Taught by Rabbi David M. Eligberg Saturdays (Generally, last Saturday of the Month) Following Kiddush Temple Israel Founder’s Hall Rabbi Eligberg confronts contemporary issues, hot topics and subjects that capture his imagination. The learning, sharing and conversation take place following Kiddush on Shabbat morning, once a month on the designated Shabbatot. By its nature topics are selected on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Topics are available on our website, in our monthly bulletin, and our weekly Shabbat Sheet along with the date for that month. The rabbi is open to your suggestions of topics without promising to address that subject.Read More →

Rabbi Eligberg, who was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, was ordained in 1985 by the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rabbi Eligberg holds a BA in Political Science from Columbia University, a BA in Talmud from The Seminary College of Jewish Studies, an MA in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Hebrew Letters Honorus Causa from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Since arriving at Temple Israel Rabbi Eligberg has been a teacher, guide, and role model for all who wish to explore meaningful lives according to Jewish tradition. Along with his family, Rabbi Eligberg has routinely opened his home to congregants, creatingRead More →

Taught by Dr. Federica Francesconi 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM April 10, 17 May 1, 15, 22 & 29 June 5 Temple Israel Kahn Meeting Room An introduction to the history of Jewish-Christian relations from the first century of the Common Era through the present. The course focuses both on the history of interactions between Jews and  Christians – persecutions, collaborations, conversions, etc. – and also on the history of theological stances and popular attitudes. The aims of the course are three-fold: first, to acquaint with the general outlines of the history of Jewish-Christian relations; second, to hone some of the skills of the historianRead More →

Taught by Dr. Leon Halpert Temple Israel Kahn Meeting Room This course covers The distribution of Partisan Identification among Jewish Americans Changes and Continuity of Jewish American Presidential Voting Behavior Comparing Voting Choices of Jewish-Americans with Other Ethnic and Religious Groups Comparing Political and Policy Attitudes of American and Israeli JewsRead More →

Dr. Victor Asal is Chair of Public Administration and Policy and Professor of Political Science at Rockefeller College, University at Albany SUNY. He is a Research Associate of the National Center for the Study of Terrorism and  Responses to Terrorism (START).  His first area of research focuses on the choices of violence by nonstate actors. To do this research he has worked to create organizational yearly datasets that allow for a variety of analyses. One such dataset is the Big  Allied and Dangerous Dataset that collects data on insurgent and terrorist organizations worldwide. The second is the Minorities at Risk  Organizational Behavior Dataset that collects data on bothRead More →