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Burlington, Vermont 05401
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Lunch And Learn- The State of Anti-Semitism in America: What Can We Do? // a talk by Peggy Shukur

March 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

In recent years, many of us have been shaken by the surge in anti-Semitic incidents. A key resource in combatting anti-Semitism is the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

Peggy Shukur, Deputy Regional Director of ADL New England, will provide an update on current trends and what the ADL is doing – with time to respond to your questions.

For more on the ADL New England: https://newengland.adl.org/

About OZ’s Lunch and Learns:

Returning to Ohavi Zedek’s Social Hall as an in-person event! (No Zoom unless conditions change.)

A delicious lunch will be offered. Speakers covering a wide range of topics. Seating will be available for those who want to stay masked and not join us for lunch. Our goal is for everyone to feel comfortable and enjoy the talks.

Register Here

Upcoming Lunch And Learns:

Lunch and Learn: Raul Hilberg and Holocaust Studies at UVM

Ohavi Zedek Synagogue 188 North Prospect Street, Burlington, VT, United States

Speaker: Jon Huener, Director of University of Vermont’s Miller Holocaust Center, and Professor of History at UVM. A pioneering scholar of the Holocaust, Raul Hilberg taught at the University of Vermont for more than thirty years. Jon Huener, Professor of History and Director of the Miller Center for Holocaust Studies at UVM, will discuss the lasting impact of Hilberg’s work, the transformations in the history and memory of the Holocaust over the past decades, and the current state of teaching…

Lunch and Learn: Vermont’s Demographic Transformation: Causes & Consequences

Ohavi Zedek Synagogue 188 North Prospect Street, Burlington, VT, United States

November 16, 2023 Noon-1:30pm Speaker: Arthur Woolf, UVM Emeritus Associate Professor of Economics, and Former Vermont State Economist. Vermont’s 21st century demographic experience is, and will continue to be, very different from population changes the state experienced in the last half of the 20th century. Vermont is now one of the oldest states in the nation; it has one of the lowest birth rates in the country; and its labor force is lower today than it was fifteen years ago.…

Lunch and Learn: Search and Rescue in the Central Mediterranean

Ohavi Zedek Synagogue 188 North Prospect Street, Burlington, VT, United States

Speaker: Jade Kaplan, Certified Nurse, Midwife & Volunteer on the Rescue Ship Humanity 1 Jade Kaplan will discuss her work in April 2023 as a volunteer midwife on the medical team of the humanitarian search and rescue ship Humanity 1 in the Central Mediterranean. Kaplan will discuss her experience onboard, including her training; the crisis facing migrants desperate to reach Europe; and the rescue of 69 refugees that occurred during her month onboard. Register Here About OZ’s Lunch and Learns We…

Lunch and Learn: Artists & the Holocaust: Documentation, Memory, Elegy

Ohavi Zedek Synagogue 188 North Prospect Street, Burlington, VT, United States

Speaker: Janie Cohen, consultant, curator, artist, and former director of the Fleming Museum Janie Cohen, past Director of UVM’s Fleming Museum, will speak about the work of a number of artists who experienced the Holocaust directly or indirectly and the varied relationships of their experience to their art. Cohen will discuss, among others, Henry Ross, who clandestinely photographed life in the Lodz ghetto while serving as the Jewish Council’s official photographer, and Hannelore Baron, a New York artist who witnessed…

Lunch and Learn: A Look at Burlington’s Key Housing-Related Initiatives

Ohavi Zedek Synagogue 188 North Prospect Street, Burlington, VT, United States

Speaker: Meagan Tuttle, Planning Director for the City of Burlington. Since 2021, the City of Burlington has been working to implement a 10-point housing action plan. The plan includes major housing-related initiatives for institutions (such as UVM); for the South End; and for City-wide implementation. Burlington Planning Director Meagan Tuttle will update us on these housing initiatives, and answer your questions. Register Here About OZ’s Lunch and Learns We gather at Ohavi Zedek’s Social Hall as an in-person event from noon…

Lunch and Learn: Preserving & Sharing Yiddish Literature & Culture: The Role of the Yiddish Book Center

Ohavi Zedek Synagogue 188 North Prospect Street, Burlington, VT, United States

Speaker: Zvi Jankelowitz, Director of Institutional Advancement, Yiddish Book Center. In the early 1980’s Aaron Lansky established the Yiddish Book Center to rescue and preserve Yiddish literature. In today’s talk, Zvi Jankelowitz will share with us highlights of “Yiddish: A Global Culture,” the new permanent exhibition at the Center, and explain how the Center is at the forefront of technological advances, ensuring the accessibility of Yiddish books to Yiddish and non-Yiddish readers. Jankelowitz will also discuss the Center’s Wexler Oral…

Lunch and Learn: The Two Lives of Henrietta Szold

Ohavi Zedek Synagogue 188 North Prospect Street, Burlington, VT, United States

Speaker: Linda Kopper is a long-time OZ member, and President of Hadassah Vermont (Hadassah being the Women’s Zionist Organization of America founded by Henrietta Szold). The Two Lives of Henrietta Szold Henrietta Szold was one of the most important Jewish leaders of the 20th century. Her long life, from 1860 to 1945, spanned some of the most turbulent years in modern history. The events of that time shaped the lives of millions of people and are woven into the fabric…

Lunch and Learn: The Forgotten History of Barre’s Jewish Community

Ohavi Zedek Synagogue 188 North Prospect Street, Burlington, VT, United States

Dr. Carol Harris Shapiro, Rabbi and Professor Emeritus at Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Harris-Shapiro’s academic focus has been on American religious communities. She proudly calls Barre, VT, home for half the year. Even before the year 1900 Jews made their home in the Granite City and established a synagogue that served the Jewish community for 33 years. With deep ties to Burlington and Montpelier, Barre’s Jewish families nevertheless forged their own singular identity in a diverse environment of Yankees,…


Judy Hershberg wrote…
It is my pleasure to announce that Wayne Senville has graciously consented to take over the
reins at Lunch & Learn, the once-a-month program that I have been honored to chair since
2007. It was time for a change, and Wayne is eminently qualified to step in and continue to
seek out speakers and presentations that reflect our Jewish and community interests.
Wayne, who holds a law degree and a Master’s in City Planning, came to Vermont in 1988 with
his family to accept the position of Director of Local and Regional Planning Assistance in the VT
Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs. He subsequently founded a citizen planners journal,
which gained nationwide readership, and was the recipient of many awards and honors in the
planning field. Attuned to social justice, both he and his wife, Lila Shapero, continue to have an
active voice in neighborhood and community issues, and beyond. Wayne himself was a Lunch &
Learn presenter in 2008 (“Across America on Route 50: Conversations with Citizens and
Planners on the State of Our Cities & Towns) and again in 2019 (“How the 1903 Kishinev
Pogrom Shocked the World”). Look for an exciting L&L series in 2022/23, with innovative ideas, including panel discussions. A shift from Thursdays to Tuesdays, too!



March 21
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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