Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, Vienna, Austria

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.

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We are nearing the end of the witnesses and survivors. The memory of Nazi crimes is becoming less a part of intergenerational conversations and more of what is now Cultural and Global Memory.

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) enables young professionals in business, law, journalism, medicine and religion to study at historic sites in Germany and Poland where the Holocaust becomes a framework for future professionals to examine the moral choices posed by ethical issues in their chosen fields.

The goal is to move to cognitive and emotional learning, based on critical thinking and the analysis of the perpetrators and their accomplices. We need to understand how a modern, civilized nation can become a society defined by radical anti-human exclusion.

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    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.

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    Biden administration officials appear to regard a return to the JCPOA (the “Iran deal”), or even an extended and more restrictive JCPOA, to be the solution to the problem of Iran. But it is not. Regardless of the outcome of negotiations, the problems that make Tehran a threat to peaceful order at home and abroad will remain and likely be exacerbated.

    Threatening Israel — and the United States — is a matter of religious honor, but it is also a means of achieving regional hegemony.

    The new multi-year, multi-billion-dollar deal with China is an indication that not only can Iran find an oil partner, but also that China no longer fears U.S. retaliation for breaking sanctions.

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      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.