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Past Programs – 2008

Monday January 7
AFTER ANNAPOLIS: WHAT IS THERE THAT BUSH CAN TALK ABOUT?
Jim Lederman, Political and Economic Analyst

Monday January 14
HASSIDIC THOUGHTS IN MARTIN BUBER’S PHILOSOPHY
Dr. Jenny Weil, Ph.D. N.Y. U., Lecturer, Machon Lander

Monday January 21
LANDSCAPES AND SCULPTURE: THE BEAUTY OF NATURE IN ISRAEL
Maxine Blendis, art historian. (with slides)

Monday January 28
THE SAGA OF COCHIN JEWRY IN INDIA (with slides)
Chaim Langert, teacher (retired) of history, government & economics, Fulbright Fellow, India summer 1982 

Monday February 4
TO CHELM AND BACK: FOLK WISDOM IN JEWISH LIFE
Barbara Rush, “story teller”, author of over 12 books and two hundred stories for adults and children.

Monday February 11
LIVING DOWN UNDER: THE UPSIDE & DOWN SIDE OF THE AUSTRALIAN JEWISH COMMUNITY
Rabbi Adi Sultanic, International Director of the Keren Hayesod Rabbinic Forum

Monday February 18
THE WINOGRAD REPORT
Jim Lederman, economic & political analyst

Monday February 25
“REDEMPTION OF JEWISH PRISONERS: HOW FAR SHOULD WE GO”? A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Sr. lecturer in Talmud and Midrash, The Conservative Yeshiva & Project Oded

Monday March 3
DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY: EXPLORING THE PURIM PARADOX
Rabbi Sid Slivko, educator

Monday March 10
THE MISSION OF THE JEWS ACCORDING TO BERNARD MALAMUD
Prof. Dan Vogel, Professor of Literature at Yeshiva University and Michlalah of Jerusalem, retired, author of three books and numerous articles on general and Biblical Literature.

Monday March 17
“PURIM IN FRANKFURT, IN ALEXANDRIA AND IN SHUSH”
Megillat Esther inspired rejoicing at the salvation of the Jews in many parts of the world. We will describe two events in Germany and in Egypt and try and understand what really happened in Shushan.” Dr. Stephen Rosenberg, Fellow of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem.

Monday March 24
WHAT IS REALLY ON THE AGENDA?
Jim Lederman, political & economic analyst

Monday March 31
ALL THE NEWS THAT’S FIT TO TRANSLATE: MY WORK WITH HAARETZ AS A TRANSLATOR
Mark Elliott Shapiro, Staff translator for Haaretz newspaper.

Monday April 7
DISCOVERING THE DELIGHTS OF ILLUMINATED HAGGADOT FROM THE 14TH TO THE 21ST CENTURIES
Maxine Blendis, art historian (with slides)

Monday April 14
THE AMERICAN HERITAGE HAGGADAH
by Rabbi David Geffen PhD. (author) Rabbi Geffen will present this important historical work and scholarship, which includes stories, illustrations, and tidbits from American Jewish History over the last three centuries.

Monday April 28
WHAT THE CURRENT ECONOMIC CRISIS MEANS FOR ISRAEL
Jim Lederman, economic & political analyst

Monday May 5
AN HISTORIC LEAP OF FAITH: FROM YOM HASHOAH TO YOM HAATZMAUT? – 60 YEARS OF PERSPECTIVES
Rabbi Pesach Schindler, Rosh Yeshiva, Conservative Yeshiva.

Monday May 12
BOOK LAUNCHING: “TORAH THROUGH A ZIONIST VISION” by RABBI AVRAHAM FEDER
Co-sponsored with Beit Knesset Moreshet Yisrael and Beit Knesset Moreshet Avraham.

Monday May 19
PRISONER OF ZION
Yosef Begun, marking 20 years in Israel, will share his story with us.

Monday May 26
JERUSALEM: THE DREAM VS MODERN DAY REALITY
David Keren, Director of USY Programs In Israel.

Monday June 2
YOM YERUSHALIM CONCERT IN MEMORY OF HAZZAN MORDECAI GOLDSTEIN
With JTS cantorial students preceded by two study presentations with Professor Edwin Seroussi and Hazzan Marlena Fuerstman.

Monday June 16
SDEROT AND THE WESTERN NEGEV: THE HUMAN STORY BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Noam Bedein, Founder & director of Sderot Media Center.

