Natan Meir, professor of Judaic studies at Portland State, discusses the history of Russia-Ukraine relations, the ethnic/linguistic makeup of Ukraine and Ukrainian Jewry. Also scheduled: a live, on-the-ground update from Lviv on the war, refugees and other issues from Meylakh Sheykhet, regional director of an organization of Jews in the former Soviet Union. Registration required.
Author and LGBTQ activist Jim Van Buskirk discusses the history, cultural context, usage and continued relevance of Jewish American poet Emma Lazarus’ sonnet, which is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. With images, film and audio clips. Proof of vaccination and masks required.
Congregation Beth David of Saratoga presents a talk on the portable Mishkan and how close analysis of the text describing its structure reveals clues to the Torah’s vision both past and present.