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Jewish Thought Leaders

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Etgar Keret in Conversation with Ayelet Waldman

Israeli writer Etgar Keret reads a few of his short stories and then, in a conversation with American writer Ayelet Waldman, discusses a wide range of topics including his personal family history and some of the contradictions and challenges of modern life in Israel.

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Ambassador Dennis Ross on Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.- Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama

When it comes to Israel, U.S. policy has always emphasized the unbreakable bond between the two countries and our ironclad commitment to Israel's security. Today our ties to Israel are close—so close that when there are differences, they tend to make the news. But it was not always this way.

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Anti-Semitism Today and Jewish Community Responses

Gaining an understanding of anti-Semitism involves looking back in
history and also examining what’s taking place today. In the following panel discussion,
the final portion of a day of learning on Anti-Semitism put on by Lehrhuas Judaica at the
Osher Marin JCC, the focus is on Anti-Semitism Today and Jewish Community Responses
featuring Profesor Marc Dollinger, of San Francisco State University, Nina Grotch of
the Anti-Defamation League and Rabbi Doug Kahn, of the Jewish Community Relations
Council. 

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How to Understand (and Not to Understand) Anti-Semitism

Nearly 200 people attended a conference on Anti-Semitism at the Osher Marin
JCC on May 15, 2011 to explore anti-Semitism in a series of workshops, a panel discussion
and a keynote presentation by Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of The New Republic since 1983.
Wiseltier is a writer and cultural critic, a nationally renowned public intellectual and author of
several books including Kaddish and Against Identity. His talk is on How to Understand (and Not
to Understand) Anti-Semitism. 

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Erica Brown on “Confronting Scandal”

Author/educator Erica Brown, lauded by David Brooks in the NY Times, explores the guilt, shame and embarrassment provoked in the Jewish community upon hearing reports of Jews committing crimes. In her book Confronting Scandal: How Jews Can Respond When Jews Do Bad Things, and in her lecture, Dr. Brown discusses how those feelings can be transformed into actions that inspire and sustain a moral culture.

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Jewish Cultural Renaissance in Poland

For 1,000 years, Poland was the cradle of Jewish civilization and most of the world’s Jews claim ancestral heritage there. Twenty years post Communism…a Jewish cultural revival is taking place. In this episode of Jewish Thought Leaders, Shana Penn, executive director of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture and the creator of the Jewish Heritage Initiative in Poland, shares stories about the people deeply involved in this cultural reawakening.

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Helping Teens Navigate the Pace, Pressure and Peers

Advice to parents of adolescents from psychologist Madeline Levine, author of The Price of Privilege, and teen mentor Jeffrey Leiken included “take control of your kids’ lives” and “don’t ignore the signs of depression.” In this episode of JEWISH THOUGHT LEADERS, we hear startling statistics about the amount of one-on-one time the average teen spends with his or her parents, the amount of time spent at the computer or texting with friends, and how pervasive depression is among young people.

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Joseph Telushkin on Hillel: If Not Now, When?

2,000 years ago, in the Talmudic era, Hillel championed an openness that is more relevant that ever in today’s world. In this talk, delivered on the Global Day of Jewish Learning, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin speaks about the teachings of Hillel – detailed in his new book, Hillel: If Not Now, When?

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Entrée to Judaism- Foods of the Global Diaspora

Tina Wasserman, food columnist for Reform Judaism magazine, and the author of Entrée to Judaism: A Culinary Exploration of the Jewish Diaspora, shares stories on the history of Jewish cuisine and how necessity and historical migration contributed to the foods that are traditional today.

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Spiritual Journeys

In an event co-presented by LitQuake, Don Lattin, author of The Harvard Psychedelic Experiment, moderates a discussion with three Jewish authors who have written about their spiritual journeys. Sylvia Boorstein has taught Buddhist meditation since 1985, co-founded the organization Spirit Rock, and is the author of 5 books including her most recent, Happiness is an Inside Job. Dani Shapiro is a novelist whose new memoir, Devotion, has become a best-seller. And KQED Forum host Michael Krasny, English professor at San Francisco State and author of the memoir Off Mike, has a new book out entitled Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Quest.

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REEL Jewish Women

From Fanny Brice to Natalie Portman, Jewish women have made their mark on the silver screen. In this episode of “Jewish Thought Leaders”, movie reviewer and film critic Jan Wahl shares inside stories of what she calls REEL Jewish Women – that’s reel with two “e”s… Hear clips from some stellar moments of old movies and films that have yet to be released on DVD – all showing the range of talent and the impact that Jewish women have had on the industry and the cultural landscape.

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Deborah Lipstadt on “The New Anti-Semitism”

When Professor Deborah Lipstadt published Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth & Memory”, she couldn’t imagine that her next book would be detailing the trial she won when Holocaust denier David Irving sued her for libel. In this talk, presented at the Osher Marin JCC, Lipstadt speaks about History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier and about the state of anti-semitism today, particularly on college campuses.

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Israel – A Nation of Innovation

In honor of Israel’s Independence Day, a panel of San Francisco-based experts share the latest on Israel’s high tech economy, the explosion in arts and culture, efforts to improve the lives of Israeli Arabs and Israel’s place in the world. Israel’s Consul General Akiva Tor speaks about efforts on college campuses to divest in companies that do business in Israel. Rabbi Brian Lurie, co-chair of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arabs speaks about progress to open lines of communication and commerce between Jews and Arabs in Israel. Bruce Taragin of Blumberg Capital shared positive news about Israel’s growing high tech economy and amazing gains that have been made there in I.T. and Dr. Donny Inbar paints a glowing picture of the arts scene today in Israel.

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JEWISH THOUGHT LEADERS is a production of the Center for Jewish Peoplehood at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center. This podcast series features talks that we have presented at our center. Each presentation is introduced by Joanne Greene, Director of our Center for Jewish Peoplehood. Our podcasts are made possible in part by generous support from Sandy and Allan Rosenberg. For more information, contact jgreene@marinjcc.org.