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.
Jan. 18 Lecture by Edwin Black on “The Farhud”.
Jan. 31 Rebecca Joy Fletcher, “Laughter as Resistance: Performance during the Holocaust”. 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.
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.
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. Co-sponsored with the Department of Religious Studies and the Africana Studies Program.
Mar. 1 Lecture by Ambassador Yehuda Avner on Serving Five Prime Ministers. Co-sponsored with Temple Judea and Books and Books.
Mar. 2 Lecture by Tal Grinfas-David, on Understanding Zionism Through its Music.
Mar. 7 Lecture by Dr. Arnold Dashefsky on Charitable Choices: Philanthropic Decisions of Donors in the American Jewish Community. Cosponsored by the Department of Sociology.
Mar. 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.
Mar. 24 Prof. Hillel Frisch on “Israel’s Arab Citizens and Israel’s Security: A Forthcoming Cambridge University Book”.
Apr. 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”.
Apr. 13 Mitchell Bard lecture on “The Arab Lobby”.
May 3 Legacy Luncheon
Oct 25 Deborah E. Lipstadt on The Trial of Adolph Eichmann. The Eleventh Annual Robert Russell Memorial Foundation Lecture and the Fourteenth Annual Jewish Book Festival. Co-sponsored with the Foundation of Jewish Philanthropies of the GMJF.
Oct 26 Book presentation with Prof. Sergio Della Pergola, Prof. Judit Bokser Liwerant and Prof. Margalit Bejarano on their new book Belonging and Otherness - Jews in/of Latin America: Forty years of change.
Nov 1 Lecture by Meir Shalev on his new book My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner. Co-sponsored by UM’s Department of English.
Nov 7 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.
Nov 13 “Teaching Israel” with Professor Kenneth Stein and the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel at Emory.
Nov 15 Prof. Mohieddin Mesbahi, Director, Middle East Studies Center, FIU on “Iran and the Persian Gulf – National Actors, Current Conflicts, Future of the Gulf”.
Nov 22 Prof. Brad McGuinn, Dept. of Political Science, on “Non-state Actors: State-based; Cross-border Actors; Future Responses”.
Dec 6 Donor Appreciation Event with Joey Novick on “Let There Be Laughter - Jewish Humor in America”.
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.
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.
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.”
Apr. 22 “The Quarrel” adapted by Joseph Telushkin and David Brandes at the GableStage. 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.
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.
May 4 Annual Legacy Luncheon by invitation only for students, faculty, JCS staff and survivor participants in the HSSI Program.
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”
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.
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.
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." 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.
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. Co-sponsored with the School of Communications and UM Hillel.
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.
Jan. 18 At the Dave and Mary Alper JCC: 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.
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. 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 The opening of a 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.
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.
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.
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”.
Oct. 30 - Jan. 24 “Tree of Paradise – Jewish Mosaics from the Roman Empire” at the Lowe Museum.
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”.
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. 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?
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.
Feb. 14 Dr. Menachem Kellner Prof. of Medieval Jewish History at Haifa University on “Maimonides in Jewish Thought”.
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.
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.
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.
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 at 5:00p.m. Sponsored by the Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Dept. of History.
Mar. 4 A special briefing at 8pm on CRISIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST: BEYOND THE HEADLINES, Featuring Yaakov Katz, Military Correspondent and Defense Analyst for The Jerusalem Post. 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.
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.
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.
Mar. 25 Opening event with lecture by Ruth Behar on her recently published book An Island Called Home, about the Jews of Cuba. With the possible participation of Humberto Mayol.
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.
May 14 “The Accomplices” co-produced with the GableStage.
Oct. 22 Lecture by Prof. Gabi Weiman on “Terrorism in Cyber Space” Dessert reception at 7:30pm.
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.
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.
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. Prof.
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.
Nov. 12-23 The Soul of Gershwin: The Musical Journey of an American Klezmer at Parker Playhouse. The Miller Center is please to be a Strategic Partner with National Jewish Theater in offering you a 10% discount on tickets to a special show that is not entertaining but also culturally significant.
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?”
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".
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.
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".
Feb. 17 Opening event for "Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945" exhibit. Screening of "Bent" at Whitten Learning Center.
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'".
