Visions Lecture Series

Visions Lecture Series: 2013 - 2014

October 2, Jonathan Levitan, author
Black Fire: A Mystery of Epic Proportions 
A renowned author, Jonathan Levitan will be discussing his latest novel of historical fiction “Black Fire.”  The story depicts two modern families who trace their feud back to the time of Moses. The book forms the basis of today’s moral code from the Bible, Talmud and Kabbalah.

October 30, Dr. Melissa Klapper, Professor of History and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University
Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism from 1890-1940

December 12, Dr. Walter Herzberg, Professor of Bible and Professional and Pastoral Skills at the Jewish Theological Seminary
An Introduction to and New Look at the Book of Shemot (Exodus)

January 13, Russell Robinson, CEO of JNF (The Jewish National Fund) 
Beyond the Trees: What JNF Has Been Doing to Help Support Israel Today

February 10, Jeannie Appleman, Lead Organizer of the Long Island Congregations Associations and Neighborhoods (LI-CAN) and Lead Organizer for Conservative Rabbis in North America
Visions for How to Better Organize the Jewish Community Around Core Issues

February 26, Lauren Yoked, Associate Director of Development for American Friends of Leket Israel—Israel’s National Food Bank
How Leket Israel is Helping to Feed the Hungry in Israel

March 26, Nessa Rapoport, Famous Jewish Author
Saying Kaddish: Women's Book of Grieving

April 28, Evie Litwok
If Hitler Didn’t Kill Me, You Will!

A daughter of two Holocaust survivors grows up with a heightened sense of social conscience as a result of her parents’ experience. When Evie came out as a lesbian at age 23, however, her mother said, “If Hitler didn’t kill me, you will.”

May 21, Dr. Benjamin Gampel, Chair of Jewish History at the Jewish Theological Seminary
Crisis and Creativity in the Sephardic World

The Visions Lecture Series is made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Rockland County.