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Past Programs – 2002

Monday January 7
ARAFAT’S ORDER OF A CEASE-FIRE IS “IRRELEVANT”!
Jim Lederman, Political Analyst

Monday January 14
“GOD AND THE BIG BANG”
Rabbi Brad Artson, Dean of the Rabbinical School, University of Judaism, California

Monday January 21
PARENTS, CHILDREN AND ELDERLY PARENTS: FROM CREATION TO CHAOS
Rabbi Edward S. Romm, Director of Education, Fuchsberg Center

Monday January 28
MITZVOT, ECOLOGY AND THE LAND OF ISRAEL
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, The Conservative Yeshiva

Monday Feb. 4
ARAFAT’S ORDER OF A CEASE-FIRE IS “IRRELEVANT”!
Jim Lederman, political analyst

Monday Feb. 11
THE ARTISTS’ VIEW OF THE PATRIARCHS AND MATRIARCHS IN THE TORAH (with slides)
Maxine Blendis, art historian

Monday Feb. 18
L’CHAIM: IS IT REALLY A MITZVAH TO GET DRUNK ON PURIM?
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, lecturer Project Oded & the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday March 4
A LOOK AT ISLAM AND ITS’ VARIOUS SECTS
J.J. Jonah, graduate of the Hebrew University, History of the Jewish People and Far Eastern Studies.

Monday March 11
FROM THE BIBLE TO BROADWAY: THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF JEWISH MUSIC
Barry Serota, internationally known for his work in Jewish music

Monday March 18
CREATIVE WAYS TO ENHANCE YOUR SEDER
Rabbi Gail Diamond, the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday April 8
CONFRONTING HALACHA DURING THE SHOAH
Rabbi Pesach Schindler, Rosh Yeshiva, the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday April 22
ISRAELITE PROPHECIES AND THE NATIONS AS REFLECTED IN THE BIBLE
Asher Zeiger, Jewish Educator

Monday May 6
THE ISRAELITE EXPERIENCE IN EGYPT AS SEEN THROUGH ART
Maxine Blendis, art historian

Monday May 13
TRADITIONAL JEWISH PAPERCUTS: AN INNER WORLD OF ART AND SYMBOL
by Yehudit and Yosef Shadur, on the appearance of their new book. (with slide illustrations).

Monday May 20
THE SPIRITUAL ROOTS OF ABRAHAM JOSHUA HESCHEL
Rabbi David Ebstein

Monday May 27
WORLD TERRORISM
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday June 3
AN EYE FOR AN EYE: BIBLICAL LAW AND THE ORIGINS OF WESTERN JUSTICE
Rabbi Dr. Pamela Barmash, Prof. Of Hebrew Bible and Biblical Hebrew, Washington University at St. Louis

Monday June 10
THE JEWS OF INDIA
J.J. Jonah, graduate of the Hebrew University, History of the Jewish People and Far Eastern Studies.

Monday June 17
BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY: A LOOK AT “MODERN MORALITY” AND HALACHA
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Senior Lecturer, Project Oded and the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday June 24
MOSES AND THE EXODUS IN BIBLICAL ART
Maxine Blendis, art historian

Monday July 1
A LOOK AT THE “THREE WEEKS” THROUGH THE EYES OF THE SAGES
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, senior lecturer, The Conservative Yeshiva & Project Oded

Monday July 8
AN ANGRY “PROPHET” THE POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS THOUGHT OF YESHAYAHU LEIBOWITZ – A CONTROVERSIAL ISRAELI FIGURE
Rabbi David Levin-Kruss, Jewish Educator

Monday July 15
TISHA B’AV 1941 AND 1942: VOICES FROM THE WARSAW GHETTO
Dr. Pesach Schindler, Rosh Yeshiva of the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday July 22
GOVERNANCE WITHIN THE P.A. : WHO’S IN CHARGE
Jim Lederman, Political and Economic Analyst

Monday July 29
THE PROPHETS ON HOPE AND CONSOLATION AFTER THE “HURBAN”
Asher Zeiger, Lecturer at Project Oded

Monday August 5
CRITICAL BIBLICAL SCHOLARSHIP AND TRADITIONAL JUDAISM: A CONTRADICTION IN TERMS?
Dr. Pamela Barmash, Prof. Of Hebrew Bible and Biblical Hebrew, Washington University at St. Louis

Monday August 12
“YOURS, IN THE SERVICE OF OUR PEOPLE”: THE LIVES OF FAMOUS AMERICAN ZIONIST HEROINES
Marilyn J. Sladowsky, Instructor in U.S. and Jewish History, Hunter College, CUNY.

