2014

Jan. 29 – Dr. Jonathan Woocher, Chief Ideas Officer at JESNA, (Jewish Educational Services of North America) Lippman Kanfer Institute on his chapter titled “Jewish Education in a New Century: An Ecosystem in Transition” in Vol. II of the American Jewish Year Book. Co-sponsored with the Rosenfeld Foundation of the School of Education and Human Resources (UM) and the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. 

Jan. 30 – Ambassador from Morocco to the United States, Rachad Bouhlal on . “Morocco, Its Evolving Mediterranean Neighborhood and Its Relations with the U.S”.  Co-sponsored with the American Jewish Committee and the Miami European Union Center.

Feb. 3 – Screening of “Herzl”, a documentary, as part of Prof. Sam Edelman’s course on Zionism. 

Feb. 6 - Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt, President of the Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Federations of North America and Founding and Senior Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Potomac, Maryland on “Beyond Gefilte Fish: Jewish Identity in the 21st Century”.

Feb. 9 – “The Last of the Unjust” A Claude Lanzman film .  At the Cosford Cinema.

Feb. 13 – Prof. Irwin Cotler, Professor of Human Rights, McGill University; Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Canada.  “The Iranian Regime: Some Inconvenient Truths about Anti-Semitism and Human Rights”. Co-sponsored with the Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy (ISGAP).

Feb. 18 – Donor Appreciation Event with Prof Kurt Stone “In the Land of Mink-Lined Pools: An Intimate History of Hollywood and the Jews.” BY INVITATION ONLY TO 2012-PRESENT DONORS.

February 24 – Lecture by Prof. Ira Sheskin on “Are You Pewish? A Report on the 2013 Portrait of Jewish Americans by the Pew Research Center”. Co-sponsored with Temple Judea. 7:00pm at Temple Judea, 5500 Granada Blvd., Coral Gables. Free and open to the public.

March 3 – Lecture by Aaron Hughes on Theorizing Judaism and Islam.  From 10:10-11:00am as part of Prof. Stephen Sapp‘s REL101 class (Introduction to Religion). Learning Center, room 120, UM, Coral Gables campus.

March 9-11 - Funders Network meeting in Miami.  Exhibition of 7-8 panels on Jewish Philanthropy at Miller Center. TBA
Wednesday, March 19 – Lecture by Prof. Benny Morris, Ben Gurion University on “The 1948 War as a Jihad”. Co-sponsored with the Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy (ISGAP). At 8:00 PM at the Miller Center, 5202 University Dr., Merrick Bldg. #105, Coral Gables. RSVP to ccjs@miami.edu or 305-284-6882. Free and open to the public.

March 26 - Lecture by Prof. Gabriel Weimann on Terrorism in Cyberspace: The Next Generation.  At 8:00 PM at the Miller Center Auditorium, 5202 University Drive, Merrick Building, Coral Gables. RSVP to ccjs@miami.edu or 305-284-6882. Free and open to the public.

March 31 - Lecture by Judge A. Jay Cristol on the “Liberty Incident Revealed”, a definite account on the 1967 Israeli attach on the U.S.S. spy ship “Liberty”. At 8:00pm at the Miller Center Auditorium, 5202 University Drive, Merrick Building, Coral Gables. RSVP to ccjs@miami.edu or 305-284-6882. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 17 – Dr. Louis Kaplan (University of Toronto) and multi-media artist Melissa Shiff, on a fascinating project about a little known episode in American Jewish History. The project, “Mapping Ararat”, is based on Major Mordecai Noah’s attempt in 1825 to create a Jewish homeland in upstate New York. Co-sponsored with UM’s Dept. of History and Dept. of Art and Art History. From 4:00 – 5:30 at the Miller Center, 5202 University Dr., Merrick Bldg. #105.

Thursday, April 24 – Lecture by Rabbi David Ellenson, President and Chancellor Elect of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion on “Jewish Peoplehood: Judaism’s Response to Modernity”. Co-sponsored with the Association for Jewish Studies and the Robert Russell Memorial Foundation.  At 8:00 PM at the Miller Center, 5202 University Drive, Merrick Building, Coral Gables. RSVP to ccjs@miami.edu or 305-284-6882. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 26 – Yom HaShoah program - Explore the rich heritage of music derived from the Holocaust experience - from Jewish composers who perished to musicians who emigrated after the Holocaust and became cultural leaders. This moving performance recovers and rejuvenates music from this tumultuous period of history, and offers attendees a chance for meaningful conversation and quiet reflection.
Guest performers this year will Cellist Jason Calloway and Rachael Calloway , founders of Shir Ami, an organization that is devoted to recovering and rejuvenating Jewish musical culture, a culture that was interrupted by the Holocaust.  In their own words:’ We give voice to the people of the Jewish Diaspora whose art has been silenced, suppressed, or neglected as a result of their Jewish heritage’. At 7:30 PM at The Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach.

Tuesday, April 29 – Legacy Luncheon for HSSI interns and survivor partners.  By invitation only.  Noon – 2:00 PM at the Miller Center.


2013

January 4-25 – Exhibit: “Let My People Go! The Soviet Jewry Movement 1967-1980”, an exhibit from Beit Hatfutsot which provides an overview of Jewish national activity in the Soviet Union during that period. When Soviet Jews launched their campaign to emigrate, it was almost inconceivable that within little more than two decades the face of history would change beyond recognition, the Soviet Union would disintegrate and the gates of the Iron Curtain would be thrown wide open for Jews to leave. In 50 extraordinary photos, our exhibit traces this process. The exhibit will run from January 4-25 at the Wesley Gallery on the UM campus, with a special reception on January 16.

January 16 – “Let My People Go! The Soviet Jewry Movement 1967-1980” exhibit special reception with comments by Dr. Joel and Adele Sandberg and Rabbi Leonid Feldman.

January 21 - Exhibition, reception and special presentation by Kenneth Treister (F.A.I.A.) on The Eight Days of Creation. at the Betsy Hotel. Mr. Treister is a photographer and the creator of the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach, the Gumenick Chapel at Temple Israel and the restoration of Temple Emanu-El.

January 23 – Lecture by Prof. Deborah Dash Moore, Director of the Frenkel Center for Judaic Studies and the Frederick G.L. Huetwell Prof. of History at the University of Michigan on To the Golden City of Miami. Co-sponsored with Temple Judea and The Association for Jewish Studies. 

February 8 – Lecture by Edwin Black on IBM’s Hidden Role in the Holocaust. Part of “Ethics, Policy and Society” occassional series. 12-2pm at the Miller Center Auditorium, 5202 University Drive,Merrick Building, Coral Gables campus. Co-sponsored with UM’s Ethics Programs.

February 12 - American Jewish Yearbook launch. The ‘Official’ Record of the North American Jewish Communities. Reception and briefing by three contributors to the current AJYB volume on   The Future of American Jewry by Prof. Ira Sheskin (UM), editor on   The Future of the Jewish Population of the United States,
Prof. Arnold Dashefsky (UC), editor on The Legacy of the American Jewish Year Book and Prof. Barry Kosmin (Trinity College) on Jewish Life beyond the Synagogue: American Jewish Secularism.

February 19 - Lecture by Prof. Rachel Tzvi Back on Language, Lies & Truth-telling: An Israeli Poet’s Perspective.  Co-sponsored by the George Feldenkreis Program in Judaic Studies and the Department of English.

March 20 – Lecture by Prof. David Graf on “Rediscovering the Legendary City of Petra”.

April 3 – Lecture by Prof. Ranen Omer-Sherman on Narratives of Dissent: War in Contemporary Israeli Arts and Culture.

September 17 – Philippe Létrillart, Consul General of France on “France Today: its role at the UN and the European Union, relations with the US, recent political developments and the Syrian crisis”. Co-sponsored with the Miami European Union Center.