Feb. 19 "Encounter Point", an award winning documentary about Israeli and Palestinian peacemakers. Co-sponsored with the School of Communications.
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).
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.
Mar. 11-12 Third Annual Posen Conference. By invitation only.
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.
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.
Apr. 19 & 24 "Golda’s Balcony" at the GableStage.
Oct. 29 Michael Bar-Zohar on his autobiography of Shimon Peres. Co-sponsored with the 27th Annual Jewish Book Festival.
Nov. 7 The Twelfth Annual Taffy Gould Lecture with Dr. Tawfik Hamid on “The Roots of Jihad”.
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.
Nov. 27 Lunch & Learn - Omer Bartov on his new book Erased, a study on the Holocaust in Ukraine.
Jan. 12 Prof. Holocaust Memorial Lecture I – Bryan Mark Rigg.
Jan. 19 “Address Unknown” at the GableStage.
Jan. 21-29 Ninth Annual Jewish Film Festival.
Jan. 22 “The Ritchie Boys” and “The Syrian Bride” Part of the Ninth Annual Jewish Film Festival.
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.
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.
Feb. 9 Holocaust Memorial Lecture II - Prof. Harry Reicher.
Feb. 14 Dr. Walid Phares will lecture on his new book Future Jihad: Terrorists Strategies Against America. Co-sponsored with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
Feb. 21 Re-dedication by Dr. and Mrs. Phillip Frost of the frieze in honor of Dr. Janusc Korczak. By invitation only.
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. 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.
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.
Sep. 26 Donor Reception and Briefing with Dr. Haim Shaked. By invitation only.
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.
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.
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?"
Oct. 24 "Among the Righteous" by Robert Satloff, Executive Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. At the Alper JCC as part of the 26th Annual Jewish Book Festival. Dr. 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". 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.
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.
Nov. 12 Kristallnacht Commemoration at the Holocaust Memorial.
Nov. 13 Lecture by Dr. Mordechai Aviam on “The Galilee that Jesus Walked”.
Nov. 14 Lecture by Dr. Gideon Greif on his recently published book about the Sonderkommando, We Wept Without Tears. 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.
Nov. 27 A Treasure in Auschwitz – A documentary. At the Shul of Bal Harbour, 9540 Collins Avenue, Sufside.
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.
Dec. 5 Sixth Annual Robert Russell Foundation Lecture with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.
Jan. 31 Prof. Robert Rockaway on Jewish gangsters.
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.
Feb. 9 Kenneth Treister on “Synagogue Architecture Through Time and Space”. Co.sponsored with the UM School of Architecture.
Feb. 21 Scharlin Patio Dedication.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apr. 7 Prof. Laurel Leff of Northeastern University on Buried by The Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper. Lunch and Learn.
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.
Sep. 27 Briefing by Haim Shaked & reception for donors. By invitation only. “The Middle East: Between Despair and Hope”.
Oct. 7 Holocaust Workshop for Teachers for Miami-Dade County public and private school teachers for Grades 4th–12th at the Alper JCC. TEC Credits. 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.
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.
Nov. 8 Tom Reiss on The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life. Rabbi Mayer Abramowitz on Unsafe Haven. 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. 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.
Dec. 5 Rabbi Joseph Telushkin on A Code of Jewish Ethics: Volume 1: You Shall Be Holy. The Fifth Annual Robert Russell Foundation Lecture.
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.
Feb. 3 Dr. Mitchell G. Bard on “Myths and Facts Surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”. Sponsored by the Futernick Family Foundation.
Feb. 10 Prof. Geoffrey Hartman on “Angels in the Academy”.
Feb. 10 Prof. Geoffrey Hartman on “The Literature of the Shoah: Defining Its Importance” at Temple Beth Sholom.
Feb. 17 Dr. Uzi Arad on “Rethinking Israel’s National Security in the New Regional and Global Environment”. The Ninth Annual Taffy Gould Lecture.
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.
Feb. 25 Dr. Shmuel Trigano on "Jews From Arab Lands in the 20th Century".
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 Am.
Mar. 1 Prof. Yaffa Eliach on “The World We Lost – Jewish Europe Before the Shoah”. The George Feldenkreis Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture.
