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Past Programs – 2011

Monday January 3
WIND HOUSES: A NEW APPROACH TO WIND ENERGY SYSTEMS: Fantasy… or the Future?
with Bruce Brill – who built the world’s first Wind House in Tekoa in the mid 1980’s.

Monday January 10
Book Launch in Israel – SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST JEWISH WOMEN DURING THE HOLOCAUST
Sonja M. Hedgepeth and Rochelle G. Saidel, Co-editors. This groundbreaking volume challenges claims that Jewish women were not sexually violated during the Holocaust. Co-sponsored with Moreshet Yisrael Synagogue.

Monday January 17
JEWISH COMMUNITY OF BRAZIL
Prof. Ary Plonski, Sao Paulo University , President, Brazilian Association of Science Parks and Business Incubators (ANPROTEC)

Monday January 24
TU B’SHVAT REVISITED: HEAR ABOUT ‘METHUSELAH’–THE OLDEST SEED EVER GROWN
Sybil Kaplan, Jerusalem Post columnist and journalist

Monday January 31
A MIRROR ON OURSELVES: WHAT PUBLIC OPINION POLLS TELL US ABOUT OURSELVES
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst.

Monday February 7
ORGAN DONATION AND HALACHA: AN ORTHODOX PERSPECTIVE
Robert Berman, Founder and Director of HOD, Halachic Organ Donor Society.

Monday February 14
VALENTINE’S DAY AND THE JEWS
Rabbi Sid Slivko, Jewish Educator and creative lecturer

Monday February 21
FACES OF ISRAEL FILM AND PROGRAM
“Faces of Israel” is a new and exciting program that explores the Jewish nature of the State of Israel. The film was released to the public in 2009 and has been screened with tremendous success at over 100 venues and has been endorsed by leaders across the denominational spectrum. Amy Beth Oppenheimer, Director, Faces of Israel will introduce her film and facilitate the program.

Monday February 28
IDF AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday March 7
THE EICHMANN TRIAL with GUEST SPEAKER JUSTICE GABRIEL BACH, Former Justice Of The Israel Supreme Court and Senior Prosecutor at The Eichmann Trial
Proceeds donated to the “YESH” Foundation: Children & Orphans Holocaust Survivors in Israel. Co-sponsors: Beit Knesset Moreshet Yisrael Yerushaliyim, Hadassah– Israel Chapters in Jerusalem

Monday March 14
QUEEN ESTHER REVEALED IN MODERN LITERATURE
Sybil Kaplan, Jerusalem Post columnist and journalist

Monday March 28
HEROD’S EDIFICE COMPLEX
The magnificent buildings that Herod constructed. Did they feed his murderous paranoia or compensate him for it? Stephen Rosenberg, PhD., Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem.

Monday April 4
HELPING ISRAEL’S HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS: MAKING A DIFFERENCE, ONE SURVIVOR AT A TIME
Rabbi Sid Slivko, “Wheels of Dignity”, Darla Oz, “House to House”

Monday April 11
WHY IS MOSES PORTRAYED WITH HORNS IN ART?
Maxine Blendis, art historian

Monday May 2
SHOAH SURVIVOR MIRIAM GRIVER
Shares with us her personal story as a little girl in Budapest including a film documenting her family’s early history.

Monday May 16
THE BIRTH OF PASTORAL CARE IN ISRAEL
Presented by Rabbis Berkowitz and Stessin the co-founders of Kashouvot: Advancing Pastoral Care. Learn about their current work as hospital chaplains, a very new field in Israel.

Monday May 23
FROM HODU TO KUSH: JEWISH ADVENTURES IN INDIA AND IN MOROCCO (WITH SLIDES)
With Peta Jones Pellach, Dir. Of Educational Activities, at the Elijah Interfaith Institute

Monday May 30
SHAVUOT, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS AND THE BISHOP’S MITRE: WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON? AN ILLUSTRATED PRESENTATION WITH SLIDES
Maxine Blendis, art historian

Monday June 13
THE EVOLUTION AND REVIVAL OF KLEZMER MUSIC
with Bruce Brill, musician. Bruce will illustrate the presentation with rare recordings and of course his famous “fiddle”.

Monday June 20
MY TEACHER, NEHAMA LEIBOWITZ: A TRULY GREAT WOMAN OF JERUSALEM
Peta Jones Pellach, Dir. Of Educational Activities at the Elijah Interfaith Institute

Monday June 27
MEET THE AUTHOR
Bayla Schorr, M.D. presents her book “Hashira Hazot” (This Song) based on the Torah. Rabbi Pesach Schindler will talk about this genre of literature and its contribution to the study of Torah.

Monday July 4
DISCOVERY OF THE FIRST MAP IN HEBREW OF ERETZ YISRAEL PRINTED IN NEW YORK IN 1840 AND THE MAN FROM HEBRON WHO LEFT THIS TREASURE
In the mid-19th century one of the “Shlichim” to the United States printed a map in order to raise funds. The only copy is in the Library of Congress. Rabbi David Geffen, noted writer on American Jewish Lore, author of the “American Heritage Haggadah”

Monday July 11
MODERN ARCHITECTURE IN ANCIENT JERUSALEM: AN ILLUSTRATED PRESENTATION
Dr. Stephen Rosenberg, Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem.

Monday July 18
IF YOU THINK THE ARAB WORLD IS IN CRISIS NOW: YOU AINT SEEN NOTHING YET. PART ONE: EGYPT
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst.

