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Past Programs – 2014

Monday January 6
MEET THE ARTIST – BRACHA FISCHEL
Trained as a nurse, became paralyzed and developed into an accomplished artist by holding a paintbrush in her mouth. Her paintings are on display at the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center and are available for purchase.

Monday January 13
Trees R us: Ecology As A Jewish Value
Rabbi Sam Kieffer, educator

Monday January 20
ARAB SPRING? ARAB WINTER? THREE YEARS ON, AN INTERIM ASSESSMENT
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday January 27
THE HELIODORUS PLOT: ROBBING THE TEMPLE
Stephen Rosenberg, PhD. Albright Institute  of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem

Monday, February 3
“A Personal Journey: The Heritage of the Artist”
Noted Israeli artist Hana Alisa Omer, born in post Holocaust Czechoslovakia will narrate her life’s journey through her art. Her works have been exhibited in the Terezinstadt Ghetto museum and other places. Selected relevant works will be exhibited at the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center in addition to a power point presentation.

Monday February 10
Meet the Author: Rabbi Shelly Lewis will introduce his book Torah of Reconciliation
Based on the cycle of the Torah readings the book reveals the rich resources of Jewish tradition to bring to bear on the quest for reconciliation interpersonally, in our communities, and between nations and peoples.

Monday February 17
Women and Tefillin: Halacha or Policy?
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Sr. lecturer, the Conservative Yeshiva & Project Oded

Monday February 24
Israel’s Response to the Mess in the Arab World: A Complete Strategic and Tactical Rethink
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday March 3
MASADA VS YAVNEH–TWO KINDS OF HEROISM
Rabbi Sam Kieffer, educator

Monday March 10
THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF MEGILLAT ESTHER
An investigation of the History behind the Book. Stephen Rosenberg, PhD.

Monday March 17  No forum

Monday March 24
HOW TO TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE: EIGHT GARMENTS YOU NEED TO PUT ON EVERY DAY from the teachings of the Chassidic Master Rabbi Mordechai Yosef Leiner. Rabbi Robert Rhodes, educator

Monday March 31
FAITH AND ANGER, PRAISE AND DOUBT: THE PSALMS IN MODERNITY – Rabbi Benjamin Segal An exploration of the vibrant world of Biblical poetry, as men and women of belief struggled to confront the world as they lived it, with questions and responses still enlightening to us today. Participants may purchase signed copies of  Rabbi Segal’s new commentary: A New Psalm: the Psalms as Literature

Monday April 7
THE BEST OF JEWISH HUMOR Al Kustanowitz, Blogger-in-Chief at Jewish Humor Central and author of ten books will present a lecture on Jewish Humor.

Monday April 14
No Forum

Monday April 21 No Forum

Monday April 28
WHY THE U.S. CANNOT BE A SUCCESSFUL MEDIATOR IN THE ISRAELI /PALESTINIAN DISPUTE. Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday, May 4
No Forum – Happy Israel Independence Day!

Monday, May 12
A FULL COLOR VISION OF ISRAEL
Guest Artist Carolina Karpati, a graphic and visual artist originally from Venezuela, will present her works at the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center.

Monday, May 19
RAIN MELTZ: NATIVE AMERICAN AND JEWISH
will share with us the Jewish connection between Native Americans and Early Jewish Pioneers. Don’t miss this fascinating story (including a display of artifacts).

Monday, May 26
THE PEACE PROCESS: “WIN-WIN” OR A “ZERO SUM-GAME”?
Jim Lederman, political & economic analyst

Monday , June 2
THE KABBALISTS OF SAFED:THE SINAI EXPERIENCE AND INTIMACY WITH GOD
Rabbi Robert Rhodes, educator

Monday, June 9
A MUSICAL JOURNEY AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD
a sampler of selections in Yiddish, Hebrew and Ladino from Jewish communities of North Africa, Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East and of course Israel.
Featuring : Eliyahu and Aya Schleifer, Moshe Silberschein, Hanna Yaffe, Anat Rubenstein and Ahuva Tamar Batz.
Co sponsored with Moreshet Israel Synagogue taking place at the synagogue, 4 Agron street, Jerusalem.

Monday, June 16
THE EUROPEAN APPROACH TO THE KERRY PEACE TALKS: RIFE ANTI -ZIONISM?
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst.

Monday, June 23
A TRIBUTE TO THE LIFE AND WORK OF THEODOR HERZL
marking  the occasion of his up-coming 110th Yahrzeit.

