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A Weekend of Jewish Learning At Temple “Mediterranean Mosaic: Three Vignettes Of Jewish Life And Culture”

The Jewish Education and Enlightenment Program will feature three stimulating speakers exploring the worlds of modern Israel; medieval Spain, Egypt and Palestine; and twentieth century Italy.

Friday night, March 11, begins with Shabbat dinner at 6:00 pm, followed by a Shabbat service with a presentation by Olga Markus. Ms. Markus holds a M.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Kiev State Pedagogical University, a M.A. in Religious Education and an advanced diploma in Jewish Education from the University of London, and currently works at the Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations (COJECO), the central hub for the Russian-speaking Jewish community of New York. She will present “My Israel: A Land of Miracles, Inspiration and Complexity.”

Saturday, March 12, 10:30 am: Presentation by Liran Yadgar followed by a Shabbat luncheon. Liran Yadgar is currently a post graduate teaching fellow in the Judaic Studies Program of Yale University and a Ph.D. Candidate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He will discuss medieval Jewish-Islamic social and intellectual exchanges through the writings and poetry of Judah Halevi and others from the 12th century, focusing on medieval Spain, Cairo and Palestine.

Sunday, March 13, 10:00 am: Bagel brunch followed by a presentation by Dr. Philip Balma. Dr. Balma is an associate professor of Italian Literary and Cultural Studies and a member of the faculty at the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life the at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. His topic “Hiding in Plain Sight” examines the lives of Jews working in Italian cinema during the Fascist period and beyond.

Join us for what is always an enjoyable and educational weekend of learning, food and fellowship at Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven, 150 Derby Avenue, Orange, CT. For more information, call the TE office at 203-397-3000 or visit our website:

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