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Lecture Podcasts


A historical listing of lecture podcasts and videos associated with our library…


Download the individual files below (MP3 format),
or listen through the Emanu-El audio player.




  • FDR and the Jews: A New Assessment (MP4, 879.4M)
    Nearly 75 years after World War II, a contentious debate lingers over whether Franklin Delano Roosevelt turned his back on the Jews of Hitler’s Europe. Author Allan J. Lichtman discusses his findings.
    (February 4, 2014)


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  • Should Jews Forgive General Grant? (MP3, 52M)
    Dr. Jonathan Sarna, author of When General Grant Expelled the Jews, discusses the most egregious act of official anti-Semitism in United States history and the historical and personal circumstances that led to the infamous General Order #11. But does President Grant’s reputation deserve to rest solely on this act?
    (February 7, 2013)


  • History Written, History Re-Written:
    On America, The Holocaust and Playing the Blame Game

    (MP3, 63M)
    Featuring: Professor Deborah E. Lipstadt
    Charles Grossman Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El
    No topic related to the Holocaust excites more passion and debate than the part played by President Roosevelt’s administration and the American Jewish community in responding to the persecution and murder of European Jewry. Did they sit idly by while European Jews were murdered, or did they do as much as they were able, given the political realities of the time?
    (March 6, 2012)

  • Israelis and Palestinians: Personal Faith Perspectives
    (MP3, 44M)
    Panelists: Joshua Frankel and Charlene Powell 
    Moderator: Rabbi Justus N. Baird

    The lives of Israelis and Palestinians, as A.B. Yehoshua’s The Liberated Bride eloquently attests, constantly and inevitably intersect. Yet, the crosscurrents of religious and territorial demands have created a vexatious and seemingly insoluble problem. We will explore the communal, political and religious dimensions of the interaction of Israelis and Palestinians through the personal, first-hand accounts of alumni of an intensive interfaith program about the region.
    (February 7, 2011)

  • In Search of Heschel (MP3, 70M)
    Israel at 60: Reflections of a Reform Zionist (MP3, 50M)
    Holy Space, Holy Time (MP3, 18M)
    Rabbi Michael Marmur, dean of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem and our Emanu-El Reads scholar-in-residence, concluded our 2007-2008 program with a series of three lectures. Rabbi Marmur was ordained in the Israel Program of HUC and holds a doctorate from the Department of Jewish Thought at Hebrew University. His 2005 dissertation was on the thought of Abraham Joshua Heschel. Along with his administrative responsibilities, Rabbi Marmur lectures and teaches frequently in Israel and around the world, including the United States and Canada.
    (May 1, May 2 and May 3, 2008)

  • What the Sabbath Means to Me (MP3, 59M)
    This panel discussion offers a thoughtful, personal conversation about how people incorporate (or not, as the case may be) elements of the Sabbath — its meaning, spirit or observance — into their lives. Panelists include Lydia Kukoff, author of Choosing Judaism; Julie Salamon, author of Ramban’s Ladder: A Meditation on Generosity and Why It Is Necessary to Give; and Temple congregant Maxwell Moss, one of the forces behind the creation of the Emanu-El Reads program.
    (March 12, 2008)



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