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Past Programs – 2013

Monday January 7
NOT ONLY MILK AND HONEY: TRAVELERS IMPRESSIONS OF THE HOLY LAND IN THE 19TH CENTURY
(Co-sponsored with Moreshet Yisrael Synagogue). Yaakov Sarig PhD.

Monday January 14
THE “ART” OF THE JEWISH JOURNEY: EXPLORING HOW THE VISUAL ARTS RELATE JEWISH VALUES AND IDENTITY
Rabbi Matthew L. Berkowitz ,Director of Israel Programs for The Jewish Theological Seminary of America and co-founder of Kol Ha-Ot, a new Jerusalem based venture devoted to exploring the arts and Jewish learning.

Monday January 21
ARCHAEOLOGY UNDER THE BRITISH MANDATE
Stephen Rosenberg, PhD., Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem

Monday January 28
THE COALITION NEGOTIATIONS: NOW THE REAL RESULTS OF THE ELECTIONS WILL BECOME KNOWN
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday Feb. 4
JUDAISM IS NOT A RELIGION
Rabbi Dr. Danny Schiff, co-sponsored with Moreshet Israel Synagogue

Monday Feb. 11
IF THE LIKUD AND YISRAEL BEITEINU COULDN’T COME UP WITH A JOINT PLATFORM FOR THE ELECTION, IS A COALITION AGREEMENT POSSIBLE?
Jim Lederman, political & economic analyst

Monday Feb. 18
NEW IMAGES FOR THE STORY OF ESTHER
An illustrated presentation with Maxine Blendis, art historian

Monday March 4
OBAMA’S VISIT AND THE PEACE PROCESS: CPR OR PROPPING UP A DEAD HORSE
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday March 11
THE NON MAGICAL MAIMONIDEAN MESSIAH
Shaiya Rothberg, PhD. the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday March 18
THE EXCITEMENT OF THE SEDER TABLE: OUR PASSOVER HEIRLOOMS
Rabbi Dr. David Geffen researches and brings to light American Jewish Historical material.

Monday April 8
MODERN ART IN PRE WAR GERMANY AND THE 1937 EXHIBITION OF “DEGENERATE ART”
Maxine Blendis, art historian

Monday April 22
IN THE WAKE OF THE OBAMA VISIT: ARE BIBI AND BARAK ON THE VERGE OF FASHIONING A MUTUAL ADMIRATION SOCIETY?
Jim Lederman, Political & Economic analyst

Monday April 29
ON THE TRAIL OF MISSING MASTERPIECES STOLEN BY THE NAZIS
Maxine Blendis, Art Historian

Monday May 6
THE FUTURE OF JERUSALEM: CAN IT REMAIN AN UNDIVIDED CITY?
David Keren, Land of Israel Studies, director of United Synagogue Youth Programs in Israel

Monday May 13
AN EVENING WITH AN ARTIST
Zak Yitro, visual artist and photographer explores the nature of interpersonal communication through various means of visual representation.

Monday May 20
MAKING OUR WAY ALONG THE MONEY TRAIL: THE FUTURE OF THE BUDGET
Jim Lederman, Political and Economic Analyst

Monday May 27
TWO ARCHITECTS OF THE BRITISH MANDATE: JERUSALEM, THE BEAUTIFUL
Stephen Rosenberg, PhD., Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem

Monday June 3
SHABBAT THROUGH THE EYES OF HASIDIC MASTERS
Rabbi Robert Rhodes, educator

Monday June 10
WHY DEMOCRACY CANNOT FIND A PLACE IN MODERN ARAB NATION STATES
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday June 17
STOLEN (BY THE NAZIS) AND FOUND: ROTHSCHILD’S VERMEER AND OTHER ART
Maxine Blendis, art historian

Monday June 24
BETWEEN EAST AND WEST: THE WALL PAINTINGS OF THREE SYNAGOGUES, ALL ON ONE STREET IN KUTAISI, GEORGIA
Sivan Navon-Shoval, Art and Judaica researcher

Monday July 1
WOMEN IN EARLY JEWISH MAGIC AND MYSTICISM
Dr. Rebecca Lesses, Assistant Professor, Jewish Studies and Coordinator of Jewish Studies, Ithaca College

Monday July 8
REBBE NACHMAN’S TEACHINGS ON THE MONTH OF AV AS REFLECTED IN THE WRITINGS OF HIS DISCIPLE REB NOSSON
Rabbi Robert Rhodes, educator

Monday July 22
I’M IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE? RATIONALES FOR GETTING MARRIED IN RABBINIC TIMES
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Conservative Yeshiva & Project Oded

Monday July 29
JUDAISM IN THE ART OF D. YAEL BERNHARD
NY artist, illustrator, and author of award-winning children’s books will be our special guest.

