BE Recordings: January-February 2023

Missed an event this month? All virtual events that were recorded will be featured here.


Murder on a Kibbutz: A Book Discussion led by Lisa Lieberman
Wednesday, January 18

In a recent Guardian review, Lavie Tidhar called the late Israeli author Batya Gur’s Murder on a Kibbutz (1991) one of the top ten books of all time about Israel. The daughter of Polish Holocaust survivors, Gur had a special interest in how kibbutznikim who came from the death camps found solace in the rhythms of communal life. “Gur captured what it was like to grow up on a kibbutz in a way no one else did,” said Tidhar, “uncovering the simmering tensions beneath the sun-drenched communal ideal.”

This program is sponsored by the Israel Committee

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LISA LIEBERMAN is a historian of postwar Europe and the author of a historical mystery series featuring blacklisted Hollywood people on the lam in dangerous international locales.


Current Politics with Dr. David Zarefsky
Tuesday, January 10

A continuing lecture-discussion class on contemporary public issues of interest to Jews as citizens. Special attention will be given to the policy and political issues facing the Biden administration. Two additional classes will be offered in the Spring term. Participation in prior sessions is not required.

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DAVID ZAREFSKY is the Owen L. Coon Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, specializing in argumentation and the analysis and criticism of American political discourse. He is a former president of the National Communication Association, the Rhetoric Society of America, and the Central States Communication Association. In 2012 he received the Lifetime Teaching Excellence Award from the National Communication Association. David is a past president of Beth Emet