December 12, 2016
Kabbalat Shabbat: The Grand Unification
Debra Band discussed her book, "Kabbalat Shabbat: The Grand Unification," a beautiful, intellectual and aesthetic guide for welcoming Shabbat into the contemporary Jewish home.
November 15, 2016
Never Tell a Boy Not to Fight
Harry D. Boonin spoke about his new book, "Never Tell A Boy Not To Fight," about four Jewish boxers from Philadelphia.
October 19, 2016
From Manuscript to Printed Text
Ittai Joseph Tamari discussed the Talmud in a program sponsored in cooperation with the Jewish studies program of American University and the Judaic studies program of George Washington University.
September 22, 2016
Keith Bowers discussed his book, "Imperial Exile" about Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie's exile in Britain in the 1930s to escape the invading armies of the Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini.
September 19, 2016
The Thirteenth Hour
Translator Zelda Kahan Newman speaks about the Yiddish poetry of Rivka Basman Ben-Haim.
June 23, 2016
From Bomberg to the Beit Midrash
Yoel Finkelman discusses page layout in Venice Hebrew printing and the experience of rabbinic learning.
May 5, 2016
The Blumenthals of the Upper-Lower Peninsula of Michigan
In celebration of Jewish-American Heritage Month, genealogist Janette Silverman discussed methodology and resources for doing genealogical research. She shared her own family research as a case study.
May 3, 2016
Stolen Words: The Nazi Plunder of Jewish Books
Mark Glickman discussed his book, "Stolen Words: The Nazi Plunder of Jewish Books," an epic story about the largest collection of Jewish books in the world--tens of millions of books that the Nazis looted from European Jewish families and institutions.
March 21, 2016
Jews of Posen Province in the 19th Century
Edward David Luft discussed his book, "The Jews of Posen Province in the 19th Century."
January 4, 2016
From Russia with Love: Illustrated Children's Books in Hebrew from Omanut Press (1919-1921)
Ann Brener follows Omanut Press from its beginning in revolutionary Moscow to its final relocation to Tel-Aviv in 1926, and shows images from some of their rare and beautiful children's books now preserved in the Library of Congress. Shoshana Zlatopolsky Persitz was the 24-year old founder of Omanut Press and its guiding spirit. It is to her that we owe some of the most beautiful books ever printed for children in Hebrew, yet in many ways the story behind their printing is almost as compelling as the books themselves. The lecture is followed by a reading of "Tom Thumb" by Chaim Nahman Bialik, translated from the Hebrew into English.
September 25, 2015
Traveling Through Ethiopia
Esubalew Meaza discusses how he has showcased Ethiopia's culture, history, and landscape in his photo books.
May 18, 2015
In Search of a Usable Past: Reconstructing the Jewish History of Homestead, Pa.
In celebration of Jewish-American Heritage Month, genealogist Tammy Hepps spoke about her research on the Jewish community of Homestead, Pa.