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Sunday, February 23
 

11:00am EST

Nuremberg to Jerusalem
The notion that all of the dreams and nightmares of the Jewish people were realized in the 20th century is not an exaggeration. Half of us were killed by the Nazis, and the other half bore witness to trials of perpetrators who sought to eliminate us. We were, and are, thankful to our liberators. For those paying close attention to the trials, however, an accident of oversight occurred in the courtrooms at Nuremberg. The intention was to remove the gold crucifixes, brilliantly displayed above the judges’ benches, yet several remained throughout the trials. There, the mood was one of retribution and justice, but carried out for the Jews, not by the Jews. Soon after Nuremberg, the state of Israel was resurrected after two-thousand years. With a fresh start, and the Holocaust in the rear-view mirror, the question has been raised, “was the Eichmann Trial necessary?” It focused resources away from statecraft, and many wondered if the trial justified the expense of scarce political capital. Still, it was the first time in two thousand years that enemies of the Jewish people were tried in a Jewish court. In order to manifest this trial, a small country demonstrated that its reach was large. We will discuss these events in seminar format, in the presence of original historical artifacts from the trials.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Gottlieb

Andrew Gottlieb

Professor, MDC-North School for Advanced Studies
Beyond his administrative role at the School for Advanced Studies-Miami Dade College, Gottlieb is a board member of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, and curator for the Hollander Collection, a non-profit collection of Judaica from the Old and New World. He has traveled extensively... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:50am EST
Room 122 Koven Center - FIU
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11:00am EST

What a Balagan! The Current State of Israeli Politics
With three elections in less than a year, Israel's political system seems more confusing than ever. Join this session to learn about the Israeli political system and how it differs from the system in the U.S., discuss what happened in the elections, and delve into what the future might hold for Israel and the relationship between the U.S. and Israel.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Markey

Jacob Markey

Jewish Community Relations Council Associate, Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Jacob is a native of Milwaukee, Wis., received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He devotes himself to Jewish communal work and served as a fellow with Otzma. Markey served as the Coordinator for Israel Engagement at Brandeis Hillel... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:50am EST
Room 110 Koven Center - FIU

12:00pm EST

Tarnish on a "Golden Land:" Anti-Semitism in America, Past and Present
This session will examine the manifestation of anti-Semitism in the U.S.A., from the early days of the American republic to the present day. Although the US has historically been far more open to Jews than other countries, anti-Jewish sentiment has been a tarnish on the history of the "golden land" since the first Jews arrived on the shores of pre-colonial America. During the 19th and 20th centuries, various forms of anti-Semitism---religious, economic, racial and political---accompanied other manifestations of racism and xenophobia. How is the current recrudescence --a new outbreak after a period of abatement or inactivity-- of anti-Semitism similar to previous manifestations, and how is it different? What should we be worried about and why?

Speakers
avatar for Marsha B. Cohen

Marsha B. Cohen

Lecturer and Adult Educator, Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education
Dr. Marsha B. Cohen is an independent scholar, educator and writer who lectures and teaches about the role of religion in world affairs, particularly the historical background of contemporary issues and problems. Marsha received her BA in Political Philosophy from the Hebrew University... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 12:00pm - 12:50pm EST
Room 117 Koven Center - FIU
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1:00pm EST

Jewish Women as Jewish Leaders: The Power of Female Networks for Jewish Spaces
Libby's experiences working with and for Jewish organizations provides the awareness to delve deeply into the power of female networks in Jewish spaces. Join her for a discussion on the topic and share your own experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Libby Parker

Libby Parker

Executive Director, Jewfolk Inc.
Libby Goldstein Parker is the Executive Director of Jewfolk, Inc. Libby grew up in warmer climes (think southern California and Las Vegas) but has made Minneapolis her home since 2007. That home offers advantages including but not limited to fantastic schools, an excellent quality... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 1:00pm - 1:50pm EST
Room 117 Koven Center - FIU
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2:00pm EST

First, Second, and Maybe Third Temples
We will explore the history and etymology of the singular institution of Jewish life for 1400 years. This session will expound on the conceptual framework of the earliest Temple in the wilderness, the first capital of Israel, Shilo. Our conversation moves toward factors surrounding the "how" and "when" the Mishkan  or Temple was moved to Jerusalem. We will analyze the first destruction and reconstruction, and the second destruction and impact on Judaism for 2,000 years since.

Speakers
avatar for Leon Weissberg

Leon Weissberg

Jewish Educator, LTW Educational Consultants, LLC
Leon Weissberg has been a foremost leader in Holocaust education having taught courses at Lynn University and Broward College in Holocaust & Genocidal studies. He is currently on staff at Broward College teaching American History. Among his accomplishments, he has served as Executive... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 2:00pm - 2:50pm EST
Room 124 Koven Center - FIU
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3:00pm EST

Can Social Media Save the Jews?
Social Media has been around for over a decade. While it is constantly changing and evolving, it shows no sign of going anywhere!  The organized Jewish world has been a bit slow to adapt these tools, much to its detriment. Learn how Social Media can - and just might - save the Jews. We will discuss the various platforms and how Jewish organizations and individuals use them. We will suggest how you can create additional opportunities in your community for connection using Social Media. Come and get all of your burning Social Media questions answered in this interactive session.

Speakers
avatar for Libby Parker

Libby Parker

Executive Director, Jewfolk Inc.
Libby Goldstein Parker is the Executive Director of Jewfolk, Inc. Libby grew up in warmer climes (think southern California and Las Vegas) but has made Minneapolis her home since 2007. That home offers advantages including but not limited to fantastic schools, an excellent quality... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 3:00pm - 3:50pm EST
Room 122 Koven Center - FIU
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