March 2-May 11: 'Challenges in Jewish Culture' lecture series announced


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12:47 p.m., Feb. 25, 2011----The Frank and Yetta Chaiken Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Delaware has announced its spring 2011 lecture series, “Challenges in Jewish Culture,” that will run from March 2 through May 11.

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Lectures will be held from 12:20-1:10 p.m. Wednesdays in Room 104 Gore Hall. The exception is a lecture on Tuesday, March 15, which will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Lectures are scheduled as follows:

March 2 -- Ralph Begleiter, “Covering the Middle East.” Begleiter is director of the Center for Political Communication at UD. He brings more than 30 years of broadcast journalism experience to his award-winning instruction in communication, journalism, and political science. During two decades as CNN's “world affairs correspondent,” Begleiter was the network's most widely-traveled reporter.

March 15 -- Avrom Bendavid-Val, "The Heavens are Empty: Reliving the Lost Town of Trochenbrod." Bendavid-Val is author of The Heavens are Empty: Discovering the Lost Town of Trochenbrod. This lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m.

March 23 -- Rabbi Jeremy Winaker, “What's True about the Exodus Today?” Winaker is the senior Jewish educator at the University of Delaware Hillel. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, N.Y., and was a congregational rabbi at Bet Torah Synagogue in Mount Kisco, N.Y., for five years.

April 6 -- Rabbi Michael Beals and Matthew LaGrone, “A Conversation about the Future of Conservative Judaism.” Beals is the rabbi at Beth Shalom, a Conservative synagogue in Wilmington. He is a 1997 graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is also a graduate of the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, the American University in Washington, D.C., and the University of California at Berkeley. He received the Raoul Wallenberg Fellowship at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. LaGrone is the Yetta Chaiken Teaching Fellow in Jewish history and visiting assistant professor in UD's Jewish Studies Program. His doctoral dissertation focused on the philosophical underpinnings of Conservative Judaism.

April 13 -- Rachel Frankel, "Remnant Stones: Houses of Life of New World Israelites." Frankel is an architect in New York City. She holds architecture licensure in New York and New Jersey. She received a master's degree in architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

April 27 -- Jay Halio, “Jewish Humor -- What is it and Why is it Important?” Halio is professor emeritus in UD's Department of English. He specializes in modern Jewish American fiction and drama, as well as Shakespeare. He has published a book on Philip Roth and many articles and reviews on writers such as Saul Bellow, Delmore Schwartz, Anne Roiphe, and Bernard Malamud.

May 4 -- Marlene Milunsky, “Dor L'Dor: Education and Heritage Transmission in Jewish American Families.” Milunsky taught for 19 years at Delaware Gratz Hebrew High School and was principal of the school for eight years.

May 11 -- Eliezer Gutman, “The Violin as a Jewish Instrument.” Gutman is the concertmaster for the Kennett Symphony. He has also been concertmaster of the Israel Technion-Institute Symphony Orchestra, Kibbutzim Symphony Orchestra, Haifa Israel Symphony Orchestra, and the Ensemble Carmel-Israel Chamber Orchestra.