1 Month Scholar


“As a Rosh Hashanah present to CSP members, we are opening up early registration for our three class series with Paul Liptz, our 19th Annual One Month Scholar in Residence (class registration link). Prof. Liptz will be in Orange County from January 5 – 30, 2020 and will offer a 4-part Tuesday brown-bag lunch series on “Creating a Nation”, a 4-part Wednesday evening series on “Politics and Politicians” and a 3-part Thursday brown-bag lunch series on “Israel’s Neighbors: Nationalism and Religion in a Complex Region”.

In the attached materials, you can find lots of info re the classes, as well as our opening program on January 5th, private Patron/Legacy event on January 18th and closing event on January 30th. Of course, our community scholar will also speak at many area synagogues and institutions during his one-month residency (see the attached draft schedule for more details).

We expect to SELL OUT all of the class series very quickly, so please register early if you plan to attend one or more of the classes. Space is limited to 50 people in each class series.

Wishing you all a sweet, happy & healthy New Year.

Thank you for supporting CSP as we celebrate our 19th year of programs in Orange County!”

* Topics and Bio for 19th Annual OMS (Paul Liptz)

* 19h Annual OMS Schedule (January 2020 Paul Liptz), share

* 19th Annual OMS Class Series Info

Prof. Paul Liptz 19th Annual CSP One Month Scholar

January 5, 2020 – January 30, 2020
Fulfilling the Dream:
The Fascinating Story of Modern Israel

Israel is both an old and new land. For centuries, Jews have dreamed of building a safe homeland for themselves. After the Holocaust, a desperate people appreciated, once again, that only a State could ensure their survival but were aware that the challenges would be overwhelming. By 2020, successes are evident, but there is still a long road ahead of us.

Paul Liptz, a social historian, was on the Tel Aviv University faculty for 40 years, teaching graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Middle East and African History and the International School, where he dealt with a wide range of topics. His main interests are History of the Yishuv [Pre-State], the Modern State of Israel and Arab Women and Nationalism in the Middle East. He taught graduate students at the Hebrew Union College for 25 years as well as at the Conservative movement seminary in Jerusalem, dealing with modern Jewish history, Israeli society and the contemporary Middle East. In the Israeli army reserves, he lectured officers and non-commissioned officers on non-military realms. He is still active in Israel and is involved in various academic and educational fields. In the last few decades, he has travelled the world extensively, lecturing and conducting workshops in some twenty countries. He has also been a visiting scholar with many American groups in Central and Eastern Europe. Paul was born in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and came as a volunteer to Israel one day before the Six Day War on June 4, 1967. He decided to stay in Israel, married Brenda and they have 4 children and 11 grandchildren.

Opening Lecture: Sunday Night January 5, 2020
Co-sponsored by the Merage JCC
Location: Merage JCC, 1 Federation Way, Irvine, CA 92612
Time: 7:00 PM reception, presentation starts at 7:30 PM
Topic: Fulfilling the Dream: Living in a Fascinating World
Registration Link
The Jewish people have a history of great moments in addition to traumatic periods over thousands of years of recorded history. The coming together of an ancient dream and modern nationalism resulted in the establishment of the Jewish State immediately after the tragic Shoah. Joins us as we deal with Israel within the Middle East and the complexity of the relationship between Israel and the Jewish communities of the world.

Closing Lecture: Thursday Night January 30, 2020
Location: Las Lomas Community Center Federation Way, Irvine, CA 92612
Time: 7:00 PM reception, presentation starts at 7:30 PM
Topic: Looking Back to the Future: What Must We Do Now?
Registration Link
At present, the people of Israel are defined as the 11th happiest in the world. The challenge, however, is how to improve the day-to-day realities of the marginal groups and work towards a safer environment, realizing that a unified and committed society will be able to cope better with inevitable crises in the future.

Private Patron/Legacy Event: Saturday Night January 18, 2020, 7:30 PM
53 Years in Israel: A Personal Story. My involvement in several academic and educational institutions, active army reserve duty and the perspectives of Israel from June 4, 1967 to the present, demand a sober analysis. It’s a story of joy and fear and an amazing adventure, deserving critical insights. To RSVP, please e-mail akatz@occsp.org

3 Class Series – Registration Link

Tuesday Brown Bag Lunch Series: Creating A Nation
Dates: January 7, 14, 21 & 28
Time: 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Location: Merage JCC (1 Federation Way, Irvine, CA 92612)

Holocaust Survivors Come Home 1945-1962. Survivors of the Holocaust who moved to Israel faced three essential challenges: their immediate health and psychological aspects, finding a place to live and then settling down. After the Second World War it became clear to many that they could not return to their homes and therefore Eretz Israel, not yet a state, became an alternative despite British obstacles. Even after Israel’s Declaration of Independence, the Israeli population was reluctant to discuss the Shoah and this only changed with the 1961 Eichmann Trial, when open discussion of their trauma became more acceptable.

