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Past Programs – 2012

Monday January 2
THE TRIVIALIZATION OF THE ZIONIST EXPERIMENT: HOW AND WHY THE POLITICIANS ABANDONED THEIR JOB
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday January 9
SHABBAT IN KRAKOW: A PERSONAL REFLECTION
Peta Jones Pellach, Director of Educational Activities, Elijah Interfaith Institute, confronts the paradox of restoration and obliteration, memory and creativity, ageing and youth, that comprise Poland’s Jewish life today

Monday January 16
THE JAMES OSSUARY “FRAUD” TRIAL IN JERUSALEM: A REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK
with Matthew Kalman, foreign correspondent and filmmaker

Monday January 23
BOOK LAUNCH
Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel will present her latest book Mielec, Poland: The Shtetl That Became a Nazi Concentration Camp. This program is in conjunction with Moreshet Yisrael Synagogue.

Monday January 30
HOW AM I A JEW? REFLECTIONS ON MODERN JEWISH ART AND IDENTITY
An illustrated presentation with Dr. Naomi Feuchtwanger Sarig

Monday February 6
THE SINAI: ISRAEL’S NEW SECURITY FRONTIER
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday February 13
“SEARCHING FOR GOD: STUDY PARTNERS EXPLORE CONTEMPORARY JEWISH TEXTS”
Joan Burstyn, PhD., Former Dean of the School of Education, Professor Emeritus of History and Education at Syracuse University talks about her latest book.

Monday February 20
NOT ONLY MILK AND HONEY: TRAVELERS IMPRESSIONS OF THE HOLY LAND IN THE 19TH CENTURY
Yaakov Sarig PhD.

Monday February 27
“GOD’S GROUND RULES FOR MEDICAL ETHICS”
Rabbi Dr. Danny Schiff, a noted expert on Jewish Medical Ethics. In conjunction with Moreshet Israel Synagogue.

Monday March 5
A STRANGER WITH A CAMERA: An Evening with Jewish Photographic Documentarian
Travel with photographer Jono David on a virtual journey spanning the 20 years he has been documenting Jewish life and culture around the world. In conjunction with Moreshet Yisrael Synagogue.

Monday March 12
An Evening With the Author – STERN: THE MAN AND HIS GANG by Zev Golan
The history of the controversial pre-state underground movement, Lehi, its founder, and their war against the British. A very powerful book.

Monday March 19
IRAN: FANTASIES AND FACTS
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday March 26
HOW DOES LIVING IN ISRAEL SHAPE ONE’S PERFORMANCE OF THE PESAH SEDER?
Interpretations and motivations of Mishna Pesahim 10:4 which states “He begins with degradation and concludes with praise”. Jason Rogoff, Ph.D.

Monday April 2
FAITH AND FOXHOLES: RELIGION IN THE AMERICAN MILITARY
With special guest Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff a U.S. Navy Chaplain for almost 25 years. He served in Vietnam and Europe before attending rabbinical school and promoted the creation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In 1984 the President of the United States spoke on his eyewitness account of the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing. After retiring from the military he was National Director of Interreligious Affairs for the American Jewish Committee and served as Special Assistant (for Values and Vision) to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, serving at the equivalent military rank of Brigadier General.

Monday April 16
TO EVERY VICTIM THERE IS A NAME AND A STORY
Dolly Chinitz, a survivor, shares with us the story of her family during the Shoah.

Monday April 23
1948: THE AMERICAN JEWISH DREAM OF ISRAEL COMES TO BE
Rabbi David Geffen researches and brings to light American Jewish Historical material.

Monday April 30
THE ARAB SPRING IS GOING THE SAME WAY AS “THE ISLAMIC SCIENTIFIC GOLDEN AGE” AND FOR THE SAME REASONS
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst 

Monday May 7
“MATAN TORAH” ILLUSTRATED: A LOOK AT MANUSCRIPTS AND PAINTINGS
Maxine Blendis, art historian

Monday May 14
LIVING UNDER THE SHADOW OF A “CHINESE CURSE” HOW ISRAELIS COPE WITH LIVING IN “INTERESTING TIMES”
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday May 21
JERUSALEM IN JEWISH ART: REAL, MYTHICAL, AND IDEAL
Dr. Naomi Feuchtwanger Sarig, in conjunction with Moreshet Yisrael Synagogue.

Monday June 4
BOOK LAUNCH: ”FAR AWAY FROM WHERE”
In 1933, high-school sweethearts Yanosh and Eva carved their names on a tree and dreamed of a better world. Now, as they emerge from hiding into the rubble of what was Warsaw, they must confront the destruction of everyone and everything they knew and loved – except each other. Yehiel Grenimann’s novel describes the revival of Jewish life in the refugee camps of central Europe by telling Yanosh and Eva’s story.

Monday June 11
CONTEMPORARY MIDDLE EASTERN ANTI-SEMITISM AND THE JEWISH STATE
A power point presentation by David Oman – Israel Advocacy.

