David Gergen, political analyst, former presidential adviser and co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, will discuss the debate surrounding the Iran nuclear agreement in a conversation with Hebrew College President Daniel Lehmann. This timely discussion will be an opportunity to examine an important and divisive issue in a reflective context with an outstanding public intellectual and policy expert. Gergen served as an adviser to four presidents of both parties and is currently a senior political analyst for CNN. He began his journalism career with the "MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" and has been a regular commentator on public affairs for 28 years. In his current role at the Kennedy School, Gergen works closely with the rising generation, preparing them to serve as future leaders for the common good. A recipient of Peabody awards and 27 honorary degrees, Gergen holds degrees from Yale University and Harvard Law School.
Israeli author and social activist David Grossman delivers the inaugural Martin Kace Lecture, “Writing in the Dark,” in which he reflects on his work as a Jewish writer and public intellectual in contemporary Israeli society. The series honors the late Martin Kace, a successful businessman, teacher and social entrepreneur who engaged in a variety of innovative social, cultural and economic projects in Israel and the United States. Arrangements for the appearance of David Grossman made through Greater Talent Network Inc., New York, N.Y. This event is rescheduled from Dec. 16, 2014. Previously purchased tickets will be honored at the door. Please check in at the registration table beginning at 7 p.m.
The School of Jewish Music will honor the memory of two beloved cultural icons with a special showing of the documentary "Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem." The film combines Bikel's charismatic storytelling and masterful performances with a broader exploration of Aleichem's life and work. Hankus Netsky, composer of "Theodore Bikel's" original score, will introduce the film and conduct a brief Q&A. Join us in the Ted Cutler Atrium outside Berenson Hall at 7:15 p.m. for a musical tribute to Bikel by Netsky and Cantor Becky Wexler Khitrik, Can'14.
There have been Jews in Scotland since at least the 17th century, coming initially in ones and twos to study at Scotland’s famed universities and then in increasing numbers through the 19th and into the 20th centuries as persecution in Eastern Europe made Jewish life increasingly precarious. While maintaining its particular traditions, the Jewish community prided itself in the way it quickly became immersed in Scottish society. "Scots Jews" is a unique photography exhibition on contemporary Scottish Jewish life by award-winning documentary photographer Juda Passow. Join us for this special reception to welcome the traveling exhibition to Hebrew College. The collection will be on view from Oct. 15 through Jan. 16, 2016.
Sara Davidson will discuss her latest book, "The December Project: An Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker Confront Life's Greatest Mystery" (2015, HarperOne), which recounts her two years of discussion with Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, the acclaimed founder of the Jewish Renewal movement who died in 2014, about life, old age and human mortality. During their time together, Davidson was nearly killed by a suicide bomb and Schachter-Shalomi faced a steep decline in health. They created strategies to deal with pain and memory loss and found tools to cultivate fearlessness and joy — at any age. A book signing will follow Davidson's talk. Rabbi Arthur Green, the Irving Brudnick Professor of Philosophy and Religion, will share some of his comments following Davidson’s talk.
Join us for our next CEO Forum, with Stephen Kaufer, co-founder, president and chief executive officer of TripAdvisor, the largest Web 2.0 company in the Northeast and the largest travel site in the world. The event includes a kosher breakfast buffet. Kaufer now leads TripAdvisor Inc., which includes 24 travel brands. Prior to co-founding TripAdvisor, he was president of CDS Inc., an independent software vendor, and prior to that, was co-founder and vice president of engineering of CenterLine Software. The winner of the 2005 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Kaufer holds several software patents and has spoken at dozens of travel and high-tech conferences worldwide. He is on the board of directors at Glassdoor, CarGurus and the Caring For Carcinoid Foundation. Kaufer holds a degree in computer science from Harvard University.
With a population of close to half a million, the Jews of Latin America are a microcosm of parallel diasporas. A portion dates back to the colonial period and is defined by a converso identity, another traces its roots to the Pale of Settlement and yet another is linked to the Ottoman Empire. These disparate family trees result in a rich, astonishingly heterogeneous demographic forest. Distinguished scholar and author Ilan Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, will survey the forest in this ninth annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy, co-sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. Refreshments and a book signing will follow the lecture.