Mar. 11 Lunch and Learn. Prof. David Stern on “Through the Pages of the Past: The Jewish Book in Historical Context”.
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.
Mar. 25 Prof. Sandor Gilman on “The Physical Representation of Jews in European Culture. Campus Lunch and Learn Series.
Mar. 25 Prof. Amatzia Baram on “Quo Vadis Iraq?” The Twelfth Annual Lura Lecture.
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.
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.
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.
Sep. 20 First Annual Kent Security Corporate Lecture –Dr. Boaz Ganor on “The Challenge of Countering International Terrorism Post 9/11”.
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”.
Oct. 18 Kenneth Triester on Cherubim and Palm Trees The 24th Annual Miami Jewish Book Festival at Temple Emanu-El
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.
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.
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.
Nov. 8 Israel Lapciuc on Thou Shalt Not Forget. The 24th Annual Miami Jewish Book Festival.
Nov. 10 Dr. Samantha Baskind on Raphael Soyer. The 24th Annual Miami Jewish Book Festival.
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.
Dec. 2 Isaac Bashevis Singer Centennial Memorial Event – Lester Goran and Jan Schwarz.
Dec. 6 Annual Robert Russell Foundation Lecture. Rabbi Joseph Telushkin on Jewish humor.
Jan. 9 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.
Feb. 5 The Eighth Annual Futernick Family Lecture. Rabbi Jack Riemer on “What is the Most Difficult Mitzvah to Keep?”
Feb. 10 Dr. Adolfo Roitman on “The Significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls for Judaism and Christianity”.
Feb. 11 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.
Feb. 12 “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.
Feb. 12 Rabbi Harold Kushner. Co-sponsored with Temple Beth Am. At Beth Am.
Feb. 13 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.
Mar. 13 Rochelle Saidel on “The Women of Ravensbruck”. Co-sponsored with the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach. At the Cuban Hebrew Congregation.
Mar. 19 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.
Mar. 24 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.
Mar. 26 "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.
Mar. 31 Dr. Ron Kronish on "Is Arab Jewish Coexistence Still Possible?" Co-sponsored with Temple Beth Sholom at Beth Sholom.
Apr. 2 Dr. Raymond Tanter on "Rogue Regime Change and Democratic Peace: Cuba, Iraq and Palestine". Co-sponsored with the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies.
Apr. 3 Hon. Miki Arbel, Consul General of Israel for Florida and Puerto Rico on "The Holocaust’s Effect on Israel’s Second Generation: A Personal Perspective". At the Cuban Hebrew Congregation.
Apr. 21 Panel on Anti-Semitism on the Campus. Co-sponsored with Hillel.
Apr. 28 The Eleventh Annual Luria Lecture with Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, newly elected Chairwoman of the House Sub-Committee on the Middle East. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen will speak on "The U.S. in the Middle East - A View from the House".
May 12 Prof. Menachem Hofnung of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on "Israel After the War in Iraq". In cooperation with the School of Law and the Judaic Studies Program.
Sep. 15 Third Monday Lunch and Learn Series. Prof. Ira Sheskin on "How Jewish Communities Differ: Prospectives from Demographic Research"
Sep. 24 Prof. Ilan Stavans “Jews and Latino – Unlikely Partners?”. Co-sponsored with the Department of English, and the Judaic Studies Program.
Oct. 15 Lecture on History of Klezmer with Hankus Netsky, leader of the Klezmer Conservatory Band. Co-sponsored with the Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture.
Oct. 18 South Florida Klezmerim. Co-sponsored with Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture.
Oct. 20 Third Monday Lunch and Learn Series. Dr. Samantha Baskind, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History and Judaic Studies on “’Some Kind of Iconography About My Jewish Identity’/Tradition and Continuity in the Art of Jack Levine.
Oct. 22 Warren Bass Support Any Friend: Kennedy’s Middle East. Part of the 23rd Annual Jewish Book Festival co-sponsored with the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center. This lecture also co-sponsored with Temple Judea. At Temple Judea.
Oct. 28 The Third Annual Jack Chester Lecture. Prof. Stephen M. Berk, Prof. Of Judaic Studies at Union College, Schenectady, N.Y.”Lessons of the Holocaust”.
