Workshops and Talks
One-time Jewish themed workshops, lectures, and special events

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Lisa Moses Leff: The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust, in conversation with Edna Friedberg, Ph.D. (Historian at the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Thursday, October 26, 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Author and historian Lisa Moses Leff vividly depicts the story of Zosa Szajkowski, a Polish journalist-turned-historian who, recognizing the impending threats against Jewish Europeans in the late 1930s, risked his life and freedom to transport tens of thousands of documents from Berlin and France to the US and Israel during and after the Second World War. Szajkowski’s story illuminates continuing debates over the rightful ownership of contested Jewish archives and reflects the ideological, economic, and psychological impulses that have compelled generations of Jewish scholars to work tirelessly to preserve the remnants of their cultural and personal histories.

Edna S. Friedberg is a historian at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, where she serves as Director of the Wexner Learning Center. She is also a Ph.D. candidate in modern Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

The Bernard Wexler Fund for Jewish History supports an annual lecture that brings outstanding speakers, scholarly research and contemporary issues to the forefront of learning at the Edlavitch DCJCC.


Daily Wisdom: A Conversation with Ilana Kurshan (If All the Seas Were Ink), Moderated by Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt (Adas Israel)

Monday, November 13, 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

At the age of 27, alone in Jerusalem in the wake of a painful divorce, Ilana Kurshan joined the world’s largest book club, learning daf yomi, Hebrew for “daily page" of the Talmud, a book of rabbinic teachings spanning 500 years. Her practice carried her through the next seven years, a new marriage, and the births of her three children. In If All the Seas Were Ink, Kurshan provides an accessible and personal take on the Talmud, shedding new light on its stories and providing a modern, inclusive take on its life lessons.

Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt (Co-Senior Rabbi at Adas Israel) currently oversees all adult education at Adas Israel, in addition to her many pastoral and service leadership duties. She co-created three nationally recognized projects now operating out of Adas Israel, and was recently listed on the Forward's Most Inspiring Rabbi's and was a 2016 Jewish Women International (JWI) Women to Watch honoree.


God, Faith, and the Law: How Religion Has Shaped American Values
Wednesday, November 29, 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

An illuminating conversation between Jenna Weissman Joselit (Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of History at The George Washington University and author of Set in Stone: America's Embrace of the Ten Commandments) and Robert P. Jones (CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute and author of The End of White Christian America) about the values and texts that have shaped US history and culture. Jones’ book looks at a future reality in which America is no longer a white, Christian majority; Joselit’s book examines a time when biblical values were fully and publicly embraced. Join us for this fascinating conversation, during which both thought-leaders will find connections between their deeply researched books and will reflect on what’s to come for a nation that is both united and divided by faith.