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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.

Passover Expo and Amram Scholar Series Lecture


This event was rescheduled from Sunday, March 11.

Date: Sunday, March 18
Passover Expo: 9:45 am - 1:00 pm
Amram Scholar Series Lecture: 10:30 am
Location: Temple
Cost: Free

For those eager to get beyond the plagues and move as quickly as possible to gefilte fish and matzah ball soup, a Passover seder may seem to last as long as the Exodus from Egypt. To bring new life and laughter to the holiday observance, we offer you a day of pre-Passover fun and resources that begins with a comedic Amram talk and ends with more new recipes than you can fit on your table.

Join us at Temple on Sunday, March 18 at 10:30 am, when comedy-writing legend Alan Zweibel discusses his new book, For This We Left Egypt?: A Passover Haggadah for Jews and Those Who Love Them, an irreverent parody of the traditional Haggadah.

One of the original Saturday Night Live writers, Mr. Zweibel co-wrote the hilarious “Samurai” sketches for John Belushi and created Roseanne Rosannadanna with Gilda Radner. He has won multiple Emmy, Writers Guild of America, and TV Critics awards for his work in television. In addition to SNL, his credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, Late Show With David Letterman, and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, which he co-created and produced. As humorous in person as he is in writing, Mr. Zweibel is a frequent guest on late-night talk shows. Theatrically, his contributions include a collaboration with Billy Crystal for the Tony Award-winning play 700 Sundays, Martin Short’s Broadway hit Fame Becomes Me, and the off-Broadway play Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy, which he adapted from his best-selling book. He is currently working on a musical adaptation of the movie Field of Dreams.

In For This We Left Egypt?, Mr. Zweibel partnered with Dave Barry, the Pulitzer Prizewinning humor writer, and Adam Mansbach, author of the best-selling book Go the F*** to Sleep. According to The Forward, the result is “a full-fledged comic assault on Passover” that goes through every step of the seder, but “runs riot with the Haggadah.” Copies of For This We Left Egypt? will be available for purchase so that you can share the fun at your own seder table.

Passover Expo

Guarantee that this year’s seder will truly be a “night different from all other nights” by visiting our Passover Expo, which begins at 9:45 am before the Amram program and continues after it until 1:00 pm. Join us to sample new menu items and great kosher-for-Passover wines, pick up interesting readings for adults and projects for children, find new Judaica for your seder table, and take home some Passover swag.

Alan Zweibel’s Amram Scholar Series Lecture is presented in cooperation with the Jewish Book Council.

Support WHC's youth social justice projects by purchasing this book through the WHC Mitzvah Mall.

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 at 9:45 am (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

Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Taubman came to the Amram Scholar Series to revisit the decades when the United States and the Soviet Union — the world's two superpowers — dictated geopolitical strategy, foreign policy, and economic stability. His talk at Temple on Sunday, January 28, 2018 focused on his new biography, Gorbachev: His Life and Times, for which the former Soviet leader afforded him extensive access. The book has been named as one of five finalists for the 2017 National Book Critics Circle award for biography. Mr. Taubman came to WHC in cooperation with the Jewish Book Council.

Upcoming Events

March 18, 2018 / Sunday
Passover Expo and Amram Scholar Series Lecture
9:45 AM—1:00 PM

This event was rescheduled from Sunday, March 11.

For those eager to get beyond the plagues and move as quickly as possible to gefilte fish and matzah ball soup, a…

April 15, 2018 / Sunday
Amram Scholar Series Presents: Francine Klagsbrun
10:30 AM—12:00 PM
May 6, 2018 / Sunday
Amram Scholar Series Presents: Jeremy Dauber and Michael Krasny
5:00 PM—6:30 PM

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