Monday June 23
CONFUSED ABOUT THE NEWS? YOU HAVE REASON TO BE!
Jim Lederman, political & economic analyst Analyst

Monday June 30
JEWS ONCE AGAIN CAUGHT IN A QUANDARY: A LOOK AT THE EDICT OF TOLERATION, A LAW PROMULGATED BY THE HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR JOSEPH II AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR TODAY
Dr. Debby Koren, researcher/editor, author of numerous articles & publications.

Monday July 7
A FAMILY QUEST IN CUBA: THE SEARCH FOR THE PLACE WHERE OUR GRANDPARENTS’ WED
Aaron & Melanie Greener will share their recent adventure in Cuba with us, including slides.

Monday July 14
THE CHALLENGES FACING JEWISH COLLEGE STUDENTS ON NORTH AMERICAN CAMPUSES TODAY
Rabbi Elyse Winick, Associate Director of United Synagogue’s College Outreach Program KOACH

Monday July 21
FOREIGN POLICY? IT’S ALL DOMESTIC POLITICS
Jim Lederman, economic & political analyst

Monday July 28
SELF CENSORSHIP POLICIES OF PALESTINIAN NEWS COVERAGE
David Bedein, Middle East Correspondent, The Philadelphia Bulletin, and Bureau Chief, Israel Resource News Agency

Monday August 4
THE TEMPLE MOUNT IN HISTORY AND IN ART
Maxine Blendis, art historian

Monday August 11
IRAN
Jim Lederman, political & economic analyst

Monday August 18
NOT JUST FOR LOVERS: A CONTEMPORARY LOOK AT TU B’AV
Rabbi Sid Slivko, Jewish Educator

Monday August 25
ELUL: REFLECTIONS ON TESHUVA
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Sr. Lecturer, Conservative Yeshiva

Monday September 1
THREE YEARS AFTER DISENGAGEMENT: THE DILEMMA OF THE RELIGIOUS SOLDIER
Jim Lederman, Political & Economic Analyst

Monday September 8
MAKING THE SHUL EXPERIENCE MORE MEANINGFUL: A LOOK AT THE HIGH HOLIDAYS MAHZOR (Prayer Book)
Rabbi Daniel Goldfarb, director, the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday September 15
WHY DOES AN ARCHAEOLOGIST READ THE BIBLE BACKWARDS?
Dr Stephen Rosenberg, Fellow, W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem

Monday September 22
TISHREI – NEW BEGINNINGS: DIASPORA AND ISRAELI ARTISTS
Maxine Blendis, art historian

Monday October 6
A CRITICAL LOOK AT THE HIGH HOLIDAYS VIA JEWISH ENLIGHTENMENT LITERATURE
Rabbi Ed Romm, Director of Education, Fuchsberg Center

Monday October 27
ARE WE COMING TO THE END OF POLARIZED POLITICS? THE SEARCH FOR A NEW CONSENSUS
Jim Lederman, Political & Economic Analyst

Monday November 3
PROBLEMS FACING RECOGNITION OF ANUSIM (MARANOS) IN ISRAEL (with slides)
Gloria Mound, Director of Institute for Marrano-Anusim Studies

Monday November 10
UNFINISHED AGENDA OF KRISTALLNACHT: THE CONTINUING CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING VATICAN DIPLOMACY DURING THE SHOAH
Rabbi Dr. Pesach Schindler, Rosh Yeshiva, Conservative Yeshiva

Monday November 17
THE ELECTIONS ARE OVER: BUT WHO IS IN CHARGE?
Jim Lederman, economic & political analyst

Monday November 24
RESCUED IN THE NICK OF TIME: THE FASCINATING STORY OF THE DISCOVERY OF THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS
Aaron Greener, archaeologist

Monday Dec. 1
MYSTERY OF MIKVEH: CHALLENGING CONTEMPORY ISSUES
Rabbi Miriam Berkowitz, author of “Taking The Plunge. A Practical & Spiritual Guide To The Mikveh”

Monday Dec. 8
THE GOVERNMENT’S NEGLECT OF BASIC HOUSING RIGHTS
Melanie Takefman, International Communication and Development Coordinator, The Association For Civil Rights in Israel

Monday Dec. 15
HANUKKAH: A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN
How the lives of three Jewish heroines affect art, story, and custom during the festival. With Barbara Rush, author of “The Lights of Hanukkah: A Book of Menorahs” and “The Book of Jewish Women’s Tales.”

Monday Dec. 22
CANTORIAL CONCERT FEATURING THE BEAUTIFUL WORKS OF GERSHON EPHROS
Presented by the Cantorial Students of Hebrew Union College and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Monday Dec. 29
WHAT IS BEHIND THE ISRAELI ECONOMIC CRISIS?
Jim Lederman, economic & political analyst