Third Anual Celebration of Jewish Books – WHIZIN CENTER FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION

a conversation with david makovsky

A free event to kick off the Celebration of Jewish Books.

Join us for a light reception and in-depth conversation about
Myths, Illusions and Peace, a brilliant book by Dennis Ross & David Makovsky, former journalist and current Ziegler Distinguished Fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Tuesday November 3 7:30pm

Free admission (RSVP Required)

ayaan hirsi alI

One of the most influential political figures of our time.

Demonized by conservative Muslims for speaking out against the injustices of the Islamic extremists, Ali lives under a constant death threat. Born in Somalia and raised as a devout Muslim, subjected to genital mutilation and a forced marriage, Ali fled to the Netherlands. Infidel, her personal story, is the subject of her talk. She will be interviewed by Dr. Robert Wexler, president of American Jewish University.

Monday November 9 7:30pm


Rabbi Daniel Gordis with rabbi david wolpe

Rabbi Daniel Gordis, Senior Vice President of the Shalem Center in Israel, will be interviewed by Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple. Rabbi Gordis has written and lectured throughout the world on Israeli society and the challenges facing the Jewish state. The evenings discussion will focus on Rabbi Gordis new book, Saving Israel: How the Jewish People Can Win a War That May Never End.

Wednesday November 11 7:30pm


shabbat dinner with amos oz

An evening with one of the leading figures in the Israeli peace movement.

Amos Oz has published numerous articles about the Arab/Israeli conflict, campaigning for a compromise based on mutual recognition and co-existence. His latest novel, A Tale of Love and Darkness, was published in Hebrew and translated into 34 different languages. He will be interviewed by Rob Eshman, Editor-in-Chief of the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles.

Friday November 13 7:30pm



…of the renowned trio Peter, Paul and Mary.

Begin this family-friendly evening by joining hands and chanting Havdallah. Following Havdallah, Peter Yarrow, of the Peter, Paul and Mary trio, will present his new childrens book, Day is Done, and perform in concert his new song of the same name, along with hits like Puff the Magic Dragon, Blowin In The Wind, and If I Had a Hammer.

Saturday November 14 7:30pm

$25 adults, $10 children 14 & under


The seventh annual mock trial.

The seventh annual mock trial summons you to be the jury in the case of The People vs. King Saul. In a day of extraordinary courtroom drama, King Saul will be tried for the attempted murder of David. The day begins with the study of Biblical text with Rabbi Ed Feinstein. The trial, which follows, will pit outstanding prosecutor, Laurie Levenson, against formidable defense attorney, Erwin Chemerinsky, and then you will render your verdicts. As the culmination of our Celebration of Books, pre-eminent UC Berkeley scholar, Professor Robert Alter will wrap up our program with a brief presentation entitled: The Transparent King (Saul) and the Opaque Rival (David).

Sunday November 15 10am-3pm

$45 (price includes lunch)

About Luke Ford

Raised a Seventh-Day Adventist at Avondale College in Australia, Luke Ford moved to California in 1977. He graduated from Placer High School in 1984, reported the news at KAHI/KHYL radio for three years, attended Sierra College and UCLA, was largely bedridden by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for six years, and converted to Judaism in 1993. From 1997-2007, Luke made his living from blogging. Living by Beverly Hills (, he now teaches the Alexander Technique (moving the way the body likes to move). Lessons cost $100 each and last about 45 minutes. In 2011, Luke completed a three-year teaching course at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. His personal Alexander Technique website is Luke is the author of five books, including: » The Producers: Profiles in Frustration » Yesterday’s News Tomorrow: Inside American Jewish Journalism
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