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Past Programs – 2015

Lectures and Discussions in English at 8:00 PM, Admission 20 NIS
Coordinator: Rabbi Edward S. Romm

Monday, January 5
THE RABBINIC BATTLE OVER WISDOM FOUND OUTSIDE THE TORAH: ARE JEWS PERMITTED TO LEARN SECULAR SUBJECTS?
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Sr. Lecturer, Project Oded & the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday, January 12
THE RELIGIOUS GENIUS PROJECT: FINDING WISDOM AND INSPIRATION FROM GREAT WORLD RELIGIOUS FIGURES.
Peta Jones Pellach, director of education of the Elijah Interfaith Institute and a lecturer at Project Oded

Monday, January 19,
WHAT THESE ELECTIONS MEAN FOR ISRAEL’S POLITICAL SYSTEM.
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday, January 26
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A U.S. CITIZEN OR RESIDENT –  LIVING IN ISRAEL: AN UPDATE ON U.S. TAX LAWS.
Gabriel Wise, CPA (USA) MST

Monday,  February  2
HOME GARDENING DURING THE SHMITA YEAR
No tree planting this year.
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Sr. lecturer, Project Oded & the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday,  February 9
HISTORIC AND HYSTERIC: WHY HISTORY CAN BE OBJECTIVE AND WHY IT CAN’T.
Rabbi Sam Kiefer, educator

Monday, February 16
WHOSE LAND IS THIS?
When presenting the Arab-Israeli conflict is it advisable to include both the Israeli/Zionist consensus narrative as well as the traditional Palestinian consensus narrative?
Ilan Bloch, Director of “Teaching Israel” and a licensed tour guide.

Monday, February 23
APPLYING JEWISH VALUES TO HELP HEAL OUR IMPERILED PLANET
Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, College of Staten Island, noted author, President Emeritus, Jewish Vegetarians of North America, President, Society Of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians.

Monday, March 2
IS THERE SUCH A THING AS DRINKING TOO MUCH ON PURIM?
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Sr. lecturer, Project Oded & the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday, March 9
 A STUDENT’S PERCEPTION OF PROFESSOR SHAUL LIEBERMAN
Dr. Shaul Lieberman was one of the greatest Talmud scholars of the 20th Century.
Rabbi Jim Lebeau will share with us his personal recollections.

Monday, March16
WHAT THE ELECTIONS ARE REALLY ALL ABOUT
Jim Lederman, economic & political analyst

Monday, March 23
PESACH DURING THE SIEGE OF JERUSALEM 1948
Professor David Macarov an eye witness and participant in the events leading up to the creation of the State of Israel will share with us his amazing story. He will be introduced by Rabbi David Geffen.

Monday, March 30
THE ELECTIONS ARE OVER: WHAT NEXT?
Jim Lederman, economic & political analyst

Monday, April 6
Chol Hamoed Pesach- No Forum

Monday, April 13
GROWING UP IN THE SHADOW OF THE HOLOCAUST – MY SURVIVOR PARENTS AND THE MELBOURNE JEWISH COMMUNITY IN THE 1950S AND 60’S”.
Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann, author of “Far Away From Where”

Monday, April 20
CAN DEMOCRACY AND RELIGIOUS ZIONISM C0-EXIST?
Rabbi Mordecai Silverstein, Sr. lecturer, Project Oded and the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday, April 27
IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS, ISRAEL’S DETERIORATING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE U.S., THREATS OF EUROPEAN SANCTIONS, ISRAELI CABINET NEGOTIATIONS: WHAT ELSE? WHAT NEXT?
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday, May 4
SEPARATING FACT FROM FOLK LORE: THE MEANING OF LAG B’OMER.    
Rabbi Sam Kieffer, educator

Monday, May 11
Screening of “CHILDREN’S ARMY OF HAMAS”: a new short film, shot on location in Gaza. Followed by a discussion and a report  on Hamas paramilitary training in the US.
With David Bedein, director, Israel Resource News Agency, Center for Near East Policy Research

Monday, May 18
ISRAEL HAS A NEW GOVERNMENT. SO WHAT?
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday, May 25
No Forum

Monday, June 1
REMBRANDT AND THE RABBIS
Rabbi Matt Berkowitz, Director of JTS programs in Israel, co-founder of Kol Ot

Monday, June 8
RELIGION AND STATE: SEPARATION OR SYNTHESIS?
EXPLORE VARIOUS ISSUES OF CONFLICT  INCLUDING KASHRUT,
PERSONAL STATUS AND SHABBAT
Ilan Bloch, Director OF Teaching Israel, Licensed Tour Guide

Monday, June 15
THE NEW GOVERNMENT: WHICH IS GREATER-ITS SUPPORTS OR ITS FISSURES?
Jim Lederman, political & economic analyst

Monday June 22
PATHWAYS INTO THE  ZOHAR, “THE BIBLE” OF JEWISH MYSTICISM
Dr. Shaya Rothberg,  Jewish Thought , the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday, June 29
ARCHAEOLOGICAL ESPIONAGE: THE STORY OF T.E. LAWRENCE AND C. LEONARD WOOLLEY IN THE SINAI IN 1913-1914
Stephen Rosenberg, PhD., Albright Institute  of Archaeological Research

