Scholar in Residence Weekend
January 27-29, 2017
Dr. Berk
Professor Stephen Berk
Stephen M. Berk is the Henry and Sally Schaffer Professor of Holocaust and Jewish studies at Union College in Schenectady, New York.   
Professor Berk is considered an absolutely superb lecturer.  He is always informative, interesting and entertaining. He is widely known for his expertise on the Holocaust, Russia, the Middle East and a variety of Jewish subjects.
Professor Berk will present a four part lecture series over the course of the weekend


Friday, January 27th
7:30PM lecture following Shabbat services
The Holocaust Revisited: 71 Years after the Liberation of Auschwitz                       Seven decades after the Holocaust there are things we did not know earlier, concerning the roles of Hitler, FDR and the issue of Jewish resistance.  
Saturday, January 28th
Lunch & Learn
12:15PM Lunch
1:00PM Lecture
Zion & America: The American Jewish Experience                                                 
The United States has been the golden medina – a place where the Jewish people found acceptance and prosperity. What made America special and different?  Will this continue and are there problems on the horizon?
Saturday, January 28th
7:30PM lecture 
Our People Are Your People: American Jewry and the Struggle for Civil Rights  
No other ethnic or religious group outside of the African- American community gave more support to the civil rights movement than American Jews. Why did they do it and what were their accomplishments?
Sunday, January 29th
10AM lecture 
Middle East in Crisis                                                                                                      Israel, it has been said, is a good country in a bad neighborhood and the area has gotten worse. Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah and ISIS are constant threats. A new American president offers opportunities and problems. The Middle East, as always, is in for exciting times.
This event made possible by 
the Shirley and Henry Kraus Scholar in Residence Fund