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Under One Tent – Fall 2017

Lectures & Book Talks

Meet authors, academics and experts on a wide variety of issues.


  1. JOURNEY TO THE PROMISED LAND

    Lectures & Book Talks
    Today, over 135,000 Ethiopian Jews live in Israel. Tela Burshtain will explore her family’s perilous journey from the Horn of Africa to Israel during the 1984 Operation Moses, and share the beauty of her Ethiopian Jewish heritage.
    JOURNEY TO THE PROMISED LAND

    Congregation Beth Emek
    Thursday, Sep. 14 7:30pm


  2. EVERY JOURNEY HAS A STORY

    Lectures & Book Talks
    Every journey has a story. It might be a physical journey to a different place or a journey of personal discovery. Each venture into the unknown has the potential to open us up to new experiences, insights, and perceptions, which then emerge as a compelling narrative. Please join Sally Holzman and Ellen Kaufman who will share stories of journeys—old and new, personal and classic. We hope that you will have some “aha” moments along the way.
    EVERY JOURNEY HAS A STORY

    Congregation B'nai Shalom
    Monday, Oct. 16 10:00am


  3. WHAT OUR TEEN ARE READING

    Lectures & Book Talks
    Joyless, dysfunctional societies. Negative, despairing views of the world. Sexual conduct. Today, a growing number of novels for middle and high school readers feature this imagery and content. Bel McNeill, the owner of Bel & Bunna’s (an exciting new bookstore in Lafayette), will provide an insightful look into current pre-teen and teen literature.
    WHAT OUR TEENS ARE READING

    Bel & Bunna's Books
    Wednesday, Oct. 18 10:00am


  4. BOOK TALK: WHERE YOU GO, I GO

    Lectures & Book Talks
    Hear the first-person account of two brothers who fought for survival during WWII. Dr. Jacob Eisenbach will share his personal journey, which is captured in the book Where You Go, I Go: The Astonishing Life of Dr. Jacob Eisenbach, Holocaust Survivor and 92-year-old Full-Time Dentist.
    BOOK TALK: WHERE YOU GO, I GO

    Contra Costa Jewish Day School
    Thursday, Oct. 19 7:30pm


  5. ACADEMICS ON THE FRONT LINES: AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES AND ANTI-SEMITISM

    Lectures & Book Talks
    UC Berkeley Associate Professor Ron Hassner, the recipient of the Berkeley Undergraduate Political Science Association's "Distinguished Teaching Award," will address contemporary trends of Anti-Semitism on U.S. campuses. Hassner did his undergraduate work at Columbia University and received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. His work at UC Berkeley focuses on international conflict and religion. His book "War on Sacred Grounds" analyzes the causes and characteristics of disputes over sacred places around the globe and the conditions under which these conflicts can be managed.
    ACADEMICS ON THE FRONT LINES: AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES AND ANTI-SEMITISM

    Congregation Beth Emek
    Saturday, Nov. 4 7:30pm


  6. HOLLYWOOD & CENSORSHIP

    Lectures & Book Talks
    Why did Hollywood moguls, most of whom were Jewish, avoid making films that accurately depicted life in The Third Reich? Riva Gambert, the Director of the EBIJFF, will explore the history of movie censorship in America and explain how the country’s “censor czar” used the Hays Office to promote isolationism.
    HOLLYWOOD & CENSORSHIP

    The Reutlinger Community
    Thursday, Nov. 9 2:00pm


  7. COMMUNITY-WIDE COMMEMORATION OF KRISTALLNACHT, THE NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS

    Lectures & Book Talks, Receptions, Community Gatherings & Celebrations
    Amos Guiora’s father was on a death march through Yugoslavia when liberated by partisans in November 1944. His mother was in a courtyard in Budapest waiting to be executed by a ring squad, when resistance fighters intervened and saved her life. Guiora’s latest book, The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust, examines how the Holocaust was neither the first nor last time bystanders have stood by, complicit in the actions of the perpetrator; silent in the face of victim distress. Currently a professor at the University of Utah’s Law School, Guiora (Lt. Colonel, IDF retired) served as the Commander of Israel’s School of Military Law.
    COMMUNITY-WIDE COMMEMORATION OF KRISTALLNACHT, THE NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS

    Congregation B'nai Tikvah
    Sunday, Nov. 12 3:00pm


  8. WORLD JEWRY – A PRACTITIONER’S POINT OF VIEW

    Lectures & Book Talks
    Presentation by Rabbi Emeritus Roberto Graetz, followed by an interactive dialogue.
    WORLD JEWRY – A PRACTITIONER’S POINT OF VIEW

    Temple Isaiah
    Monday, Nov. 13 7:00pm


  9. SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT: AN ISRAEL ADVOCACY SEMINAR

    Classes & Multi-Week Courses, Lectures & Book Talks / 120 mins
    How can we seize back the agenda and effectively challenge anti-Israel opinions? If you would like to advocate for Israel in the public arena, do you have the skill set to present Israel’s case in an impactful and persuasive way? David Olesker, the British-Israeli director of the Jerusalem Center for Communication, is one of the world’s top advocacy trainers. His hands-on seminar will show you how to present a new, positive image of Israel.
    SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT: AN ISRAEL ADVOCACY SEMINAR

    Congregation B'nai Shalom
    Sunday, Nov. 19 3:00pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  10. WILL THE REAL ARI BEN-CANAAN PLEASE STAND UP!

    Lectures & Book Talks, Movies
    Will the Real Ari Ben-Canaan Please Stand Up! July 2017 marked the 70th anniversary of the ship Exodus 1947. Using clips from the 1960 Otto Preminger film as well as more recent documentaries, EBIJFF Director Riva Gambert will reveal the real story of the ship that was made famous by the film Exodus starring Paul Newman.
    WILL THE REAL ARI BEN-CANAAN PLEASE STAND UP!

    Congregation B'nai Shalom
    Wednesday, Dec. 6 7:00pm Buy Tickets