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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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  • Topic: Iraqi Jews (Creating a Nation, Part 1)
    Speaker: Paul Liptz

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    The Iraqi Jewish community was one of the most impressive in the Middle East with a high status under British rule. However, with the rise of Arab nationalism and the 1941 Farhud pogrom, their vulnerable situation became evident and the only alternative was to make Aliyah which they did in large numbers in 1951 and 1952 in Operation Ezra and Nehemiah. Life in the newly established State of Israel was extremely challenging but this well-educated population quickly integrated and experienced upward mobility in numerous realms of the society.

    Paul Liptz, a social historian and CSP’s recent 19th Annual One Month Scholar in Residence, 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.

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  • Topic: Moroccan Jews (Creating a Nation Part 2)
    Speaker: Paul Liptz

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    Sunday May 10, 2020, 12:00 PM PDT, co-sponsored by Temple Beth Shalom of Needham, MA (honoring Mike Lefkowitz)
    Moroccan Jews through the ages faced many crises under oppressive regimes interspersed with better periods when rulers regarded them as being of value. They were dispersed throughout the country and thus their story depends on where they lived and the impact of the Alliance Israelite Universelle. Their arrival in Israel in the 1950s and 1960s happened at a time of mass immigration and the country struggled to cope in addition to which there were ethnic prejudices. Today, Moroccan Jews living in Israel enjoy visits to their homeland.

    Paul Liptz, a social historian and CSP’s recent 19th Annual One Month Scholar in Residence, 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.

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  • Topic: Love is Sacrifice
    Speaker: Rabbi Avi Strausberg

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    Part 2 of 5 Part Series: Love, Sex and Relationships in Jewish Tradition
    The love between Rabbi Akiva and his wife is considered one of the greatest love stories in the Talmud. What makes their love such a great love story? And, at what cost does their love come? We’ll explore this story and reflect on the role of sacrifice in relationships and the delicate dance in balancing the needs of the individual with the needs of the couple.

    Rabbi Avi Strausberg is the Director of National Learning Initiatives at Hadar, and is based in Washington, DC. She received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in Boston and is a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She also holds a Masters in Jewish Education. Energized by engaging creatively with Jewish text, she has written several theatre pieces inspired by the Torah and maintains a Daf Yomi haiku blog in which she writes daily Talmudic haikus.

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  • Topic: The Delicate Art of Tokhehah
    Speaker: Avi Strausberg

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    Part 3 of 5 Part Series: Love, Sex and Relationships in Jewish Tradition
    In this session, we’ll dive into a few stories in which the rabbis wrestle with the concept of tokhehah, or rebuke. How do we best offer and receive critical feedback to and from our loved ones? How might this translate to giving and receiving feedback in the work environment? And, are there moments in which it’s better to stay quiet?

    Rabbi Avi Strausberg is the Director of National Learning Initiatives at Hadar, and is based in Washington, DC. She received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in Boston and is a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She also holds a Masters in Jewish Education. Energized by engaging creatively with Jewish text, she has written several theatre pieces inspired by the Torah and maintains a Daf Yomi haiku blog in which she writes daily Talmudic haikus.

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  • Topic: Say What You Mean: Communication Gone Awry
    Speaker: Rav Avi Strausberg

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    Part 1 of 5: Love, Sex and Relationships in Jewish Tradition
    Relationships are ripe with miscommunication with many opportunities for things to go wrong. How often do you watch a movie and find yourself yelling at the characters “Just stop and listen to each other!” to no avail? In this session, we’ll mine three different stories from the Talmud in which the rabbis struggle (and fail) to communicate in hopes of learning from their mistakes.

    Rabbi Avi Strausberg is the Director of National Learning Initiatives at Hadar, and is based in Washington, DC. She received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in Boston and is a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She also holds a Masters in Jewish Education. Energized by engaging creatively with Jewish text, she has written several theatre pieces inspired by the Torah and maintains a Daf Yomi haiku blog in which she writes daily Talmudic haikus.

