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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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  • CSP Israel Event
    Topic: Valley of Tears
    Speaker: Ron Leshem, live from Boston, MA
    Dedicated in honor of: Ora and Alvin Wolf

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    CSP Partners: Congregation Beth Shalom (Seattle, WA), Congregation B’nai Tzedek (Fountain Valley, CA), Congregation B’nai Israel (Tustin, CA), Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, 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)

    Join us on Sunday February 21, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.PST (7:00 p.m. EST) for a conversation with screenwriter and author Ron Leshem, creator of the HBO Max series “Valley of Tears,” the new series shaking Israeli society. Inspired by true events, “Valley of Tears” is a 10-part miniseries depicting the Yom Kippur War through the eyes of young combatants. It tells four emotional and highly personal stories of individuals swept away from their loved ones by the ravages of war, four parallel plotlines, intertwined together into one climactic battle. The series received accolades for its innovation in recreating battle scenes and holds the record for highest budget for any TV show produced in Israel to date. “Our main dream was to go back and create this show which is not only about a war that changed the Middle East — it changed the Israeli society,” says Leshem. “For us, this show is kind of a national reckoning for the Israeli society. And it’s a story that has never been told. The U.S. culture is constantly working on its Vietnam War. But we in Israel never had a single series dealing with our biggest trauma.”

    Ron Leshem is a renowned screenwriter, TV producer, and author. He was co-creator of the Israeli TV show Euphoria, which was adapted to HBO, and of which Leshem is co-executive producer, and was also writer and co-creator for the Hulu series No Man’s Land, a drama series which takes place in the midst of the recent civil war in Syria, involving ISIS and the Kurds. Leshem is also the screenwriter of the film Incitement, about the 1995 assassination of Israel’s Prime Minister Yizhak Rabin by Yigal Amir. The film, told from the point of view of the killer, portrays what Amir saw and heard in the two years leading to the tragic day in 1995. Prior to moving to the U.S. Leshem was head of content and programming for Keshet, one of Israel’s main commercial TV network. He was a producer of the successful Israeli TV show “Chatufim”, which later was adapted into the hit TV show “Homeland”. Leshem was also executive producer of NBC’s TV drama “Allegiance”. As an author, Leshem won the Sapir Prize, Israel’s top literary award, for his novel Beaufort, which was on Israel’s bestsellers list for two years. The book was adapted into a film by the same name (coauthored by Leshem), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Beaufort also won the Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Director. Leshem’s second book, The Underground Bazaar, is a richly imagined novel, set in modern-day Teheran. At times appalling, at times funny, this is a tale of love, friendship, and repression. The novel moves between euphoria and paranoia, taking the reader to the black market of Teheran, where one can buy everything that is illicit, to the public squares where adulterous women are executed. Ron currently lives in the states and splits his time between Boston and Los Angeles.

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  • CSP Virtual Tour Event
    Topic: Virtual Walking Tour of Vilna Yerushalyaim de Lita
    Speaker: Daniel Gurevich, live from Lithuania
    Dedicated in honor of: Marcia and Marshall Margolis

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    CSP Partners: Congregation Beth Shalom (Seattle, WA), Congregation B’nai Tzedek (Fountain Valley, CA), Congregation B’nai Israel (Tustin, CA), Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, 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)

    Join us on Monday February 22, 2021 for a virtual walking tour of Vilnius with local guide Daniel Gurevich (Daniel was our CSP guide when we visited Lithuania in July 2019). Vilnius, Lithuania’s largest city and capital, has been known by many names over its long and remarkable history, including, most famously for Jews, as Vilna. We will explore the story of Jewish life, thought and culture in Vilnius. We’ll discuss its renowned yeshivot (advanced religious schools) that developed a highly intellectual method of Talmudic study that still influences Jewish life and learning. We’ll also see how Vilnius had, by the early twentieth century, developed into a powerhouse of modern Jewish culture, literature and institutions.

