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Past Programs – 2005

Monday January 3
A NON-FUNDAMENTALIST JEWISH THEOLOGY
Rabbi Dr. Pamela Barmash, Director of the Program in Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

Monday January 10
ARCHAEOLOGY AND FRAUD IN ISRAEL TODAY
Mechael Osband, Land of Israel Studies

Monday January 17
DISENGAGEMENT: FROM OURSELVES?
Jim Lederman, Political & Economic Analyst

Monday January 24
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW IN ISRAEL: A LOOK AT TODAY’S “HOT SPOTS”
Attorney Dr. Richard Laster, specialist & lecturer in Environmental Law, Hebrew University. This program is in cooperation with Moreshet Yisrael Synagogue & will take place in the synagogue (Agron 4).

Monday January 31
A TOUR OF SOME ARCHITECTURAL GEMS IN JERUSALEM WITHOUT WEARING OUT YOUR SHOES
Maxine Blendis, art historian (with slides).

Monday February 7
FROM THE MODEST TO THE OPULENT: ARAB ARCHITECTURE OF THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY IN WESTERN JERUSALEM
Maxine Blendis, art historian (with slides).

Monday February 14
DISENGAGEMENT: WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE PALESTINIANS
Jim Lederman, Economic & Political Analyst

Monday February 21
THE JEWISH IMPLICATIONS OF STEM CELL RESEARCH
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Sr. Lecturer, Project Oded & the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday February 28
THE LAND OF ISRAEL BEFORE THE ISRAELITES
What the ‘El-Amarna’ Letters can teach us about the political situation in Israel during the Late Bronze Age. Aharon Greener, Land of Israel Studies

Monday March 7
MOSHE RABENU, RABBI AKIVA & WHEAT: A LOOK AT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ORAL TRADITION
Rabbi Ed Romm, Director of Education, Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center.

Monday March 14
MEET THE AUTHOR: PESHEH GAIBEL discusses her recent book “A LOVE STORY” based on ancestral memory.
Moderated by Mark Elliott Shapiro, Poet, translator, dramatist & a member of the Haaretz newspaper staff.

Monday March 21
LET’S EXAMINE PURIM THROUGH JEWISH ART
Dr. Shula Lederman, Head of the Department of Art & Jewish Studies, Mahon Schechter. This presentation is co-sponsored with Congregation Moreshet Israel.

Monday March 28
ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESTRUCTION ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT
Zachi Zweig, archaeologist, manages sifting of debris on the Temple Mount. With slides.

Monday April 4
“YENTL’S REVENGE: THE NEXT WAVE OF JEWISH FEMINISM” ANTHOLOGY
Danya Ruttenberg, editor of the anthology

Monday April 11
“A MORNING TALK WITH GOD: WHY PRAY?”
Riba Carmel, Jewish Educator

Monday April 18
THE WICKED SON ACCORDING TO HERMAN WOUK
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 May 2
60 YEARS AFTER THE LIBERATION OF AUSCHWITZ
Naama Galil, member of the staff of historians who established the New Holocaust Museum of Yad Vashem This program is co-sponsored with Congregation Moreshet Yisrael.

Monday May 9
ISRAEL FROM 1967 ON: A JOURNALIST’S RETROSPECTIVE
Jim Lederman, economic & political analyst

Monday May 16
AN EVENING WITH THE AUTHOR: “SURVIVING WIDOWHOOD”
Esther Goshen – Gottstein, Ph.D, Clinical Psychologist

Monday May 23
WHAT ISSUES ARE STILL DIVIDING SCHOLARS OF THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS
Prof. Emanuel Tov. This program is co-sponsored with Congregation Moreshet Yisrael.

Monday May 2
60 YEARS AFTER THE LIBERATION OF AUSCHWITZ
Naama Galil, member of the staff of historians who established the New Holocaust Museum of Yad Vashem This program is co-sponsored with Congregation Moreshet Yisrael.

Monday May 9
ISRAEL FROM 1967 ON: A JOURNALIST’S RETROSPECTIVE
Jim Lederman, economic & political analyst

Monday May 16
AN EVENING WITH THE AUTHOR: “SURVIVING WIDOWHOOD”
Esther Goshen – Gottstein, Ph.D, Clinical Psychologist

Monday May 23
WHAT ISSUES ARE STILL DIVIDING SCHOLARS OF THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS
Prof. Emanuel Tov. This program is co-sponsored with Congregation Moreshet Yisrael.

Thursday June 2
“CONSERVATIVE JUDAISM AT THE CROSSROADS”
with Rabbi Professor David Golinkin, President of Machon Schechter. Co-Sponsored with the Monday Evening Forum, Moreshet Avraham Synagogue & Congregation Moreshet Yisrael.

