Israel Speaker Series

JEWISHcolorado and its Israel & Overseas Center are launching a Jewish and Israel lecture series focused on providing a glimpse into “what comes next” in Israel, featuring scholars and authors sharing their thoughts and perspectives in this critical moment. We hope you will join us for these thoughtful and thought-provoking sessions as JEWISHcolorado strives to create a vibrant, secure, connected, and inclusive Jewish community.

Gender-based War Crimes and the Feminist International Response

Dr. Masua Sagiv
Wednesday, March 20, 2024
11:30 am – 1:30 pm, address provided prior to event
AUDIENCE: JEWISHcolorado Women’s Philanthropy, “Smart Women, Start Conversations” series

Since Oct 7, sexual violence against women committed by Hamas has increasingly come into the spotlight, both for depravity and for the lack of acknowledgement and response by the international community. Join us for a talk by Dr. Masua Sagiv, Scholar in Residence of the Shalom Hartman Institute based in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel at U.C. Berkeley. Learn more about Sagiv’s research in feminist social change and the law, as well as her connections to the project of gathering evidence of sexual-based crimes on Oct. 7.

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Where Do We Go from Here? Jewish Community 6 months after Oct. 7th

Dr. Elana Stein Hain
Tuesday, May 14, 2024, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
JCC Denver

AUDIENCE: All audiences

Please join us for a conversation with Dr. Elana Stein Hain, Rosh Beit Midrash and Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America for a look at how have the central concepts of Jewish peoplehood and allyship been reframed as a result of the Oct 7th massacres, and where we go from here? Stein Hain is a highly regarded and sought-after teacher and scholar. She is passionate about bringing rabbinic thought into conversation with contemporary life.

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Pursuing Peace & Truth: Healing through Torah Learning workshop

Rabbi David Kasher
Dr. Julie Lieber
Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

June 2, 2024, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
JEWISHcolorado, 300 S. Dahlia St., Denver, CO
AUDIENCE: all audiences

Join us for a day of Torah learning and community lunch as we come together to process and heal together as a community struggling to move forward in the post-Oct 7th world. We are thrilled to be partnering with two nationally renowned educators, Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz from Valley Beit MIdrash and Rabbi David Kasher, from Hadar as well as our very own Dr. Julie Julie Lieber to lead us in meaningful Torah study for our times.

 

  • Rabbi David Kasher serves as the Director of Hadar West Coast. He has served on the faculty of Berkeley Law, the Wexner Heritage Program, Pardes, SVARA, The Hartman Institute, AJR and HUC. Rabbi Kasher is a teacher of nearly all forms of classical Jewish literature, but his greatest passion is Torah commentary.
  • Dr. Julie Lieber is the Chief Jewish Life and Engagement Officer at JEWISHcolorado. Formerly, she served as the Director of the Pardes-Kevah Teaching Fellowship as well as the Interim Executive Director and Director of Education at Kevah, a national non-profit facilitating home-based Torah study groups.
  • Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is the President and Dean of Valley Beit Midrash. He has twice been named one of America’s Top Rabbis by Newsweek and has been named by The Forward as one of the 50 most influential Jews. He is the author of 23 books on Jewish ethics.

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The Hypocrisy of the Human Rights Discussion

Rabbi Abraham Cooper
Monday, July 15, 2024, 6 p.m.
B’nai Vail,  19 Vail Rd, Vail, CO.
AUDIENCE: in partnership with B’nai Vail, all audiences

Join us in Vail to hear Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading global Jewish human rights organization.

Rabbi Cooper has been a longtime activist for Jewish and human rights causes on five continents. In 1977, helped found the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Rabbi Cooper is an acknowledged expert on online hate and terrorism. In 2023, Rabbi Cooper was appointed Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom which tracks violations of religious freedom in 28 nations around the world.

Stories From the Unexpected Spy

Tracy Walder
Monday, July 29, 2024, 6 p.m.
B’nai Vail,  19 Vail Rd, Vail, CO.
AUDIENCE: in partnership with B’nai Vail, all audiences

Join us in Vail to hear Tracy Walder, author of The Unexpected Spy. Walder happened to meet a CIA recruiter at a jobs fair and was recruited by the agency while a USC student and Delta Gamma sorority sister. She spent the next five years as a covert operative for CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, assuming aliases, thwarting terrorist attacks, and hiding in the trunks of cars on her way to debrief terrorists at black sites.

Please check our website frequently as additional lectures may be added.

Registration links and additional information to follow.

Zeff Kesher Foundation

Sponsored in part by the Zeff Kesher Foundation