Monday June 18
THE MIDDLE EAST STRATEGIC EQUATION: AN UPDATE
With Jim Lederman, economic and political analyst

Monday June 25
MATRILINEAL & PATRILINEAL: SHOULD ANYONE CARE? A LOOK AT THE ISSUES
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Sr. lecturer, Conservative Yeshiva and Project Oded

Monday July 2
Prof. Daniel Matt, a renowned expert in Kabbalah will be our guest and speak about his book “The Essential Kabbalah/Lev HaKabbalah”. This collection and translation of core texts of the Jewish mystical tradition, was first published 18 years ago. Since then it has sold almost 100,000 copies. It was published in Hebrew this year, by Ya’qub ibn Yusuf of Jerusalem’s Olam Qatan Bookstore. Matt and Yusuf will share some of their favorite passages.

Monday July 9
JEWS OF MASHHAD, IRAN: SUBJECT OF HARSH PERSECUTION
Yusef Hakamian talks about the city of his birth

Monday July 16
THE CRAZY POLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST: WHAT IS GOING ON IN EGYPT, IRAN AND ISRAEL?
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday July 23
“IS THERE ANY PAIN LIKE MY PAIN”? JEWISH TRAGEDY THROUGH ANCIENT EYES
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein

Monday July 30
CASTLE OF THE SLAVE: ONE OF THE MOST DRAMATIC AND MYSTERIOUS ARCHAEOLOGICAL MONUMENTS IN JORDAN
Stephen Rosenberg, PhD., Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem.

Monday August 6
SYRIA: THE END OF THE EUROPEAN COLONIALIST LEGACY
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday August 13
A VIRTUAL TOUR OF MAHANEAH YEHUDA: THE OLD AND THE NEW
Sybil Kaplan, shuk navigator

Monday August 20
AN ELUL STORY: LOVE DOES MEAN HAVING TO SAY YOU’RE SORRY
Rabbi Sid Slivko, Sr. Educator

Monday August 27
THE ARCHETYPE OF THE TZADDIQ
The idea of the Tzaddiq as an archetype bridging heaven and earth goes back to the Bahir and the Zohar, classical works of Kabbalah. In the late 1700s this idea became the organizing principle of the Hasidic movement. We will look at the development of this Jewish idea of the spiritual master and see how it was understood by the early Hasidic Masters, especially Rebbe Nahman of Bratzlav. With Ya’qub ibn Yusuf, of Jerusalem’s Olam Qatan Bookstore and Hebrew publisher of “The Essential Kabbalah”.

Monday Sept. 3
FROM ELUL THROUGH TISHRE: NAVIGATING THE HIGH HOLY DAYS
Rabbi Ed Romm, Director of Education, Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center

Monday Sept. 10
IRAN: THE BIGGEST EXERCISE IN VERBAL GUERILLA WARFARE AND SPIN SINCE THE COLD WAR
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday October 15
“STRENGTH AND DIPLOMACY CAN SUCCEED AGAIN: CONFRONTING THE USSR 1987 AND IRAN 2012”
Are the lessons learned from the Soviet Jewry campaigns a generation ago applicable to the situation in Iran today? With Philip Spiegel author of “TRIUMPH OVER TYRANNY: The Heroic Campaigns that Saved 2,000,000 Soviet Jews”.

Monday October 22
IT’S TIME FOR REAL DEADLINES AND RED LINES: ON THE BUDGET, ON EARLY ELECTIONS, AND WHETHER TO ATTACK IRAN THIS YEAR
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday October 29
THE MANY FACES OF KING DAVID AS SEEN THROUGH ARTISTS’ EYES
Maxine Blendis, art historian

Monday Nov 5
REBBE NAHMAN ‘S VISION OF THE TZADDIQ
How did Rebbe Nahman see the function of the Tzaddiq in the world, and within oneself? With Ya’qub ibn Yusuf of Jerusalem’s Olam Qatan Bookstore and the Hebrew publisher of “The Essential Kabbalah” by Prof. Daniel Matt.

Monday Nov 12
FOR ISRAELIS, IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO WON THE US ELECTION BECAUSE WASHINGTON IS ENDEMICALLY CLUELESS ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST.
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday Nov 19
GLOBAL JUSTICE AND THE TEMPLE MOUNT – THE THOUGHT OF RABBI HAYYIM HIRSCHENSOHN
Rabbi Hayyim Hirschensohn, a sage of Religious Zionism from the turn of the twentieth century, delved deep into the Jewish political tradition to uncover a Torah vision of global justice for the modern era. Dr. Shaya Rothberg, the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday Nov 26
BETWEEN PEN AND PAINTBRUSH: TRANSLATION OF JEWISH NARRATIVE INTO IMAGE
With Dr. Naomi Feuchtwanger Sarig, art historian, in conjunction with Moreshet Yisrael Synagogue

Monday Dec. 3
ART CONNECTED TO THE JEWISH SOUL
Leorah Parker takes us through a journey of her paintings inspired by visual moments that express the Jewish soul.

Monday Dec. 10
HANUKAH: A CLASH OF TWO CULTURES
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Sr. lecturer Project Oded and the Conservative Yeshiva.

Monday Dec. 17
ABUYUDAYA JEWISH COMMUNITY IN UGANDA
Moshe Sebagago, the first student from Uganda at the Conservative Yeshiva talks about his community and heritage.

Monday Dec. 24
THE NEW NORMAL: WAR, CEASEFIRE AND ELECTIONS
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday Dec. 31
ARCHAEOLOGICAL ESPIONAGE: WOOLEY AND T.E. LAWRENCE IN THE WILDERNESS OF ZIN
Stephen Rosenberg, PhD., Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem