative Yeshiva.

Monday June 18
THE WESTERN WALL AND ROBINSON’S ARCH: WHAT THEY MEAN TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE
Rabbi Dr. Reuven Hammer, author of “The Jerusalem Anthology”

Monday June 25
WAGNER’S MUSIC IN ISRAEL: CAN MUSIC BE ANTI-SEMITIC?
Dr. Pesach Schindler, Violist, The Hebrew University Orchestra 

Monday July 2
IN DEFENSE OF CONSERVATIVE JUDAISM: A CRITIQUE
Rabbi Jim Lebeau, Director, Fuchsberg Center For Conservative Judaism

Monday July 9
CREATING HEROES AND ROLE MODELS FOR OUR CHILDREN THROUGH THE WORLD OF JEWISH CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Yaacov Peterseil, author & Director of Simcha Publishing

Monday July 16
HOW ISRAEL PRESENTS ITSELF THROUGH THE MEDIA
Art Braunstein , P.R. Analyst

Monday July 23
THE SHADOW OF DESTRUCTION AND THE DAWN OF REDEMPTION: LEARNING FROM LAMENTATIONS AND ISAIAH
Rabbi Gail Diamond, the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday July 30

THE 42,000 & ONE EVENING IN JUNE 1944
The Germans recorded “proudly” that they had gassed and burned 42,000 Jewish men, women and children on that day. This is a consideration of the human species. Prof. Ailon Shiloh, Anthropologist

Monday August 6
ALL THE NEWS THAT DID NOT FIT: AN ANATOMY OF DISINFORMATION
David Bedin, Bureau Chief, Israel Resource News

Monday August 13
MARC CHAGALL’S BIBLICAL VISIONS
Maxine Blendis, art historian

Monday August 20
THE BIBLE AS HISTORY: FACT OR FICTION?
Rabbi Dr. Pamela Barmash, Prof. of Hebrew Bible and Biblical Hebrew Washington University at St. Louis

Monday August 27
EKRON: A FORENSIC EXAMINATION OF ANCIENT TRACE EVIDENCE
Azriel Gorski, Forensic Microscopist, Science & Antiquities Group, Kuvin Centre, Hebrew University

Monday September 3
THE POLITICAL SITUATION TODAY: The conflicts in Israel on how to deal with Arafat?
Jim Lederman, political analyst

Monday September 10
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT: THE ROLE OF FOOD IN JEWISH TRADITION
Rabbi Ed Romm, Director of Education, The Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism

Monday September 24
HASIDIC TEACHINGS ON YOM KIPPUR
Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein

Monday October 15
THE CLONING CONTROVERSY: PLAYING OR ASSISTING THE DIVINE?
Dr. Pesach Schindler

Monday October 22
“CHILDREN, LIFE EXPECTANCY, AND INCOME ARE NOT DEPENDENT ON YOUR MERITS, BUT ON YOUR MAZAL” (Moed Katan 28a): DOES MAZAL RULE OUR LIVES?
Yaacov Peterseil, Author & Director of Simcha Publishing

Monday October 29
THE LEGACY OF YITZCHAK RABIN
Stephanie Glick

Monday November 5
FAITH HEALING: THE RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE AS A THERAPEUTIC PROCESS
Prof. Ailon Shiloh, cultural anthropologist

Monday November 12
INSIGHTS FROM “THE RED TENT” WRITTEN BY ANITA DIAMANT. THIS BOOK LOOKS AT GENESIS THROUGH A WOMAN’S EYES.
Presented by Rabbi Gail Diamond, the Conservative Yeshiva.

Monday November 19
SHAKESPEARE WOULD HAVE HATED FAGIN: SHADES OF ANTI-SEMITISM
Prof. Dan Vogel, Professor of Literature at Yeshiva University and Michlalah of Jerusalem, retired, author of two books and numerous articles.

Monday November 26
GENESIS: AS SEEN BY RENAISSANCE AND MODERN ARTISTS
Maxine Blendis, art historian

Monday December 3
HOMICIDE AND CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN THE BIBLE
Rabbi Dr. Pamela Barmash, Prof. Of Hebrew Bible and Biblical Hebrew, Washington University in St. Louis

Monday December 10
HANUKKAH IN RETROSPECT: WHO REALLY WON THE WAR?
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, lecturer at Project Oded and the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday December 17
THE CHANGING DEMOGRAPHY OF JERUSALEM FROM 1967 TO THE PRESENT AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF THE CITY
David Keren, Director USY Programs in Israel

Monday December 24
THE AGONY OF MISSING PERSONS IN JEWISH LAW AND LORE: THE TRAGEDIES OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER AND OUR KIDNAPPED SOLDIERS
Rabbi Dr. Pesach Schindler, Rosh Yeshiva, the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday December 31
HOLY TIME VS HOLY SPACE: A LOOK AT HESCHEL’S WORLD
Rabbi David Ebstein, Director, “Neshama” program in Israel