2015 Season Schedule

Jewish Film Series 

Our ever popular series continues this year with select films shown Sunday and Wednesday each week.  Our printed schedule of films will be available at the EJLCC and around the grounds. Watch for our special event - "Movie With a Nosh" – featuring a special showing of The Sturgeon Queens, the history of the famed lox and herring emporium Russ & Daughters on the Lower East Side of New York City.  A special NY deli buffet follows this showing. 


Our 2015 Season Speakers

Week 1

Rabbi Rosette Barron Haim, an associate rabbi at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Cleveland for over 24 years. Her areas of involvement include the supervision of The Temple Young Associates, The Temple Women's Association, and Outreach programs for interfaith families. She has assisted more than two hundred individuals find their way into Judaism through the conversion process. Rabbi Haim has introduced egalitarian language to the pulpit, and raised the consciousness of the congregation to be more gender inclusive. Her topics:
Strong Women in the Bible and Their Place in Modern Religious Life
When Does Life Begin and End? An Examination of Current Issues of Bio Ethics

Week 2

Dr. Natan Sachs, a fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. His work focuses on Israeli foreign policy, domestic politics, the Arab-Israeli conflict and U.S.-Israeli relations. He is currently writing a book on Israeli grand strategy and its domestic origins. Dr. Sachs has taught on the Arab-Israeli conflict at Georgetown University's Government Department and on research design in the Security Studies Program. Previously, he was a Fulbright fellow in Indonesia, where his research included a study of the behavioral effects of Islamic and national identities. His topics:
An overview of Israeli society and politics
Jerusalem and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict

Week 3

Rabbi Uri Regev, a lawyer and rabbi of the Reform movement of Judaism in Israel, and an active civil rights and religious pluralism advocate. Currently he serves as the President and CEO of Hiddush - For Freedom of Religion and Equality, a trans-denominational nonprofit organization aimed at promoting religious freedom and equality in Israel, a partnership between Israeli Jews and World Jewry. Previously, Rabbi Regev had been the executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), the political arm of the Reform movement in Israel, and President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. Among Rabbi Regev's many accomplishments is his success in arguing and winning landmark cases in Israel's Supreme Court regarding Religion and State in Israel, including the recognition of Reform and Conservative conversion performed abroad. His topics:
 The new government in Israel - good/bad news for religious freedom? (Can Israel be both Jewish and democratic?)
"Who is a Jew": Israel's unfinished saga of religion, law and politics

Week 4

Dr. Norman Ornstein, a political scientist and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a Washington D.C. think tank.
Dr. Ornstein is a contributing editor and columnist for National Journal and The Atlantic and is an election eve analyst for BBC News. He served as co-director of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and participates in AEI's Election Watch series. He also served as a senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission. Dr. Ornstein led a working group of scholars and practitioners that helped shape the McCain-Feingold law, that reformed the campaign financing system. He was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. His topics:
The sorry state of American politics, how we got into our tribal mess
Coping with dysfunction: what we can do to get out of the mess

Week 5

Rabbi Kenneth Kanter, the Associate Dean and Director of the Rabbinical School for the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion(HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rabbi Kanter's research interests are American-Jewish Cultural History, with special focus in American Jewish popular culture. He has particular expertise on Jewish contribution to American popular music from the 1840s to the 1940s. Among the books he has authored or contributed to are: The Jews on Tin Pan Alley, Jewish -American History and Culture and The Encyclopedia of Jewish American Popular Culture. Rabbi Kanter was the founding Rabbi of Congregation Micah of Nashville, Tennessee. He received his B.A. degree in Jewish and American History from Harvard University, his Master's. degree in Hebrew letters and Literature from Hebrew Union College, and an honorary Doctor of Divinity from HUC-JIR. His topics: 
The Jews of Tin Pan Alley - the Jewish contribution to American popular music from the 1890’s to the 1930’s.
We Jews on Broadway – the Jewish role in the history of the Broadway Musical, from the 1890s to the present

Week 6

Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, the former director of Kolel, the first liberal adult education center in Canada and only one of a few in North America. In 2005 Rabbi Goldstein was awarded North America's highest honor for Jewish Education, The Covenant Award For Outstanding Educators. Rabbi Goldstein is one of seven women featured in the Canadian National Film Board documentary, "Half the Kingdom". She is the author of ReVisions: Seeing Torah through a Feminist Lens, and Seek Her Out; and editor of The Women's Torah Commentary, The Women's Haftarah Commentary, and New Jewish Feminism. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Reform Judaism, Sh'ma, Lilith Magazine, Grail, The Journal of Canadian Women's Studies and others. Rabbi Goldstein currently serves as the founding rabbi of City Shul in Toronto. Her topics:
Women are from Genesis, Men are from Leviticus!” Do Women and Men Read the Bible Differently?
The Power of Prayer: Halleluyah

Week 7

Gary Rosenblatt, the editor and publisher of The Jewish Week of New York, a position he has held since 1993. Previously he was the editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times. With its five regional editions and circulation of more than 90,000, The Jewish Week is the largest Jewish newspaper in the United States. Rosenblatt's weekly column in The Jewish Week, "Between The Lines" has won first-place awards from the New York State Press Association and is syndicated each week by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency to Jewish newspapers throughout the country. Rosenblatt has been a contributor to the Los Angeles Times OpED page and has served on the boards of the American Jewish Press Association and the Jewish Student Press Service. He is also a founder of the Gralla Fellows Program at Brandeis University for Journalists in the Jewish Press and is chairman of the Fund for Jewish Investigative Journalism.  His topics:
Confessions of a Jewish journalist: covering one's community from the inside
What's so funny about Jewish humor?

Week 8

Dr. Mitchell Bard, an American foreign policy analyst, editor and author who specializes in U.S.-Middle East policy. He is the Executive Director of the non-profit American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, and the director of the Jewish Virtual Library, the world's most comprehensive online encyclopedia of Jewish history and culture. Dr. Bard has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, CBC, the Jenny Jones Show, Al-Jazeera and other local, national and international television and radio outlets. He is the editor/author of 23 books. His topics:
The Arab Lobby
The Truth About Israel and the American College Campuses

Week 9

Anat Hoffman, the executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center, the legal and advocacy arm of the Reform Movement in Israel. Previously she held a seat on the Jerusalem City Council, where for fourteen years she stood in opposition to the policies of the city's right-wing and ultra-Orthodox administration. She is known as an inexhaustible warrior for justice and equality. Ms. Hoffman worked to ensure that the Orthodox bloc in the City Council did not dictate lifestyle choices for Jerusalem's secular population; she fought to guarantee adequate municipal services for the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem and she has struggled for recognition of religious pluralism. Ms. Hoffman was a founding member of Women of the Wall, a group that fights for the right of women to pray as a group at the Western Wall. Her topics:
From the back of the bus to the top of the agenda
When chicken soup won’t do the trick