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2016-2017 Lectures


Germans & Jews

The critically acclaimed documentary Germans & Jews launched the 2016-2017 Amram Scholar Series with a thoughtful examination of the German-Jewish relationship 70 years after the Third Reich. Co-sponsored by the German Embassy, this special film screening featured a moving opening from German Ambassador Peter Wittig and a Q&A with director Janina Quint and executive producer Tal Recanati.

Cornell William Brooks

NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks joined us on Shabbat for a special Amram discussion on "Moral Necessity or Nostalgia: The Jewish and Black Coalition of Conscience."

Rabbi Ben Kamin

Rabbi Ben Kamin joined us in the Amram Scholar Series to discuss his latest book, I Don’t Know What to Believe: Making Spiritual Peace with Your Religion. His lecture addressed the hunger in our country for authentic spirituality at a point when affiliation with organized religion has been in steep decline.

David Kinney

The Amram Scholar Series welcomed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Kinney to Temple on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Co-author of The Devil's Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich, Mr. Kinney provides a fresh, eye-opening account of the Nazis’ rise to power and genesis of the Holocaust uncovered in a long-lost diary written by Alfred Rosenberg.

Maya Benton

The work and career of the renowned social documentary photographer Roman Vishniac, best known for iconic images of Jewish life in Eastern Europe before the Holocaust, was explored on Sunday, March 19, 2017 through an illustrated lecture presented by Maya Benton, curator of the International Center of Photography in New York City, founder of the Center’s Roman Vishniac Archive and editor of Roman Vishniac Rediscovered, a beautifully printed volume of essays and photographs.

Howard Blum

Journalist and best-selling author Howard Blum joined us for a lecture on his new book The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal. The Amram Scholar Series partnered with WHC Sisterhood for this special program about the life of Betty Pack, a dazzling American debutante who became an Allied spy during World War II.