Oct. 29 Lunch and Learn with Dr. Dana Kaplan on "Is There a Future for American Reform Judaism?"
Oct. 30 Peter Z. Malkin (the man who captured Adolph Eichmann) on The Argentina Journal and Casting Pebbles on the Water With A Cluster of Colors. Part of the 23rd Annual Jewish Book Festival co-sponsored with the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center. This lecture also co-sponsored with the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach.
Oct. 31 Teacher’s Workshop with Alexandra Zepruder Salvaged Pages: Diaries of the Holocaust Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Dr. Anita Meinbach, Facilitators, at Alper JCC. Co- sponsors: Holocaust Memorial, MDCPS, Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies at U of M. Young Israel of Kendall.
Nov. 4 Prof. Ghil’ad Zuckermann on “Between Revival and Survival: Yiddish and the Emergence of ‘Israeli Hebrew’”.” Campus Lunch and Learn Series.
Nov. 5 Daniel Levitas on The Terrorist Next Door: The Militia Movement and the Radical Right; Barry Rubin on Yasser Arafat: A Political Biography; Phyllis Chesler on The New Anti-Semitism. Part of the 23rd Annual Jewish Book Festival co-sponsored with the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center. This lecture also co-sponsored with Congregation Bet Breira. At Bet Breira.
Nov. 6 Sami Michael, Israeli author of A Trumpet in the Wadi, Refuge, Victoria, etc. He will address the class of Drs. Ranen Omer-Sherman and Christina Civantos on “Jews and Arabs – Representations of the Semitic Self and Other in Literature and Film”. Mr. Michael’s specialty is relations between Jews and Arabs in Haifa.
Nov. 11 Prof. Ruth Amossy of Tel Aviv University on “Israel and Jews in the French Extreme Right Discourse”.
Nov 14 UM Homecoming Week-end "UM Experience 2003" lecture on Middle East Update by Dr. Haim Shaked, Director of The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies, reviews the antecedents of the current conflict in the Middle East, offering his analysis of the situation to date and his recommendations for moving forward. His discussion covers the region in general and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular.
Nov. 17 Third Monday Lunch and Learn Series. Michelle Warren, Associate Professor of French on "Hebrew Etymology in Medieval French Literature".
Nov. 19 Amy Kronish on "Contemporary Trends in Israeli Cinema" - a look at the issues and developments of Israeli cinema over the last 10-15 years - as Israelis move from the self-sacrificing ideology of the communal endeavor to the new post-modern emphasis on the individual. Co-sponsored by UM Hillel Jewish Student Center.
Nov. 20 Prof. Jael Silliman on "Jewish Portraits, Indian Frames: Women’s Narratives from a Diaspora of Hope".
Nov. 21 Lecture by A. B. Yehoshua, Israeli novelist and author of Mr. Mani and A Journey to the End of the Millennium on his new book The Liberated Bride. At the Cosford Theatre.
Jan. 10 Robert-Jan Van Pelt – "How We Know What We Know About the Holocaust".In cooperation with the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach. At Cuban Hebrew Congregation-Temple Beth Shmuel.
Jan. 31 The Seventh Annual Futernick Family Lecture. Rabbi Jack Reimer on "David, Bathsheba and Woody Allen – Reinterpreting the Story Through the Centuries". At the UM Faculty Club.
Feb. 4 Dr. Norman A. Stillman lecture at Hecht Residential College.
Feb. 6 Dr. Norman A. Stillman lecture on "Muslim/Jewish Relations in History". UM Faculty Club.
Feb. 7 Michael Wex on "Yiddish Humor". In cooperation with the Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture.
Feb. 8 Dr. Yossi Olmert at Miami City Club on the current Israeli political debate. By invitation.
Feb. 14 Dr. Michael Berenbaum, "Conspiracy – The Nazi Plan for the Final Solution". – The First Annual Jack Chester Memorial Lecture In cooperation with the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach’s 2002 Cultural Lecture Series. At Cuban Hebrew Congregation-Temple Beth Shmuel.
Feb. 15 Prof. Irwin Cotler on "Hate, Racism and Human Rights – What Have We Learned and What Must We Do?" Co-sponsored by Temple Emanu-El and underwritten by Jacqueline Simkin. At Temple Emanu-El.
