Scholar-In-Residence & Education Series Weekend


Dr. Nily Shiryon

November 9 and 10

Friday, November 9, Services at 7:30 p.m. Speaker Immediately Following
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF JEWISH HUMOR
- What is Jewish Humor? What is Jewish humor NOT? What is the difference between Jewish Humor and Jew Humor? After this lecture, you will never again hear a joke the way you used to!

Saturday, November 10, During Services
THE BINDING OF ISAAC AS A TEST: PASS, FAIL, IMCOMPLETE


Saturday, November 10, During Kiddush
THE DESERT GENERATION: THEIR STORY – THEIR SECRET

Dr. Nily Shiryon is an Israeli Psychologist and Educator. She is in private practice in Ra'anana, where she sees a variety of patients -- adults and children -- and works as a consultant and analyst for information and public affairs material dealing with Israel and the Middle East. Dr. Shiryon holds a B.A. in Education; a B.A. in Broadcast Communications, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

She has worked in the field of Education, both in Israel and the United States, and is a consultant in Jewish Education and Jewish Studies, frequently working on special programs and special methods in Jewish Education. She was a Producer, Writer and Broadcaster for Israeli and Jewish programming at KQED FM (a National Public Radio affiliate) in San Francisco, CA. She has written for educational settings as well as for radio, and her material includes features and children's stories.

Dr. Shiryon lectures and presents workshops on a variety of topics, including Israel—both past and present; Jewish identity and problems of assimilation in the U.S. and Israel; as well as other topics on Israel, Judaism, Education and Psychology.

Dr. Shiryon divides her time between her private practice - which includes work with overseas patients - writing, workshops and lectures, both in Israel and abroad.

Stephen M. Berk is Professor of History at Union College in Schenectady, New York, former Chair of the Department of History, Director of the Program in Russian and Eastern European Studies and Faculty Advisor to the Jewish Student Organization. He is the author of Year of Crisis, Year of Hope: Russian Jewry and the Pogroms of 1881-1882 (Greenwood Press, 1985). At the present time Berk is writing a book entitled, Our People Are Your People: American Jewry and the Struggle for Civil Rights 1954-1965. The book provides an interesting discussion of an extremely important chapter in the history of the civil rights movement and attempts to dispel the myths and misunderstandings that surround the Black-Jewish relationship.
 Professor Berk has been a consultant to the Wiesenthal Holocaust Center in Los Angeles, and in 1992 made a set of six hour-long audio taped lectures on the Holocaust that have been sold across the country. His well received book on the pogroms of 1881-1882 deals with anti-Semitism in Russia and eastern Europe and is an important contribution to the pre-history of the Holocaust in the Jewish heartland. Professor Berk has written articles on Russian and Jewish history,anti-Semitism, and the Middle East. In 1994 Berk authored a brief and interesting article on the Holocaust in Yugoslavia. He has lectured on  throughout the United States and Canada including such distinguished colleges and universities as Princeton, Vanderbilt, The University of Texas at Austin and Williams College.
n 1996 Professor Berk received the prestigious Holocaust Memorial Award from the Holocaust Survivors and Friends Education Center. The citation accompanying the award stated: "On the 50th Anniversary of the end of the Nuremberg trials, the Holocaust Memorial Award honors Dr. Berk's years of dedication to understanding and education as a world-wide lecturer and spellbinding speaker on the lessons of the Holocaust and its meaning for today. In 2010 Professor Berk was designated an Israel Hero for his defense and advocacy of the State Israel by JERNY the Jewish Educational Resources of New York. Professor of History at Union College in Schenectady, New York, former Chair of the Department of History, Director of the Program in Russian and Eastern European Studies and Faculty Advisor to the Jewish Student Organization. He is the author of Year of Crisis, Year of Hope: Russian Jewry and the Pogroms of 1881-1882 (Greenwood Press, 1985). At the present time Berk is writing a book entitled, Our People Are Your People: American Jewry and the Struggle for Civil Rights 1954-1965. The book provides an interesting discussion of an extremely important chapter in the history of the civil rights movement and attempts to dispel the myths and misunderstandings that surround the Black-Jewish relationship.

 

 

 


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