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• 1• ~ "'- ' _ - • "- : ~ -AK..~ dl -~LtIIL~Illl tt ~/ HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 30, 2009 PAGE 3.~. Beth Am hosts Young Judaea summer program presentation RepreSentatives of Young Judaea. the Zionist youth movement of Hadassah. will be at Congregation Beth Am on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. to preser~t the organization's summerllSrograms in Israel. Linz Ether, Young Judaea Israel programs recruiter, will be'providing details about Young Judaea sum- mer programs, year course, post-college Israel trips and more. Sigalit Noakh. Young Judaeasl]licha, will be sharing - an interactive Israel education program called "Israel NOW with a Sense of Humor." Vicky Hajdenberg, Cen- tral Florida's regional Camp Judaea delegate, highlights the role of Young Judaea in strengthening Jewish identity and purpose. "My children and their closest friends attend Camp Judaea every summer. They meet with old friends and make new ones. and they know that Camp Judaea friends are forever. Every summer upon their return, they are just looking forward to being in Israel through one of the Young Judaea programs, being part of a social environment focused on education, leadership and social action through a shared commitment to Jewish values and love of Israel." "Beth Am is very proud to host Young Judaea's commu- nity presentation," says Rabbi Rick Sherwin. "This year in particular it is so important to let our children know that we support Israel and that our love for Israel strengthens Jews throughout the world." Etter agrees that"our chil- dren need to know that going to Israel is the best security so that our future generations will be able to live freely in a Jewishworld. When I speakto people in the Jewish commu- nity and recruit for ourYoung Judae~ Israel programs. I feel that I am truly giving them a priceless gift. Not only will their life be changed forever, but it is a security that our future generations will be able to live in a Jewish World." With summer and year- round programs in both the Judaic Studies Distinguised Lecturers Series at UCF Professor Judith Baskin of the University of Oregon will be speak~nff on Women in the HolocauSt: Controversy and Conclusions and on Four Ap- proaches to Studying Women in 3ewishB History on February 10 at the ~Jniversity of Central Florida,f The first lecture will be at 10:30 a.m. in the Business Ad- ministration 2 Building, room 208. as part of Dr. Moshe Pelli's Literature of the Holocaust course. The second lecture will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Classroom I Building, room 105. Baskin, Knight Professor of Humahities, is head of the religious studies department and director of the Harold Schnitzer family program in Judaic studies at the University of Oregon. Baskin earned a Ph.D in medieval studies from Yale, and a Bachelors of Arts degree in history from Antioch College, as well as many awards and fellowships. She has taught at several universities, includ- ing SUNY Albany, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Yale University. Baskin served Professor Judith Baskin of the University of Oregon" willpresent two lectures Feb. 10 at the UCF Judaic Stud- ies Distinguished Lecturers Series. as president of the Association for Jewish Studies and has served on the AJS board of directors since 1998. She is an expert on women's studies and has published numerous books, articles, reviews and scholarly papers on topics in judaic studies, women's studies, medieval studies, and more. Her published work includes "Midrashic Women: Formations of the Feminine in Rabbinic Literature" (2002-), "Women of the Word: Jewish Women and Jewish Writing" (1994), and "Pharaoh's Coun- sellors: Job. Jethro and Balaam in Rabbinic and Patristic Tradi- tion" (1983). The Judaic studies program, in its 24th year at UCF. offers the first installment of the Distinguished Lecturers Series in 2009 in conjunctionwith the UCFwomen's studies program, the Women's Research Center and Central Florida Hillel. The lecture is free and open to the public. Permits for park- ing should be secured through the yellow parking machines, available in each parking lot and garage, prior to the lecture. For campus maps and parking infor- mation, visit The program is funded by grants from Friends of Judaic Studies. For further informa- tion, contact Pelli 407-823- 5039 or 407-823-5129. Biblical archaeologist speaks at Rollins College Dr. Richard A. Freund, an expert on what archaeology teaches us about the Bible, will speak on The Hidden Holocaust: Archaeological Excavations at Sobibor on Monday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at Rollins College. Freund is the Maurice Greenberg professor of Jew- ish history and director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford. Sobibor was a hidden ex- termination camp in Poland. Freund says that in October of 1943 one of the most daring revolts was staged by the pris- oners at Sobibor. Fearing that news of the revolt would stir other camps, the Nazis closed the camp and covered it with dirt and planted trees so that it would be forgotten. In 2008, the University of Hartfordwent back to the camp and using high tech equipment was able to map and excavate parts of the camp, including the gas cham- bers, that were still there. Freund is the author of six books on archaeology and two Dr. Richard A. Freund books on Jewish ethicsand more than 100 scholarly articles. He has appeared in many television documentaries, most recently the History Channel's "God vs. Satan: The Final Battle," CNN's "After Jesus: The First Christians'andNOVA's"Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land" based on his book, "Secrets of the Cave of Letters." Articles on his excavations have appeared in Biblical Archaeology Review, National Geographic, Time magazine, Readers Digest and Eretz Magazine. His latest book, "Digging Through the Bible: Understanding Biblical People, Places and Controversies through Archaeology" includes information from more than 20 years of excavations. It includes ground-breaking chapters on evidence for the Exodus from Egypt and the ancient roots of the city of Jerusalem. Dr. Yudit Greenberg, George D. and Harriet W. Cornell pro- fessor of religion and director of Jewish .studies program at Rollins College, says the lecture is open to the entire community. The lecture will be in the Galloway room at the Mills Building on the Rollins College campus in Winter Park.A recep- tion will follow the lecture. This event is co-sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial Re- search and Education Center. For further information about this event or the Jewish studies program at Rollins College, call Greenberg at 407- 646-2176. United States and Israel that includes students from third grade to college and beyond, Young Judaea offers a fun. safe, social environment that also includes a distinct focus on education, leadership and social action. Young Judaea is the oldest Zionist youth movement in the United States. For nearly 100 years. Young Judaea has brought together thousands of Jewish youth from across the country and around the world of every religious, cultural and political persuasion through a shared commitment to Jewish values, Jewish pride and love of Israel. The result is genera- tions of strong Jewish leaders who are empowered to truly make a difference in their Rabbi Rick Sherwin of Congregation Beth Am and Vicky Hajdenberg, Central Florida's regional Camp Judaea del- egate. communities and in theworld while meeting other Jewish youth to build friendships that last a lifetime. For additional information about Young Judaea and the program at Beth Am, contact Etter at letter@young judaea. org or Rabbi Rick at the Beth Am office, 407-862-3505. HARVEY V. COHEN • Auto Accidents • Wrongful Death • • Nursing Home Negligence • • Defective Products • • Slip & Fall * Dental Malpractice • • Dog Bites • Insurance Claims • "Prepared to fight for you!" 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