Dr. Henry Abramson, dean of Touro’s Lander College of Arts & Sciences in Flatbush, will iy’H be presenting a lecture series on 20th-century Jewish personalities. Jewish History @ J, the popular weekly series, resumes October 31 and will be held on Monday nights through December 19. The lecture series is free and open to the community and will take place at Touro College’s Flatbush campus at 1602 Avenue J.
“History is one of the easiest access points to the core values of Judaism. I am always amazed by what I learn when I study the history of our ancient people, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to share my research with others. Touro College is the perfect place to study Jewish history, since the school’s mission is to ‘perpetuate and enrich the Jewish heritage,’” said Dean Abramson, a noted expert in Jewish history and thought.
The first lecture, on October 31, will spotlight the influential Zionist activist Vladimir Jabotinsky. A talented journalist and novelist in several languages, Jabotinsky’s right-wing views garnered him as many enemies as friends, but his political philosophy proved highly influential and enduring in modern Israel.
“The study of Jewish history adds value and meaning to human existence. I believe that the relationship of Jewish history and Torah is reciprocal–Jewish history is one of many paths that lead to the study of Torah, and Torah study is enriched by a fuller understanding of Jewish history,” Abramson said.
The series will continue with other 20th-century figures, including Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, a mystic and early Zionist whose role as one of the principal rabbinic figures of the era was foundational for establishing a religious ideology for the modern, secular, and democratic state of Israel; early 20th-century writer Franz Kafka, whose haunting and opaque tales continued to be studied as statements of the modern condition; Emma Goldman, a fiery orator and fearless iconoclast who was a key thinker of turn-of-the-20th-century America; Janusz Korczak, a heroic pioneer of modern educational theory who ran an orphanage in the beleaguered Warsaw Ghetto, ultimately accompanying his youthful charges to the gas chambers of Treblinka; the Chazon Ish, a brilliant expert in Jewish law who played a major role in the development of the modus vivendi between secular and religious Israelis during the 20th century; and Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, writer, and Nobel laureate for literature who was a relentless champion of human rights.
For more information and to register for the free series, visit las.touro.edu/news–events/events/list/jewish-