October 1 – Kevin McGurgan on “The United Kingdom today: role in Europe, relations with the United States, perception of the Syria Crisis and the future of Scotland”. Co-sponsored with the Miami European Union Center.

October 7 – Dr. Vanessa Ochs on “Inventing Jewish Ritual”. Co-sponsored with Temple Judea and the Association for Jewish Studies. 

October 8 – Adolfo Barattolo, Consul General of Italy on “Italy Today: role in the European Union and the Mediterranean, recent political developments and relations with the United States”. Co-sponsored with the Miami European Union Center.

October 14 – Lecture by Prof. William Miles of Northeastern University on his book “Jews of Nigeria”.  Co-sponsored with UM’s African Studies Program.  This lecture is given during Dr. Edmund Abaka’s class.

October 22 -  Lecture by Matthew Levitt, Senior Fellow and Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, on his recently published “Hizbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God”.  Co-sponsored with the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center as part of the 33rd Annual Jewish Book Festival.

October 28 – Lecture by Dr. David Michael Jacobson of Buckinghamshire New University, England on “Herod - The Great Builder: The Jerusalem Temple, Herodium, Masada, Jericho and Caesarea”. Co-sponsored with UM’s Department of Religious Studies and Center forthe Humanities.

October 29 – Prof. Haim Shaked, Director of the Miller Center on “The Mediterranean Basin in History: A meeting place of North, South, East and West”.

November 8 - Lecture by Judge A. Jay Cristol on the updated edition of “The Liberty Incident”. At The Parliament. By Invitation Only.

November 14 – Lecture by Bezalel Porten on “A Jewish Mercenary Colony at Elephantine (Yeb), Ancient Egypt (5th Century BCE)”. Co-sponsored with UM’s Department of Religious Studies.

November 21 – Play: “My Name is Asher Lev”, based on the novel by Chaim Potok. At 8:00 PM at GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Co-sponsored with GableStage.

December 5 – Lecture by Yossi Klein Halevi – Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute and Contributing Editor to The New Republic on his new book “Like Dreamers: The Story of the Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem”. Co-sponsored with the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center as part of the 33rd Annual Jewish Book Festival.


2012

January 6-27
“Window to my World” -  photographic exhibition by 63 Arab and Jewish photographers focused on each one’s perspective on the changes taking place now in Israel’s Galilee region and the influence these changes have on the people living there.
Co-sponsored by UM’s Dept. of Art and Art History. At UM’s Wesley Gallery.

January 19
Lecture by Rabbi Adam Chalom on ”Beyond Apikorsut: A Judaism for Secular Jews”.
Co-sponsored by the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center.

January 23
Lecture by Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, on his recently published Jews and Money.
Co-sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League.

January 25
Closing Reception for “Window to my World” exhibition. 

January 30, 31
Musical - “Ghetto Tango” presents the songs and music that were performed in the underground cabarets that sprang up in the Jewish ghettoes in occupied Europe during the Holocaust and became a way in which these beleaguered communities tried to come to terms with and resist the horror around them.
Co-sponsored by Tania and Israel Lapciuc, the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach and GableStage.

February 1
Visit by Prof. David Menashri. Co-sponsored by the Institute of Cuban and Cuban American Studies and the Dr. M.Lee Pearce Chair in Middle East Peace Studies. By invitation only.

February 7
Lecture by Prof. Rivka Carmi – President of Ben Gurion University of the Negev. The Presidential Lecture. ”Re-imagining the Ivory Tower: The Responsibility of Academia to Society”.
Co-sponsored by of office of UM President Donna E. Shalala and Ben Gurion University of the Negev.


February 15
Lecture by Rabbi Solomon Schiff on his book Under the Yarmulke: Tales of Faith, Fun and Football.

February 21
Visit by Prof. Uri Dromi, Director General of Mishkenot Sha’ananim Conference Center in Jerusalem and editorial contributor to The Miami Herald on “Israel’s Image in the Media: A New Approach”.
Co-sponsored with the Knight Foundation and Norman H. Lipoff, Esq. By invitation only, at Greenberg Traurig.

February 23
Lecture by Gershon Baskin on “Is Israeli Palestinian Peace Still Possible?”


February 24
Session by Dr. Haim Shaked on the External Dimension at the conference on State of the Union: The Eurozone crisis, comparative regioanl intergration and the EU model. Seminar sponsored and organzied by the Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence, a consortium of Florida International University and the University of Miami, the Jean Monnet Chair and the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.

February 27
Lecture by Prof. Alfred Tovias of the Dept. of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on “Israel, the Mediterranean and the European Union”.
Co-sponsored by UM’s European Union Center. From


February 29
Visit by Prof. Uzi Rabi, Director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and Chair of the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University.  Lunch at the Miller Center (by invitation only).

March 1
Lecture by Former President of Spain. José María Aznar on Changes in the Arab World, Implications for Israel and the Western Security. Hosted by Pres. Donna Shalala. 

March 13
Lecture by Kher Albaz, Director of Social Services of the Negev Bedouins in the Segev-Shalom Council, on “The Bedouin of the Negev”.
Co-sponsored with the Israel and Overseas Committee of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.


March 22
Lecture by Rabbi Uri Regev, President and Founder of Hiddush, on Can Israel Be Both Jewish and Democratic?: Israel’s identity crisis.
Cosponsored with Temple Beth Am.

March 26
Lecture by Prof. David Nirenberg, professor of Medieval History and Social Thought at the University of Chicago.
Cosponsored with the Department of History Speakers Series and the Department of Religious Studies.

April 3
Lecture by Prof. Tudor Parfitt on ”Al- Qa’ida, Israel and Judaism”.
Co-sponsored with the Dept. of Religious Studies. 

September 24
Lecture by Dr. Yair Mintzker of Princeton University on The Multiple Deaths of Jew Süss: February 4, 1738. Co-sponsored by the George Feldenkreis Program in Judaic Studies, the Departments of History and Religious Studies and the Center for the Humanities. At the Miller Center.

October 16
Lecture by Andrew Tabler on “In the Lion’s Den”. Mr. Tabler is a Senior Fellow with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Co-sponsored with the Dave and Mary Alper JCC as part of the 32nd Annual Jewish Book Festival. At the Miller Center.

October 18
Lecture by Dr. Yoram Hazony, founder and provost of the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, on “The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture: An Introduction”. Co-sponsored with the Dave and Mary Alper JCC as part of the 32nd Annual Jewish Book Festival. At the Miller Center.

October 30 – Lecture by Prof. Ira Sheskin on “A Look at the Presidential Election – How are Jews Voting?” at the Miller Center.

November 7 – Lecture by Amb. Moshe Arens on “Flags Over the Warsaw Ghetto”. The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising has become a symbol of heroism throughout the world. On the eve of Passover, April 19, 1943, German forces entered the Warsaw ghetto equipped with tanks, flame-throwers, and machine guns. Against them stood an army of a few hundred young Jewish men and women, armed with pistols and Molotov cocktails. Who were these Jewish fighters who dared oppose the armed might of the SS troops? In this groundbreaking work, Israel’s former Minister of Defense, Professor Moshe Arens, recounts a true tale of daring, courage, and sacrifice. Two young men, Mordechai Anielewicz of the Jewish Fighting Organization (ZOB), and Pawel Frenkel of the Jewish Military Organization (ZZW), rose to lead separate resistance organizations in the ghetto, and made a last-ditch fight for the honor of the Jewish people. Co-sponsored with the Dave and Mary Alper JCC as part of the 32nd Annual Jewish Book Festival at the Miller Center Auditorium.