Rabbi Paul Kerbel, educator

Monday, June 30
“CHERRY ON THE TOP”  with Special Guest And Author Ruby Ray Karzen
A memoir of Rebbetzin Karzen’s fascinating life.
spanning the European Jewish world, the challenge of the immigrant to “The Goldena Medina,”
the vanished communities of small town America, and being a citizen of Israel.
The book is rich in stories and ethical insights.
Books will be available with proceeds going to Tzedaka.

Monday,  July 7
“SONG OF THE SWALLOW”
A PRESENTATION AND EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS BY TANYA  TUR

Monday, July 14
WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE
Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein, Sr lecturer, Project Oded & the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday, July 21
ARTISTS AND ART IN THE NEWS AND IN THE MUSEUM:  AN IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS
Maxine Blendis, art historian

Monday, July 28
ISRAEL’S PREPARATIONS FOR JIHADIS ON ITS BORDERS
Jim Lederman, political & economic analyst

Monday, August 4
Erev Tisha B’Av: No Forum

Monday, August 11
FROM DESTRUCTION TO REBUILDING: THEOLOGICALLY, NATIONALLY AND INDIVIDUALLY.
A Post Tisha B’Av Conversation.
RabbiSam Kieffer, Jewish Educator

Monday, August 18
FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS, THE EARLY JEWISH HISTORIAN: PATRIOT OR TRAITOR? 
In the Jewish Revolt of 66 CE, Josephus fought the Romans in the Galilee, surrendered, and then aided them in the battle for Jerusalem and the Temple.
Dr. Stephen Gabriel Rosenberg, Senior Fellow of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem

Monday, August 25
GOD, ISRAEL AND TESHUVA: A LOVER’S QUARREL?
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Sr. Lecturer, Project Oded and The Conservative Yeshiva.

Monday, Sept.  1
SHMITA: GIVING THE LAND A WELL DESERVED REST
Rabbi Sid Slivko, Jewish Educator

Monday, Sept. 8
ROSH HASHANAH- THE LATE BLOOMER
Rabbi Daniel Goldfarb, the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday, Sept. 15
NAMES WE SING TO GOD: “Piyutim” in Sefardic and Ashkenazic liturgical traditions and their melodies.
Rabbi Moshe Silberschein, Lecturer in Rabbinics and Liturgy.

Monday, Sept. 22
IN DEFENCE OF THE CHICKEN: A LOOK AT CUSTOMS OF THE HIGH HOLIDAYS
Rabbi Ed Romm, Fuchsberg Director of Education

Monday, Sept. 29
WARTIME LULLABIES PROJECT
A collection of Lullabies which draws attention to the plight of women and children during war and its aftermath.
Hanna Yaffe, musician, story teller and researcher

Monday, October 6
THE UNRWA HAMAS AXIS: a new film and discussion
with David Bedein, Director, Israel Resource News Agency

Monday, October 13
No Forum – Chag Sameach.

Monday, October 20
ISRAEL’S PLACE IN THE DIPLOMACY OF THE NEW MIDDLE EAST
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday, October 27
THE TEN TOP TORAH IDEAS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
Rabbi Sam Kieffer, Jewish Educator

Monday,  November 3
WHO WAS THE PHARAOH OF THE EXODUS?
Stephen Rosenberg, PhD.Albright Institute  of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem

Monday, November 10
ABSOLUTE ALTRUISM: SHOULD A PERSON RISK HIS OR HER LIFE TO SAVE ANOTHER WHEN IT MIGHT BRING ABOUT DEATH?
THE CASE OF THE TREK IN NEPAL
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Senior lecturer, Conservative Yeshiva and Project Oded

Monday, November 17
MORE THAN GLASS WAS SHATTERED ON  KRISTALLNACHT
Rabbi Sam Kieffer, Educator

Monday, November 24
THE BUDGET: HOW YOU CAN FOOL ALL THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME
Jim Lederman, economic and political analyst

Monday, December 1
JERUSALEM’S SEAM LINES 
explore the points of friction between various groups in Jerusalem:  Arabs, Haredim, secular.
Ilan Bloch, Director, Teaching Israel, licensed tour guide.

Monday, December 8
CHANUKAH REVISITED: SURPRISING EVIDENCE FROM ANCIENT TEXTS
Rabbi Sam Kieffer, educator

Monday , December 15
A DIFFERENT HISTORY OF FOODS: CRACKER JACKS, ICE CREAM CONES, ETC.
What is the connection between Baker’s Chocolate and the American Revolution? An evening not to be missed!
Dr. Jay Levinson PhD.

Monday, December 22
Hanukkah- No Forum

Monday, December 29
JERUSALEM: THE DIVIDED CITY
Jim Lederman, political & economic analyst