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  • CSP Pre-Purim Event
    Topic: A Pre-Purim Persian Tour of the British Museum
    Speaker: Rabbi Dr. Raphael Zarum, live from the UK
    Dedicated in honor of: Barry Klatzker

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    CSP Partners: Congregation Beth Shalom (Seattle, WA), Congregation B’nai Tzedek (Fountain Valley, CA), Congregation B’nai Israel (Tustin, CA), Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, 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)

    Would you like to see Achashverosh on his throne, the layout of his palace in Shushan and range of his riches? Weaving ancient Greek sources, archaeological discoveries and rabbinic sources, this tour reveals the Persian politics behind the Purim story and will give you original insights into the intrigue and excesses related in the Megillah of Esther. You will never look at Purim in the same way again. Rabbi Zarum has decades of experience as a museum guide. His research, style and enthusiasm are sure to make this an unforgettable experience.

    Rabbi Dr. Zarum is Dean of the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS). He has a doctorate in Theoretical Physics, a Masters’ in Education, and is a graduate of the Mandel Leadership School in Jerusalem. Raphael is a sought-after lecturer with wildly innovative and meaningful readings of Torah, Midrash, Talmud and the Jewish festivals that reference modern literature, cinema and culture.

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  • Topic: If I sing: Relections on PSALM 101
    Speaker: Rabbi Elie Spitz and David Lang

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    You have suffered a loss. You are grateful to God. You rage, you plead, you express your love. You are a sinner, a mourner, a citizen, alive. There is a psalm for most every experience in the handbook of humanity. And through a monumental 2017 program at Lincoln Center, “The Psalms Experience,” audiences sampled that range as expressed by an astonishing variety of voices. The 12-concert series featured settings of all 150 psalms, each by a different composer, performed by some of the most accomplished choirs in the world. David Lang, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of “The Little Match Girl Passion” and co-founder of the contemporary classical music organization Bang on a Can, was commissioned to compose a psalm setting for “The Psalms Experience.” He chose Psalm 101 and composed “if i sing”, which was performed in concert featuring psalms on the theme of justice. Join us on Wednesday February 17th at 12:30 PM as we first study Psalm 101 with Rabbi Elie Spitz and then enjoy a conversation with composer David Lang about the Psalm and his musical composition. Rabbi Spitz has spent COVID quarantine teaching the Psalms with half-hour presentations for each Psalm (now up to 101), which is accessible at http://www.cbi18.org.

    In the words of The New Yorker, “With his winning of the Pulitzer Prize for the little match girl passion (one of the most original and moving scores of recent years), Lang, once a post-minimalist enfant terrible, has solidified his standing as an American master.” Lang’s score for Paolo Sorrentino’s film “Youth” received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, among others. Other recent work includes “man made,” a concerto for Sō Percussion and orchestra, co-commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony; his opera “anatomy theater,” written in collaboration with visual artist Mark Dion, at Los Angeles Opera; “the public domain,” a commission from Lincoln Center for 1000 amateur singers; and his opera “the loser,” based on the novel by Thomas Bernhard, which opened the 2016 Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and for which Lang served as librettist, composer, and stage director. His opera “prisoner of the state,” co-commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Rotterdam’s de Doelen Concert Hall, London’s Barbican Centre, Barcelona’s l’Auditori, Bochum Symphony Orchestra, and Bruges’s Concertgebouw, will premiere June 6-8, 2019 in New York, conducted by Jaap van Zweden. Lang is a Professor of Music Composition at the Yale School of Music and is Artist in Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is co-founder and co-artistic director of New York’s legendary music festival Bang on a Can Sent from my iPhone.

    Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz approaches the familiar in unfamiliar ways. A spiritual leader and scholar specializing in topics of spirituality and Judaism, he teaches, writes and speaks to a wide range of audiences. He has served as the rabbi of Congregation B’nai Israel in Tustin, California, for almost three decades and is a member of the Rabbinical Assembly Committee on Law and Standards. Rabbi Spitz is author of Healing from Despair: Choosing Wholeness in a Broken World; Does the Soul Survive? A Jewish Journey to Belief in Afterlife, Past Lives & Living with Purpose and Increasing Wholeness: Jewish Wisdom and Guided Meditations to Strengthen and Calm Body, Heart, Mind and Spirit (all Jewish Lights) and many articles dealing with spirituality and Jewish law.

