Coronado Lectures

2016-2017 Mandelbaum Family Lecture Series

Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
More info: 858.362.1154


Upcoming Lectures

The Forbidden Treasures of the Apocrypha

Lecturer: Noah Hadas

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 • 10:30 A. M.
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

By the first century of the Common Era, the first two section of today's Tanahh (Torah and Prophets) were fixed. There was debate in the Jewish community, however, about which other books were "holy" and deserved to be included in he canon. Those that were eventually accepted are found today in the third section of the Tahakh, the "writings". The books that were excluded were hidden away and declared "forbidden" to Jews. Today these banned works are called the Apocrypha. We will discuss such questions as "Which books are included in the Apocrypha, Who wrote them and for what audience? If they were hidden away, how did they survive to today? Why were they Forbidden in the first place? and Lastly, are they worth reading today?"

For Information: Katey Lindley (858) 362-1134

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The U.S., The Middle East and Israel: Engagement or Further Retreat?

Lecturer: Professor Sanford Lakoff

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 • 10:30 A. M.
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

Now that a new President is about to take office, we will soon see whether the change of administrations will be reflected in our foreign policy -- especially toward the Middle East. Under the "Obama Doctrine," the U.S. sought to minimize its role in this volatile region, so as not to repeat the bad experience of its predecessor's intervention in Iraq. But the instability in Iraq, Syria, and Libya, the refugee crisis in the region and in Europe, the spreading threat of jihadi terrorism, the persistent hegemonic drive of Iran, and the Russian support for the Assad regime, all pose grave threats to our national interests and those of our allies. One of those allies, Israel, sits in the eye of the storm, menaced from all sides. Could the instability be exploited to encourage a renewal of the peace process, coupled with a realignment in which Israel will be accepted by the key Arab states as a partner in regional security? Or will we move toward isolationism? In this talk, the prospects will be examined.

For Information: Katey Lindley (858) 362-1134

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Jewish Arguments of Christianity: The More Things Change, The More they Stay the Same

Lecturer: Professor Rebecca Moore

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 • 10:30 A. M.
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

In response to heightened Christian oppression in the European Middle Ages, Jews developed a variety of types of polemical literature to contend against Christianity and for Judaism: folk tales, legends, biblical commentary, and more. This lecture explores some of the exegetical, historical, and philosophical arguments from those medieval texts that are found in today’s Jewish polemical writings. It also considers the ways in which polemic has changed, thanks, paradoxically, to developments in nineteenth-century Christian theology and to contemporary Jewish debates about the nature of early Judaism.

Rebecca Moore is Emerita Professor of Religious Studies at San Diego State University. She has written and published on the history of Jewish and Christian dialogue. Jews and Christians in the Life and Thought of Hugh of St. Victor (1998) and A Portable God: The Origin of Judaism and Christianity (2007) address two of these topics. Currently she is researching modern Jewish interpretations of the New Testament.

For Information: Katey Lindley (858) 362-1134

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Virtual Wars: How Israelis and Palestinians Use New Media in an Old Conflict

Lecturer: Professor Ibrahim Al-Marashi

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 • 10:30 A. M.
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

The internet, consisting of media such as social networks and Youtube, serve as a digital battlefield between Israelis and Palestinians. This lecture examines how this conflict has evolved since the rise of the internet, how it has transformed this conflict, as well as how it allows the outsiders to participate in this cyber battle.

For Information: Katey Lindley (858) 362-1134

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Journey into Jewish Meditation

Lecturer: Alison Laichter

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 • 10:30 A. M.
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

Judaism has a very long history of meditation and contemplative practice as a way to cultivate compassion, personal transformation, and connection. This session will cover the basics of Jewish meditation with instruction, short exercises, Q & (maybe) A, and discussion. The workshop is open to people of all levels of experience and backgrounds, and is designed to offer a broad introduction to Jewish meditation, teachings, and contemplative practice.

For Information: Katey Lindley (858) 362-1134

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Witnessing Atrocity: Survivor Testimony in the Auschwitz Trial, Frankfurt 1963-65

Lecturer: Dr. Susan Hillman

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 • 10:30 A. M.
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

The Auschwitz Trial was the biggest and most important postwar trial in West Germany. For the first time, Holocaust survivors and witnesses faced their tormentors in the homeland of the perpetrators. What were the legal parameters of this historic attempt to confront the atrocities of Auschwitz? And how did the witnesses experience this encounter?

For Information: Katey Lindley (858) 362-1134

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Previous Lectures in Coronado

Joellyn Zollman

Exodus! Leon Uris, Paul Newman, and American Zionism

Lecturer: Professor Joellyn Zollman, UCSD

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 • 10:30 A.M.
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

American Jews are people of the book...and the film. Across the 20th century, popular culture has played an important role in American Jewish life, as cultural conversations about American Jewish identity developed on screen and in print. One of the most memorable and impactful of these conversations was brought to us by Leon Uris and Paul Newman. Exodus, the epic tale of the founding of the state of Israel, offered a vision of Zionism that resonated with American viewers. This talk examines the popularity of Exodus as a book and a film, and explores its effects on American Jewish identity and American Zionism.

Joellyn Zollman holds a Ph.D. in Jewish history from Brandeis University. She has worked with the Jewish material culture collections at the Smithsonian Institution, the Skirball Museum, and The American Jewish Historical Society. Locally, she has taught classes on Jewish history, American religion, and religious art and architecture at San Diego State University, UCSD, and the Center for Jewish Culture.

