Adult Programs

Jewish Genealogy Center

Trace the stories of two branches of a typical family of Eastern European Jewish ancestry and discover the many documents available both abroad and here at home.  See how these records can come together to complete the family history so many of us believe is lost forever.

Yom HaShoah Commemoration/Movie Screening: My Knees Were Jumping-The Kindertransports

Melissa Hacker is a filmmaker who works with memory, history, family and loss. Melissa made her directing debut with the documentary My Knees Were Jumping; Remembering The Kindertransports, which was short-listed for Academy Award nomination, seen in film festivals, museums, television, and in universities worldwide. Melissa’s video Venus was featured in the group exhibition "Objects of Devotion and Desire: Medieval Relic to Contemporary Art," and received special accolades in the New York Times review of the show.

Winter Movie Series: Heading Home: Tale of Team Israel

A stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth, Heading Home charts the underdog journey of Israel's national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of defeat, Team Israel is finally ranked among the world's best in 2017, eligible to compete in the prestigious international tournament. Their line-up included several Jewish American Major League players―Ike Davis, Josh Zeid and ex-Braves catcher Ryan Lavarnway―most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, let alone having ever set foot in Israel.

Defining Our Universal Moral Concern with Joseph Gindi of American Jewish World Service

In a globalized world with seemingly innumerable problems, we each carve out our own scope of moral concern. Join Joe Gindi from American Jewish World Service to explore the factors that shape our own universe of moral obligation. How and why do we prioritize certain people, communities, or issues over others? How do we relate to these priorities? What resources might we find in the in the Jewish tradition to navigate these questions?

Iraqi Brunch: The History of the Babylonian Jews/Expulsion of Jews from Arab States with Doris Zilkha

Doris Sheena Zilkha, was born in Baghdad Iraq which was previously known as Babylonia and Mesopotamia.  While much of her family left via Israeli Airlifts in the early 1950’s during Operation Ezra and Nehamiah where their nationality was renounced and their property and possessions were confiscated, her immediate family remained.

Regain Your Brain: Ten Steps to Better Brain Health with Peggy Sarlin

Peggy Sarlin is the host of Regain Your Brain, an online video series in which she interviewed some of the world’s most eminent experts in brain health, and the author of its accompanying book. Peggy focuses on helping people understand how to incorporate brain-healthy habits into daily life to boost cognitive function and prevent dementia. She is the author of the best-seller, Awakening from Alzheimer’s, the first book to examine alternative remedies for Alzheimer’s, and the host of its accompanying video series, which has garnered more than 3 million views.

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