Monday June 20
DISENGAGEMENT: IT MAKES A SUBSTANTIAL DIFFERENCE
Jim Lederman, economic & political analyst

Monday June 27
THE “HORNS” OF MOSES: A LOOK AT JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN TRADITIONS THROUGH ART
Maxine Blendis, art historian

Monday July 4
PEACE AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN JEWISH TRADITION
Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann, Jewish Educator

Monday July 11
LEVITICUS: IRRELEVANT OR CRUCIAL?
Rabbi Prof. Pamela Barmash, Director of Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Studies, and Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Biblical Hebrew, Washington University at St. Louis

Monday July 18
PRE-TALMUD ANTHROPOLOGY: PEOPLES & CULTURES IN THE EARLY FERTILE CRESCENT
Prof. Ailon Shiloh, cultural anthropologist

Monday July 25
RABBINIC INSIGHTS INTO ISRAEL’S TROUBLED TIMES
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Sr Lecturer in Talmud, Project Oded & the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday August 1
SCIENCE AND RELIGION BEFORE THE GREEKS
Rabbi Prof. Pamela Barmash, Director of Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Studies, and Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Biblical Hebrew, Washington University at St. Louis

Monday August 8
COUNTER TERRORISM – A TRULY POPULAR WAR
Jim Lederman, political & economic analyst

Monday August 15
A LOOK AT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE BEIT MIKDASH (TEMPLE) THROUGH THE AGES
Mechael Osband, Land of Israel studies

Monday August 22
THE LIGHTER SIDE OF THE EARLY YEARS OF THE STATE
Zipporah Porath, author of “Letters From Jerusalem, 1947-1948”. Signed copies of the author’s book will be available. In addition, you are invited to view the “Jerusalem of Color” exhibit and meet the artist Yona Kiryati.

Monday August 29
COOK SIMPLE — KEEP YOUR SANITY
Judy Montagu, popular Jerusalem Post food writer, shares some insights from her “Short Order” column.

Monday September 5
ELIE WIESEL, THE HUMBLE WARRIOR
Dr. Jenny Weil, PhD, Lecturer Touro College

Monday September 12
JAPANESE AND JEWISH RELATIONS IN WWII: EXPECTATIONS & HEROES
Rabbi Jim Lebeau, former rabbi of the Tokyo Jewish Community, Director, Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center. Co sponsored with Moreshet Israel Synagogue

Monday September 19
THE DRAMA OF THE ” AKEDA” (Binding of Yitzchak) DEPICTED IN ARTISTS’ MASTERPIECES
Maxine Blendis, art historian (with slides)

Monday September 26
PREPARING OURSELVES FOR THE HIGH HOLY DAYS
Rabbi Ed Romm. Director of Education, Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center

Monday, October 10
IS IT HALACHICALLY PERMISSIBLE TO DESTROY A SYNAGOGUE: WHAT DO THE SOURCES SAY?
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Sr. lecturer, Project Oded & the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday, October 31
TORAH YOGA – EXPERIENCING JEWISH WISDOM THROUGH CLASSIC POSTURES
With Diane Bloomfield. This program is co-sponsored with Congregation Moreshet Yisrael.

 

Monday November 7
“HAMLET & MOSES: TWO DIMENSIONS OF BEING HUMAN
Rabbi Avraham Feder, Rabbi Emeritus, Moreshet Yisrael Synagogue, co- sponsored with Moreshet Yisrael Synagogue.

Monday November 14
ISRAEL AS I SEE IT TODAY
Jim Lederman, political & economic analyst

Monday November 21
TWO JEWISH TEMPLES IN ANCIENT EGYPT
Dr. Stephen Rosenberg PhD, archaeologist

Monday November 28
Laura Ruth Polk Memorial Lecture – THE TEMPLE MOUNT: PAST & PRESENT
Prof. Gabriel Barkay PhD. Archaeologist, Land of Israel Studies, Bar Ilan University. Prof. Barkay is a world authority on Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.

Monday Dec. 5
“KOSHER SLAUGHTER METHODS: A RABBINIC CHALLENGE”
with Rabbi Adam Frank, Moreshet Yisrael Synagogue. Rabbi Frank researched and sponsored the Conservative Movement’s halakhic position paper addressing modern kosher slaughter methods. Co-sponsored with Moreshet Yisrael.

Monday Dec. 12
HOW ISRAEL FUNCTIONS WITH A DYSFUNCTIONAL GOVERNMENT
Jim Lederman, economic & political analyst

Monday Dec. 19
JUDITH, CHANUKAH & ART: WHAT’S THE CONNECTION?
Maxine Blendis, art historian (with slides).

Monday Dec. 26
“THE JERUSALEM SYNDROME” & MODERN DAY PROPHETS”
The religious impact of Jerusalem then and now. Prof. Ailon Shiloh, editor of the book “Peoples & Cultures of the Middle East”