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Amram Scholar Series

This dynamic program of free public lectures brings world-renowned authors, scholars, political leaders, policy experts, and theologians to WHC to share their perspectives on timely issues or their research into Jewish culture and history.

We are pleased to present prominent writers of the nation's newest works on topics of Jewish interest, often in cooperation with the Jewish Book Council.

2017-2018 Amram Scholar Series Schedule

Unless specified, all lectures are held at Temple on Sundays at 10:30 am.

Sunday, October 29
Thomas L. Friedman, author of Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

Wednesday, November 8 at 7:00 pm at St. Alban's Episcopal Church
Michal Schwartz, Dancing on a Powder Keg: The Ilse Weber Story in Words and Music
Interfaith Kristallnacht Remembrance

Sunday, November 19
Steven J. Ross, author of Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America

Sunday, December 3
Eddy Portnoy, author of Bad Rabbi: And Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press

Sunday, January 28
William Taubman, author of Gorbachev: His Life and Times

Sunday, March 18 (This event was rescheduled from Sunday, March 11)
Alan Zweibel, author of For This We Left Egypt? A Passover Haggadah for Jews and Those Who Love Them

Sunday, April 15
Francine Klagsbrun, author of Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel

Sunday, May 6 at 5:00 pm
Jeremy Dauber and Michael Krasny, "Jewish Humor"

Past Lectures

Comic archetypes took center stage at Temple on Sunday, May 6 when the Amram Scholar Series concluded its year with an analysis of the special nature of the Jewish sense of humor through the ages.

Jeremy Dauber, Professor of Yiddish language and culture at Columbia University, and Michael Krasny, literature scholar and National Public Radio host, came together to discuss their latest books, which both explore the range of Jewish comedy — a genre fueled by persecution, suffering, and self-awareness.

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