Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, Vienna, Austria

Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom

Friday January 21, 2022 - 2 p.m.
Ariel Burger
Eissey Campus Theater at Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens
11051 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

In cooperation with Jewish Community Synagogue and Palm Beach State College.
Ariel Burger is the founding director and senior scholar of The Witness Institute, a project to empower emerging leaders, inspired by the life and legacy of Elie Wiesel.

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Book Sale and Signing

In cooperation with Jewish Community Synagogue and Palm Beach State College. Elie Wiesel was a towering presence on the world stage — a Nobel Laureate, activist, advisor to world leaders, and the author of more than forty books. But when asked, Wiesel always said, “ I am a teacher first.” In fact, he taught at Boston University for nearly four decades, and with this book, “Witness”, Ariel Burger – devoted protege, apprentice and friend – takes us into the sacred space of Wiesel’s classroom

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    Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom

    Sunday January 23, 2022 - 11 a.m.
    Ariel Burger
    Fountains Country Club, Lake Worth
    4476 Fountains Drive, Lake Worth, FL 33467

    Ariel Burger is the founding director and senior scholar of The Witness Institute, a project to empower emerging leaders, inspired by the life and legacy of Elie Wiesel.

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    Book Sale and Signing

    Elie Wiesel was a towering presence on the world stage — a Nobel Laureate, activist, advisor to world leaders, and the author of more than forty books. But when asked, Wiesel always said, “ I am a teacher first.” In fact, he taught at Boston University for nearly four decades, and with this book, “Witness”, Ariel Burger – devoted protege, apprentice and friend – takes us into the sacred space of Wiesel’s classroom.

    Please register each attendee individually.

      Never Forget: Remembering the Holocaust in Berlin and Germany

      Sunday February 13, 2022 - 11 a.m.
      Anette Isaacs
      Indian Spring Country Club, Boynton Beach
      11501 El Clair Ranch Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33437

      Anette Isaacs, MA, is a German Historian and Public Educator who has presented hundreds of programs on more than 30 different topics (all pertaining to her native country’s history, politics, and culture) in the Chicago area and in South Florida.

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      Seventy-five years after World War II, Germany has evolved into a country with a varied and fascinating Remembrance culture, reminding Germans and visitors alike of the nation’s horrible past and legacy. Join German Historian Anette Isaacs as she takes you on a photographic journey which explores and discusses a multitude of memorials to the victims of the Holocaust, thus shedding light on the various intriguing artistic representations of the concepts of Remembrance and Guilt in the “land of the perpetrators.”

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        A Kuwaiti Muslim’s Journey to Judaism

        Friday February 25, 2022 - 6:15 p.m.
        Mark Halawa
        Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens
        6100 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

        Mark “Mordechai” Halawa was born into a secular Muslim family in Kuwait. His father owned a successful construction business that provided a privileged life for him and his four siblings.

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        From his childhood as a Muslim in Kuwait to the re-discovery of his Jewish roots in Canada, Halawa’s crossed borders both spiritually and literally. Hear how his unique journey allows him to teach understanding and tolerance in the face of oppression and antisemitism.

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          The Conflict in Gaza and the Law of War

          Sunday February 27, 2022 - 11 a.m.
          Eugene Kontorovich
          Fountains Country Club, Lake Worth
          4476 Fountains Drive, Lake Worth, FL 33467

          Eugene Kontorovich is a professor at the George Mason School of Law and the director of its Center for International Law in the Middle East.

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          Professor Kontorovich will discuss what international law really says about Israel, its borders, and settlements. Drawing on his extensive academic research, Prof. Kontorovich will show how border disputes and population migration have been handled in other conflicts, and thus help understand what “international” law is, not just what countries think should happen to Israel.

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            The Downside of Universalizing the Holocaust

            Sunday March 13, 2022 - 11 a.m.
            Rabbi Aryeh Spero
            Indian Spring Country Club, Boynton Beach
            11501 El Clair Ranch Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33437

            Rabbi Spero , the author of “Push Back: The Battle to Save America’s Judeo-Christian Heritage” and “Why Israel Matters” is an influential theologian, powerful political thinker and spokesman.

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            Many American jews and Jewish organizations seem unable to memorialize the Holocaust without first universalizing it, stripping it of its singularly Jewish component. They position it within a greater arc of human suffering to accommodate current grievance groups. Under the guise of Tikkun O’lam, they prioritize a universal mission to protect other minorities at the expense of intrinsic Jewish safety. Has this attitude led to Jews being of secondary importance to Jews themselves and consequently to the general public who witness this lack of self-regard? Is this a danger to our inherent nationhood?