Feb. 16 Dr. Adolfo Roitman on "The Tabernacle, the Temple and the Shabbat in the Dead Sea Scrolls". In cooperation with Beth David Congregation. At Beth David.
Feb. 17 Celia Sandys, granddaughter of Winston Churchill - "Churchill and the Jews". The Seventh Annual Taffy Gould Lecture. In cooperation with the UM’s Department of History. At the UM Faculty Club.
Feb. 27 Dr. Adolfo Roitman on ""Jerusalem in Ancient Jewish Thought". In cooperation with Beth David Congregation. At Beth David.
Mar. 6 Dr. Jeffrey S. Shoulson - Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of English and Recently Appointed Director of the Judaic Studies Program, will lecture on his book "Milton and the Rabbis: Hebraism, Hellenism, and Christianity".
Mar. 14 Thane Rosenbaum - In cooperation with the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach. "The Golems of Gotham". At Cuban Hebrew Congregation-Temple Beth Shmuel.
Apr. 9 Yom HaShoa Commemoration - In cooperation with Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach. At Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach.
Sep. 13-29 Dr. Uzi Arad, Visiting Professor.
Sep. 25 Lecture titled "Israel's Strategic Challenges in a Stormy Regional and International Environment", Dr. Uzi Arad at Casa Bacardi.
Oct. 9 MK Ophir Pines-Paz on the impact of the current situation on Israel’s social policy, civil and human rights and religious freedom. Miami City Club. Co-sponsored with the New Israel Fund.
Oct. 16 The Second Annual Jack Chester Memorial Lecture by Yossi Olmert, professor, political columnist, governmental advisor and expert on the Israeli political scene. "Israeli Politics in the Crunch" at Casa Bacardi.
Oct. 24 Jewish Book Fair lecture by Dr. Michael Oren on Six Days of War and Dr. Jay Cristol on The Liberty Incident, UM Founders’ Hall.
Oct. 29 Joel Bainerman lecture on "The Economic Dimensions of the Middle East Conflict". Co-sponsored with Hillel at UM Hillel Jewish Student Center.
Nov. 3 Robert Jan Van Pelt opens Holocaust Education Week.
Nov. 7 Jerry Silverman on "The Undying Flame: Ballads & Songs of the Holocaust". Co-sponsored with the Dora Teitelboim Center and the Holocaust Memorial.
Dec. 5 Dr. Robert Krell on "The Children of Buchenwald". Co-sponsored with the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach.
Dec. 9 Rabbi Joseph Telushkin on "Words that Hurt, Words that Heal". The Second Annual Robert Russell Memorial Foundation Lecture. At the UM Founders’ Hall.
Dec. 12 Miller Center co-sponsors Opening Gala with Miami Jewish Film Festival. “Taking Sides” starring Harvey Keitel. Guest: Producer Ives Pasquier. Intercontinental Hotel.
Dec. 19 Miriam Hoffman on "Yiddish Folklore, Yiddish Theatre and Film". Co-sponsored with the Dora Teitelboim Center and UM Hillel. At UM Hillel.
Jan. 11 Dr. Stephen Feinstein “Witness and Legacy: Art After Auschwitz” Co-sponsored with Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach.
Jan. 18 Itche Goldberg, one of the foremost scholars of Yiddish culture and editor of the longest running Yiddish literary magazine in the country, Yiddishe Kultur, will speak about the rich literature produced by the giants of the modern Yiddish literary tradition. Co-sponsored by the Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture at UM Hillel.
Jan. 23 Kenneth Treister with introductory remarks by Prof. Haim Shaked. “Jewish Ceremonial Art” at the Gumenick Chapel, Temple Israel.
Jan. 29 Prof. Saul Friedlander, author of Nazi Germany and the Jews: the Years of Persecution, 1933–1939. The Ninth Annual Norman and Irma Braman Foundation Lecture. In cooperation with the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach. Storer Auditorium.
Feb. 12 Presentation of the film, Journey of the Last Butterfly, a poetry recital and testimony of a Czech Holocaust survivor. Co-sponsored with the Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture, the Florida Grand Opera and the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial. At Cosford Theater.
