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Past Programs – 2007

Monday January 1
“LOS NUEVOS JUDIOS” THE PLIGHT OF THE ANUSIM (CRYPTO JEWS) IN LATIN AMERICA
Juan Mejia, a Rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, will share his personal story with us.

Monday January 8
MAHMUD ABBAS AFTER TWO YEARS: IS THERE A DANGER OF ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE NEW PALESTINIAN ENTITY?
David Bedein, Bureau Chief, Israel Resource News Agency.

Monday January 15
ISRAEL 2007: THE CHALLENGES AHEAD
David Horowitz, editor of the Jerusalem Post

Monday January 22
ABRAHAM JOSHUA HESCHEL; A JEWISH PHILOSOPHER WHO SPEAKS OF GOD AND MAN
Dr. Jenny Weil, Ph.D. New York University, Lecturer, Lander College

Monday January 29
LAND, TREES & TU BESHVAT: CHANGING IMAGES OF ERETZ YISRAEL IN ART, with slides
Maxine Blendis, art historian. Co-sponsored with Moreshet Yisrael Synagogue

Monday February 5
AN EVENING WITH THE AUTHOR – SABINA CITRON. THE INDICTMENT: THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE (Gefen Publishing)
From the reviews: “A modern day “J’Accuse: – constitutes a wealth of straight-shooting education on the Arab-Israeli conflict,  anti-Semitism and Islamic terrorism”. “The Indictment will be an eye-opener to many.”

Monday February 12
THE GREATEST THREAT TO ISRAEL: THE SHIA-SUNNI SPLIT
Jim Lederman, political & economic analyst

Monday February 19
“ARCHAEOLOGICAL ESPIONAGE: T.E. LAWRENCE AND LEONARD WOOLLEY IN THE SINAI DESERT 1913”
Dr. Stephen Rosenberg, Fellow of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem

Monday February 26
SIGNS AND WONDERS: WHERE WAS THE MIRACLE IN THE BOOK OF ESTHER?
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Sr. Lecturer Project Oded & the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday March 12
POLITICAL MYTHS AND POLITICAL MAGIC IN THE HOLY LAND
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday March 19
SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET, BLACK SHEEP IN THE FAMILY
Michael Goldstein, Professional Genealogist

Monday March 26
HOLDING ON TO ONE’S OWN HUMANITY DURING A TIME OF UPHEAVAL: REFLECTIONS ON THE TENTH PLAGUE AND OTHER EPISODES IN THE EXODUS NARRATIVE
With Rabbi Sheldon Lewis. Rabbi Lewis is authoring a book entitled: “The Torah Of Reconciliation”. 

Monday April 16
THE DECISION TO KILL THE JEWS: WHO, WHEN AND HOW
Dr. Yaakov Lozowick, Director of Archives, Yad Vashem.  

Monday April 30
BILAM, SHAKESPEARE, SHYLOCK
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 7
MAKING SOUND FINANCIAL DECISIONS IN ISRAEL
Douglas Goldstein, CFP, author of Building Wealth In Israel, contributor to the Jerusalem Post.

Monday May 14
SONGS OF JERUSALEM IN HONOR OF YOM YERUSHALAYIM
Musical program featuring Jewish Theoligcal Seminary Cantorial students.

Monday May 21
THE DILEMMA IN THE DEPICTION OF THE DIVINE IN JEWISH ART AND THE SECOND COMMANDMENT
Maxine Blendis, art historian

Monday May 28
ISRAEL’S CIVIL INSURRECTION: THE PEOPLE AGAINST THE GOVERNMENTS THEY ELECT
Jim Lederman, economic and political analyst

Monday June 4
Editor Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel
Discusses Fiorello and Gemma La Guardia’s Jewish roots and her new book, Fiorello’s Sister: Gemma La Guardia Gluck’s Story, with a book signing and Cheese & Wine reception to follow.

Monday June 11
ISRAEL’S CIVIL INSURRECTION: THE PEOPLE AGAINST THE GOVERNMENTS THEY ELECT
Jim Lederman, political & economic analyst

Monday June 18
WHY SHOULD CONSERVATIVE JUDAISM SURVIVE? SOLOMON SCHECHTER CONFRONTS THE CHALLENGES OF 21ST CENTURY JEWRY
David Starr, PhD., Dean, Me’ah, the Hebrew College, Newtown Center, Mass

Monday June 25
LIFE IN YEMEN TODAY
Zicra Lukin spent two years living in Yemen and will share personal impressions. This program is in cooperation with Moreshet Yisrael. Slides will be shown.

