Professor Barry Holtz of the Jewish Theological Seminary talks about his new biography of the brilliant and fascinating first century Rabbi Akiva, a Talmudic hero and one of the most important influences on Jewish history down to our own times. After his talk, Barry Holtz will sign copies of the book.
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Film critic and historian David Thomson brings us behind the scenes at the legendary Warner Brothers film studio, where four immigrant brothers transformed themselves into the moguls and masters of American fantasy.
The Warner Brothers — Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack — arrived in America as unschooled Jewish immigrants, and founded an unpromising film studio that became the smartest, toughest and most radical in all of Hollywood.
David Thomson provides original interpretations of Warner Brothers pictures from the pioneering talkie The Jazz Singer through black-and-white musicals, gangster movies and such dramatic romances as Casablanca, East of Eden and Bonnie and Clyde. He recounts the storied exploits of the studio’s larger-than-life stars, among them Al Jolson, James Cagney, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Doris Day and Bugs Bunny. The Warner brothers’ cultural impact was so profound, Thomson writes, that their studio became “one of the enterprises that helped us see there might be an American dream out there.”
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Jewish Lives author Jeffrey Rosen appears as Louis Brandeis in an unusual evening of conversation with Jens Hoffmann, Director of Special Exhibitions and Public Programs inspired by Andy Warhol’s Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century (1980).
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The Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution will host an event featuring Brookings distinguished fellow, Israeli Institute President, and former Israeli ambassador to the United States, Itamar Rabinovich whose new book, Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman, recounts the late Israeli prime minister’s rise through Israel’s military and political ranks.
The program will begin with featured remarks by President Bill Clinton. Afterwards, Brookings Executive Vice President Martin Indyk will moderate a conversation between Ambassador Rabinovich and Dalia Rabin, the late Prime Minister Rabin’s daughter and former Member of Knesset.
More than two decades after the tragic death of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, one of his most trusted aides, former Israeli ambassador to the US Itamar Rabinovich, who has now written Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman, provides new insights into Rabin’s relationships with world leaders, his peace policy toward Syria and the Palestinians, and the repercussions of his murder for Israeli politics today. He is joined by Rabin’s daughter, Dalia, for a look back at this extraordinary leader’s legacy and a look forward at the future of Israel and prospects for peace. Itamar Rabinovich will be signing copies of Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman following the event.