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Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program
Due to the Pandemic, Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program has switched to using ZOOM to facilitate Online Events & Podcasts. Below is a list of our recent Online Events we have created and uploaded to YouTube™. To view a desired event video, simply click one of the links below.
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  • Thursday March 11, 2021
    11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
    Speaker:Rachel Korazim
    Topic: Eliaz Cohen Part 1: The Many Voices of Eliaz Cohen

  • Sunday March 14, 2021
    12:00 – 1:00 PM
    Speaker:David Kaufman
    Topic: New York: The Greatest Jewish City in the World, Part 2 – Culture

  • Monday March 15, 2021
    12:30-1:30 PM
    Speaker:Annie Polland
    Topic: (To be announced)

  • Sunday March 7, 2021
    12:00 – 1:00 PM
    Speaker: David Kaufman
    Topic: New York: The Greatest Jewish City in the World, Part 1 – History
  • Monday March 8, 2021
    12:30-1:30 PM
    Speaker: Annie Polland
    (To be announced)
    Tuesday March 9, 2021
    12:30-1:30 PM
    Speaker: Etgar Keret
    Topic: Storytelling, Politics, and the Borders of Language: CSP Conversation with Etgar Keret
  • Wednesday March 10, 2021
    10:00-11:00 AM
    Speaker: Shirel Horovitz Spotlight Series: Three
    Topic: Contemporary Israeli Artists, Part 2
    Drawing story and color – painting with Tigist Yoseph-RonStorytelling, Politics, and the Borders of Language: CSP Conversation with Etgar Keret
  • Topic: The Greatest Character in the Passover Story
    Speaker: Ariel Burger


    ARIEL BURGER, who recently served as CSPs 20th Annual One Month Scholar in Residence, is the founding director and senior scholar of The Witness Institute, a new project to empower emerging leaders, inspired by the life and legacy of Elie Wiesel. He is an author, artist, and teacher whose work integrates spirituality, the arts, and strategies for social change. An Orthodox-trained rabbi, Ariel received his PhD in Jewish Studies and Conflict Resolution at Boston University under Elie Wiesel. A lifelong student of Professor Wiesel, Ariel served as his Teaching Fellow from 2003-2008, after which he directed education initiatives at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston. He recently published a book about his tenure with Elie Wiesel entitled “Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom” (winner of the 2018 National Jewish Book Award for Biography). As a Covenant Foundation grantee, Ariel develops cutting-edge arts and educational programming for adults, facilitates workshops for educators, consults for non-profits, and serves as scholar/artist-in-residence for institutions around the U.S. When Ariel’s not learning or teaching, he is creating music, art, and poetry. He lives outside of Boston with his family.

    Celebrating our 20th year, the Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program shares the joy of Judaism, builds community, and celebrates our Jewish heritage with a rich adult education program and unique family experiences. Whether we are picking apples for Rosh Hashana, celebrating Shabbat while camping, clapping along with Jewish Blues or Rock musicians, hosting a community-wide Shabbat Alive outdoors, learning with internationally-known scholars, making life-long Jewish friends at family and adult retreats, or providing distance learning programs during a pandemic, CSP has programs to offer for all ages. We ignite passion for Judaism! CSP live-streams programs on our CSP Facebook site and shares recordings on our new CSP YouTube Channel (please visit and subscribe!). If you are interested in our iTunes archive of over 200 programs, you can listen at this LINK. You can reach us on the web at http://www.occsp.net and by phone at (949) 682-4040.


  • Speaker: Carol Isaacs
    Topic: Chasing Family Ghosts Through Modern-Day Myanmar
  • Speaker: Shirel Horovitz
    Topic: Spotlight Series: Three Contemporary Israeli Artists, Part 1 – The building blocks of who we are
    sculpture and installation with Hilla Toony Navok
  • Speaker: Justin Cammy
    Topic: Thinking Through Yiddish, Part 5 of 5
    Yiddish Futures
  • CSP Tales from the Talmud Series
    Topic: Strangers in Strange Lands: Tales of Traveling Rabbis
    Speaker: Gila Fine, live from Jerusalem, Israel
    Dedicated in honor of: Andy Elster


    CSP Partners: Congregation Beth Shalom (Seattle, WA), Congregation B’nai Tzedek (Fountain Valley, CA), Congregation B’nai Israel (Tustin, CA), Temple Bat Yahm (Newport Beach, CA), Temple Beth El of South Orange County (Aliso Viejo, CA), Temple Beth Emet (Anaheim, CA), Temple Beth Ohr (La Mirada, CA), Temple Beth Tikvah (Fullerton, CA), Temple Beth Shalom (Needham, MA), Temple Beth Sholom (Santa Ana, CA), Town & Village Synagogue (NYC, NY) & Valley Beth Shalom (Encino, CA)

    How does a journey into the future destroy the most celebrated miracle-worker of his time? Who was the rabbi whose immigration to Babylon ended in cruel humiliation? And why does a student swear to seven years of silence before traveling to Israel? The Talmud is riddled with travel narratives, stories of rabbis who journey through space – and time – in search of Torah. Leaving their former lives behind, these once-revered leaders set out into the unknown, disoriented in unfamiliar territory, disparaged by unfriendly locals. This course looks at a number of such narratives; subjecting each story to close literary analysis, and reading it in light of related intertexts (from the Jewish and Western canon), we will explore the trials and tribulations of the traveling rabbis, and the lessons they must learn before they can arrive at their destination.

    Gila Fine is editor in chief of Maggid Books (Koren Publishers Jerusalem). She is also a teacher of Aggada, exploring the tales of the Talmud through philosophy, literary criticism, psychoanalysis, and pop-culture. Gila is a faculty member of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and the Nachshon Project and has taught thousands of students at conferences, community centers, and synagogues across the Jewish world. Haaretz has called her “a young woman on her way to becoming one of the more outstanding Jewish thinkers of the next generation.”