December 6 – Prof. Norman Stillman, Schusterman/Josey Professor of Judaic History at the University of Oklahoma on “Jews and Muslims: The Historical Encounter”. The 12th Annual Robert Russell Memorial Lecture at the Miller Center.

2011

Jan. 16-18
Conference on Fifty Years of the Special U.S-Israel Relationship. Co-sponsored with Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and Jewish Community Relations of GMJF at the Conrad Hilton Hotel on Brickell Ave., Miami.

Jan. 18
Lecture by Edwin Black on “The Farhud”. At the Miller Center.


Jan. 31
Rebecca Joy Fletcher, “Laughter as Resistance: Performance during the Holocaust”. At the Miller Center. Co-sponsored with the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach as part of its Holocaust Education Week.


Feb. 14
“City of Borders”, a documentary on the meeting spaces available to gay and bisexual residents of Jerusalem – both Jews and Muslims. Co-sponsored with the Program for Women’s and Gender Studies. At the Miller Center.

Feb. 15
Zalmen Mlotek, Executive Director of the Folksbiene, New York’s only remaining Yiddish theatre. “100 Years of Yiddish Theater Music: From Shtetl to the Klezmer Revival”. By invitation only to donors to the Miller Center-Feldenkreis Program. At the Miller Center.

Feb. 22 - lecture by Dr. Tudor Parfitt on Searching for the Lost Ark of the Covenant: The Southern African Lemba Tribe, DNA, and the African Ark. Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Cosponsored with the Department of Religious Studies and the Africana Studies Program. At the Miller Center Auditorium.

March 1 – Lecture by Ambassador Yehuda Avner on Serving Five Prime Ministers. Lecture to be held at Temple Judea. Co-sponsored with Temple Judea and Books and Books.

March 2 - Lecture by Tal Grinfas-David, on Understanding Zionism Through its Music.
A Century of Israeli Music – Lecture Description
By examining the music and culture of the people, this lecture presents a picture of life in Palestine from the first Aliyah through the founding of the state and ending with mainstream culture in Israel in the present day. The lecture touches upon styles and genres of music as a representation of changes in demographics, historical context, and Zionist endeavors. In addition, the presentation examines the lyrics of several songwriters who memorialized key events in Israel’s history and shaped the nation’s heritage. The lecture is a multimedia experience of Israeli life throughout the decades, celebrating the struggles and victories of the people searching for and developing their Israeli identity. At the Miller Center.

March 7 - lecture by Dr. Arnold Dashefsky on Charitable Choices: Philanthropic Decisions of Donors in the American Jewish Community. Cosponsored by the Department of Sociology. At the Miller Center Auditorium, , UM - Coral Gables.

March 7 - lecture by Dr. Arnold Dashefsky on Interfaith Marriage and Jewish Journeys in the United States. Doris and Simon Konover Professor of Sociology and Director, Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, University of Connecticut. Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology. At the Miller Center Auditorium.

March 24 – Prof. Hillel Frisch on “Israel’s Arab Citizens and Israel’s Security: A Forthcoming Cambridge University Book”.

April 5 - Marc Epstein, Prof. at Vassar College – “Art, Narrative and Religious Imagination in the Passover Haggadah”. Flyer to read “Made possible, in part, through the support of Suzanne and Lawrence Fishman”. At the Miller Center.

April 13 - Mitchell Bard at the Miller Center on “The Arab Lobby”.

May 3 – Legacy Luncheon – by invitation only to students, survivors, Miller and JCS staff.

Fall 2011 - Horowitz, Amy – Mediterranean Israeli Music and the Politics of the Aesthetic. At the Miller Center.

Fall 2011 - Gal Beckerman - When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry. With additional comments by Rabbi Leonid Feldman, the first Russian Jew to be ordained in the Conservative movement. Part of the 31st Annual Jewish Book Festival organized by the Dave and Mary Alper JCC.


2010

Jan. 20-27
Holocaust Education Week at various venues around Miami-Dade County


Jan. 21
Prof. William Scott Green on “The Synagogue as Public Space”. Part of the “Tree of Paradise” exhibition. At the Lowe Museum, 1301 Stanford Dr.

Jan. 27
United Nations Holocaust Memorial Day at UM. Teachers’ Training at the Miller Center.


Feb. 3
Ed Morgan at Greenberg Traurig.


Feb. 15
Prof. Ed Morgan on “A Sovereign Palestine? The Ins and Outs of International Law”. Mr. Morgan is a Professor of Law at the University of Toronto and a former National President (2004-2007) of the Canadian Jewish Congress. At the Miller Center Auditorium.


Feb. 17
Prof. Margalit Bejarano of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on “The Story of Cuban Jewry - Myth and Reality: The 1950s, the Revolution and the History of the Jews under Castro.” At the Miller Center Auditorium.

Apr. 22
“The Quarrel” adapted by Joseph Telushkin and David Brandes at the GableStage, Coral Gables. Co-sponsored by the Futernick and Lapciuc families.

Apr. 20-25
“The Kosher Cheerleader” a one woman show written and performed by Sandy Walshin. Co-sponsored with the National Jewish Theatre. At the Parker Playhouse, Ft. Lauderdale.


Apr. 26
“The Forgotten Exodus” – Jews forced out of their homes in Arab lands. Panel with Prof. Irwin Cotler, former Canadian Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Past President of the Canadian Jewish Congress; Dr. Henry Green, Prof. of Religious Studies, UM; Mr. Stanley Urman, Executive Vice President Justice for Jews from Arab Countries. At the Miller Center Auditorium.

May 4
Annual Legacy Luncheon by invitation only for students, faculty, JCS staff and survivor participants in the HSSI Program at the Miller Center.


Oct. 18
Lecture by Aviva Ben-Ur, Assoc. Prof. of Judaic Studies at University of Mass. at Amherst, on “The Hispanic-Jewish Connection in the United States” at the Miller Center.


Oct. 19
Tenth Annual Robert Russell Lecture by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, on Hillel: If Not Now, When? with co-sponsorship by UM Hillel. Part of the Thirtieth Annual Jewish Book Festival, at the Miller Center.


Nov. 4
Meyerhoff-Katz Lecture by Maina Singh, on “Being Indian, Being Israeli: Migration, Culture and Identity in the Jewish Homeland”. Meyerhoff-Katz Lecture to be introduced by Laura Katz Cutler. Part of the Thirtieth Annual Jewish Book Festival. At the Miller Center.


Nov. 8
Lecture by Prof. Marion Kaplan, Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History, New York University, on “The Making of the Jewish Middle Class: Women and Family in Imperial Germany, 1871-1918.” At the Miller Center. Co-sponsored by the Department of History.


Nov. 9
A FILM UNFINISHED. Hosted by Dr. William Scott Green, Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education at the University of Miami. 7:30 PM at The Betsy Hotel, Miami Beach.

Nov. 9
Lecture by Prof. Pablo Utin, Schusterman Visiting Artist Fellow, on A History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict Through the Lens of Israeli Films. The Arab-Israeli conflict has always been one of the main topics in Israeli films. Starting with examples from pre-state Zionist feature films, this lecture will analyze the representation of the conflict between Jews and Arabs as portrayed through the lenses of Jewish-Israeli filmmakers. After a short survey of the development of the conflict and its cinematic representation in the past, the lecture will then focus on more recent Israeli films dealing with this conflict. These films, which are products of the social psychology generated by the politics of disengagement, are also outstanding cinematic works of art. The lecture will try to portray the relationship between the social and the artistic aspects of this reality. We shall look at the cinematic representation of the conflict and its aesthetic strategies which bring forth complex perspectives, fears and beliefs. The films in question often give an in-depth look at the psychology of a people immersed in a situation full of paradoxes, anxieties and hopes.

