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The A. Pearly and Edith C. Feen Lecture Weekend

February 16, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The A. Pearly and Edith C. Feen Lecture Weekend

April 20 – 22, 2018
Yossi Klein Halevi and Imam Abdullah Antepli
The culminates our year of learning about Israel and its relationships in the Middle East, America and the world.
Mark your calendars for the event we’ve been waiting for.


Lecture and Discussion Topics:
Friday April 20, 6:00 pm: Services followed by Potluck and Presentation:
50 Years of the Left-Right Divide in Israel: Yossi Klein Halevi
Yossi Klein Halevi is the author of the award winning book, “Like Dreamers” which tells the story of the left-right split among Israelis through the lives of seven paratroopers who fought in the battle of Jerusalem in 1967. The author discusses what he learned from the decade-long process of researching and writing the book, and what it tells us about the future of the two-state solution.
Congregational Pot luck: Last names beginning with A-G dessert; H-P salads and sides; Q-Z vegetarian main.
Saturday April 21, 9:15 am: Shabbat Services
Understanding Israel Through Its Paradoxes: Yossi Klein Halevi
What is Israel? A Jewish state? A democratic state? Religious? Secular? East? West? An exploration of the insoluble paradoxes built into the heart of Israeli identity and how Israel struggles for social coherence.
Saturday, April 21, following services
Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor: Shabbat luncheon presentation by Yossi Klein Halevi
In his forthcoming book, Yossi addresses his Palestinian neighbors and explains how Israelis view their history and identity and how they experience the conflict. The talk will include a reading.
Sunday April 22, 2:00 pm
Across the Abyss: How a Former Muslim Anti-Semite and a Former Jewish Extremist
Are Changing the Muslim-Jewish Relationship
A. Pearly and Edith C. Feen Lecture by Yossi Klein Halevi and Imam Abdullah Antepli
While growing up in Turkey, Abdullah Antepli saw Jews as evil and read the children’s version of the classic anti-Semitic work, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. While growing up in Brooklyn, Yossi Klein Halevi, the son of a Holocaust survivor, was attracted to the militant politics of the Jewish far-right. Today, Abdullah heads Muslim Affairs at Duke University, while Yossi is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, Israel’s leading center for religious pluralism. Together they run a revolutionary program, the Muslim Leadership Initiative, that is changing the way Muslims and Jews understand and relate to each other.


February 16, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm