The 2017 Hal Israel Memorial Lecture with Guest Speaker Ira Forman

Temple B’nai Israel, The Satell Center for Jewish Life on the Eastern Shore, presents The 2017 Hal Israel Memorial Lecture on June 14, 2017, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, at 101 West Earle Avenue, Easton. The guest speaker is Ira Forman, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, U.S. Department of State.

The Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism advances U.S. foreign policy on anti-Semitism. The position was established by the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004. The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) produces the State Department’s annual reports on Human Rights Practices and International Religious Freedom, and the Special Envoy provides input on anti-Semitism for these reports.

Ira N. Foreman was sworn in as special envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism May 20, 2013. Most recently Mr. Forman served as the Jewish Outreach Director for the Obama for America campaign. He served for nearly 15 years as the Executive Director of the National Jewish Democratic Council and spent four years with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee where he worked as Political Director and Legislative Liaison.

Throughout his career he has spoken and written extensively on Jewish history and public policy. Mr. Forman co-edited and wrote for the reference book, Jews In American Politics; writing articles on these topics for the Encyclopedia Judaica. He also staffed and helped edit the volume, Democrats and the American Idea in his role as a Fellow in American Politics and the Economy at the Center for National Policy. Mr. Forman received his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

RSVP to Nancy (410-822-0553) by June 9, 2017.

Temple B’nai Israel to Present Forum on Journalism and the Presidency

Temple B’nai Israel Satell Center for Jewish Life on the Eastern Shore Summer Institute will be presenting a forum entitled “Journalism and the Presidency: Past and Present” featuring Stephen Goldman and Michael Freedman on Sunday, June 25, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 the Oxford Community Center.

Stephen Goldman owns one of the largest collections of historical newspapers in private hands. He is a member of the American Antiquarian Society and has served as consultant to the NEWSEUM since before it was opened, helping to plan and maintain the News History Gallery.

Michael Freedman is a Professorial Lecturer in journalism at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs and Executive Producer of the Kalb Report. He serves on the Board of Governors of the National Press Club and Educator Advisory Team of the NEWSEUM.

Reservations Required: $25.00 – lunch included
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Yom HaShoah 2016: Georgetown’s John Borelli to Speak

On Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 7:30 PM, as we light Yom HaShoah Yizkor candles, remembering those who died during the Shoah, we welcome to Temple, Professor Dr. John Borelli, Special Assistant to the President for Interreligious Initiatives at
Georgetown University, who will address the topic: Vatican II: 50 Years of Nostra Aetate – Where we were, Where we are, Where we are headed. 

As Special Assistant to the President for Interreligious Initiatives at Georgetown University, Dr. Borelli designs and coordinates special projects that further the University’s contributions to interreligious dialogue and understanding. Prior to this, Dr. Borelli served as Associate Director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops where he staffed the Bishops’ Subcommittee on Interreligious Dialogue,

The Holocaust influenced the thinking and actions of both Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI. The Shoah initiated a turning point in formal Catholic-Jewish relations, triggering soul-searching among religious people trying to understand the
persecution and murder of six million human beings solely because of their religion beliefs. 

We are grateful to Fred and Lesley Israel and to Dr. Joseph Prudhomme, Director of the Institute for the Study of Religion, Politics and Culture at Washington College who were instrumental in bringing Dr. Borelli to Temple B’nai Israel for this program. Please call Nancy at the Temple Office: 410-822-0553 to register.

Nostra Aetate – 50 Years of Vatican II
Yom HaShoah: Sunday, May 1, 2016
7:30 PM
Temple B’nai Israel

Rabbi Peter Hyman of Temple B’nai to Lead Five Week Weminar on Book of Job

Rabbi Peter Hyman, of Temple B’nai Israel will offer a five week seminar on the Book of Job entitled: “Voices In The Whirlwind – Mixed Messages In The Storm.”

The book of Job is one of the most enigmatic and problematic texts in the Bible. At its center, a question as penetrating and poignant today as it was when the Book of Job was written. How are we to understand suffering in the face of a beneficent Deity?

The course will be held on five consecutive Wednesdays at Temple B’nai Israel, 101 West Earle Ave., Easton, MD, from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM beginning Wednesday, March 30, 2016, continuing on Wednesday, April 6, April 13, April 20 and April 27. Tuition is $75.00 per student.

Those interested in registering should call Nancy at Temple B’nai Israel: 410-822-0553.


An Evening with Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat

Temple B’nai Israel, 101 W. Earle Avenue, Easton 410-822-0553 will host An Evening with Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat Saturday, March 15, 2014, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Ambassador Eizenstat will speak on the topic of his book: “The Future of the Jews: How Global Forces are Impacting on the Jewish People, Israel, and Its Relationship with the United States.”

He will focus on Iran, the Middle East Peace process, which is reaching a crucial stage; and the growing phenomenon in Europe of the de-legitimization of Israel through the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement.

Lectures are open to the public and free of charge. Ambassador Eizenstat has graciously agreed to a book signing after his presentation.

The temple will also host the 2014 Lecture Series entitled “Secrecy, Privacy and the Right to Know” Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. February 5 – Alexandra Hamlet and David Prevost; February 12 – Brett McCrea; February 19 – Dr. Joseph Prud’homme and February 26 – Greg Bernard. Lectures are open to the public and free of charge.