Feb. 20 Menachem Milson lecture “Jews in Arab Literature and Arabs in Jewish Literature” Seventh Annual Taffy Gould Lecture at UM Faculty Club.
Feb. 21 Dr. Oren Stier, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at FIU, will discuss the impact of the Holocaust upon modern life. Co-sponsored by the Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture. At UM Hillel.
Mar. 6 Lectures Series 2001 Co-sponsored with the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach. Dr. Gideon Greif “From Saloniki to Auschwitz: The Special Fate of Greek Jewry” with accompanying art exhibit. At Cuban-Hebrew Congregation.
Mar. 11 Kallah program #1 “The Future of North American Jewry” Prof. Alan Dershowitz, Dennis Prager, Anne Roiphe. Moderator: Rabbi David Woznica. Live via satellite from the 92nd St. Y in Manhattan. At UM College of Engineering Annex in cooperation with the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center.
Mar. 20 Kallah program #2 “Great Thinkers, Great Wisdom: Rabbis Akiva and Hillel, Rabbis Abraham Joshua Heschel and Joseph B. Soloveitchik” Prof. Isaiah Gafni, Judith Hauptman, Peter Geffen, David Shatz. Live via satellite from the 92nd St. Y in Manhattan. At UM College of Engineering Annex in cooperation with the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center.
Mar. 22 Lecture Series 2001 with Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach – “The Path of the Righteous Gentiles: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust” Dr. Mordecai Paldiel. At Cuban-Hebrew Congregation.
Mar. 25 Kallah program #3 “An Evening with Elie Wiesel” Elie Wiesel in conversation with Rabbi David Woznica. Live via satellite from the 92nd St. Y in Manhattan. At UM College of Engineering Annex. In cooperation with the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center.
Apr. 2 Miller/CLAL Series Lecture #1 “Contemporary Jewish Thought” Taught by Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard. At UM Faculty Club. In cooperation with the National Jewish Center for Leadership and Learning.
Apr. 16 Miller/CLAL Lecture Series #2 “New Views of the Jewish Future” Taught by Dr. Shari Cohen. Hosted by Stephanie and Jules Trump at 1000 Island Blvd. In Williams Island. In cooperation with the National Jewish Center for Leadership and Learning.
May 21 Miller/CLAL Lecture #4 “Jewish Power and American Politics: Past, Present and Future”. Taught by Rabbi Brad Hirschfield. Hosted by Sandra and Stephen Muss at the Fontainebleau Hilton Hotel. In cooperation with the National Jewish Center for Leadership and Learning.
Oct. 18 Dr. Haim Shaked on “Terrorism, Suicide and Islam”. Address to combined meeting of Community Relations Committee and Board of Directors. At Greater Miami Jewish Federation.
Oct. 22 Dr. Haim Shaked on “The Effects of Terrorism on Daily Life” Young President’s Organization meeting by invitation only. At the home of Judy and Michael Adler.
Oct. 24 Edwin Black, author of IBM and the Holocaust: Nazi Germany and America’s Most Powerful Corporation, in cooperation with the Dave and Mary Alper JCC Jewish Book Fair and Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach. At Temple Beth Am.
Oct. 25 Rabbi Irving Greenberg, author of Living in the Image of God. Co-sponsored by the Dave and Mary Alper JCC Jewish Book Fair and Temple Beth Sholom. At Temple Beth Sholom.
Oct. 28 Kenneth Treister, author of Chapel of Light, in cooperation with Temple Israel of Miami, the University of Miami School of Architecture and the Dave and Mary Alper JCC Jewish Book Fair. At Temple Israel.
Nov. 1 Prof. Yaffa Eliach, author of There Once Was a World: A 900 Year Chronicle of the Shtetl of Eishyshok. In cooperation with the Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture. At the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center.
Nov. 5 Rich Cohen, author of Tough Jews lectures on his latest book The Avengers “a Holocaust story without a concentration camp” about Jewish resistance fighters during World War II. In cooperation with Books & Books.
Nov. 6 Dr. Haim Shaked on UM Law School panel re “The World After September 11”.
Nov. 29 Dr. Henry Abramson, guest curator of the Jewish Museum of Florida’s exhibit on intolerance and bigotry will discuss the exhibit, subtitled “Images of Intolerance in Florida Culture”. The exhibition catalog called “The Art of Hatred” will be used as a vehicle for Dr. Abramson’s discussion. In cooperation with Books & Books.
