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Apr 23, 2018

Speaker:  Professor Arieh Saposnik

Program Series: Jewish Enrichment

Location: Kehilat Shalom, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Date: Monday, April 9, 2018

"If the Jews wish to become a nation of 'Jewish Culture,'" Eliezar Ben-Yehuda wrote in 1904, "they must first become truly a nation."

Throughout the subsequent decade, Ben-Yehuda and other Zionist activists in Palestine attempted to transform a small, divided, economically depressed and demographically declining Yishuv into the foundation of a modern state. The new "Hebrew" culture they sought to create encompassed everything from the way the Yishuv Zionists dressed, the art they created and the literature they read, to the holidays they celebrated, the language they spoke and the accent with which they spoke it. Politics, economics, and even medicine were mobilized to become dynamic parts of a new Jewish identity. 

In this lecture Professor Saposnik sheds new light on this transformation - the origins of Israel and Israeli culture.

Apr 23, 2018

Speaker:  Dr. Christof Koch
Rabbinic Response: Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt

Program Series: The Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series

Location: Adas Israel Congregation, Washington, DC

Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A top neuroscientist's stimulation explanation of the physical qualities of consciousness, followed by a distinguished rabbi's response on how that science might relate to descriptions of spiritual encounters with the Divine in traditional and contemporary Jewish writings. 

Apr 23, 2018

Speaker:  Rabbi Lee Levine

Program Series:  Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series

Location:  Ohr Kodesh Congregation, Chevy Chase, MD

Date: November 21, 2017

The study of ancient Jewish art is a relatively new field fueled by ongoing archaeological discoveries. Only in Late Antiquity (third to seventh centuries CE) did Jewish art begin to flourish in a dramatic fashion. By the Byzantine era (fourth to seventh centuries CE), religious symbols, biblical motifs and even clearly pagan mythological motifs - especially the zodiac signs and the image of Helios - graced many synagogue mosaic floors in ancient Palestine. 

This lecture focuses on the political, social and religious reasons for such a dramatic change, and likewise addresses the variety of ways Jewish communities, which were wholly autonomous and diverse, grappled with such developments.

Feb 28, 2018

Speaker: Rabbi Sid Schwarz

Program Series: Jewish Enrichment

Location: Adat Shalom, Bethesda, MD 

Date: January 24, 2018

Rabbi Sid Schwarz does pioneering work uncovering organizations across North American that re-inventing conceptions of Jewish identity and Jewish life. This session provides insight into the people and ideas that make these "Covenantal Jewish Communities" exciting, hopeful and inspiring. 

Feb 27, 2018

Speaker: Rabbi Reuven Hammer

Program Series: Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Speaker Series

Location: Tifereth Israel Congregation, Washington, DC 

Date: November 16 

Since the rise of Christianity, the God of Judaism has often been depicted as a God of vengeance, while the God of Christianity is portrayed as the God of love. Rabbi Hammer discusses the Jewish and Christian concepts of God, and shows the error in describing the two religions' concepts of God as opposites in this manner. 

Feb 27, 2018

Presenter: Yale Strom 

Vocalist: Elizabeth Schwartz

Location: Tikvat Israel, Rockville, MD 

Date: October 28, 2017

Man From Munkacs: Gypsy Klezmer, one of many award-winning films directed by Yale Strom, explores the symbiotic relationship between the Rom Gypsies and the Jews who lived together before and after World War II in the Carpathian region of Eastern Europe. Prior to the Holocaust, whenever there was a Jewish celebration, the klezmer musicians were usually not Jews, but the Rom. In fact, the Rom had played with and for Jews for so many years that some of them spoke fluent Yiddish. 

Feb 27, 2018

Speaker: Izabella Tabarovsky

Program Series: Jewish Enrichment 

Location: Ohev Shalom - The National Synagogue, Washington, DC

Date: September 27, 2017

While many of us know Babi Yar, this was not the first such massacre, nor was it unique in its scale. This story is asking to be told. 

Feb 27, 2018

Speaker: Professor Jacques Berlinerblau

Program Series: Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Speaker Series

Location: Washington Hebrew Congregation

Date: September 12, 2017

Georgetown Professor and Director of the Center for Jewish Civilization, Jaques Berlinerblau talks about what the college experience is like today - an experience radically different from the one that parents of high school seniors might be familiar with.

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