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The Foundation for Jewish Studies, an independent non-profit organization established in 1983 and supported by private contributions, offers in-depth study programs for the adult Washington Jewish community that cross denominational lines. To join us online or in person, visit www.foundjs.org.

The Foundation for Jewish Studies, an independent non-profit organization established in 1983 and supported by private contributions, offers in-depth study programs for the adult Washington Jewish community that cross denominational lines. To join us online or in person, visit www.foundjs.org.
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The Foundation for Jewish Studies, an independent non-profit organization established in 1983 and supported by private contributions, offers in-depth study programs for the adult Washington Jewish community that cross denominational lines. To join us online or in person, visit www.foundjs.org.

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Creating Israel's National and Cultural Identity: From the Ottoman Empire to the Jewish State

4/23/2018
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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...

Duration:02:26:15

The Neuroscience and Spirituality of Consciousness

4/23/2018
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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...

Duration:00:54:46

Why Did Jewish Art Flourish in Late Antiquity?

4/23/2018
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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...

Duration:00:52:41

The New Face(s) of American Jewish Life

2/28/2018
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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.

Duration:01:32:19

The God of Vengeance or the God of Mercy?

2/27/2018
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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.

Duration:00:57:48

Film: "Man From Munkacs: Gypsy Klezmer," directed by Yale Strom

2/27/2018
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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....

Duration:00:55:58

Holocaust in the USSR: A Forgotten Story Asking To Be Told

2/27/2018
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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.

Duration:00:44:54

Campus Confidential: What the Demise of the Humanities Means for Jews on Campus or Preparing for College

2/27/2018
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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.

Duration:00:44:44

Time Capsules in the Rubble: The Secret Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto

5/1/2017
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Speaker: Dr. Samual Kassow Program Series: Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series Location: Kehilat Shalom, Gaithersburg, MD Date: April 2, 2017 The Ringelblum archive in the Warsaw Ghetto buried thousands of documents. But of the 60 people who worked on this national mission, only three survived. Dr. Kassow tells their story.

Duration:00:49:18

An Unlikely Revival: Jews in Today's Germany

5/1/2017
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Speaker: Dr. Michael Brenner Program Series: Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series Location: Congregation Olam Tikvah, Fairfax, VA Date: March 19, 2017 Dr. Brenner tells the story of the rebuilding of Jewish life in Germany after the Holocaust and until today.

Duration:00:25:19

What's So Divine About Divine Law?

4/4/2017
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Speaker: Dr. Christine Hayes Program Series: Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series Location: Congreation B'nai Tzedek, Potomac, MD Date: March 5, 2017 Dr. Hayes steps back 2000 years to explore the diverse attitudes towards the divine character of the Torah, and highlights the surprisingly radical approach of the talmudic rabbis.

Duration:00:59:27

After Abel and other stories

4/4/2017
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Speaker: Dr. Michal Lemberger Program Series: Jewish Enrichment Location: Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, Bethesda, MD Date: February 9, 2017 Dr. Lemberger shines a new light on the lives of nine Biblical women.

Duration:01:07:34

Who Were the Dead Sea Sectarians?

4/4/2017
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Speaker: Dr. Maxine Grossman, University of Maryland, College Park Program Series: Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series Location: Temple Beth Ami, Rockville, MD Date: December 14, 2016 Dr. Grossman traces the lives, text, and religious commitments in an effort to understand the sectarian movement and the groups role in Jewish history

Duration:00:57:26

How Do You Say "Genocide" in Yiddish?

4/4/2017
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Speaker: Dr. James Loeffler, University of Virginia Program Series: Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series Location: Ohr Kodesh Congregation, Chevy Chase, MD Date: November 14, 2016 Dr. Loeffler makes the argument that the concept of a "genocide law" predates the Holocaust, and is derived from Lemkin's forgotten role as a leader in the interwar Polish Zionist movement.

Duration:00:42:37

Biomedical Ethics: Traditional Jewish Values Across the Continuum of Life - Part I - End of Life Issues

1/23/2017
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Speaker: Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Rector, Sol & Anna Dorff Distinguished Service Professor in Philosophy, American Jewish University Program Series: Community Event Location: Temple Shalom, Chevy Chase, MD Date: January 12, 2012 Rabbi Dorff presents a discussion through a clinical case with with comments by Rabbi William Cutter and Evan deRenzo, Phd.

Duration:00:45:00

Jews in Space: The Importance of Space and Place in Rabbinic Judaism and Beyond

1/23/2017
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Speaker: Dr. David C. Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics Program Series: Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series Location: Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County, Bethesda Date: November 3, 2016 Jewish History following the destruction of the Second Temple by Rome has been represented as a history of wandering and homelessness, in which place could not matter because the sacred Jewish place had been left behind. Besides, as...

Duration:01:01:38

Film - 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus

1/23/2017
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Speaker: Scott Miller, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Program Series: Cultural Enrichment Location: Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Rockville Date: October 27, 2016 Mr. Miller puts the film in historical context. He is the Co-Author of Refuge Denied: The St. Louis and the Holocaust, which focuses on the ship of German-Jewish refugees that was famously sent back to Europe in 1939, and the Holocaust Museum's ten-year mission to...

Duration:00:35:02

The Brandeis Legacy

1/23/2017
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Speaker: Dr. Melvin Urofsky, Professor of History and Director of Doctoral Program in Public Policy and Administration, Virginia Comonwealth University Program Series: Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series Location: B'nai Israel Congregation, Rockville, MD Date: September 18, 2016 It's now been over 100 years since Louis D. Brandeis was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and three-quarters of a century since his death. Yet his ideas and...

Duration:00:54:12

Jews in Muslim and Christian Spain and Portugal - A New Home in Portugal: Haven and Horror

2/18/2013
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Speaker: Professor Marc Saperstein, the Horace W. Goldsmith Visiting Professor at Yale University and previously the Charles E. Smith Professor of Jewish History at George Washington University for 9 years Program Series: Holiday Weekend Study Retreat Location: Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center; Reisterstown, MD A New Home in Portugal: Haven and Horror: Refugees in 1492; the mass forced conversion of 1492; The Lisbon Massacre of 1506; David Reubeni, Solomon Molkho and Messianic...

Duration:01:15:26

Jews in Muslim and Christian Spain and Portugal - 1391-1492: the Last Tragic Century

2/18/2013
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Speaker: Professor Marc Saperstein, the Horace W. Goldsmith Visiting Professor at Yale University and previously the Charles E. Smith Professor of Jewish History at George Washington University for 9 years Location: Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center; Reisterstown, MD 1391-1492: the Last Tragic Century: Anti-Jewish Riots of 1391; Identity and status of the new converso class; Establishment of the Spanish Inquisition; Expulsion; Don Isaac Abravanel The Lenell G. Ammerman Memorial...

Duration:01:38:53