Dec. 4 Rabbi Joseph Telushkin – First Annual Robert Russell Memorial Foundation Lecture. At Temple Emanu-El.
Dec. 8 Opening night of the Central Agency for Jewish Education’s Fifth Annual Jewish Film Festival sponsored by The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies. At the Regal South Beach Cinema. Reception honoring Gloria and Howard Scharlin.
Dec. 11 Central Agency for Jewish Education's Fifth Annual Jewish Film Festival at the Regal South Beach Cinema. "Gripsholm" German/Austrian/Swiss Production & "All My Loved Ones" Czech Republic Production
Dec. 13 Dr. Nehama Tec – “Defiance – The Bielski Partisans” (the story of the largest Armed Forces rescue of Jews by Jews in World War II). In cooperation with the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach.At Cuban Hebrew Congregation-Temple Beth Shmuel.
Feb. 17 Dr. Adolfo Roitman on “Jerusalem in Ancient Jewish Thought”. In cooperation with Beth David Congregation. At Beth David.
Jan. 11 UM Cosford Cinema, special screening of the 1998 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary, “The Last Days”, produced by Steven Spielberg and the Shoah Visual History Foundation. It portrays the story of the Nazi destruction of Hungary’s Jews in late 1944 through the stories of five survivors. One of them who resides in S. Florida, Mrs. Irene Zisblatt, made a moving presentation about her harrowing experiences during World War II.
Jan. 14-17 Conference/Shabbaton on “Jewish Meditation in a New Millennium – Healing the Heart and Healing the Planet”. The Miller Center was one of the sponsoring organizations. Temple Beth El.
Jan. 19 CCJS event at the home of George Feldenkreis with members of the Jewish ‘Latino’ community to brief them and enlist their support for a proposed Latin American and Caribbean Jewry Studies program. Participants included Provost Luis Glaser, Profs. JaimeSuchlicki and Haim Shaked and CCJS Outreach and Development Director, Maxine Schwartz.
Jan. 24 Dr. Yaffa Eliach lectured on her book, “There Once was a World: A 900 Year Chronicle of the Shtetl of Eishyshok”. Held in cooperation with the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach as part of their Winter 2000 lecture series. Cuban-Hebrew Congregation/Beth Shmuel, Miami Beach, FL,
Jan. 25 Meeting between CCJS staff (Dr. Shaked, Maxine Schwartz, Mitch Dabach) and Consulate General of Israel staff (Deputy Consul Haim Regev and others) to respectively familiarize one another with our academic activities and programs.
Jan. 27 South Florida Jewish Studies Association meeting, Dr. Yossi Ginat, Visiting Professor at the University of Oklahoma, briefing on “Jerusalem and the Israeli/Palestinian Final Status Peace Negotiations”. Dr. Ginat had just returned from attending an inter-faith conference on the future status of Jerusalem in Amman, Jordan. He appeared under the joint auspices of the Miller Center and the Consulate General of Miami. Dr. Ginat was also a guest lecturer in Dr. Ira Sheskin’s class at UM, and made a luncheon presentation on the peace process at the UM Hillel Jewish Student Center. Under the auspices of the Dr. M. Lee Pearce Chair in Middle East Peace Studies.
Feb. 15 Academic inauguration program and official launch for the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies with Professor Elie Wiesel, world renowned author and activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate , for CCJS benefactors and in association with Northern Trust Bank, at the UM Storer Auditorium. The keynote address was titled “A Jew Tomorrow: The Challenges Faced by the Jewish People”. The event received news coverage in The Miami Herald. Earlier, a special luncheon/book signing was held for CCJS benefactors at the home of Sue and Leonard Miller.
Feb. 24 Dr. Kenneth Hanson, University of Central Florida, spoke on “The Longest Hatred – the Roots of Anti-Semitism that led to the Holocaust”. Held in cooperation with the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach as part of their Winter 2000 lecture series. Cuban-Hebrew Congregation/Beth Shmuel, Miami Beach, FL
Apr. 6 Dr. Gideon Greif, Scholar and Author, Yad Vashem National Holocaust Memorial Center in Jerusalem, Israel lectured on “The Untold Story of Auschwitz-Birkenau: the ‘Sonderkommando’ People and their Tragic Fate”. Final lecture of the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach Winter 2000 series. Cuban-Hebrew Congregation Beth Shmuel.