The lecture will include the screening of clips from prominent Israeli films such as: Sabra, Hill 24 Doesn’t Answer, Beyond the Walls, Avanti Popolo, Walk on Water, The Band’s Visit and Ajami. At the Miller Center Auditorium. Co-sponsored with the School of Communications and UM Hillel. R.S.V.P.


Nov. 18
The showing of an Israeli film LEVANON. The first day of the war in Lebanon in 1982. Most of the action takes place within an Israeli tank. Like “Waltz with Bashir”, the movie takes a dim view of war and is critical of both sides. Comments by Israeli film critic Pablo Utin, Schusterman Visiting Artist Fellow at UM. Co-sponsored with the School of Communication and UM Hillel.


Nov. 22
Lecture by Hermann Beck , Professor of History and Interim Chair of the Department of History at UM on “The Reaction of German Society to Anti-Semitism During the Nazi Seizure of Power” – Co-sponsored with the Department of History and the Center for Humanities. At the Miller Center.


2009

Jan. 18
The Art of Dubi Arie The Mission: Under the Wings of God and the Shadow of Amalek Opening Reception. The artist will be present and will be interviewed by Dr. Haim Shaked.at the Dave and Mary Alper JCC
The centerpiece of this amazing exhibit is the seven panels of the 19’ x 7’ long The Mission, which vibrantly illuminate 4,000 years of Jewish history. Having taken twenty years from inception to completion, The Mission radiates with brilliant color and imagery and icons of the Jewish odyssey through the ages. Explanatory texts illuminate each of its panels. With The Mission, Dubi Arie, Holocaust survivor, artist, Israeli soldier and farmer completed a dream that was conceived on June 7, 1967 - the day Jerusalem was united during the Six Day War by Israeli paratroopers, thereby regaining control of the Western Wall. Also included in the exhibit are oils, lithographs and mixed media pieces.
The exhibit runs through February 15, 2009.
Performance of A Jew Grows in Brooklyn in the Russell Theater. A Jew Grows in Brooklyn is a touching, poignant and hilarious new musical comedy about a family and a young boy’s quest for the American Dream. The show has been playing to sold out audiences and standing ovations. Join the author/star Jake Ehrenreich as he takes you on a musical journey of his life: from his parents’ survival of the Holocaust, to stickball in Brooklyn, to his career in the Catskills and then onto Broadway.

Feb. 19
Herbert D. Katz Memorial Lecture – Dr. Beth Wenger, Prof. of History, University of Pennsylvania on “The Jewish Americans – Three Centuries of Jewish Voices in America”. 

Mar. 5
The Eighth Jack Chester Memorial Lecture by Dr. Jacob Neusner Distinguished Service Professor of the History and Theology of Judaism. Senior Fellow, Institute of Advanced Theology - Bard College, NY on TIME FOR ISLAM: FROM DIALOGUE TO TRIALOGUE IN INTERFAITH RELATIONS. At the Miller Center Auditorium. Cosponsored with the Department of Religion and The Dr. M. Lee Pearce Chair in Middle East Peace Studies.

Nov. 4
Prof. Avivah Zornberg lectures during Prof. Jeffrey Shoulson’s class on her latest book, “Letters from an Unknown Woman: Joseph’s Dream”. Co-sponsored with the College of Arts and Sciences, the Departments of English and Religious Studies and Temple Judea.

Nov. 5
Lecture by Kenneth Treister on “Synagogue Architecture Through Time and Space”. Part of the “Tree of Paradise Exhibition” at the Lowe Museum.

Nov. 10
Unique exhibit of five paintings by Tom Muhl depicting his childhood experiences in the Budapest Ghetto during the Holocaust. Tom was born in Budapest and went on to become a leading art director and artist in Europe and the United States. He is now one of our survivor partners in the University of Miami’s Holocaust Survivors’ Support Internship Program. Tom is going to talk about the paintings and how they provide an adult re-creation of a 10 year-old child’s memory of the events that he witnessed. At the Miller Center Auditorium.

Nov. 11
Allen Wells, Prof. of History at Bowdoin College, on “Tropical Zion: General Trujillo, FDR and the Jews of Sosúa”. Co-sponsored with the Department of History.

Nov. 16
Lecture by Phillip Spiegel on Triumph Over Tyranny, including excerpts from the documentary “Refusnik”. Part of the 29th Annual Jewish Book Festival. At the Miller Center Auditorium.

Dec. 2
The Ninth Annual Jack Chester Memorial Lecture with Prof. Stuart Cohen of Bar-Ilan University on Israel and its Army: From Cohesion to Confusion. At the Miller Center Auditorium.

Dec. 9
The Ninth Annual Robert Russell lecture with architect, sculptor and painter Kenneth Treister on his recent gift to the Miller Center, eight paintings on “The Epic of Creation”. Atthe Miller Center Auditorium.

Oct. 30 - Jan. 24
“Tree of Paradise – Jewish Mosaics from the Roman Empire”. At the Lowe Museum.

2008

Jan. 15
Holocaust Education directed by Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff. Scott Miller of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will speak on “Refuge Denied – From the St. Louis Ship to the Bad Arolsen Archives”. At the Miller Center.

Jan. 28
Film and talk by Mas’ood Cajee. The film Forgotten Resistance: The Paris Mosque (30 minutes) tells the story of how the Paris Mosque helped prevent hundreds of Jewish families and Resistance fighters from being deported to Nazi concentration camps.
Mr. Cajee will discuss the film and lead a discussion about Muslim rescuers during the Holocaust of WWII. Mas’ood Cajee is a founding board member of the Muslim Peace Fellowship and former vice-chair of Fellowship of Reconciliation national council. He is currently practicing dentistry in Stockton, California, and is working on several books related to human rights, history, the Nazi genocide and Islamic themes.
Cosponsored with MUSUM, The Muslim Students of the University of Miami. 

Jan. 28
Lecture by Dr. Mitchell G. Bard, author of “Myths and Facts” on his newly published Will Israel Survive? Books available for purchase and autographing. 

Feb. 4
Seventh Annual Robert Russell Memorial Foundation lecture. Newly elected President of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Prof. Arnold Eisen. Topic “Commandment, Community and the Future of American Jewry”.

Feb. 11
Susannah Heschel, daughter of Abraham Joshua Heschel and Prof. of Judaic Studies at Dartmouth College. “Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity – Celebrating the Centennial of Abraham Joshua Heschel”. Co-sponsored by the Citizens Board of UM, Temple Judea and the American Jewish Committee. 

Feb. 13
Guest speaker Dr. Mordechai (“Motti”) Aviam, Miller Center Visiting Fellow, as part of Dr. John Fitzgerald’s Judaic Studies class REL 314/JUS 314: “The Rise of Judaism” on Galilee (I): Introduction to the Galilee: The Galileans Prior to the Hasmoneans and the Hasmonean Conquest.
Dr. Aviam is the Director of the Institute for Galilean Archaeology as well as of the Galilee Research Center and Lecturer at the Ort Braude College in Karmiel, Israel. He is an accomplished archeologist and scholar. Slides of relevant archeological sites in the Galilee and will be shown during the presentation.


Feb. 14
Dr. Menachem Kellner Prof. of Medieval Jewish History at Haifa University on “Maimonides in Jewish Thought”. At the Miller Center.

Feb. 20
Guest speaker Dr. Mordechai (“Motti”) Aviam, Miller Center Visiting Fellow, as part of Dr. John Fitzgerald’s Judaic Studies class REL 314/JUS 314: “The Rise of Judaism” on Galilee (II): Jewish Life in the Galilee in the First Century CE and the Galilee during the First Jewish Revolt.
Dr. Aviam is the Director of the Institute for Galilean Archaeology as well as of the Galilee Research Center and Lecturer at the Ort Braude College in Karmiel, Israel. He is an accomplished archeologist and scholar. Slides of relevant archeological sites in the Galilee and will be shown during the presentation.