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  • CSP Met Event
    Topic: Treasure Hunt: Ashkenaz Heritage in The Met
    Speaker: Barbara Drake Boehm, live from Manhattan, NY
    Dedicated in honor of: Beth and Michael Adler

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    CSP Partners: Congregation Beth Shalom (Seattle, WA), Congregation B’nai Tzedek (Fountain Valley, CA), Congregation B’nai Israel (Tustin, CA), Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, 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)

    Join us as we explore Ashkenaz works in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection, how they were acquired, what they tell us about Jewish artistic heritage, and what is missing from the collection. Throughout her career, Boehm has seen evidence of Jewish heritage erased from the map, although not always this literally. Working on the 2005 Met exhibit, “Prague, The Crown of Bohemia, 1347–1437,” Barbara “was determined that in the exhibit there would be a section talking about Jewish life in Prague during the medieval period.” “What can we do at this late date, with so much destruction — how do you put this important material on everybody’s radar? To me as an art historian this is Jewish heritage, but it is also part of the world’s great artistic heritage, for everyone to see.”

    Barbara Drake Boehm is the Paul and Jill Ruddock Senior Curator for The Met Cloisters, where, in 2019, she organized its first exhibition to focus on Jewish artistic heritage, The Colmar Treasure: A Medieval Jewish Legacy. In 2016, Dr. Boehm served as co-curator of the exhibition Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven, which garnered the Alfred H. Barr Junior award for the best exhibition catalogue of the year and an Honorable Mention among Art Exhibitions from PROSE (American Publishers Awards for Professional & Scholarly Excellence). Prague: The Crown of Bohemia (2005), which won the George Wittenborn Award for its catalogue, was Barbara Boehm’s first exhibition to incorporate Jewish culture into the narrative of a medieval cultural capital. She was co-organizer of Medieval Jewish Art in Context (2011–12), featuring The Washington Haggadah, Lisbon’s Hebrew Bible and the Rylands Haggadah. Barbara Boehm publishes and lectures widely and regularly leads a program on Art and the Holy Land for St. George’s College, Jerusalem. A graduate of Wellesley College, Dr. Boehm earned her M.A. and Ph.D. at The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She holds a Certificate in Jewish Art from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

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  • 15th Annual CSP Adult Retreat
    Topic: The Book of Esther in Art and Text
    Speaker: Dr. Erica Brown, live from Silver Spring, MD
    Dedicated in honor of: our CSP Patrons

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    The Book of Esther takes us to the heart of destiny moments: a beautiful but unlikely queen evolves into a Jewish leader. A wise and trusted Jewish courtier expands his platform of influence, and a vulnerable minority facing death becomes a powerful people in a land not their own. Join us as we explore and interpret some beautiful works of art on a perennially fascinating Jewish story. We will examine its key ancient texts to discuss contemporary themes of beauty, heroism, exile, politics and anti-Semitism. To join CSP as a Patron level member, please visit this LINK for more information.

    ABOUT DR. ERICA BROWN

    Dr. Erica Brown is the director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership and an associate professor of curriculum and pedagogy at The George Washington University. Erica was a Jerusalem Fellow, is a faculty member of the Wexner Foundation, an Avi Chai Fellow and the recipient of the 2009 Covenant Award for her work in education. She is the author of twelve books on leadership, the Hebrew Bible and spirituality; her newest book is The Book of Esther: Power, Fate and Fragility in Exile (Koren). She has been published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Tablet, First Things, and The Jewish Review of Books and wrote a monthly column for the New York Jewish Week. She has blogged for Psychology Today, Newsweek/Washington Post’s “On Faith” and JTA and tweeted on one page of Talmud study a day at DrEricaBrown.

    Erica enjoys conducting interviews and moderating panels to get to know writers, thinkers and opinion makers and has been called the “Terry Gross of the Jewish world.” She has interviewed former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, David Brooks, Jeffrey Goldberg, David Gregory, Moshe Halbertal, Shai Held, Leon Wieseltier, Yehuda Mersky, Ruth Messinger, Sarah Hurwitz, David Makovsky, Dennis Ross, Deborah Lipstadt and others.