Monday, July 6
 BEST OF TIMES, WORST OF TIMES: 3 WEEKS IN JEWISH HISTORY
Rabbi Sid Slivko, Jewish Educator

Monday, July 13
IS THE CHASM BETWEEN ISRAEL AND DIASPORA JEWRY BRIDGEABLE?
Jim Lederman, political and economic analyst

Monday, July 20
PARENTS AND CHILDREN: FROM CREATION TO CHAOS
Rabbi Ed Romm, Director of Education, Fuchsberg Center

Monday, July 27
THE GLASS CEILING – WOMEN IN INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE: GROUND-BREAKERS OR GROUND DOWN?
Peta Jones Pellach, Director of Educational Activities, The Elijah Interfaith Institute

Monday, August 3
JEWISH RESPONSES TO TRAGEDY: POST TISHA  B’AV REFLECTIONS
Rabbi Sam Kieffer, Jewish Educator

Monday August 10
SHOAH AND ISRAELI SOCIETY
How the new Israeli state grappled with the tragedy of the Shoah in its early years and beyond.
Ilan Bloch, Director, Teaching Israel

Monday August 17
THE IGNORED “CONVENTIONAL” THREATS OF  THE US-IRANIAN ACCORD
Clip of Iranian military training of Palestinian school children will also be shown.
David Bedein, Director, Israel Resource News Agency, the ​Center for Near East Policy Research

Monday August 24
JEWISH CHRISTIAN RELATIONS IN THE HOLY LAND: THE CASE OF THE BURNING OF TABGHA, THE CHURCH OF THE MULTIPLICATIONS
Peta Jones Pellach, Director of Educational Activities, The Elijah Interfaith Institute.

Monday August 31
ISRAEL IS WINE COUNTRY & WE HAVE WINES TO BE PROUD OF!
Jay Levinson, PhD. ,author of “Jewish Journeys Near Jerusalem”

Monday, September  7
A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE HIGH HOLIDAYS
Rabbi Ed Romm, Director of Education, Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center

Monday, September 14
No program: Shanah Tovah

Monday September 21
THE REAL MEANING OF “KOL NIDRE”
Rabbi Sam Kieffer, Lecturer, Project Oded

Monday, September 28
No Program: Chag Sameach

Monday, October 5
No Program: Motzai Chag

Monday, October 12
GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER? A look at the ideal host and ideal guest.
Rabbi Ed Romm, Director of Education, Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center     

Monday, October 19
20TH ANNIVERSARY OF RABIN’S MURDER: HOW DO WE REMEMBER?
Ilan Bloch, Director, Teaching Israel

Monday, October 26
MEET THE ARTIST: Ruth Gresser is a plein air artist who lives and works in Be’er Sheva, specializing in landscape and city paintings in watercolour and oil, along with portraits and studies in still life –  Her paintings will be on exhibit at the Fuchsberg Center.

Monday, November 2
Jewish Papercuts and Tapestries – A Mother-Daughter Collaboration  
Tapestry weaver, Tamar Shadur, will present an illustrated talk about her collaboration with her mother, renowned Jewish papercut artist and scholar, Yehudit Shadur, in the production of finely woven biblical tapestries based on Y. Shadur’s magnificent papercut designs.

Monday, November 9
SHOAH AND ISRAELI SOCIETY
How the new Israeli state grappled with the tragedy of the Shoah in its early years and beyond.
Ilan Bloch, Director, Teaching Israel

Monday November 16
ALL YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT BEER
The  history of brewing in the Middle East (Egypt, Mesopotamia, Canaan), including
the flowering of Israeli craft brewers in the past decade. Tasting included.
Doug Greener, beer mavin!

Monday,  November 23
THANKSGIVING AND THE JEWS: FROM THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION TO THE PRESENT.
Rabbi Dr. David Geffen, American Jewish Historian

Monday,  November 30
Laura Ruth Polk Memorial Lecture
ARTIFACTS DISCOVERED: THE TEMPLE MOUNT SIFTING PROJECT
Prof. Gabriel Barkay PhD.  Archaeologist, Land of Israel Studies, Bar Ilan University.
Prof. Barkay is a world authority on Jerusalem.

Monday, December 7
THE STORY OF THE “MIRACLE” OF THE OIL REVISITED
A burning issue.
Rabbi Ed Romm, Director of Education 

Monday, December 14
BETWEEN HANUKAH & ‘THE OTHER’ HOLIDAY
Lessons we could learn  from our non-Jewish neighbors
Rabbi Sid Slivko, educator

Monday, December 21
WHAT DOES AKULENNI, THE HURRIAN, HAVE TO DO WITH AVRAHAM AVINU?
The solving of a 4,000 year old mystery!
Rabbi Sam Kieffer, educator

Monday, December 28
An Evening with the Author
Solly Kaplinski who lives and works in Jerusalem will talk about his new novel, A WORLD OF PAINS, which focuses on repressed memories which resurface more than 50 years after unspeakable crimes were committed during the Shoah. The book is a memorial to family members who perished in the Ponar rests in Vilnius.