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  • Topic: Desire Gone Wild
    Speaker: Rav Avi Strausberg

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    Part 4 of 5: Love, Sex and Relationships in Jewish Tradition

    The rabbis wrestled with the concepts of yetzer ha’ra and yetzer ha’tov, or an inclination toward evil and an inclination toward good. Often, in the rabbis’ conversations surrounding sex and desire, the yetzer ha’ra pops up. In this session, we’ll explore several texts that look at the yezter ha’ra and the yetzer ha’tov, reflecting on the rabbis’ attitude toward sexual desire. When is desire a good thing, when is it a bad thing, and what do we do with that desire?

    Rabbi Avi Strausberg is the Director of National Learning Initiatives at Hadar, and is based in Washington, DC. She received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in Boston and is a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She also holds a Masters in Jewish Education. Energized by engaging creatively with Jewish text, she has written several theatre pieces inspired by the Torah and maintains a Daf Yomi haiku blog in which she writes daily Talmudic haikus.

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  • Topic: American Jews (Creating a Nation, Part 3)
    Speaker: Paul Liptz

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    Jacob Blaustein, the President of the American Jewish Committee, stated in 1950 “We repudiate vigorously the suggestion that American Jews are in exile. The future of American Jewry, of our children and of our children’s children, is entirely linked with the future of America. We have no alternative; and we want no alternative”. After the Six Day War, living in Israel became an option for a small number of Americans who live in the cities, on kibbutzim and in the West Bank/Judea and Samaria. However, American Jews, as a whole, are often closely attached to Israel and for some, the concept of a “second home” exists. The session will consider the complexity of this relationship.

    Paul Liptz, a social historian and CSP’s recent 19th Annual One Month Scholar in Residence, 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 in Jerusalem as well as at the Conservative movement seminary for 25 years, 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.

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  • Topic: Good Sex and Bad Sex
    Speaker: Avi Strausberg

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    Part 5 of 5: Love, Sex and Relationships in Jewish Tradition

    When it comes to sex, the rabbis have a number of opinions about what makes sex positive and sacred and what kind of sex we should avoid. In this session, we’ll explore rabbinic texts that talk about good sex and bad sex, often peeking into the sex life of the rabbis’ themselves for the answers.

    Rabbi Avi Strausberg is the Director of National Learning Initiatives at Hadar, and is based in Washington, DC. She received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in Boston and is a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She also holds a Masters in Jewish Education. Energized by engaging creatively with Jewish text, she has written several theatre pieces inspired by the Torah and maintains a Daf Yomi haiku blog in which she writes daily Talmudic haikus.

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  • Topic:Haredim Cannot Be Isolated Anymore
    Speaker: Menachem Bombach

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    Rabbi Menachem Bombach, a community leader and educational entrepreneur in the Haredi community in Israel, studied at the Vizhnitz Ahavat Yisrael yeshiva and the Mir yeshiva and holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Moreshet Yaakov College and a master’s degree in public policy from the Hebrew University. He is the founder and head of the “Netzach” Haredi educational network, which combines religious and secular studies and aims to educate students to become observant haredim who are also prepared for practical living. Recently, Bombach created a stir when he took a dramatic step—at least as seen through his community’s norms—by teaching his students about Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for its fallen IDF soldiers. The video of the class has gone viral and has been seen by hundreds of thousands of Israelis.

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  • Topic: Israelis and the Jewish-Christian Dialogue: Old Problems, New Challenges
    Speaker: Hana Bendcowsky

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    It is now over 70 years since the first initiatives were taken towards a Jewish-Christian dialogue in the Western world but a corresponding dialogue in the local Israeli context of indigenous Arab Christians and Israeli Jews is only just developing. In what way does the Israeli Jewish-Christian dialogue differ from that going on in the West? What are its major characteristics, and to what extent does the Israeli-Palestinian conflict influence the encounter? What is the role of Jewish-Christian dialogue in Israel and what are its implications for Jewish-Muslim relations, as well as for Jewish-Christian relations outside of the Holy Land?

    Hana Bendcowsky is the program director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations (JCJCR). She holds an M.A. degree in Comparative Religions from Hebrew University and has 20 years of practical experience in interfaith activities in Israel and abroad. She teaches in varied institutions, colleges, academic programs and Christian seminaries, including the IDF, governmental offices and institutions. She also works as a tour educator in Jerusalem. Her expertise is the Christian Communities in Israel and Jewish-Christian Relations in the Israeli context.

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