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Lunch and Learn Winter 2023

Upcoming Sessions

1. Tuesday, 7 February, 2023 16 Shevat 5783

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

2. Tuesday, 14 February, 2023 23 Shevat 5783

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Past Sessions
Tuesday, 31 January, 2023 9 Shevat 5783 - 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

In partnership with Beit Rayim Synagogue

LUNCH & LEARN SESSION DETAILS:

 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2023
EAST & SOUTH OF UKRAINE:
KHARKIV, MARIUPOL & KHERSON JEWISH COMMUNITIES

Each and every of these towns has its own unique Jewish history and heritage.

I invite you to start exploring the Ukrainian Jewish Heritage and visit three cities in the East and South of Ukraine - Kharkiv (the origin of my husband's family), Mariupol and Kherson.

As always I have prepared the detailed talk with old and new photographs of towns, Synagogues, Jewish families, homes and more.

We will discuss:

  • When and how the first Jews settled in these areas;
  • Special and unique features of the Jewish communities in each of three towns;
  • The story of agricultural Jewish settlements around Kherson;
  • Karaites community in Kharkiv
  • Jewish businesses, education, traditions, everyday life, ups and downs, success and disaster - we will cover the most important and interesting details.

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2023
THE JEWISH TOUR OF CROATIA, DUBROVNIK, SPLIT AND ZAGREB

Welcome to Croatia – an incredibly beautiful country on the shore of Adriatic Sea. Today Croatia is no doubts one of the most desirable holiday destination in the world. A country full of wonderful beaches and lakes, filled with National Parks and fresh air. A whole Universe of lush green areas and breathtaking sunsets. The best collection of wonderful islands. And more to it - delicious food, warm people, Italian influenced architecture and rich history.

Croatia is a home to some 2.000 Jews. Although small, the Jewish Community of Croatia is very active and proud of its heritage.

I invite you to visit the key cities of Croatia - Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split and learn their Jewish history.

Our tour includes:

  • Magical beauty of Dubrovnik - its 16th century Synagogue (second oldest active one in Europe) and a Jewish museum;
  • Spectacular Split - the old Jewish quarter, historical Synagogue, Jewish Community center and a palace of a Roman Emperor;
  • Vibrant Zagreb – the capital of Croatia, the city where Jews settled as early as in the 10th century.
  • As always my tour is full of great photographs and the most interesting stories.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2023
PURIM IN EUROPEAN ART
 

Welcome to the gallery of very different images of Queen Esther, Mordechai, Akhashverosh and Amman.
Every artistic tradition has its own point of view over the story, the role of each participant and the general meaning of it.

This time we see how Purim events are reflected in Italian, French, and of course Dutch art.
We discuss the image of Queen Esther and the way she became a symbol of Independence in Netherlands.
Beauty and modesty, strength and weakness, intelligence and naivety – these are some versions of Queen Esther image.

Youth and maturity, attention and anger, strength and elegance – it is all Akhashverosh.
From the refined European to exquisite Oriental looking images.


We visit some of the most famous museums:

  • the Hermitage in St. Petersburg,
  • the Pushkin Art Museum in Moscow,
  • Louvre in Paris,
  • Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
  • and many others.

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