Feb. 25
The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies, cosponsored with the Department of Religious Studies invite you to attend a panel presentation on The Land of Israel as a Crossroads in Antiquity with Dr. Mordechai (“Motti”) Aviam and Dr. David Graf. Dr. Aviam is the director of the Institute for Galilean Archaeology as well as of the Galilee Research Center and lecturer at the Ort Braude College in Karmiel, Israel. Dr. Aviam is an accomplished archaeologist and scholar of the Galilee. He will be at UM as a Miller Center Visiting Fellow. Dr. David Graf is a professor in UM’s Department of Religious Studies and accomplished archaeologist and scholar. Specialist in the Nabataeans of Petra and their role in the international incense trade between Yemen and the Mediterranean via the Petra-Gaza route across Israel. Recently a Lady Davis Fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University and presently a Fellow at the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Dr. Aviam and Dr. Graf will concentrate on the Galilee and on the Negev, respectively. Aat the Miller Center.

Feb. 27
Guest speaker Dr. Mordechai (“Motti”) Aviam, Miller Center Visiting Fellow, as part of Dr. John Fitzgerald’s Judaic Studies class REL 314/JUS 314: “The Rise of Judaism” on Galilee (III): The Galilee During the Time of the Mishnah and the Talmud.
Dr. Aviam is the Director of the Institute for Galilean Archaeology as well as of the Galilee Research Center and Lecturer at the Ort Braude College in Karmiel, Israel. He is an accomplished archeologist and scholar. Slides of relevant archeological sites in the Galilee and will be shown during the presentation.

Feb. 28
Natalie Zemon Davis, Professor Emeritus of History, Princeton University and Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, on “Jews, Africans and Philosophes”. At the Miller Center. Sponsored by the Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Dept. of History.

Mar. 4
A special briefing on CRISIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST: BEYOND THE HEADLINES, featuring Yaakov Katz, Military Correspondent and Defense Analyst for The Jerusalem Post at the Miller Center Auditorium. Cosponsored with JCRC and UM Hillel.

Mar. 17
The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies; The ADL; JCRC; ACJ; and ICCAS invite you to attend a lecture a panel presentation on “The Influence of Iran in Latin America: The Venezuelan and Cuban Connection. Guest Speakers will be Carlos Alberto Montaner, renowned journalist and frequent contributor to El Nuevo Herald, Dr. Patrick Clawson, Deputy Director for research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and author of Eternal Iran: Continuity and Chaos, and Dr. Jose Azel, Senior research associate at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at UM. The presentation will be moderated by Dr. Jaime Suchlicki, Professor and Director of the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at UM. At the Bill Cosford Cinema.

Mar. 18-Apr. 5
Exhibit on The Jews of Cuba with text by Visiting Prof. Ruth Behar and photographs by Humberto Mayol. Co-sponsored with the School of Communication, the Dept. of Art and Art History and the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies. At the Wesley Gallery.

Mar. 21
The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies; The Taplin Middle East Peace Project; The Dr. M. Lee Pearce Chair in Middle East Peace Studies; Hillel, University of Miami; Muslim Students of UM (MSofUM) and Organization of Arab Students Instituting Solidarity (OASIS) invite you to attend a panel presentation by Dr. Gershon Baskin and Hanna Siniora on Paving the Road for Israeli-Palestinian Peace. Dr. Gershon is the Israeli founder and co-director of the Israel/Palestinian Center for Research and Information (IPCRI), a joint Israeli-Palestinian public policy think-tank. Author of The Future of Jerusalem; How to Conduct Business in the Palestinian Territories; The Future of the Israeli Settlements in Final Status Negotiations, and more. Hanna Siniora is a Palestinian peace activist. Co-director of the Israeli-Palestinian Center for Research and Information (IPCRI). He has been a member of the Palestinian National Council since 1990. His career includes editing and publishing the Palestinian daily Arabic Newspaper Al Fajr and The Jerusalem Times. At the Miller Center. 

Mar. 25
Opening event with lecture by Ruth Behar on her recently published book An Island Called Home, about the Jews of Cuba. At the Wesley Gallery.

Apr. 24
“The Accomplices” co-produced with the GableStage The eminent Rabbi Stephen Wise is confronted by an obnoxious young foreigner. The young man, who goes by the name of Peter Bergson, is frustrated by the unwillingness of the most influential American Jew of his era to use his power to speak up to save European Jews slated for death by Hitler’s Nazis. At the GableStage Theatre in the Biltmore Hotel. Sponsored by the Futernick Family Foundation. 

May 14
“The Accomplices” co-produced with the GableStage The eminent Rabbi Stephen Wise is confronted by an obnoxious young foreigner. The young man, who goes by the name of Peter Bergson, is frustrated by the unwillingness of the most influential American Jew of his era to use his power to speak up to save European Jews slated for death by Hitler’s Nazis. At the GableStage Theatre in the Biltmore Hotel. Sponsored by the Lapciuc Family. 

Oct. 22
Lecture by Prof. Gabi Weiman on “Terrorism in Cyber Space” Dessert reception at UM/Miller Center.

Nov. 5
“The Land of Israel: Topography ” taught by Prof. Mordechai (Motti) Aviam as part of Prof. John Fitzgerald’s course on The Rise of Judaism. Dr. Aviam is a distinguished archeologist who specializes in the Galilee region. 

Nov. 6
Conference on Jewish Geography at the James L. Knight Center.

Nov. 6
Dr. Andrew Bostom on The Legacy of Anti-Semitism in Islam. This is part of the Dave and Mary Alper JCC’s 28th Annual Jewish Book Festival. At the UM/Miller Center.

Nov. 7
Conference on Jewish Demography with Prof. Ira Sheskin at the James L. Knight Center.

Nov. 12
“Who Lived in the Galilee?” taught by Prof. Mordechai (Motti) Aviam as part of Prof. John Fitzgerald’s course on The Rise of Judaism. Dr. Aviam is a distinguished archeologist who specializes in the Galilee region. At the Miller Center.

Nov. 19
“The Pagan and Jewish Cities” taught by Prof. Mordechai (Motti) Aviam as part of Prof. John Fitzgerald’s course on The Rise of Judaism. Dr. Aviam is a distinguished archeologist who specializes in the Galilee region. At the Miller Center

Nov. 12-23
The Soul of Gershwin: The Musical Journey of an American Klezmer at Parker Playhouse. With National Jewish Theater.

Dec. 2
Menachem Hofnung, Professor, Hebrew University, Jerusalem on “Judicial Rejection as Substantial Relief: The Israeli Supreme Court and the War on Terror?” at the Law School Faculty Seminar Room.

Dec. 2
Robert Russell Memorial Lecture with Rabbi Irving Greenberg on “The Third Great Cycle of Jewish History: After Modernity, the Shoah and Israel, where are the Jewish people headed?” At the UM/Miller Center.


2007

Feb. 6
The Sixth Annual Jack Chester Lecture with Aaron Lansky, founder and President of the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. on “Outwitting History”, At the Miller Center.


Feb. 11-Apr. 7
“Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945”. A traveling exhibition of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum presented by the UM’s Richter Library and the Miller Center. At the Richter Library, UM campus.


Feb. 13
Screening of “The Merchant of Venice” starring Al Pacino as Shylock. This is part of Prof. Jeffrey Shoulson’s class on “Jews, Turks and Moors in Early Modern English Literature”. Q & A session will follow the screening. At the Miller Center.

Feb. 17
Opening event for “Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945” exhibit. Screening of “Bent” at Whitten Learning Center followed by a dessert reception at the Richter Library.


