Recorded Online Speaker Series Sessions

November 5, 2020

The Backstory of Ethiopian Operation Moses: Witness Accounts

Sandy Leeder, Kulanu Board Member, tells a tale of escape, with two Ethiopian participants — Tesfey Aderajew, a translator, who accompanied Sandy across the Sudan and Dvora Zina-Zer, a child during the rescue, who is now writing her doctoral thesis on the American Association for Ethiopian Jews. share this link

Thank you to our sponsors: Simon Aronin, Harriet Bograd and Ken Klein, Margie Katz, Lilli Kaufmann, Leslie Kott, Stefi Kirschner, Cantor Riki Lippitz , Joel Neuberg, Susan Pollack, Rabbi Gerald and Boni Sussman, Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, and Shep Wahnon.

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October 18, 2020

Jews in Ghana

Watch the film Doing Jewish, A Story from Ghana, and then see the discussion with director Gabrielle Zilkha, Ghanaian Jewish Cantor Samuel Tetteh, and Rabbi Eli Courante with Andria Spindel and Bonita Nathan Sussman. Share this link
Co-Sponsored by Kulanu Canada, Kulanu, and the Lodzer Synagogue.

Thank you to our sponsors: Lili Kaufmann, Gail Hammerman, and Joy Sandler

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October 7, 2020

Virtually Visit Kenya with Yehuda Kimani

Come inside the Kehillat Kasuku synagogue and guest house and chat with Yehuda Kimani. Share this link

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August 26, 2020

Professor Tudor Parfitt on Jews, Blacks, and Race

Professor Tudor Parfitt is a British historian, writer, broadcaster, traveler, and adventurer. He leads the interdisciplinary network of scholars on Jewish communities around the world, particularly in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Share this link

Click here for the discount code for Professor Tudor Parfitt’s book being released in the Fall of 2020. 

Thank you to our sponsors: Ruth Erulkar, Margie Katz, Janet Lipsey, Len and Maxine Lyons, Karen and Aron Primack, Richard and Lise Rosenfield, Rabbi Gerald and Bonita Nathan Sussman, Freda Rosenfeld and Howard (Hillel) Wallick, and David and Estare Weiser

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August 12, 2020

A Museum Walkthrough with Ari Greenspan: Reviewing a Personal Collection of Judaica of Traditional and Emerging Jewish Communities around the Globe

Rabbi Dr. Ari Greenspan is a dentist, mohel, shochet, and sofer.  He has spent more than 30 years collecting Jewish items from communities around the globe. Share this link

Thank you to our sponsors: Ruth Erulkar, Janet Lipsey, Rabbi Gerald and Bonita Nathan Sussman, Sheppard Wahnon, and David and Estare Weiser

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July 22, 2020

How the Bene Israel of India Became Mainstream

Speaker: Professor Shalva Weil is a Senior Researcher at the Hebrew University, is the Founding Chairperson of the Israel-India Cultural Association, and a leading scholar of Indian Jewry. Share this link
Please note, this session was not recorded.

Thank you to our sponsors: Janet Lipsey, Leslie Mills, and Rabbi Gerald and Bonita Nathan Sussman

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July 8, 2020

The History of the Black Jews/Israelites in the US and Africa

Rabbi Capers C. Funnye, Jr. is Chief Rabbi of the International Israelite Board of Rabbis, and a board member of Kulanu. In addition, he is rabbi and spiritual leader of Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation in Chicago. Share this link


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June 17, 2020

The Building of a Movement: A discussion with the Zellers and Primacks, Founders of Kulanu

Jack and Diane Zeller and Aron and Karen Primack Share this link

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Thank you to our sponsors: Joseph Bograd, Harriet Bograd and Ken Klein, Blessing Dziwa, Eddie and Rachel Eitches, Marilyn Fliegler, Susan Goldman, Barbara Gropper and Robert Salzberg, Lili Kaufmann, Tamara  Musafia, Sarra Spierer, Jonathan Spierer and Elan Riesman, Robert Salzberg, Mel and Rachel Spierer, and family and Rabbi Gerald and Bonita Nathan Sussman

2-PART SERIES: Kulanu Online Speaker Series on Returning and Emerging Jewish Communities

June 3, 2020

Reform Conversions and Beyond: Growing a Jewish Community in Guatemala

Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, from Toronto, interviewed Rebecca Orantes, a community leader of the Jewish community of Adat Israel Judaismo Reformista in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Share this link

May 20, 2020

Recipes of my 15 grandmothers: Unique recipes and stories from the times of the Crypto Jews during the Spanish Inquisition

Genie Milgrom shares stories and recipes. Share this link

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Thank you to our sponsors: Ruth Alexman, Allison Blakley Davis, Eddie and Rachel Eitches, Jo Ann and Mark Friedman, Globaldonnica, Susan and Steve Goldberg, Barbara Gropper, Judi Kloper, Sam and Dina Markind, Leora Neal, Nachum Niv, Richard and Beverly Siegal Peiser, Don and Martha Pollak, Rita and Bob Rubin, Dina Tanners, Cantor Michael Stein, Harry Tillinger,  and David Weiser.

3-PART SERIES: How Kulanu Partner Communities are Sustaining Jewish Life during the Time of COVID-19

Watch these sessions to learn about isolated, returning, and emerging Jewish communities around the world and hear first-hand perspectives from community leaders.  The speakers gave an overview of the current situation in their community, how they have been affected by the coronavirus threat, and how they are responding.  They also answered questions during the live discussion.  The 3-part online speaker series included conversations with Jewish community leaders in Italy, Zimbabwe, and the Philippines.

April 13, 2020

Italy

Rabbi Barbara Aiello Share this link

April 20, 2020

Zimbabwe

Modreck Maeresera Share this link

April 23, 2020

The Philippines

Rabbi Avraham Coalesce Browne Share this link

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