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Welcome to The Foundation for Jewish Studies' Podcast. Please visit our website to learn about upcoming events and donate to support our programs and this podcast. We invite you to join our mailing list and subscribe to our blog. Enjoy the lectures!

 
May 1, 2017

Speaker: Dr. Samual Kassow

Program Series: Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series

Location: Kehilat Shalom, Gaithersburg, MD

Date: April 2, 2017

The Ringelblum archive in the Warsaw Ghetto buried thousands of documents. But of the 60 people who worked on this national mission, only three survived. Dr. Kassow tells their story.

May 1, 2017

Speaker: Dr. Michael Brenner

Program Series: Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series

Location: Congregation Olam Tikvah, Fairfax, VA

Date: March 19, 2017

Dr. Brenner tells the story of the rebuilding of Jewish life in Germany after the Holocaust and until today.

 

Apr 4, 2017

Speaker: Dr. Christine Hayes

Program Series: Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series

Location: Congreation B'nai Tzedek, Potomac, MD

Date: March 5, 2017

Dr. Hayes steps back 2000 years to explore the diverse attitudes towards the divine character of the Torah, and highlights the surprisingly radical approach of the talmudic rabbis.

Apr 4, 2017

Speaker: Dr. Michal Lemberger

Program Series: Jewish Enrichment

Location: Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, Bethesda, MD

Date: February 9, 2017

Dr. Lemberger shines a new light on the lives of nine Biblical women.

Apr 4, 2017

Speaker: Dr. Maxine Grossman, University of Maryland, College Park

Program Series: Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series

Location: Temple Beth Ami, Rockville, MD

Date: December 14, 2016

Dr. Grossman traces the lives, text, and religious commitments in an effort to understand the sectarian movement and the groups role in Jewish history

Apr 4, 2017

Speaker: Dr. James Loeffler, University of Virginia

Program Series: Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series

Location: Ohr Kodesh Congregation, Chevy Chase, MD

Date: November 14, 2016

Dr. Loeffler makes the argument that the concept of a "genocide law" predates the Holocaust, and is derived from Lemkin's forgotten role as a leader in the interwar Polish Zionist movement.

Jan 23, 2017

Speaker: Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Rector, Sol & Anna Dorff Distinguished Service Professor in Philosophy, American Jewish University

Program Series: Community Event

Location: Temple Shalom, Chevy Chase, MD

Date: January 12, 2012

Rabbi Dorff presents a discussion through a clinical case with with comments by Rabbi William Cutter and Evan deRenzo, Phd.

Jan 23, 2017

Speaker: Dr. David C. Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics

Program Series: Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series

Location: Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County, Bethesda

Date: November 3, 2016

Jewish History following the destruction of the Second Temple by Rome has been represented as a history of wandering and homelessness, in which place could not matter because the sacred Jewish place had been left behind.  Besides, as Abraham Joshua Heschel argued, Jews build sanctuaries in time, not in space.  However, building on his new book Rabbinic Judaism: Space and Place, Dr. Kraemer argues that space and place remained central to Judaism even during its exile.  He demonstrates that the "homes" of Judaism were central to Jewish practice throughout the centuries, even before Zionism returned the focus of Judaism to its ancient home.

Jan 23, 2017

Speaker: Scott Miller, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 

Program Series: Cultural Enrichment

Location: Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Rockville

Date: October 27, 2016

Mr. Miller puts the film in historical context.  He is the Co-Author of Refuge Denied: The St. Louis and the Holocaust, which focuses on the ship of German-Jewish refugees that was famously sent back to Europe in 1939, and the Holocaust Museum's ten-year mission to trace the fate of every single passenger aboard the ship. 

Jan 23, 2017

Speaker: Dr. Melvin Urofsky, Professor of History and Director of Doctoral Program in Public Policy and Administration, Virginia Comonwealth University

Program Series: Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series

Location: B'nai Israel Congregation, Rockville, MD

Date: September 18, 2016

It's now been over 100 years since Louis D. Brandeis was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and three-quarters of a century since his death.  Yet his ideas and achievements continue to influence our lives today.  His activities as a lawyer, a reformer, and a Zionist are as relevant today as they were in his lifetime, and his jurisprudence - especially in the areas of free speech and privacy - is still cited in contemporary court decisions.  In his talk, Dr. Urofsky looks briefly at Brandeis's career in law, reform, and Zionism, and devotes the bulk of his lecture to the continuing importance of Justice Brandeis's constitutional ideas.

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