Feb. 19
Prof. Patricia Crone of the School of Historical Studies at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study on “The Medieval and Modern interpretation of the Koranic verse ‘There is no compulsion in religion’”. At the Miller Center.


Feb. 19
“Encounter Point”, an award winning documentary about Israeli and Palestinian peacemakers. Co-sponsored with the School of Communications At the Cosford Theatre.


Feb. 28
David L. Phillips, Executive Director of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity on “From Bullets to Ballots: Is Democracy the Antidote to Violent Muslim Movements?” Co-sponsored with the MAIA Program (Master of Arts in International Administration). At the Miller Center.

Mar. 5
Dr. Michael Oren on his just-published Power, Faith and Fantasy:America in the Middle East 1776 to the Present. Fifteenth Annual Luria Family Lecture. Co-sponsored with UM’s Departments of History and Political Science, the George Feldenkreis Program in Judaic Studies and the American Studies Program. At the Miller Center.


Mar. 11-12
Third Annual Posen Conference. By invitation only. At the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.


Mar. 15-17
“Teaching About the Holocaust”. Presented by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and co-sponsored by the School of Education and the Miller Center at UM. For high school English and Social Studies teachers and by invitation only. At the Storer Auditorium, UM.


Mar. 21
“Jewish Women in American Sport: Settlement House to the Olympics”. The first of its kind documentary defying the stereotypes, capturing the historical legacy Jewish women have contributed in shaping American sport. From the 1880’s through the 20th century, Jewish women have played a vital role as athletes, administrators and activists, confronting ethnic and gender constraints in American society. Co-sponsored with the American Studies Program. At the Miller Center.


Apr. 19 & 24
“Golda’s Balcony” at the GableStage. Special performances for Friends of the Miller Center at the Biltmore GableStage Theatre, Coral Gables.


Oct. 29
Michael Bar-Zohar on his autobiography of Shimon Peres. Co-sponsored with the 27th Annual Jewish Book Festival. At the Miller Center.


Nov. 7
The Twelfth Annual Taffy Gould Lecture with Dr. Tawfik Hamid on “The Roots of Jihad” – at the Miller Center.


Nov. 14
Showing of the film “The Abraham File” by Romanian-French-Israeli filmmaker, Abraham Ségal. The film deals with the importance of Abraham in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The Miller Center is co-sponsoring with the Office of Undergraduate Education, Department of Religious Studies and the School of Communication. At the Cosford Theatre on UM’s campus.


Nov. 15
Showing of the film “The Mystery of Paul” by Romanian-French-Israeli filmmaker, Abraham Ségal. The film deals with images of Paul the Apostle throughout the ages. The Miller Center is co-sponsoring with the Office of Undergraduate Education, Department of Religious Studies and the School of Communication. At the Cosford Theatre on UM’s campus.


Nov. 27
Lunch & Learn - Omer Bartov on his new book Erased, a study on the Holocaust in Ukraine.

2006

Jan. 12
Prof. Holocaust Memorial Lecture I – Bryan Mark Rigg. At Temple Emanu-El, Miami Beach.


Jan. 19
“Address Unknown” at the GableStage, Coral Gables.


Jan. 21-29
Ninth Annual Jewish Film Festival


Jan. 22
“The Ritchie Boys” 6:00p.m. and “The Syrian Bride”. Part of the Ninth Annual Jewish Film Festival. At the Cosford Theatre on the UM campus on the second floor of the Memorial Bldg.


Jan. 30
Prof. Deborah Lipstadt on History on Trial. Co-sponsored by the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center. The First Annual Scheck Family Lecture. At the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies. Co-sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach.


Feb. 7
Fifth Annual Jack Chester Memorial Foundation Lecture: Prof. Fred A. Lazin The Struggle for Soviet Jewry in American Politics: Israel versus the American Jewish Establishment. Comments by former refusnik, Rabbi Leonid Feldman and former Chairman of the Israel Emergency Fund, Norman H. Lipoff. Professor Lazin is the Lynn and Lloyd Hurst Family Professor of Local Government at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva. Part of the Dave and Mary Alper JCC’s Twenty-fifth Annual Miami Jewish Book Festival – At the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.


Feb. 9
Holocaust Memorial Lecture II - Prof. Harry Reicher. At the Shul of Bal Harbor, Miami Beach.


Feb. 14
Dr. Walid Phares will lecture on his new book Future Jihad: Terrorists Strategies Against America. The book will be available for purchase and signing. Co-sponsored with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. At the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.


Feb. 21
Re-dedication by Dr. and Mrs. Phillip Frost of the frieze in honor of Dr. Janusc Korczak. By invitation only. At the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.


Feb. 28
“Blood and Tears” A critically acclaimed documentary on the Arab-Israeli conflict, exploring the emotions and issues on both sides. Co-sponsored with Shalom Miami at UM Hillel. At the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies. Supported by the Futernick Family Foundation.


Mar. 9
Holocaust Memorial Lecture III – “We Want the Light”. Co-sponsored by Channel 2 at Temple Emanu-El, Miami Beach.


Mar. 26-27

Posen Conference.

Apr. 3
Prof. Khaleel Mohammed of San Diego State University on “Anti-Semitism in Islamist Thinking: The Islamist Interpretation of Islamic Sources”. Co-sponsored with the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. At the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.


Sep. 26
Donor Reception and Briefing with Dr. Haim Shaked. By invitation only. At the Miller Center.


Oct. 11
“Adio Kerida” (“Goodbye Dear Love”) – A film by Ruth Behar about a Cuban-American woman’s search for her Sephardic roots in Cuba. Co-sponsored with the American Studies, Women and Gender Studies and Latin American Studies Inter-disciplinary Programs at UM. At the Miller Center.


Oct. 16
Dr. Uzi Arad, Founder of the annual Herzliya Conference on Israel’s National Security and Resilience, on “The Aftermath of Lebanon - Israel’s National Security Revisited” Eleventh Annual Taffy Gould Lecture. At the Miller Center.


Oct. 20-Nov. 14
Twenty-Sixth Annual Jewish Book Festival


Oct. 23
The Second Annual Ellie and Herb Katz/Meyerhoff Lecture. Dr. David Ruderman, Director of the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania on “Ghettoes – Are They Good for the Jews?” At the Miller Center.


Oct. 24
“Among the Righteous” by Robert Satloff, Executive Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. At the Alper JCC. Part of the 26th Annual Jewish Book Festival. Introduction of the speaker by Prof. Haim Shaked.


Nov. 2
Daniel Libeskind, world renowned architect and designer of the World Trade Center monument, will lecture on his autobiographical book, “Breaking Ground”. At the School of Business Storer Auditorium. Part of the 26th Annual Jewish Book Festival. Introduction of the speaker by Dean Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk.


Nov. 6-25
“The Auschwitz Album” is a unique exhibition of photos taken by German SS officers which was hidden and somehow survived the war. The photos represent one day in the systematic transport and murder of the Jewish people during the Holocaust. Presented by Yad Vashem and the Miller Center. Co-sponsored by UM’s Dept. of Art and Art History. At the Wesley Center.


Nov. 9
Reception for opening of the Auschwitz Album exhibit. Hosted by Irma and Norman Braman. Keynote address by Dr. Michael Berenbaum. Co-sponsored with Yad Vashem. At the Wesley Center.


Nov. 12
Kristallnacht Commemoration. At the Holocaust Memorial, Miami Beach.


Nov. 13
Lecture by Dr. Mordechai Aviam on “The Galilee that Jesus Walked” . At the Miller Center.


Nov. 14
Lecture by Dr. Gideon Greif on his recently published book about the Sonderkommando, We Wept Without Tears. At the Miller Center. Part of the 26th Annual Jewish Book Festival.


