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Community Conversations Archive

We invite you to view our archive of community conversations and discussions with field experts and scholars.

 

The Origins and Impact of Minoru Yamasaki’s Landmark North Shore Congregation Israel

It has been almost 60 years since NSCI dedicated its current home on the lake. The striking building was unlike any other synagogue and was immediately embraced as a bold landmark of modern design. In this richly illustrated talk, Dr. Samuel D. Gruber takes a close look at the Minoru Yamasaki-designed sanctuary, placing it within a long tradition of religion and building, but also seeing it as something still fresh and new that continues after more than a half-century to inspire (and sometimes perplex) the worshiper and the visitor.

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By the Grace of the Game: Virtual Book Talk with Dan Grunfeld

By the Grace of the Game is a multi-generational family epic detailing history’s only known journey from Auschwitz to the NBA. This recording features author Dan Grunfeld with sportswriter Ed Sherman and Rabbi Ryan Daniels.

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Remix Judaism: Preserving Tradition in a Diverse World

Rabbi Greene in conversation with author and DePaul Professor Roberta Rosenthal Kwall about her new book. Remix Judaism brings a thoughtful, personal perspective to Jewish meaning that invites us to consider what we do and how we choose in our own Jewish practice. 

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First Reform Rabbi to Serve in the Knesset, Gilad Kariv, on American Jewry and Israel

Hear from Rabbi Gilad Kariv, the first Reform rabbi to serve in the Knesset.  MK Kariv spoke about the current state of the relationship between American Jewry and Israel.

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The Aftermath of the Shoah: Life in Poland Today

with Professor Paul Liptz

As we prepared for Yom Ha’Shoah, we studied with a great scholar and accessible teacher, Professor Paul Liptz. He joined us the day before this important observance to deepen our learning and meaning for it. View the recording here.

 

 

 

The Glencoe Clergy Association Presented 

Community Conversation with Richard Rothstein on the Color of Law

Racial segregation in the US: a history and conversation on the future. Recorded: January 18, 2021. View the recording here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Why Judaism Really Matters" 3 part series 

with Rabbi Rami Shapiro

2020 Bernice and Seymour Nordenberg

Memorial Scholar in Residence

Part 1     Part 2     Part 3

 

 

 

 

Caring for Loved Ones & Ourselves, Now

A panel conversation with Elizabeth Ury, JCFS Director of Jewish Community Engagement, & Julie Fohrman, Gerontologist & Principal of North Shore Geriatric Care Management, moderated by Rabbi Lisa Greene on caring for seniors and ourselves during COVID-19. Click here to watch the recording and click here for resources.

 

 

 

Walking Boldly Into the Future Together: A Conversation Between Rabbi Geffen and Bishop and Pastor Fitzpatrick of the Stone Temple Church
Rabbi Geffen in conversation with our friends Bishop Derrick Fitzpatrick and Pastor Reshorna Fitzpatrick from the Historic Stone Temple Church in Lawndale to discuss how we might move forward to best address racial injustice and create a better future together. View the recording  here.

On the Ground Conversations about lsrael with Renowned Israel Educator Mike Hollander

The first two sessions (April 26 and May 3) look at how, in its early years, the State of Israel created sacred space on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem, as well as a series of three Holy Days to commemorate and remember the Shoah (Yom HaShoah ve HaGevurah), the heavy price of our fallen soldiers (Yom HaZikaron), and to celebrate independence (Yom Ha'Atzmaut). The third session (May 10) explores the Israeli political system is a fool-proof explanation of how the complicated, but different, Israeli political system works.

The fourth session (May 17) explores how, in ancient times, our prophets engaged in the four ‘W’s” warning our ancestors. Today’s ‘prophets’ create street art to communicate society’s issues.  This virtual tour will explore some of the neighborhoods of south Tel Aviv-Jaffa to explore the street art and gain an understanding of the issues in Israeli society.

Recordings: Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4

 

 

What is Lost - Poems by Rabbi Yehiel Poupko

Rabbi Yehiel Poupko & Dr. Jill Baumgaertner read and discuss the exquisite poems in What is Lost, Rabbi Poupko’s newly published collection of poems in a conversation moderated by Rabbi Lisa Greene.

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From Exile to Start-Up Nation - A Six-Part History of Zionism and Israel

with Renowned Israel Educator Mike Hollander

This series is based on the premise that “Zionism is the most successful revolution of the Twentieth Century.” It begins with the precursors of Zionism in the second half of the Nineteenth Century, continues through the founding of Political Zionism at the First Zionist Congress in 1897, and then looks at the 50 years of building the pre-state Jewish community (Yishuv) in Palestine. The remaining sessions explore the major challenges, successes and failures, wars and governments of Israel through its 73 years of independence. 

Recordings: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6

 

 

The War of Return: How Western Indulgence of the Palestinian Dream Has Obstructed the Path to Peace, Rabbi Greene discusses

this book with author, Dr. Einat Wilf

Listen to Rabbi Greene in conversation with Dr. Einat Wilf on her groundbreaking book, a bestseller in Israel that is now out in English. 

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Jews in Space with Alana Lidawer

A conversation with Rabbi Ryan Daniels and NSCI’s own Alana Lidawer, Engineering Camera Payload Uplink Lead in NASA’s ongoing Perseverance Mars rover mission. Recorded June 6, 2021.

View the recording here.

 

 

 Jews in Sports with Ed Sherman

With Rabbi Ryan Daniels and long-time sportswriter and author, Ed Sherman for an inside look at Jews in sports, sharing the inspiring stories of perseverance in overcoming extreme challenges in the pursuit of greatness. Ed Sherman was a long-time sportswriter for the Chicago Tribune. He is the author of four books, including the recently published, This is B1G, a history of the Big Ten. 

Part 1    Part 2    Part 3

 

 

Dr. Bernice A. King in Conversation with Rabbi Geffen

On Black-Jewish Relations

Listen to the recording of this great conversation between Dr. Bernice A. King and NSCI's Rabbi Wendi Geffen around The Journey of Black-Jewish Relations. Recorded January 26, 2021 in partnership with the AJC. View the recording here. See a Chicago Tribune article about this event here.

 

 

Clergy in Conversation

Join Rabbis Daniels, Geffen, Greene, and Cantor Goldstein as they discuss compelling topics of our time.

 

November 4       November 18       December 2

December 16     January 13           January 27

                                                  February 10        February 24         March 10

                                                  March 24            April 28                

 

 

 Grief is the Word

Rabbi Wendi Geffen of North Shore Congregation Israel in conversation with Rebecca Soffer, founder of Modern Loss, for this important conversation about navigating individual and shared grief in 2020. Recorded: November 30, 2020.

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Mon, May 23 2022 22 Iyar 5782