Monday January 5
“IS DEMOCRACY A JEWISH CONCEPT?”
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, senior lecturer in Midrash & Talmud, The Conservative Yeshiva & Project Oded
Monday January 12
INVISIBLE JUSTICE: CREATING ISSUES BY IGNORING THE FACTS
Avinoam Sharon, Lt. Colonel (Ret.), former Chief Prosecutor of Judea, Samaria & Gaza. (He is currently a rabbinical student at Mercaz Schechter & Spiritual Leader of Moreshet Yisrael).
Monday January 19
JACOB AND THE INDIANS: STEPHEN VINCENT BENET ON COLONIAL AMERICAN JEWRY
Prof. Dan Vogel, Professor of Literature at Yeshiva University and Michlalah of Jerusalem, retired, author of two books and numerous articles on general and Biblical Literature.
Monday January 26
JEWISH COMPOSERS OF BROADWAY II
Cantor Mordecai Goldstein, including musical selections
Monday Feb. 2
TEXT INTO IMAGE: HOW ONE VISUALIZES THE BIBLE TODAY
Mordecai Beck, Internationally recognized Jerusalem Artist will present slides of his own works. (Original prints will be on display & available for purchase).
Monday Feb. 9
“STANDWITHUS.COM”: The important role of Israel Advocacy
Channa Givon, Vice President, Stand With Us.com
Monday Feb. 16
WOMEN, MEN AND EROS IN A TALMUDIC TALE: CLASH OF CULTURES
Rabbi Peretz Rodman
Monday Feb. 23
THE JAMES, BROTHER OF JESUS, OSSUARY CONTROVERSY
Michael Osband, Land of Israel Studies.
Monday March 1
THE STORY OF ESTHER: LESSONS FOR TODAY
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Senior lecturer Conservative Yeshiva & Project Oded
Monday March 15
CANTORIAL MUSICAL PRESENTATION BY JEWISH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY CANTORIAL STUDENTS STUDYING IN ISRAEL
Monday March 22
BETWEEN PURIM AND PESACH IN ART
Maxine Blendis, art historian
Monday March 29
SELF PERCEPTIONS & INTERNATIONAL PERCEPTIONS REGARDING ISRAEL
Jim Lederman, political & economic analyst
Monday April 19
“WALKING TO VALDIERI”
A Shoah memoir written by Albert M. Sharon, presented by his wife, Lynn Sharon.
Monday May 3
JEWISH RESPONSIBILITY IN THE STEWARDSHIP OF CREATION: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Dr. Richard Schwartz, noted author and foremost North American expert in the fields of Judaism and the global environment, particularly as it applies to 21st century industrial practices.
Monday May 10
“SHIRA VE SIMCHA” AN EVENING OF MUSIC AND COMEDY – BENEFIT FOR ALYN HOSPITAL
Presented by the students of the Conservative Yeshiva.
Monday May 17
THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE: A PERSONAL SAGA
Professor A. I. Weinzweig, a former member of “Mahal” (volunteers from abroad) of the IDF who fought in the War of Independence.
Monday May 24
PRE-SHAVUOT PRESENTATION: ARTISTIC IMPRESSIONS OF THE GIVING OF THE TORAH
Maxine Blendis, art historian (with slides).
Monday May 31
REPORTING THE NEWS THAT DOES NOT GET REPORTED: THE INTRIGUE OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM IN JERUSALEM
David Bedein, Bureau Chief, Israel Resource News Agency, Fellow, Center for Near East Policy Research
Monday June 7
TEHELET, JUST A FRINGE PHENOMENA?
The fascinating story of the “Blue fringe” on the Talit. Rabbi Peretz Rodman
Monday June 14
SO MANY OF THEM, SO FEW OF US, SO WHAT!
Alexander the great challenged Jewish Elders “Why do you insist on resisting us since we are so many and you are so few”. A study of an ancient talmudic text on our perseverance. Rabbi Dr. Arnold Goodman
Monday June 21
“A TORMENTED GENIUS” : THE DANIEL BARENBOIM CONTROVERSY
Rabbi Dr. Pesach Schindler, Rosh Yeshiva, The Conservative Yeshiva
Monday June 28
FRIENDS LIKE THESE: AN ISRAELI JEW BUILDS BRIDGES TO THE WORLD OF EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANITY
Freda Keet, a former newscaster, and reporting Journalist with Kol Israel National Broadcasting Authority in Jerusalem now involved with Israeli “Hasbara”.
