Mark Yudof, president emeritus of the University of California, presently serves with the Academic Engagement Network, an organization that challenges anti-Zionism in academic circles and unmasks the distortions about BDS articulated on many universities across the country. His talk on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, examined the campaign against Israel on university campuses and what we can do about it.
On May 18, Dr. Alla Shapiro discussed her book Doctor on Call: Chernobyl Responder, Jewish Refugee, Radiation Expert, released in 2021 on the 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl catastrophe. Trained as a pediatric hematologist in Kiev, Dr. Shapiro was one of the first physician responders to the 1986 nuclear disaster and headed the field team surveying its medical effects on children.
On Monday, May 15, NYT bestselling author Steven Hartov talked about his newest thriller The Last of the Seven, a spellbinding novel of World War II based on the little-known history of the X Troop—a team of European Jews who escaped the Continent only to join the British Army and return home to exact their revenge on Hitler’s military.
Writing and teaching at the nexus of myth, spirituality, and popular music, Dr. Stephen Daniel Arnoff released his book About Man and God and Law in 2022 to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 81st birthday. On Sunday, May 7, Stephen joined the Under One Tent audience from Jerusalem to talk about Dylan's spiritual wisdom and his lyrics.
On Tuesday, March 28, Fred Rosenbaum explored why Israeli voters turned towards Benjamin Netanyahu and his coalition partners at the last election, leading to his becoming the longest-serving prime minister of Israel. Rosenbaum also delved into the demographic changes that have taken place in Israel over the past decades as well as the judicial reform legislation that has led to protests throughout the country.
In A Banker's Journey, financial journalist and historian Daniel Gross traces Edmond Safra's heritage to Aleppo, Syria, and reconstructs the public life of an intensely private man. With exclusive access to Safra's personal archives, Gross tracks the banker's remarkable journey from Beirut to Milan, Sao Paulo, Geneva, and New York--to the pinnacle of global finance. Watch the March 19 talk now on YouTube!
On Sunday, February 5, 2023, best-selling author Alan Jacobson joined the Under One Tent audience virtually from East Coast to talk about the first novel of his new mystery series, The Lost Girl, where he introduces a new character, Mickey Keller. He also discussed his research methods and gave insider tips on the literary world and the entertainment industry's inner workings.
Cookbook author and photographer Benedetta Jasmine Guetta joined the Under One Tent audience online on January 17, 2023, to introduce her book Cooking alla Giudia. She gave us a brief history of Italian Jewish cuisine and a cooking demo of amaretti (almond cookies) and hraimi, a perfect fish dish to be a starter for any Shabbat meal. Her recipes are available here. .
On Tuesday, December 6, 2022, Dr. Jehon Grist took the Under One Tent audience on a virtual tour of the most informative Jerusalem area excavations confirming and illuminating ancient Israel’s presence in the city. The outline of the course and suggested reading materials are available here.
Award-winning cookbook author, Cathy Barrow, joined us virtually on Monday, September 12, 2022, and demonstrated how to bake fresh bagels with just five base ingredients and simple techniques. With advice on mixing the dough, shaping the bagels, proofing, boiling, baking, slicing, and storing, you will be a master bagel-maker in no time..
On May 22, 2022, author and filmmaker Nick Davis, Herman Mankiewicz's grandson, gave us an insider's look at the brothers Herman and Joe Mankiewicz relationship, their success in Hollywood, and their family dynamics. Co-writer of Citizen Kane, Herman became one of the highest-paid writers in Hollywood. His brother Joe was famous for writing, directing The Philadelphia Story, All About Eve, Letter to Three Wives and the financial disaster of the time Cleopatra.
On Sunday, April 3, 2022, author Joshua M. Greene introduced us to Siggi B. Wilzig and his extraordinary life and triumphant spirit. Unstoppable: Siggi B. Wilzig’s Astonishing Journey from Auschwitz Survivor and Penniless Immigrant to Wall Street Legend is a must-read biography of a Holocaust survivor who lived life to the fullest and helped anyone he could along the way.
In this program recorded on November 8, 2021, Prof. Jonathan Boyarin talked about his "Yeshiva Days" at Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem Yeshiva on East Broadway on New York City’s Lower East Side, which is now the last remaining institution for traditional Jewish learning in this iconic Jewish neighborhood.
On Sunday, October 3, 2021, author Ben M. Freeman joined us virtually to answer questions on his book Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People. Inspired by his experiences with LGBTQ+pride, author Freeman aims to educate, inspire and empower Jews to reject the shame of antisemitism imposed on them by the non-Jewish world.
On Thursday, August 26, 2021, Jerusalem-based political analyst, human rights pioneer, and expert commentator on Arab and Palestinian affairs Bassem Eid talked about the prospects for peace and the two-state solution. Sponsors partnering with CCJCC were Cong. Beth Emek, Cong. B'nai Shalom and Cong. B'nai Tikvah.
On August 22, 2021, ADL’s regional director Seth Brysk, university student Micah Bloom and educator Matthew Levin from StandWithUs tackled the changing types of antisemitism and gave valuable tools on how adults, teens and young adults can respond to hate. Website links to resources they provided are available here.
On July 22, 2021, Under One Tent Program Director Riva Gambert gave a lecture on Lawrence of Arabia vs. Nili, whose efforts in Palestine against the failing Ottoman Empire helped shape the region during World War I.The bibliography on the "Lawrence vs. Nili" lecture is now available here.