Monday August 19
WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD FRIENDSHIPS: CONFLICTS IN RELATIONSHIPS
Rabbi David Levin-Kruss, Jewish Educator

Monday August 26
HASIDIC INSIGHTS FOR THE HIGH HOLIDAY SEASON
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, senior lecturer, the Conservative Yeshiva and Project Oded

Monday September 2
A LOOK AT THE HOLIEST TIME OF THE YEAR
Rabbi Ed Romm, Director of Education, Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism

Monday September 9
TZOM GEDALIA: A DAY OF COMMUNAL TESHUVA
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein

Monday September 30
THE SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC IN JEWISH ART
Maxine Blendis, art historian , (with slides)

Monday October 7
SHOULD TERRORISM DISCOURAGE DIASPORA JEWS FROM SENDING THEIR YOUTH TO ISRAEL?
Rabbi Jim Lebeau, Director, The United Synagogue Fuchsberg Center For Conservative Judaism in Jerusalem

Monday October 14
REFORMS IN THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY: CAN A TIGER CHANGE ITS STRIPES?
Jim Lederman, Political and Economic Analyst

Monday October 21
JEWISH SOURCES FOR HEALING FROM TRAUMA
Rabbi Gail Diamond, Asst. Director, The Conservative Yeshiva

Monday October 28
THE KARAITE COMMUNITY IN ISRAEL – THEN AND NOW
Miriam Goldstein, Doctoral candidate in Arabic literature, Hebrew University, cataloger of a medieval collection of Karaite manuscripts for the Ben Zvi Institute, and studies Karaite exegesis in light of contemporaneous Muslim and Christian approaches to Scripture.

Monday November 4
“MY FATHER LIVED THROUGH KRISTALLNACHT”: THE SECOND GENERATION LOOKS BACK
Rabbi David Ebstein, Director of NJ Schechter Program “Neshama”

Monday November 11
DOES GOD HAVE A HUMAN IMAGE? AN UNUSUAL PERSPECTIVE ON JEWISH THOUGHT
Shaya Rothberg, doctoral candidate in Jewish Thought, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Monday November 18
WORLD OF OUR MOTHERS: JEWISH LIFE DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION
Betty P. Ribner, Author, Teacher & Eye Witness

Monday November 25
THE DRAMATIC EVENTS LEADING UP TO “KAF TET B’NOVEMBER”: THE DAY THE UNITED NATIONS VOTED TO ESTABLISH A JEWISH STATE
Mechael Osband, M.A. candidate Land of Israel Studies, Bar Ilan University, Licensed tour guide, works with Yad Ben Zvi

Monday Dec. 2
DEAR SIR: LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Judy Montagu, Letters Editor , the Jerusalem Post.

Monday Dec. 9
THE NEW VOICES IN ISRAELI LITERATURE
Dr. Miriyam Glazer, Prof. Of Literature, University of Judaism, author of “Dancing On The Edge Of The World: Jewish Stories Of Faith, Inspiration And Love” and “Dreaming The Actual: Contemporary Fiction And Poetry By Israeli Women Writers”.

Monday Dec. 16
HOW THE NEWS GETS COVERED IN ISRAEL: READING BETWEEN THE LINES
Jessica Steinberg, Journalist, staff correspondent for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, has written articles for the New York Times, The Jerusalem Post, and other publications.

Monday Dec. 23
MAPPING THROUGH ISRAEL: A LOOK AT ARTISTIC MAPS OF THE HOLY LAND
Maxine Blendis , art historian – with slides

Monday Dec. 30
MARK TWAIN’S JEWS: ADVICE TO THE SULTAN
Prof. Dan Vogel, Professor of Literature at Yeshiva University and Michlalah of Jerusalem, retired, author of two books and numerous articles.