Monday July 25
LEGENDS FROM THE “HORBAN” – DESTRUCTION
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Sr. Lecturer, Project Oded and the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday August 1
IF YOU THINK THE ARAB WORLD IS IN CRISIS NOW: YOU AINT SEEN NOTHING YET. PART TWO: SYRIA
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst.

Tuesday August 9
A CONCERT OF AUTHENTIC LADINO MUSIC FEATURING INTERNATIONAL SINGING SENSATION VANESSA PALOMA
This concert pays tribute to the return of B’nei Anousim, crypto-Jews, some 520 years after the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain. This concert is part of the 8th annual Anousim Conference sponsored by Congregation B’nai Zion, El Paso, Texas.

Monday August 15
Screening of the documentary: “PALESTINIAN REFUGEE POLICY: FROM DESPAIR TO HOPE”
This film takes a close look at the grandchildren and great grandchildren of those who left Israel after the 1948 war, who wallow in a life of despair in Palestinian refugee camps run by UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which operates under the promise of the right of return to villages from 1948 that no longer exist. David Bedein, Director, Israel Resource News Agency, Center for Near East Policy Research

Monday August 22
AN EVENING WITH THE AUTHOR
Rafi Dobrin talks about his book “How to Avoid Armageddon”.

Monday August 29
ELUL: A TIME OF REAPPROACHMENT WITH GOD
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Sr. Lecturer, Project Oded and the Conservative Yeshiva, author of “Haftarah Commentary”

Monday Sept. 5
EAT IN THE SHUK: A REVIEW OF RESTAURANTS IN MACHANEH YEHUDAH
A power point presentation with Sybil Kaplan, food writer, cookbook compiler and Jerusalem Post columnist.

Monday Sept. 12
MARXISTS? ANARCHISTS? CLONES OF THE ARAB SPRING? NO! THE PROTEST MOVEMENT IS QUINTESSENTIALLY JEWISH!
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday Sept. 19
BUBER’S JUDAISM
Prof. Yehudit Buber Agassi talks about her famous grandfather (including anecdotal material). This presentation is in cooperation with Moreshet Yisrael Synagogue.

Monday Sept. 26
IN DEFENSE OF THE RAM: A LOOK AT THE HIGH HOLYDAYS SEASON
Rabbi Ed Romm, Director of Education, Fuchsberg Center

Monday October 3
THE PALESTINIAN APPEAL TO THE U.N: MAHMOUD ABBAS’S ACT OF GENIUS
Jim Lederman, political & economic analyst

Monday October 10
THE JEWISH CONNECTION WITH IMPRESSIONISM AND THE DREYFUS AFFAIR 1871-1899. AN ILLUSTRATED JOURNEY WITH EDMUND DE WAAL
Maxine Blendis, art historian

Monday October 24
MY YEARS IN PALESTINE, 1947-1948: WITNESSING THE CREATION OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL
Dvora Greenberg Friedman shares her experiences with us with fascinating photos from that era.

Monday October 31
WOULD THE SAGES HAVE BEEN CREATIONISTS? A RABBINIC LOOK AT GENESIS
Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein, Sr. lecturer, the Conservative Yeshiva and Project Oded.

Monday Nov. 7
“NIGHT” DESCENDS ON VIENNA AND HER JEWS
De Waal’s search for his roots through 264 Netsuke, which survived the Nazi onslaught. A tale of bravery and ingenuity. An illustrated presentation with Maxine Blendis, art historian.

Monday Nov. 14
TURKEY IS NOT WHAT ERDOGAN SAYS IT IS
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday Nov. 21
Laura Ruth Polk Memorial Lecture – NEW ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDS IN AND AROUND JERUSALEM
Prof. Gabriel Barkay PhD. Archaeologist, Land of Israel Studies, Bar Ilan University, is a world authority on Jerusalem and established the Temple Mount Antiquities Salvage Operation.

Monday Nov. 28
THE STATUS OF JERUSALEM IN LIGHT OF U.N. PARTITION PLAN RESOLUTION #147, NOVEMBER 29, 1947 (KAF TET B’NOVEMBER)
David Keren, Lecturer on the history of Jerusalem, Director, United Synagogue Youth Programs in Israel

Monday December 5
HANUKKAH – FESTIVAL OF LIGHT OR FESTIVAL OF FIGHT? FROM THE MACABEES THROUGH THE SFAT EMET. WHO ARE THE REAL HEROES OF HANUKKAH?
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Sr. lecturer, Project Oded & the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday December 12
HOW THE SECRETIVE SAUDIS AFFECT EVERYONE’S LIFE
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday December 19
A Hanukkah Tale: HELIODORUS, MINISTER AND ASSASSIN, WHO OPENED THE DOOR TO THE SELEUCID OPPRESSION OF THE JEWS
Heliodorus, chief minister to Greek Emperor Seleucus IV, led a double life and went on to murder his “friend” the Emperor and so made way for the brother Antiochus IV Epiphanes to seize the throne. Dr. Stephen Rosenberg, Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem.

Monday December 26
Yaakov Azriel will read from his newest book of poetry Swimming In Moses’ Well: Poems On Numbers and talk about the meaning of Jewish poetry.
Yaakov Azriel has won prizes in international poetry contests over the last few years, as well as two fellowships from the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture for his poetry.