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              Eugenics, Euthanasia and the Asperger Autism Connection: Pseudoscience and Medicalized Mass Murder in the Third Reich

              Sunday March 27, 2022 - 11 a.m.
              Dr. Irving Berkowitz
              Indian Spring Country Club, Boynton Beach
              11501 El Clair Ranch Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33437

              The son of Holocaust survivors, Dr. Irving Berkowitz is a widely respected scholar and public speaker on the Holocaust and contemporary antisemitism.

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              Dr. Berkowitz is a widely respected scholar and public speaker on the Holocaust and contemporary Antisemitism. His knowledge of the Shoah is paralleled only by his researchbased, enlightening Holocaust lectures. This talk will examine the pseudoscientific roots of Nazism, and their odious role in a vision of the 1,000 Year Reich. Dr. Berkowitz will identify the roles and actions of prominent medical doctors/scientists and institutions inside and outside of Nazi Germany who actively participated in “scientific” experiments and medical atrocities. He will share evidence of the egregious roles played by Dr. Hans Asperger, father of Autism and the Asperger Syndrome, and the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in the infamous T-4 Euthanasia Program.

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                Debrief: What Lies Ahead For The Middle East In 2022

                Sunday April 3, 2022 - 11 a.m.
                Tal Heinrich
                Fountains Country Club, Lake Worth
                4476 Fountains Drive, Lake Worth, FL 33467

                In cooperation with the FIDF, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.
                Tal is an Israeli journalist and news anchor in New York. She is the host of “TIJ Talks” for the London-based Investigative Journal.

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                Tal Heinrich breaks down recent regional developments, including the latest escalation between Israel and Gaza, and their impact on U.S. foreign policy. Tal looks at a U.S. partisan approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and suggests a different framework to understand the tensions. Her analysis moves along the lines of Islam’s religious conflicts. She explores how the Shia-Sunni divide and the fight against the enemies of Islam (known as “Jihad”) are driving current struggles, but are also creating opportunities for relations between Israel and Arab countries.

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                  Outsmarting Antisemitism

                  November 2, 2021 - 4 p.m.
                  November 9, 2021 - 4 p.m.
                  November 16, 2021 - 4 p.m.
                  November 23, 2021 - 4 p.m.
                  Rabbi Dovid Vigler
                  Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens
                  6100 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

                  4 week series
                  Raised in South Africa and educated in some of the finest Yeshivas in Israel, England, New York, and Australia, Rabbi Dovid Vigler strives to share the beauty and depth of Judaism in a clear, conversational and down-to-earth manner.

                  The New York Times’ Nazi Correspondent

                  Sunday November 7, 2021 - 2 p.m.
                  Laurel Leff
                  Delray Beach Public Library
                  100 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida 33444

                  Laurel Leff is Professor of Journalism and Associate Director of Jewish Studies at Northeastern University in Boston.

                  Three Existential Threats Facing Jewish Civilization: How to Combat and Defeat Them

                  Sunday November 21, 2021 - 11 a.m.
                  Dr. Jason D. Hill
                  Indian Spring Country Club, Boynton Beach
                  11501 El Clair Ranch Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33437

                  Jason D. Hill is a professor of philosophy at DePaul University and the author of five books.

                  Jerusalem: Whose City is it?

                  Sunday December 5, 2021 - 11 a.m.
                  Morton A. Klein
                  Indian Spring Country Club, Boynton Beach
                  11501 El Clair Ranch Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33437

                  Morton A. Klein is National President of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), the oldest pro-Israel group in the U.S., and a member of the National Council of AIPAC.

                  Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) and the Future of Holocaust Education

                  Sunday December 19, 2021 - 11 a.m.
                  Thorsten Wagner
                  Indian Spring Country Club, Boynton Beach
                  11501 El Clair Ranch Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33437

                  Thorsten Wagner is the Executive Director of Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics, and an Associate Professor of Modern European History at the University of Copenhagen.

                  Iran’s Goals, China’s Goals and US Policy in the Middle East

                  Sunday January 9, 2022 - 11 a.m.
                  Shoshana Bryen
                  Indian Spring Country Club, Boynton Beach
                  11501 El Clair Ranch Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33437

                  Shoshana Bryen is Senior Director of the Jewish Policy Center in Washington, DC and Editor of in FOCUS Quarterly.