For Information: Katey Lindley (858) 362-1134

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Alyssa Sepinwall

French Jews, Muslims and the State of Israel: New Perspectives

Lecturer: Professor Alyssa Sepinwall, CSUSM

Monday, April 20, 2016 • 7:00 P.M..
Coronado Library

Jews and Muslims in France are often discussed as groups who are eternally in conflict, especially over Mideast politics. The talk will offer an alternative view of Jewish-Muslim relations in France. First, it will offer a historical perspective on Muslim-Jewish relations in France, dating back to the nineteenth century. In addition, it will examine contemporary Franco-Jewish identity, and look at recent efforts at collaboration and exchange by French Jews and Muslims. The talk will have a special focus on recent films by French-Jewish filmmakers about Muslim-Jewish relations. Some of these films are set in France; others are set in Israel. The films share a desire to search for alternatives to conflict between Jews and Muslims, and to affirm France as a multicultural nation.

Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall received her Ph.D. in History and Jewish Studies from Stanford University. She is Professor of History at California State University – San Marcos. Her first book, The Abbé Grégoire and the French Revolution: The Making of Modern Universalism (UC Press, 2005), was a biography of a French revolutionary and priest who argued for emancipating Europe’s Jews. Dr. Sepinwall’s other writings include Haitian History: New Perspectives (Routledge, 2013), and numerous articles on French history, French-Jewish history, and Haitian history. In 2014-15, she was the winner of CSUSM’s Harry E. Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award, the university’s highest award, for the outstanding professor of the year.

For Information: Katey Lindley (858) 362-1134

risa levitt kohn

Reading the Bible in Exile: A Prophet's Take on the Exodus from Egypt

Lecturer: Professor Risa Levitt Kohn, SDSU

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 • 10:30 A.M.
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

Ezekiel is the first biblical prophet since Moses to see visions of God outside of Israel. The prophet and his contemporaries, by virtue of their dislocation from Israel, had to rethink tradition in order to remap their newly formed communities. It is little surprise then that we see, among the exilic prophets especially, allusions to Israel’s first wandering and return with Moses and Pharaoh recast as “contemporary"" saviors and enslavers in a new context. We will explore the creative way in which the prophet casts his current audience as the exodus generation. The wandering and rebellion did not end for Ezekiel, as they do in Torah, upon entry into the land. The current exile does not simply recall the travails of the exodus from Egypt; instead, it is an extension of that initial event.

Dr. Risa Levitt Kohn is a professor of Hebrew Bible and Judaism at San Diego State University where she also serves as Chair of the Religious Studies department, the Classics & Humanities department and Director of the Jewish Studies Program. She is the 2015/16 recipient of the SDSU Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions to the University, one of the highest faculty honors at San Diego State. Hers was the first Doctorate awarded from UC, San Diego in Ancient History and Hebrew Bible. Past president of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), Pacific Coast Region, she has also served as Chair of its Committee for the Status of Women in the Profession. Dr. Levitt Kohn's work includes A New Heart and a New Soul: Ezekiel, The Exile and the Torah (Sheffield Academic Press) and A Portable God, the Origin of Judaism and Christianity, co¬≠authored with Dr. Rebecca Moore (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007). She lectures extensively on subjects including the world of the Hebrew Bible, Jewish and Christian Origins, and Judaism. The SBL honored her with a national Regional Scholar Award. Levitt Kohn works closely with the Israel Antiquities Authority and has served as curator for Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibitions at the San Diego Natural History Museum (2007), The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (2008), the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada (2009) and the traveling exhibition “Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times,” which has appeared in New York, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Boston, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles.

The Digital Battlefields: How New Media Have Transformed Conflict in the Middle East

Lecturer: Professor Ibrahim Al-Marashi, CSUSM

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 • 10:30 A.M.
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

The world has been fascinated with how ISIS has used social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to communicate. This lecture contextualize how ISIS uses the media, within a great transformation of how new media have transformed Middle Eastern conflicts, from the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to the Syrian civil war.

Ibrahim Al-Marashi is Assistant Professor of Middle East History at California State University San Marcos. His research deals with the modern history of Iraq. He is the co-author of Iraq’s Armed Forces: An Analytical History (Routledge, 2008). He obtained his D.Phil. at University of Oxford, completing a thesis on the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. He is an Iraqi-American who lived at various times in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco, and Turkey, and has travelled extensively through the Middle East.

For Information: Katey Lindley (858) 362-1134

Claudia Tornsaufer

Mendelssohn, Music, and the Jews

Lecturer: Dr. Claudia Tornsaufer, SDCCD

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 • 10:30 A.M.
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

This lecture reveals a man and a composer whose charming though complex personality and extraordinary talent gained him many friends and admirers. Dr. Claudia Tornsäufer sets the story of Mendelssohn against the background of the Jewish society in Berlin in the early nineteenth century, as revealed in Mendelssohn’s diaries, and letters, and in a great variety of his own sketches and watercolors made during his travels. Find out about his grandfather, Moses Mendelssohn, a respected philosopher in Frederick the Great’s Prussia, and about his son Abraham Mendelssohn’s decision of converting Felix to Christianity to adapt to the sociological issues of their times. The lecture will include his compositions and paintings that offer an insight to Mendelssohn’s perceptions of the world around him.

Born in Düsseldorf, Germany, Claudia Tornsäufer, Ed.D. earned two advanced degrees from the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in Düsseldorf (Germany). In addition, she studied in Paris (France), and at the prestigious Mozarteum in Salzburg (Austria) on full scholarships. Claudia Tornsäufer received her Masters of Arts in Music in 1994 at San Diego State University. In 2013, Claudia completed a doctorate in Educational Leadership with a special focus on distance education at community colleges.

For Information: Katie Lindley (858) 362-1134