Distinguished Speaker Series

Presented by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture

Ticket Price Per Lecture: $16.50; JCC Member: $13.50

Lawrence Family JCC • 4126 Executive Drive • La Jolla, California 92037
Temple Solel • 3575 Manchester Ave. • Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007

2014-15 LECTURES

"The Twenty-seventh Man" - and Evening with the Old Globe Artistic Director
Lecturer: Barry Edelstein

January 28, 2015 • 7:00 P.M.

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Barry Edelstein
Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein will discuss his production of Nathan Englander’s play The Twenty-seventh Man in a dialogue moderated by Old Globe Literary Manager Danielle Mages Amato. The Twenty-seventh Man is based on the true historical events surrounding Stalin’s persecution of leading Jewish artists in Russia in the 1950s, specifically the event known as “The Night of the Murdered Poets,” in which the giants of Yiddish literature were jailed and executed by Stalin’s secret police. Edelstein and Amato will discuss the development of Englander’s play, the historical events underlying the drama, and the resonance this event still evokes in our time.

The Annual Loraine Stern Lecture

Pepper, Silk and Ivory: Amazing Stories about Jews and the Far East
Lecturer: Rabbi Marvin Tokayer

February 23, 2015 • 7:00 P.M.
Astor Judaica Library - Lawrence Family JCC, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS

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Rabbi Marvin Tokayer
There is a missing page in Jewish history. We tend to assume that Jewish history is to be found in the Middle East, Europe, North Africa, and the Americas but not in the Far East. In this talk you will hear about that missing page as Marvin Tokayer, Honorary Rabbi of Japan’s Jewish community reveals the amazing stories of Jews who both benefitted from and contributed to the Far East. You will hear about the uncrowned Jewish king of China, the indefatigable World War II refugees in Kobe, the woman who refused to give up until the Japanese constitution included rights for women and children, and the baseball player who became an American spy in Japan. Rabbi Tokayer draws on half a century of personal experiences and a wealth of knowledge as he weaves together the characters and history of the Jews of the Far East.

"Jacob Goldberg Lectures on the Middle East"
Lecturer: Dr. Jacob Goldberg

March 16, 17, 18, 2015 • 7:00 P.M.
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre - Lawrence Family JCC, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS

Monday, March 16, 2015 • 7:00 P.M.
Middle East Chaos: From Civil Wars to Disintegration of States

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 • 7:00 P.M.
After Israel's Elections: Whither Israeli-Palestinian Relations - Status-quo, Intifada, Or Agreements?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 • 7:00 P.M.
Israeli-Palestinian Stalemate: Status-quo, Intifada, or Interim Agreements?

Topics may change due to events current at the time of the lecture.

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Dr. Jacob Goldberg
Professor Jacob Goldberg (Ph. D. from Harvard University in Middle East politics) is a former Senior Adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. He is the author of The Foreign Policy of Saudi Arabia, and has also published numerous articles in newspapers in Israel and the U. S., including the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Great Stories Behind Classical Music
Lecturer: Nuvi Mehta, San Diego Symphony

March 30, 2015 • 7:00 P.M.

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Nuvi Mehta
Nuvi Mehta, the Voice of the San Diego Symphony will take us on a fascinating journey behind the great stories of classical music.

Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey in the Heart of Russia
Lecturer: David Greene

April 13, 2015 • 7:00 P.M.
Astor Judaica Library - Lawrence Family JCC, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS

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David Greene
After two and a half years as NPR’s Moscow bureau chief, David Greene traveled across the country—a 6,000-mile journey by rail, from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok—to speak with ordinary Russians about how their lives have changed in the post-Soviet years. Through the stories of fellow travelers, Greene explored the challenges and opportunities facing the new Russia—a nation that boasts open elections and new-found prosperity yet still continues to endure oppression, corruption, and stark inequality. Set against the wintery landscape of Siberia, Greene’s lively travel narrative will offer a glimpse into the soul of twenty first-century Russia—how its people remember their history and look forward to the future. David Greene is host of NPR's Morning Edition, with Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne. He was honored with the 2011 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize from WBUR and Boston University for that coverage of the Arab Spring.

Genesis of the Salk Institute: the Role of Jewish Immigrants
Lecturer: Suzanne Bourgeois Cohn, PhD

May 18, 2015 • 7:00 P.M.
Rehearsal Room - Lawrence Family JCC, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS

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Suzanne Bourgeois Cohn, PhD
Suzanne Bourgeois was born and educated in Brussels, Belgium. In 1961, she moved to the Pasteur Institute in Paris to join the laboratory of Professor Jacques Monod with whom she undertook a doctoral thesis at the University of Paris/Sorbonne. She obtained her doctorate degree from the Sorbonne in 1966. It is at the Pasteur Institute that she met one of the future founders of the Salk Institute, Melvin Cohn. In 1963, they married and moved to La Jolla to help start the Salk Institute. There she founded the Regulatory Biology Laboratory and has published numerous articles on gene regulation. She is currently a Professor Emeritus at the institute. After closing her laboratory she realized that she was one of the last witnesses of the amazing genesis of the Salk Institute and she made it her mission to write the book “Genesis of the Salk Institute: the Epic of its Founders.”

Previous 2014-15 Lectures

“Surviving in Secret: Uncovering the Marrano Jews of Spain”
Lecturer: Professor Matthias Lehmann, UCI

January 5, 2015 • 7:00 P.M.
Temple Solel

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Mattias Lehmann
In 1391, a wave of attacks led to the mass-conversion of many Spanish Jews to Catholicism. A century later, in 1492, many more Jews in Spain underwent baptism as they faced the threat of expulsion. In 1497, the same fate befell the Jews in neighboring Portugal.What happened to these Jewish converts--Conversos or Marranos, as they are often called? In subsequent generations, many Conversos left Spain and Portugal to escape the Inquisition, returned to the religion of their Jewish ancestors, and established communities in places such as Venice, Amsterdam, London, and across the Atlantic in the New World. As we will see in this lecture, their experience anticipated in many ways the challenges faced by other Jews in later centuries. As the "first modern Jews," there is much their history can teach us today about being Jewish in the modern world. Matthias Lehmann is the Teller Family Chair in Jewish History at the University of California, Irvine. A native of Germany, he studied history and Jewish Studies in Freiburg, Berlin, Jerusalem, and Madrid. Before moving to Irvine in 2012, he was associate professor of Jewish Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. Lehmann is the author of Ladino Rabbinic Literature and Ottoman Sephardic Culture (Indiana Univ. Press 2005), co-author of the widely used textbook The Jews: A History (with John Efron and Steven Weitzman, second edition, Pearson 2014), and, most recently, of Emissaries from the Holy Land (Stanford Univ. Press 2014) which deals with philanthropy and the relations between the Land of Israel and the Jewish Diaspora in the early modern period.

Distinguished Speaker Series Ticket Prices:

Ticket Prices Per Lecture: Price: $16.50; JCC Member Price $13.50

North County 2-pack: Price $28; JCC Member Price $23 (North County lectures only)

Pick 5+: Price $14.00 Per Lecture; JCC Member Price $11.50 Per Lecture (Any 5 or more lectures)