Apr. 24 South Florida Jewish Studies Association meeting, Dr. Ira Sheskin, University of Miami, spoke on his recent participation in demographic research, entitled “The 2000 National Jewish Population Survey: Controversies and Prospects”. The Survey was widely covered in the American Jewish and Israeli press. Held at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.
May 2 The Miller Center was one of 27 sponsors of the community-wide Yom Ha-Shoah, Remembrance Day for Holocaust Victims, program at the Holocaust Memorial on Miami Beach.
May 25 One day conference titled “Law and Israeli Society” with lecturers from various U.S. and Israeli universities on topics such as: “Law, Religion and the Public Sphere” and “Politics, Corruption and the Legal Order”. CCJS was one of the co-sponsors of the program that was being coordinated by Prof. Robert Rosen of the U.M. School of Law. Loews Hotel, Miami Beach, FL
Sep 11 The Seventh Annual Emil and Estelle Gould Lecture. Dr. Uzi Arad, Director, Institute of Policy and Strategy, Inter Disciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel and former Foreign Policy Advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Dr. Arad lectured on “Israel’s Strategic Challenges in a Changing Regional and International Environment”. Under the auspices of the Dr. M. Lee Pearce Chair in Middle East Peace Studies.
Oct 19 The Golden Age of Yiddish Radio The speaker was Henry Sapoznik, a Jewish scholar and founder of the Klezmer music movement. Mr. Sapoznik shared with the audience samples of Yiddish radio broadcasts including Yiddish swing music, Bintel Briefs, philosophy and radio drama. Co-sponsored with the Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture. Hillel Jewish Student Union.
Oct 26 The Sixth Annual Futernick Family Lecture. Rabbi Joseph Telushkin lectured on his newly published Book of Jewish Values: A Day to Day Guide to Ethical Living. Co-sponsored with the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center as part of the 20th Annual Miami Jewish Book Fair. [CCJS also provided a grant to make the entire Book Fair series possible, along with other donors]. The sellout audience at this event numbered over 300. UM Faculty Club.
Nov. 5 David Horovitz, editor of The Jerusalem Report magazine and author of A Little Too Close to God. Part of the 20th Annual Miami Jewish Book Fair. Dr. Shaked gave the introductory remarks at the program. Beth David Congregation.
Nov. 9 The Sixth Annual Taffy Gould Lecture. Hector Feliciano, author of The Lost Museum: The Nazi Conspiracy to Steal the World’s Greatest Works of Art, which deals with the wholesale theft of major Jewish art collections during the Holocaust. Co-sponsored by the UM School of Law, with Law Professor Mary Coombs commenting on the implications in international law. Over 200 guests participated in the event. UM Faculty Club.
Nov. 12 The Miller Center co-sponsored (with five other Miami organizations) a special community wide remembrance program on the 62nd anniversary of Kristallnacht, Night of the Broken Glass. Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial.
Nov. 20 Dr. Yitzhak Arad, former Chairman of the Board of Yad Vashem, spoke on “Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust”. He was a member of the Vilna Ghetto underground from 1942-1944 and wrote three books on the Holocaust. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial on Miami Beach. Cuban-Hebrew Congregation.
Nov. 27 The Eighth Annual Norman and Irma Braman Foundation Lecture entitled “The Holocaust on Trial” by Prof. Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Prof. Lipstadt recently won a precedent-setting case in the British courts against Nazi sympathizer David Irving. The program was co-sponsored by Temple Emanu-El in Miami Beach, and its Senior Rabbi Leonid Feldman. Temple Emanu-El, Miami Beach.
Dec. 9 “Left Luggage”, the opening night film co-sponsored with the Fourth Annual Miami Jewish Film Festival.The Belgian/Dutch film stars Isabella Rosellini, Maximillian Schell and Chaim Topol. The Central Agency for Jewish Education sponsors the film series. CCJS is sponsoring the reception and ‘after’ party. Regal South Beach Cinema.