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Past Programs – 2016

The Monday Evening Forum 2016
Bi-monthly lectures at 7:30 pm.
coordinated by Elyse Kruger, israel@uscj.org

Monday, January 11,
SEPHARDI JOURNEY: The Story Of Moshe Ben Shalom Zu-Aretz
De La Penia And His Descendants.

Peta Jones Pellach, Director of Education, The Elijah Interfaith Institute

Monday, January 25,
THE EGYPTIAN VERSION OF THE EXODUS
Stephen Rosenberg, PhD. Albright Institute  of Archaeological Research

Monday, February 8
Why Do We Even Teach About Israel?
How Should We Teach About Israel?
This session explores participants’ personal relationships to Israel, and examines how our own ideological baggage may influence our educational philosophies as Israel Educators. During this session, we will examine four different models of why we engage in Israel Education, as well as four different models of how we teach about Israel.
Ilan Bloch, Tour guide and lecturer

Monday, February 22
The Siddur As An Instrument of Political Compromise
We will explore various prayers that seem to contradict one another and might therefore reflect differing ideological points of view. The Siddur as a paradigm for pluralism and the acceptance of ideological diversity.
Rabbi Sam Kieffer, former pulpit Rabbi and Jewish educator

Monday, March 7
Bikur Holim – Visiting the Sick
Who, What, Where, When and How,  Part I
Exploring the beauty and meaning of the mitzvah
Aliza Pilichowski, Kashouvot – Provider of Pastoral Care. Rabbanit and Clinical Chaplain, as well as an experienced caregiver.

Monday, March 21
BIKUR HOLIM PART II
THE MASQUERADE OF BIKUR HOLIM
Recognizing the masks we wear and roles we play when we are confronted by illness.
Hana Levine
,  Kashouvot – Provider of Pastoral Care. Studied Marpeh and Talmud at Schechter Institute, Interned at Melabev and Hadassah Ein Kerem.

Monday, April 4
COUNTING THE OMER: Re-interpreting an  Ancient Practice
Analyzing various views on the meaning and customs of the counting of the Omer. How the practice has evolved through the centuries and has developed new approaches over time.
Rabbi Sam Kieffer, former pulpit Rabbi and Jewish educator

Monday, April 11
PEACE EDUCATION: The Alternative To The New  PA / UNRWA War Curriculum
David Bedein is a social worker and journalist, and the Director of The Israel Resource News Agency, Center for Near East Policy Research. His center has recently commissioned the translations of the new PA / UNRWA school books and presented the results to the US Congress.

Monday, May 9
THE EGYPTIAN VERSION OF THE EXODUS
Stephen Rosenberg, PhD.,
W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem

Monday, May 23
KING SOLOMON’S MINES?
Ancient copper production in the Arava
Aaron Greener, PhD.,
W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem

Monday, June 6
Jewish Ecology and Spiritual Sustainability
Rabbi Yonatan Neril, Founder & Executive Director of
The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development

Monday, June 20
Revisiting the Teachings of Yeshayahu Leibowitz
Peta Jones Pellach,  Director of Education,
The Elijah Interfaith Institute

Monday, September 12
JEWISH MYSTICISM
The ideas and development of early Jewish mysticism.
Ilan Bloch, Well known Tour guide and lecturer

Monday, September 26
ROSH HASHANA OCTOBER 3-4?
HANUKAH OVER CHRISTMAS?
WHAT’S GOING ON HERE?
The unusual position of holidays in this year’s calendar.
Rabbi Daniel Goldfarb, Lecturer and former Director of the Conservative Yeshiva

Monday, October 31
The Fantastic Voyage of Ovadia ben Avraham Bartenura
Peta Jones Pellach, Director of Education of the Elijah Interfaith Institute

Monday, December 5, 7:30 pm
ADAM and EVE’S FIRST HANUKAH
Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein, Lecturer and Conservative Yeshiva Faculty (Talmud, Midrash and Halacha)

Monday, December 19, 7:30 pm
THE EVOLUTION OF HANUKAH: From Pagan Rite to Jewish Ritual
Rabbi Dr. Paul Shrell-Fox, Lecturer and clinical psychologist, Schechter Institute