    Erica has degrees from Yeshiva University, University of London, Harvard University and Baltimore Hebrew University. She previously served as the scholar-in-residence at both The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston and as the community scholar for the Jewish Center of New York. She currently serves as a community scholar for Congregation Etz Chaim in Livingston, NJ.

    Erica is also the author of Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet, Take Your Soul to Work: 365 Meditations on Every Day Leadership and Happier Endings: A Meditation on Life and Death (Simon and Schuster), which won both the Wilbur and Nautilus awards for spiritual writing. Her previous books include Inspired Jewish Leadership, a National Jewish Book Award finalist, Spiritual Boredom, Confronting Scandal and she co-authored The Case for Jewish Peoplehood (All Jewish Lights). She also wrote Seder Talk: A Conversational Haggada, Leadership in the Wilderness, In the Narrow Places and Return: Daily Inspiration for the Days of Awe (All OU/Koren).

    ABOUT DEBORAH SACKS MINTZ

    A transformative prayer leader and musician, Deborah Sacks Mintz has served innovative institutions around the country as a teacher of Torah and communal Jewish music. As the Community Singing Consultant of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute, Deborah serves as a resource to those seeking to cultivate the grassroots musical and spiritual creativity of the Jewish people. In addition to composing new Jewish music, Deborah can be found regularly performing and recording with a myriad of musicians and ensembles. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, Deborah is pursuing rabbinical ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

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  • CSP Genealogy Event
    Topic: The Wedding Photo: Genealogy Puzzles Discovered and Solved
    Speaker: Dr. Dan Oren, live from New Haven, CT
    Dedicated in honor of: Shiffy and Avi Crane

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    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)

    A visit to an abandoned Polish Jewish cemetery in 1993 launched Dan Oren on a 20-year search to solve the mystery of “Who is Buried in Sarah’s Tomb?” A visit with a cousin unearths a breathtaking photo of a Berlin family wedding from 1926 and leads to discovering their unimaginable post-wedding history. In this talk, Dr. Dan Oren will share these stories and others along with the research strategies he used to unearth and untangle genealogical puzzles.

    Dr. Dan Oren has spent the past 30 years as a psychiatrist and faculty member at Yale University. He has also been a Visiting Professor of Physiology at the University of Rzeszów, Poland. Dr. Oren has authored The Wedding Photo, Joining The Club: A History of Jews and Yale, and How to Beat Jet Lag. He is president of The Friends of Jewish Heritage in Poland jewishheritagepoland.org.

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  • CSP Jewish Language Event
    Topic: Do American Jews Speak a Jewish Language?
    Speaker: Prof. Sarah Bunin Benor, live from Los Angeles, CA
    Dedicated in honor of: Ethel and Marty Taft

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    SP 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)

    Yiddish, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic, and – Jewish English? Is it possible that Jews today continue the centuries-old tradition of speaking distinctly from their non-Jewish neighbors? This talk looks at several features common among Jewish languages of the past and discusses whether American Jews use them. From the tradition of translating biblical and rabbinic texts to the incorporation of Hebrew words, most of these features are common among religiously engaged American Jews. A major exception is the use of Hebrew letters to write the vernacular. Through analysis of language, we can gain a better understanding of contemporary American Jews and how they compare to Jewish communities of the past.

    Sarah Bunin Benor is Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, where she teaches mostly masters students in the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management and undergraduates at the University of Southern California. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Linguistics in 2004. She is the author of Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism and Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community at American Jewish Summer Camps, as well as many articles about Jewish languages, Yiddish, and American Jews. Dr. Benor has received several fellowships and prizes, including the Dorot Fellowship in Israel, the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, and the Sami Rohr Choice Award for Jewish Literature. She is founding co-editor of the Journal of Jewish Languages and co-editor of Languages in Jewish Communities, Past and Present and We the Resilient: Wisdom for America from Women Born Before Suffrage. She founded and directs the HUC-JIR Jewish Language Project, which produces the Jewish Language Website and the Jewish English Lexicon. Her current projects analyze Hebrew use at Jewish supplementary schools and the names Jews give their children and their pets. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Mark, and their daughters, Aliza, Dalia, and Ariella.

