Sunday, April 15th 7pm
Persian Jews in America:
A 2,500 Year Old Community confronts the New World
With Morgan Hakimi and Saba Soomekh
The Jews of Persia trace their roots to the Babylonian exile of the 6th century BCE. Now Iranian Jews, approximately 70,000, live in the US, primarily in large enclaves in Los Angeles and Great Neck, immigrating in the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution of 1979. How does an ancient community face this geographic and cultural transition while preserving its core Identity?
Morgan Hamimi, PhD, is cochair of the psychology department at Touro College, Los Angeles. Dr Saba Soomekh is now a visiting professor in Jewish Studies at Loyola Marymount University and researches the Persian Jewish Community in California.
Thursday, May 3 6pm
Madeleine Albright interviewed by Christian Amanpour
In her new and most personal book, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948, Madelein Albright looks at her family's experiences during this tumultuous time in history before, during and after World War II. In this conversation, hear Albright's story along with her interviews with contemporaries and newly available documents about the enormously complex events that took place. Madeleine Albright served as the 64th Secretary of State from 1997-2001/ Her distinguished career also includes positions on Capitoal Hill, the National Security Council and as US Ambassador to the United Nations. She is the author Madam Secretary, Memo to the President Elect, The Mighty and the Almighty and Read My Pins.
Tuesday, June 5 7 pm
Return to the Akeda: Why I Love Isaac
Don't miss the opportunity to learn from Nobel laureate Eli Wiesel as he shares his insight on this most timeless and relevant biblical tale. Discover hte deeper meaning of Abraham's almost sacrifice of his son Isaac and the broader context of this pivotal story.