Monday July 5
THE INFLUENCE OF FOLKLORE ON JEWISH CUSTOMS
Dr. Haya Greenberg Fried, lecturer, writer and producer
Monday July 12
UNDERSTANDING THE ISLAMIC ROOTS OF TODAY’S ANTI-SEMITISM
Dr. Lise Korson, Political Scientist with The Bridge Institute – a Foreign Policy Institute
Monday July 19
THE OLD ANTI-SEMITISM AND THE NEW. LEFT AND RIGHT – ONE AND THE SAME
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst
Monday August 2
HIROSHIMA, TISHA B’AV AND THE SHOAH
Rabbi Jim Lebeau, Director of the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center, former rabbi of the Jewish Community of Tokyo, Japan
Monday August 9
THE DISCOVERY OF “DEUTERONOMY” BY KING JOSIAH: A HISTORICAL ANALYSIS
Rabbi Dr. Pamela Barmash, Professor of Bible and Hebrew, Washington University at St. Louis
Monday August 16
“ZION SHALL BE REDEEMED WITH JUSTICE (ISAIAH)”. DOES JUSTICE REALLY MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE?
Avinoam Sharon, Religious Leader of Moreshet Yisrael Congregation, lawyer & member of the Israeli Bar.
Monday August 23
INSIDE THE P.A. TODAY
Jim Lederman, Political and Economic Analyst
Monday August 30
A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE ON ORGAN TRANSPLANTS
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Sr. lecturer, Project Oded & the Conservative Yeshiva
Monday September 6
UNIVERSALISM & PARTICULARISM: JUDAISM AND NON JEWS
Rabbi Edward S. Romm, Director of Education & Campus, Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center
Monday September 13
THE NAME “ROSH HASHANAH”: IF NOT FROM THE TORAH THEN WHERE?
Asher Zeiger, Jewish Educator
Monday September 20
THE ANCIENT OLYMPIC GAMES IN JERUSALEM: WHERE WAS THE JERUSALEM HIPPODROME?
Mechael Osband, Land of Israel Studies.
Monday September 27
SHOPPING FOR A LULAV & ETROG: THE “INS AND OUTS” OF THE 4 SPECIES.
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Sr. Lecturer, Project Oded & the Conservative Yeshiva
Monday October 11
PHILISTINES, CANAANITES AND ISRAELITES: ALL ON ONE LAND
Who were they and what happened to them? Aaron Greener, Land of Israel Studies
Monday October 18
A LOOK AT THE NEW ISRAELI BUDGET: IS THERE A NATIONAL VISION?
How does the budget affect us on the every day level? Jim Lederman, Economic & Political Analyst
Monday October 25
“LEADERSHIP AND JEWISH VALUES: EVALUATING JEWISH LEADERS”
What are the Jewish values inherent within leadership? Who are our Jewish leaders? Do they work within a Jewish political tradition? Do we expect them to do so? Howard Weisband, former Secretary General of the Jewish Agency for Israel
Monday November 1
SCULPTURE IN JERUSALEM AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
A slide presentation of sculpture in and around Jerusalem.Maxine Blendis, art historian
Monday November 8
A KRISTALLNACHT REMEMBRANCE PRESENTATION: MUSIC OF THE GHETTO
Tamar Machado, Musicologist, teaches at Yad VaShem
Monday November 15
AFTER THE AMERICAN ELECTIONS: WILL THE UNITED STATES CHANGE POLICY IN THE MIDDLE EAST?
With Prof. Eytan Gilboa, Prof. Of Political Science and Sr. Research Associate, Begin/Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar Ilan University. Co-sponsored by Moreshet Yisrael Synagogue.
Monday November 22
THE “CRYPTO- JEWS” OF THE CARIBBEAN & THEIR RETURN TO JUDAISM
Gloria Mound, The Institute for Marrano-Anusim Studies
Monday November 29
KAF TET B’NOVEMBER PRESENTATION: A LOOK AT THE VARIOUS PARTITION PLANS LEADING UP TO THE CREATION OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL
Mechael Osband, Land of Israel Studies
Monday Dec. 6
THE FIRST HANUKKAH: JEWS IN THE HELLENISTIC WORLD
Prof. Ailon Shiloh, Anthropologist
Monday Dec. 13
MUSIC AND LESSER KNOWN CUSTOMS OF HANUKKAH
Cantor Mordecai Goldstein
Monday Dec. 20
FAMILY LIFE AND THE SOCIAL STRUCTURE IN AND AROUND JERUSALEM DURING THE FIRST TEMPLE PERIOD.
Aharon Greener, Land of Israel Studies
Monday Dec . 27
THE POET LOOKS AT HIMSELF AND HIS PEOPLE
Join us for a special evening with Mark Elliott Shapiro, Poet , translator, dramatist & a member of the Haaretz newspaper staff.