Nov. 20
Screening of “The Grey Zone”, A Nazi doctor, along with the Sonderkomando, Jews who are forced to work in the crematoria of Auschwitz against their fellow Jews, find themselves in a moral grey zone. The director and screenwriter, Tim Blake Nelson, and the star, Harvey Keitel will join us for a question and answer session. At UM’s Cosford Cinema.


Nov. 27
A Treasure in Auschwitz – A documentary. At the Shul of Bal Harbour.

Nov. 28
Dr. Eran Lerman, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee’s Israel/Middle East Office on “The War in Lebanon – what can we learn about Israel, the region and the world?” Co-sponsored with S. Florida Region, AJC. At the Miller Center.


Dec. 5
Sixth Annual Robert Russell Foundation Lecture with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin. At the Miller Center.


2005


Jan. 31
Prof. Robert Rockaway on Jewish gangsters. At the Miller Center.


Feb. 5
Prof. Fred Lazin – Political Scientist at BGU (with ATJC) on “The Impact of Project Renewal on the Communities in Israel and the U.S.” At the Aventura-Turnberry Jewish Center.


Feb. 7
Nonie Darwish on “How I, a Product of the Palestinian School System, Came to Be a Supporter of Israel”. Co-sponsored with Greater Miami Hillel Jewish Student Union. . At the Miller Center.


Feb. 9
Kenneth Treister on “Synagogue Architecture Through Time and Space”. Co.sponsored with the UM School of Architecture. At the Miller Center.


Feb. 21
Scharlin Patio Dedication at the Miller Center (by invitation).


Mar. 3
Thirteenth Annual Luria Lecture with Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Yaakov Amidror, former Head of Military Intelligence Research, on “Israel’s Strategy in Curbing Palestinian Violence”. At the Miller Center.


Mar. 16
Briefing by Dr. Uzi Arad. Dr. Arad is Director of the Institute of Policy and Strategy (IPS) and Professor of Government at the Lauder School of Government, Policy and Diplomacy at Herzliya’s Interdisciplinary Center. At the Miller Center.


Mar. 21
“Paper Snow” a film about the 1930’s in Tel Aviv and the love affair between a star of the Habima theatre and a poet. Intro by Prof. Ranen Omer-Sherman. Co-sponsored by the Miller Center as part of the Eighth Annual Jewish Film Festival presented by the Center for Advancement of Jewish Education of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. At the Cosford Theatre, UM Campus.


Mar. 28
Stuart Schoffman, regular columnist for The Jerusalem Report on “Is Peace Possible in Our Time? A View From the Jerusalem Street”. Presented by the Judaic Studies Program and the Miller Center. At the Miller Center.


Apr. 5
Rabbi Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, grandson of the Eliezer Ben-Yehuda who brought Hebrew back from being a language of liturgy and prayer to the everyday vernacular of the people of Israel. Co-sponsored with UM Hillel. At the Miller Center.


Apr. 7
“El ultimo sefardi“ documentary film about a young rabbi who undertakes a journey that takes him back through history from Salonika to Sarajevo, Curacao, Istanbul and Toledo.– intro by Prof. Henry Green. Co-sponsored with UM Hillel as part of their Jewish Film Festival. At the Miller Center.


Apr. 7
Prof. Laurel Leff of Northeastern University on Buried by The Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper. Lunch and Learn at the Miller Center.


Apr. 7
Dr. Michael Kramer, Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Advanced Judaic Studies on “How the Jews Discovered America: A Literary Adventure. Michael Kramer completed his BA, MA, M. Phil. and PhD from Columbia University; he is associate professor and Chair of the English Department at Bar Ilan University and Director of the Anne Shachter-Smith Memorial Project in Literature. At the Miller Center.


Sep. 27
Briefing by Haim Shaked & reception for donors. By invitation only. “The Middle East: Between Despair and Hope”. At the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.


Oct. 7
Holocaust Workshop for Teachers for Miami-Dade County public and private school teachers for Grades 4th – 12th. At the Alper JCC
Reservations required. TEC Credits. No charge
Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Presenter / Facilitator
Dr. Anita Meinbach US Holocaust Memorial Historian
Dr. Mary Johnson, Program Officer of the North America Project of Facing History and Ourselves


Oct. 11
Dedication of the George Feldenkreis Plaza and George Feldenkreis Program in Judaic Studies. By invitation only at the Miller Center.


Oct. 27
Fifth Annual Jack Chester Memorial Foundation Lecture: Prof. Fred A. Lazin The Struggle for Soviet Jewry in American Politics: Israel versus the American Jewish Establishment. Comments by former refusnik, Rabbi Leonid Feldman and former Chairman of the Israel Emergency Fund, Norman H. Lipoff. Professor Lazin is the Lynn and Lloyd Hurst Family Professor of Local Government at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva.
Part of the Dave and Mary Alper JCC’s Twenty-fifth Annual Miami Jewish Book Festival – At the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.


Nov. 8
Tom Reiss on The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life. Part history, part cultural biography, and part literary mystery, The Orientalist traces the life of Lev Nussimbaum, a Jew who transformed himself into a Muslim prince and became a best-selling author in Nazi Germany. After escaping the Russian Revolution in 1905, and finding refuge in Germany, Nussimbaum became a celebrated figure across fascist Europe for his remarkable books about Islam and global revolution. In this astonishing book, author Tom Reiss presents a picture of the twentieth century – of the origins of our ideas about race and religious self-definition, and of the roots of modern fanaticism and terrorism.
Rabbi Mayer Abramowitz on Unsafe Haven. While serving as a US Army Chaplain in Europe, Rabbi Mayer Abramowitz heard hundreds of stories about Jewish victims and their despair and struggle with the vicious perpetrators of WWII. These stories are consolidated into the novel Unsafe Haven, and although fictitious, they serve as a dramatic reconstruction of the horrifying brutality of the Holocaust. Part of the Dave and Mary Alper JCC’s Twenty-fifth Annual Miami Jewish Book Festival. At Congregation Bet Breira.


Nov. 28-Dec. 4
Holocaust Education Week. This year’s theme is “The Holocaust Through the Arts and Film”.


Nov. 29
Shulamit Reinharz, author of American Jewish Women and the Zionist Enterprise. The Fourteenth Annual Luria Family Foundation Lecture. Part of the 25th Annual Jewish Book Festival. With comments from Leonard Luria about his aunt, Rose Luria Halprin. At the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.


Nov.
Prof. Marilyn Safir of Haifa University’s Dept. of Psychology “The Psychology of a Society that Breeds Suicide Terrorists”.


Dec. 1
Dr. Michael Berenbaum on his new film “Imaginary Witness – Hollywood and the Holocaust”. Part of the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach’s Holocaust Education Week and Lecture Series. At the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.


Dec. 5
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin on A Code of Jewish Ethics: Volume 1: You Shall Be Holy. The Fifth Annual Robert Russell Foundation Lecture. At the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.


Dec. 6
Daniel Libeskind, architect of the World Trade Center Monument and author of Breaking Ground. Co-sponsored with the UM School of Architecture and part of the Dave and Mary Alper JCC’s Twenty-fifth Annual Miami Jewish Book Festival. At the Alper JCC.


2004

Feb. 3
Dr. Mitchell G. Bard on “Myths and Facts Surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”. Sponsored by the Futernick Family Foundation. At the Miller Center.


Feb. 10
Prof. Geoffrey Hartman on “Angels in the Academy”. At the Miller Center.


Feb. 10
Prof. Geoffrey Hartman on “The Literature of the Shoah: Defining Its Importance”. At Temple Beth Sholom, Miami Beach.