The Yemenite Jews: Returning Home. The Yemenite Jews dreamed of returning to Israel through the centuries and, beginning in the 1880s, small groups arrived. However, in the 1949 “Operation magic Carpet”, the community almost disappeared with 49,000 being flown to Israel in El Al planes. They are sometimes seen as exotic with ancient customs and a different Hebrew pronunciation.

The “Beta Israel”: Jews from Ethiopia. The dream of the Beta Israel for thousands of years was to return to their ancient homeland, but it was only in the 1980s and ’90s that this became possible for part of the group. They have not found integration into Israeli Society easy, although there is significant evidence of upward mobility. The Falas Mura (Jews who were forced to become Christians) have not been allowed to immigrate to Israel, and this remains a painful episode.

Russian Speaking Immigrants: 1990-2020. Prior to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, a small number of “Refusniks” had managed to reach Israel or western countries. With the breakup of the FSU, almost a million Russian speakers who had lived under a totalitarian regime arrived in Israel and had to adjust to an open democratic capitalist society. While the elderly often found it difficult in Israel, the younger generation adapted quickly, retaining many of their cultural traits, and simultaneously contributing in significant ways to the development of their new home.

Wednesday Evening Series: Politics and Politicians
Dates: January 8, 15, 22 & 29
Time: 7:15 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Merage JCC (1 Federation Way, Irvine, CA 92612)

David Ben-Gurion: Founder and Builder. His dominating character from 1935 to 1963 resulted in the building of a socialist Israel which had to absorb large numbers of immigrants, develop an economy and confront a life-threatening enemy. Several biographies enable us to analyze both significant contributions and problematic traits.

Golda Meir: A Determined and Committed Zionist. Golda Meir was a major figure in developing the early Israel as a committed member of Zionist left, Minister of Housing and Labor, minister of Foreign affairs and then Prime minister in the crucial period of 1969 to 1974. She was, without doubt, a highly unique leader.

Menachem Begin, The Peace Treaty and a New Israel. An astute politician and outstanding orator who had lived through traumatic experiences in Europe, Begin was the first Israeli leader to sign an agreement with an Arab country, Egypt, in 1979. His political success in the 1977 elections changed Israel which then became a capitalist, laissez faire country and led to the right-wing Likud Party dominating politics for much of the time since then.

Yitzhak Rabin: The Price of Peace. A military man for many years decided to become Israel’s ambassador in the United States and then to enter the murky waters of Israeli politics. He is remembered for many achievements, most significantly the 1993 Oslo Accords.
Thursday Brown Bag Lunch Series:
Israel’s Neighbors: Nationalism and Religion in a Complex Region
Dates: January 9, 16 & 23
Time: 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Location: Merage JCC (1 Federation Way, Irvine, CA 92612)

Fundamentalism of the Shia: Iran and its Regional Allies. Islam is divided between the majority Sunnis and minority Shias. Iran is the dominating Shia country which moved from the western oriented Shah-controlled society in the 1979 Revolution to become a country independent of international intervention. A question frequently asked is “Will the ‘Shia Crescent’ ever become a dominant force in the region?”

Syria’s Civil War and its Implications. Syria, a radical and ruthless country dominated by military and dictatorial leaders, is identified with Iran and Hezbollah. The Baath Party and particularly President Hafez al-Assad and his son Bashar al-Assad have shaped modern Syria under the domination of the minority Alawis. Internal unrest led to a brutal civil war with long term implications.

The Politics of Survival: Jordan. Transjordan was created by Britain as a show of gratitude to the Hashemites who were then in Saudi Arabia. Since the 1920s this small kingdom, placed between Israel, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Syria, has played a delicate game to ensure its survival. The Hashemite minority control the country where the largest group are Palestinians who have not always accepted the status quo. As part of its regional struggle, this poor country signed a peace agreement with Israel in 1994.

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