Monday July 2
TREATMENT OF SLAVES IN BIBLICAL AND ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN LAW
Rabbi Dr. Pamela Barmash, Director of Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Studies and Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Biblical Hebrew, Washington University in St. Louis.

Monday July 9
SO, WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON? WHAT THE MEDIA DO NOT REPORT
Jim Lederman, economic & political analyst

Monday July 16
IS RELIGION HARD-WIRED INTO OUR BRAINS?
Rabbi Dr. Pamela Barmash

Monday July 30
LOVE IS IN THE AIR: TU B’AV IN TRADITION AND HISTORY
Rabbi Sid Slivko, Jewish educator

Monday August 6
THE THIRD TEMPLE:DO WE WANT TO SEE A REPETITION OF THE FIRST AND SECOND ONE?
Dr. Stephen Rosenberg, Fellow of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem

Monday August 13
A DIFFERENT TIME, A DIFFERENT PLACE: Personal memories, adventures, and reflections on the Former Soviet Union
Rabbi Adi Sultanic, International Director of the Keren Hayesod Rabbinic Forum.

Monday August 20
THE BANKRUPTCY OF THE AXIS OF EVIL
Jim Lederman, economic & political analyst

Monday August 27
THE INTERMEDIATE BRONZE AGE IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL – AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL ENIGMA
Aaron Greener, archaeologist, Director of “Dig the Past” 

Monday September 3
GREEN IS GOOD FOR ISRAEL’S POLITICS AND ECONOMY
Jim Lederman, political & economic analyst

Monday September 10
BE PREPARED: A LOOK AT SOME UNUSUAL AND NOT SO UNUSUAL HIGH HOLY DAYS CUSTOMS
Rabbi Ed Romm, Director of Education, The Fuchsberg Center

Monday September 17
WHY CLOSE YOM KIPPUR WITH “NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM”? IT’S OUT OF SYNC!
Rabbi Adi Sultanik, International Director of the Keren Hayesod Rabbinic Forum.

Monday September 24
THE HOLIDAYS OF TISHRE IN ART
Maxine Blendis, art historian

Monday October 8
AN EVENING WITH YAAKOV AZRIEL, AUTHOR OF “THREADS FROM A COAT OF MANY COLORS”
His book of poetry is a very powerful “modern day Midrash” on the themes of Genesis.

Monday October 15
TERRORISM: THE DANGEROUS COCKTAIL OF RELIGION AND POLITICS
Ambassador Asher Naim

Monday October 22
THE MOST RECENT CONSTRUCTION BY THE WAKF ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT: WHERE WAS THE ISRAEL ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY HIDING?
Aaron Greener, archaeologist, Director of “Dig the Past”

Monday October 29
IT’S NOT THE JEWS… ARAB NATIONALISM VS MOSLEM UNIVERSALISM
Jim Lederman,economic & political analyst

Monday Nov 5
A CHILD’S RECOLLECTION OF KRISTALLNACHT IN MUNICH
Rabbi Pesach Schindler, Rosh Yeshiva, Conservative Yeshiva

Monday Nov 12
AFTER ANNAPOLIS: WHAT’S NEXT?
Jim Lederman, political & economic analyst

Monday Nov 19
IS THERE A JEWISH WORLDLY OUTLOOK? THE BOTTOM LINE OF JUDAISM – IN TWO WORDS
Rabbi Adi Sultanik, International Director of the Keren Hayesod Rabbinic Forum.

Monday Nov 26
THE “SHMITA” CONTROVERSY: WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Sr. Lecturer, The Conservative Yeshiva

Monday Dec. 3
“WOULD YOU BUY A CRUSE OF OIL FROM THIS HIGH PRIEST?”
Dr. Stephen Rosenberg, Fellow of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem

Monday Dec 10
“SING AND REJOICE, O DAUGHTER OF ZION”
Celebrate Chanukah with a concert by Jewish Theological Seminary cantorial students.

Monday Dec 17
The Third Annual Laura Ruth Polk Memorial Lecture – MEMORIAL CEREMONIES FOR THE KINGS OF THE HOUSE OF DAVID
A presentation by the noted Israeli archaeologist Prof. Gabriel Barkay, Land of Israel Studies, Bar Ilan University

Monday Dec. 24
A FRENCH JEWISH SPY IN NAZI GERMANY
Marthe Cohn shares with us her personal story

Monday Dec. 31
19TH CENTURY EXPLORATIONS IN THE HOLY LAND
Aaron Greener, archaeologist, director of “Dig the Past”