Feb. 17
Dr. Uzi Arad on “Rethinking Israel’s National Security in the New Regional and Global Environment”. The Ninth Annual Taffy Gould Lecture. At the Miller Center.


Feb. 18
Dr. Ghil’ad Zuckermann on “The Camouflaged Influence of American English on ‘Israeli Hebrew’”. This lecture is based on his just published book called Language Contact and Lexical Enrichment in Israeli Hebrew. Discounted autographed copies will be available. At the Miller Center.


Feb. 25
Dr. Shmuel Trigano on “Jews From Arab Lands in the 20th Century”. At the Miller Center.


Feb. 25-Mar. 12
“Haggadot Through Time and Space”. An exhibit of haggadot from the collection of Richard Goldstein, including those in other languages and from other cultures (Russian, Amharic, Chinese) those created for advertising purposes (Maxwell House, etc.), those created for commercial purposes (sale in bookstores), those created by institutions and movements within Judaism and those created by individual families. Half will be in the Miller Center Foyer and half at Temple Beth.


Mar. 1
Prof. Yaffa Eliach on “The World We Lost – Jewish Europe Before the Shoah”. The George Feldenkreis Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture. At the Miller Center.


Mar. 11
Lunch and Learn. Prof. David Stern on “Through the Pages of the Past: The Jewish Book in Historical Context” At the Miller Center.


Mar. 11
Prof. David Stern, Chairman of the Judaic Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania “The Haggadah as a Book”. Co-sponsored with Judaic Studies Program at UM and Temple Beth Am. At Beth Am.


Mar. 25
Prof. Sandor Gilman on “The Physical Representation of Jews in European Culture. Campus Lunch and Learn Series at the Miller Center.


Mar. 25
Prof. Amatzia Baram on “Quo Vadis Iraq?” The Twelfth Annual Lura Lecture. At the Miller Center.


Apr. 22
“Trembling Before God” an award-winning documentary film about being gay and orthodox. The film will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by attorney Elizabeth F. Schwartz, a graduate of the UM School of Law. At the UM Cosford Theatre.


Apr. 29
“A lecture by Donna Rosenthal on “The Israelis Nobody Knows”. Author of The Israelis: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land. Former news producer on Israel Television; reporter for Israel Radio and The Jerusalem Post and lecturer at the Hebrew University, Rosenthal has reported from Iran, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan. She has won three Lowell Thomas awards. At The Miller Center, C. Gables. Ms. Rosenthal’s book will be available for autographing and purchase. Co-sponsored with UM’s Citizens Board.


Sep. 1
Dr. Muhammed Abu Samra (unable to attend at last minute and replaced by Mr. Mohammed Hussein) and Dr. Tzvi Adelman “Difficult Dialogue: A Palestinian and and Israeli Perspective on the Conflict”. Co-sponsored with JSP, Oasis, School of Law and JSO.


Sep. 15
Dr. Ranen Omer-Sherman Assistant Professor of English, will present on Jewish Literature and the Desert: Israel in Exile at The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic.


Sep. 20
First Annual Kent Security Corporate Lecture –Dr. Boaz Ganor on “The Challenge of Countering International Terrorism Post 9/11”. At The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.


Oct. 12

Matty Cohen, Deputy Consul General, State of Israel, will meet with a group of students to discuss the topic of “The Disengagement Plan and the Security Fence”. Co-Sponsored with UM Hillel.


Oct. 14
Fourth Annual Jack Chester –Amb. Alon Pinkas on “The Evolution of the Relationship Among Israel, the U.S. and American Jewish Organizations” at The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies


Oct. 18
Kenneth Triester on Cherubim and Palm Trees The 24th Annual Miami Jewish Book Festival. At Temple Emanu-El, Miami Beach.


Oct. 19
Rabbi Dr. Shimon Cowen on the “Noahide Movement”. Presented by UM Chabad.

Oct. 25
Prof. Jonathan Sarna on American Judaism: A History. The 24th Annual Miami Jewish Book Festival. At the Alper JCC.


Oct. 28
Neil Lazarus will engage audience in a discussion on “The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and its Effect on Israeli Society”. Co-sponsored with UM Hillel. At The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic.


Nov. 3
Rabbi Laibl Wolf on “Kosher Yoga and Meditation”. Presented by UM Chabad.


Nov. 4
“Teaching the Holocaust Through Film” with Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff. Presented by UM Hillel. At The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.


Nov. 7
Annual Emil and Estelle Gould Lecture commemorating Kristallnacht. Vivian Fulop concert of songs set to the poetry of Hannah Senesh. Co-sponsored with the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach. At Temple Emanu-El, Miami Beach.


Nov. 8
Israel Lapciuc on Thou Shalt Not Forget. The 24th Annual Miami Jewish Book Festival. At the Miller Center.


Nov. 10
Dr. Samantha Baskind on Raphael Soyer. The 24th Annual Miami Jewish Book Festival. At the Miller Center.


Nov. 11
Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev, two journalists with Yediot Aharonot and authors of In Our Hearts We Were Giants, about a family of dwarves who survived the Holocaust and Dr. Mengele’s experiments. Co-sponsored with UM Hillel. At The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.


Dec. 2
Isaac Bashevis Singer Centennial Memorial Event – Lester Goran and Jan Schwarz. At the Miller Center, UM Campus.


Dec. 6
Annual Robert Russell Foundation Lecture. Rabbi Joseph Telushkin on Jewish humor. At the Miller Center.

 

2003


January 9, 2003
Eli Rosenbaum, head of OSI at the Justice Dept., on “Nazi Hunting”. Co-sponsored with the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach. At the Cuban Hebrew Congregation, Miami Beach.


February 5, 2003
The Eighth Annual Futernick Family Lecture. Rabbi Jack Riemer on “What is the Most Difficult Mitzvah to Keep?” At the Miller Center.


February 10, 2003
Dr. Adolfo Roitman on “The Significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls for Judaism and Christianity”. At the Miller Center.


February 11, 2003
Dr. Orly Lubin, Chair of the Department of Poetics and Comparative Literature at Tel Aviv University on “Women in Hollywood”. Co-sponsored with the Greater Miami Section of the National Council of Jewish Women. At Temple Beth Sholom,Miami Beach.

February 12, 2003
“Shooting the Prime Ministers” Arnold Newman, world-famous portrait photographer, will discuss his experiences photographing Israel’s prime ministers. He has donated these portraits to the Miller Center. At the Miller Center.


February 12, 2003
Rabbi Harold Kushner. Co-sponsored with Temple Beth Am. At Beth Am.


February 13, 2003
Lynn Nicholas, author of “Rape of Europa” - confiscated Nazi Art slide presentation. Co-sponsored with the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach. At the Cuban Hebrew Congregation.


March 13, 2003
Rochelle Saidel on “The Women of Ravensbruck”. Co-sponsored with the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach. At the Cuban Hebrew Congregation, Miami Beach.


March 19, 2003
The Eighth Annual Taffy Gould Lecture with Dr. Elie Rekhess, Senior Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center, Tel Aviv University. Dr Rekhess is the acknowledged expert on Israel’s Arabs. At the Miller Center.


March 24, 2003
Zhenya Senyak on his recently published book, “The Hebrew Book of the Dead“. A Lunch and Learn co-sponsored by the Miller Center and the Judaic Studies Program. At the Miller Center.


March 26, 2003
“Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness” and Rabbi Marvin Tokayer. The film is about the Japanese diplomat who saved many Jewish lives during the 1930’s and 40’s. Rabbi Tokayer spent many years as the Chief Rabbi of Japan and who wrote The Fugu Plan, the story of Chiune Sugihara. Co-sponsored with Temple Emanu-El and the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach. At Temple Emanu-El, Miami Beach.


March 31, 2003
Dr. Ron Kronish