Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Jewish Heritage, Israel and the Middle East—Free Four-Part Series @ NJPAC

Jewish Heritage, Israel and the Middle East: Join us for four unique programs on Jewish culture, politics and history. Admission is free. RSVP HERE

fighting fear through film: Newark's Dore Schary 

WHEN: Sun, Oct 14, 2018, Panel at 3pm
NJPAC, One Center St., Newark

Dore Schary, the Newark-born film director, writer, producer, playwright and head of MGM Studios in its 1950’s heyday, was the Hollywood mogul responsible for films such as “An American in Paris” and “Crossfire,” and the playwright of classics like “Sunrise at Campobello.”

Not just a leader in his industry, Schary was also outspoken about his Jewish heritage, and a strong believer in using film as a weapon to fight prejudice. Film scholar and adjunct professor of cinema at Yeshiva University, Dr. Eric Goldman, will chronicle Schary’s contributions to Hollywood and Broadway, and his battles for social justice and against anti-Semitism, through a lecture illustrated with film clips.

israel at a crossroads: shaping the future of a nation 

WHEN: Wed, Oct 31, 2018, Panel at 7:30pm
WHERE: NJPAC, One Center St., Newark

What will Israel become? Much of the discourse around Israel abroad continues to focus on outdated paradigms. Within Israel, there is a growing realization that the country’s core challenges have shifted. Israel today is at a crossroads: It is home to some of the world’s most innovative companies and leading universities and medical centers, while a large – and increasing – share of the population is being left behind economically and socially.

Dr. Dan Ben-David, founder of the Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research and professor at Tel Aviv University, will discuss these domestic changes and their impact on Israel’s still-evolving future.

With special thanks to Josh Weston
In partnership with Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ

jewish history: a very short introduction 

WHEN: Mon, Nov 5, 2018, Panel at 7pm
WHERE: NJPAC, One Center St., Newark

The history of the Jews is one of the longest and most unlikely tales of survival in the annals of humanity. How did a small and dispersed group manage to overcome adversity and persecution to flourish in so many diverse settings over the centuries?

David N. Myers, Professor and Chair in Jewish History at University of California – Los Angeles, unpacks the mysteries of Jewish history in less than one hour based on his 2017 book of the same name.

middle east flashpoints: from iran and syria to isis and saudi arabia 

WHEN: Wed, Nov 28, 2018, Panel at 7pm
WHERE: NJPAC, One Center St., Newark

Why is the Middle East seemingly impervious to change? Political, economic, social, and religious crises abound, producing what journalist and author Robin Wright has termed “sacred rage.” Ms. Wright, a veteran New Yorker reporter and Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, who has covered almost all of the region’s myriad conflicts, will share insights on the multiple challenges facing the region.

Daniel Kurtzer, US ambassador (ret.) to both Israel and Egypt, will moderate the discussion.

This programming is generously supported by:

Alice Gerson Goldfarb
Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office
David and Renee Golush
Eli Kleinman Fund for Jewish Education
Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ
Lee and Murray Kushner and family
The Marion and Norman Tanzman Charitable Foundation
Martin Gross
Paula Gottesman
Thelma and Richard Florin
Warren and Andrea Grover
Wilf Family Foundation