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  • CSP Author Event
    Topic: War of Shadows: Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East
    Speaker: Gershom Gorenberg, live from Jerusalem, Israel
    Dedicated in honor of: Sherri Krause

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    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)

    Gershom Gorenberg joins us live from Jerusalem to discuss the topic of his latest book, War of Shadows: Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East. At the center of Gorenberg’s true-life espionage thriller—which has lessons for today’s intelligence and cybersecurity—are the codebreakers at Bletchley Park, who cracked the Nazis’ “unbreakable” Enigma cipher and foiled Rommel’s bid to conquer the Middle East.

    Gershom Gorenberg is a historian and journalist who has been covering Middle Eastern affairs for over 35 years. His latest book, War of Shadows, began with a conversation in Jerusalem that set off years of searching through archives, attics, streets in Cairo, Rome, London – endless days and nights of seeing facts unravel and new ones take shape in place of them, of following one lead to another to find someone who remembered the mysterious woman at Bletchley Park who discovered Rommel’s source in British headquarters – an obsessive hunt that led to the real story of how the Nazis came within an inch of conquering the Middle East. Gorenberg was previously the author of three critically acclaimed books – The Unmaking of Israel, The Accidental Empire, and The End of Days – and coauthor of Shalom, Friend: The Life and Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin, winner of the National Jewish Book Award. Gorenberg is a columnist for The Washington Post and a senior correspondent for The American Prospect. He has written for The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, the New York Review of Books, The New Republic, and in Hebrew for Ha’aretz. He will return to the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 2021 to teach the workshop he created on writing history. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife, journalist Myra Noveck. They have three children – Yehonatan, Yasmin and Shir-Raz.

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  • Topic: Ruch Family – Rakishok Virtual Tour
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    On Sunday February 7, 2021 over 120 Ruch family members from around the world (USA, South Africa, Canada, Israel and Australia), all descended from Leyba Ruch (born 1825) via 3 of his 6 sons (Reuven Fetta, Mikhel and Abraham Koppel), participated in a first of its kind Ruch online reunion and virtual tour of the Ruch family town of Rakishok (Rokiskis), Lithuania led by local Jewish guide Daniel Gurevich. May the Ruch family tree continue to grow and flourish.

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  • CSP Kabbalah Event
    Topic: Ages Upon Ages: Multiple Worlds and Historical Epochs in Medieval Kabbalah
    Speaker: Prof. Hartley Lachter, live from Bethlehem, PA
    Dedicated in honor of: Louise Sherby

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    Is there just one universe, or many? Does time have a single beginning and a single end, or are there many cycles of time? Medieval Jewish kabbalists held surprisingly complex views regarding the cyclical nature of time, the multiplicity of worlds, and how that can help explain the misfortunes of Jewish history. In this talk we will explore how their embrace of the idea of multiple worlds and historical cycles was used to explain Jewish historical experiences and provide hope for a better future.

    Hartley Lachter, Associate Professor of Religion Studies and CSP’s 14th Annual One Month Scholar in Residence in 2015, holds the Philip and Muriel Berman Chair in Jewish Studies, and serves as the director of the Berman Center for Jewish Studies. His scholarship focuses on medieval Kabbalah, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between Jewish historical experiences and the development of kabbalistic discourses. His work explores how medieval Jewish-Christian debates, as well as disruptive moments of violence and forced conversion, shape Jewish mystical literature and serve as a form of cultural resistance for some pre-modern Jews. His recent book, Kabbalistic Revolution: Reimagining Judaism in Medieval Spain, was published by Rutgers University Press. Hartley Lachter’s teaching interests include course on Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah, survey courses on Judaism and Jewish thought, theory and method in the study of religion, and explorations of contemporary religious extremism and violence. In both his work and his teaching, Dr. Lachter invites his readers and students to consider how religious identities are negotiated through the production of public discourses that shape, and are shaped by, the interactions across identity boundaries. Hartley Lachter lives in Allentown, PA, with his wife, Dr. Jessica Cooperman, who is a Religion Studies professor at Muhlenberg College, where she directs the program in Jewish Studies. Hartley and Jessica have two daughters, Zoe and Mollie.

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