Upcoming Lectures in Florida

May 1, Chabad Fort Lauderdale

Holocaust Remembrance Event: “Understanding and Confronting Anti-Semitism

Drinks and light refreshments will be served. Suggested donation: $10. RSVP: 954.568.1190

May 2, Jewish Museum of Florida

The Dead Sea Scrolls: Where are We Now?

This illustrated lecture will briefly review the nature and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls and then deal with recent developments regarding the significance of the Scrolls for understanding the Hebrew Bible and its interpretation, history of Judaism, and the background of Christianity. Included will be significant texts, digitization, archaeological research, and the controversy over the authenticity of fragments that came to light after 2002.

The program is Free and open to the public.

May 5, Sunday, Chabad of East Boca

The Dead Sea Scrolls

10 AM-12 PM

Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

May 5, Chabad North Orlando

The Dead Sea Scrolls

7 PM

Tickets: $18

May 6,  Chabad of South Orlando

The Dead Sea Scrolls

7:30 PM

Tickets: $18

Jerusalem and Rome Special Speaker Series

Jerusalem and Rome Special Speaker SeriesThis special two-part speaker series brings together top scholars from different fields to dive deeper into some of the themes of the Jerusalem and Rome: Cultures in Context in the First Century CE, an exhibition from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem now on display at Museum of the Bible. The event focuses on the forces unleashed during and after the Great Jewish Revolt and explores how the revolt influenced early Judaism and Christianity.

In the first session on March 25, Dr. Eric Meyers will describe the events of the Great Revolt from the Jewish perspective. He will present the dramatic events leading up to outbreak of the revolt as well as the controversial figure of Josephus and how his writings on the revolt should be understood. Dr. Mary Boatwright will examine the revolt from the Roman perspective and situate the events of the revolt within the wider first-century Roman political context. She will discuss Roman concerns and reactions to a province expressing defiance to the Roman empire.

In the second session on April 4, Dr. Lawrence Schi­ffman will narrate the dramatic rebirth of classical Judaism and the beginning of rabbinic Judaism out of the ashes of the Temple. He will… Continue reading

Combating Anti-Semitism

Combating Anti-SemitismA remarkable event took place on November 20-21 in Vienna. I had the privilege of participating in the presentation of a 150-page document entitled “An End to Anti-Semitism: A Catalogue of Policies to Combat Anti-Semitism,” which constituted the first result of a conference that was held last February in the same city. The gathering was sponsored by the University of Vienna, New York University, Tel Aviv University and the European Jewish Congress (EJC). The purpose of the conference, which included 150 scholarly presentations before some 1,000 participants, was to bring to bear an interdisciplinary analysis of the problem of anti-Semitism and call on scholars to put forward specific recommendations. I was one of the organizers, along with Professors Armin Lange of the University of Vienna and Dina Porat of Tel Aviv University as well as Dr. Ariel Muzicant, a vice president of the EJC and longtime leader of the Austrian Jewish community. Mark Weitzman of the Wiesenthal Center joined us in editing the report.

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