Monday August 5
CULTURAL REFLECTIONS OF “EARTH ART” IN THE US AND ISRAEL: BEYOND THE CANVAS
Sivan Navon-Shoval, Art and Judaica researcher

Monday August 12
THE KERRY INITATIVE: NOBEL PROJECT OR MERELY A NOBLE ONE
Jim Lederman, political & economic analyst

Monday August 19
SON OF MAN, WHY DO YOU SLUMBER? SLICHOT AS A WAKEUP CALL IN THE SEFARDIC AND ASHKENAZIC LITURGICAL TRADITIONS
Rabbi Moshe Silberschein, Lecturer in Rabbinics and Liturgy.

Monday August 26
THE DE- LEGITIMIZATION OF ISRAEL: HOW TO RESPOND
David Oman, Israel Advocacy

Monday Sept. 2
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE HIGH HOLIDAYS SEASON
Rabbi Ed Romm, Director of Education, Fuchsberg Center

Monday Sept. 9
THE CLUELESS AMERICANS IN THE REVOLUTIONARY MIDDLE EAST
Jim Lederman, political & economic analyst

Monday Sept. 16
IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT LULAV AND ETROG
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Sr. lecturer, Project Oded and the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday Sept. 30
THE NEW PALESTINIAN SCHOOL YEAR: DOES UNRWA PREPARE PALESTINIAN YOUTH FOR WAR?
Presentation of a short movie: CAMP JIHAD: THE UNRWA SUMMER CAMP SEASON. David Bedein, Director, Israel Resource News Agency & Center for Near East Policy Research

Monday October 7
An evening with the author Dr. Bayla Schorr – “KI HEM HAYENU” FOR THEY ARE OUR LIFE
A collection of poems in Hebrew organized according to seven tractates of the Talmud with one additional section of poems about the Festivals.

Monday October 14
ISRAEL’S GREAT STRATEGIC DANGER: DIASPORA JEWRY IS CLUELESS ABOUT THE JEWISH STATE
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday October 21
JEWISH JOURNEYS NEAR JERUSALEM, the latest book by author Jay Levinson, PhD.
A guide to many of the sites of interest close to Jerusalem, from an ancient water source near Gush Etziyon to a home factory for apple cider in Mevasseret Tziyon to the “wine country” of the Judean Hills.

Monday October 28
TRUE MESSIANISM AND FAILED MESSIAHS: MAIMONIDES ON THE PATH TO REDEMPTION
Explore Maimonides surprising and intriguing approach to the Return to Zion. With Dr. Shaiya Rothberg, Conservative Yeshiva.

Monday November 4
THE HOSPITALLERS OF JERUSALEM WHO BECAME THE KNIGHTS OF MALTA IN 12TH CENTURY
How is it that the medical wing of the Crusaders became the fighting Christian Knights on the tiny island of Malta? Stephen Rosenberg, PhD., Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem

Monday November 11
IS ISRAEL GOING THROUGH ITS OWN POLITICAL SPRING?
Jim Lederman, political & economic analyst

Monday November 18
A TRIBUTE TO THE ARTIST ELIAHU SCHWARTZ AND HIS WORKS
Featuring the artist himself and presentations by colleagues and a musical interlude.

Monday November 25
YISHUV AND THE MANDATE
A look at how Jewish and Arab nationalism continued to develop under British rule in the lead-up to the fateful United Nations vote 66 years ago this week – “KAF TET B’NOVEMBER”. Ilan Bloch, Director of Teaching Israel is an educator and tour guide.

Tuesday December 3
AN EVENING OF CLASSICAL CHOIR MUSIC 
The Jerusalem CAPELLATTE ENSEMBLE (Conductor: Shelley Berlinsky) and their special guests from Hungary THE SINGERS OF PÉCS (Conductor: Attila Kertész ) at Moreshet Yisrael Synagogue.

Monday December 9
THE IRAN DEAL: WHO WON? WHO LOST?
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday December 16
MASADA VS YAVNEH: TWO KINDS OF HEROISM
Rabbi Sam Kieffer, educator

Monday December 23
THE RIVER JORDAN: PROTECTING GOD’S CREATION
Peta Jones Pellach, Director of Educational Activities, The Elijah Interfaith Institute

Monday December 30
ARE THEIR HOLIDAYS OUR HOLIDAYS TOO? A LOOK AT HALLOWEEN, THANKSGIVING, AND NEW YEARS
Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein, Sr. lecturer Project Oded & the Conservative Yeshiva