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Scholar Series - Temple Concord Syracuse

The Temple Concord Scholar Series is a huge hit and we are thrilled to bring its seventh year of presenting Syracuse University professors and other experts from the community on a variety of political, cultural, health, and educational topics.  Admission is free, although we do welcome donations.  Become a series sponsor with your $100 gift to the Temple Concord Learning Fund and we will proudly list your name in each event’s program.   Programs are Sundays at 11:00 am.                    

October 29, 2017 - Marvin Drugger

   M DRUGER is a professor emeritus of biology and science education, retiring after forty-seven years at Syracuse University.  He has taught science to more than 40,000 students during the course of his career.  He served as president of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), and twice served as  president for the Society for College Science Teachers (SCST).  He has received many awards in science education, including the Robert H. Carleton Award for National Leadership in Science Eduation from NSTA, and the Honorary Emeritus Member Award from ASTE. These are the highest awards bestowed by these international science education organizations.

December 3, 2017 - Barbara Davis

     BARBARA SHEKLIN DAVIS is a graduate of Barnard College; she has an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University and is Professor Emerita of Modern Languages at Onondaga Community College. She served as principal of the Syracuse Hebrew Day School for 27 years and also headed the Epstein High School of Jewish Studies and the Combined School. She is an editor of the Jewish educational journal HaYidion and is the co-author of a history of the Syracuse Jewish Community and author of A History of Syracuse’s African American Community, published by Arcadia Press.

January 28, 2018 – Robert Gandt

 ROBERT GANDT is an American author and aviator. He has written and published more than a dozen books on military and aviation history and military adventure fiction.

Gandt was born in Springfield, Missouri, and raised in nearby Coffeyville, Kansas. At age twenty he was the youngest aviator and officer then on active duty in the U. S. Navy. After accumulating over 300 carrier landings and nearly 2000 hours in the A-4 Skyhawk, he joined Pan American World Airways as an airline pilot in 1965. With the sale of Pan Am's Atlantic routes in 1991, he transferred to Delta Air Lines as a captain and check airman. In 1985, Gandt was a founder and team member of the Redhawk Formation Aerobatic Team, flying SIAI-Marchetti SF.260 military trainers in precision formation aerobatic routines. Gandt's writing career began in the mid-1970s when he was based in Hong Kong. Season of Storms: The Siege of Hong Kong 1941, was drawn from the newspaper series he produced for the South China Morning Post. His subsequent works were derived from his own experience and connections to military and aviation figures. Gandt’s naval aviation chronicle Bogeys and Bandits (Viking, 1997) was adapted for the CBS series Pensacola: Wings of Gold, for which Gandt worked as a writer and technical consultant. The first of his novels, With Hostile Intent, was published by Penguin Group in 2001. With co-author Bill White and with a foreword by Senator John McCain, Gandt wrote Intrepid: The Epic Story of America's Most Legendary Warship (Random House, 2009), which won the Admiral Farragut Book Award. His multi-viewpoint account of the World War II battle for Okinawa, The Twilight Warriors (Random house, 2010) was the winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature. He is a graduate of Charter Oak State College with a B.A in History. He is a member and contributor to The Tailhook Association, The Authors Guild, Mensa International, the Experimental Aircraft Association, Quiet Birdmen and the Naval Order of the United States.

February 11, 2018 – Abigail Pogrebin

       ABIGAIL POGREBIN is the author of the My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays; One Wondering Jew – a much-expanded chronicle of her popular column for the Forward, for which she spent 12 months researching and observing every holiday in the Jewish calendar.

Pogrebin is also the author of Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk about Being Jewish, which went into eight hardcover printings and was later adapted for the Off-Broadway stage. Pogrebin’s second book, One and the Same, delved into every aspect of growing up as a twin, (she’s an identical), and her bestselling Amazon Kindle Single, Showstopper, recounts her teenage adventure in the original Broadway cast of Stephen Sondheim’s flop, “Merrily We Roll Along.”

Abigail was formerly a broadcast producer for Fred Friendly, Charlie Rose and Bill Moyers at PBS, then for Ed Bradley and Mike Wallace at 60 Minutes. She has been published in many magazines and newspapers including Newsweek, New York Magazine, The Forward, Tablet, and The Daily Beast. She has moderated conversations at The JCC in Manhattan, 92Y, The Skirball Center, and Shalom Hartman Institute.

March 10, 2018 - Michele Streit Heilbrun & Chef David Kirschner  

       A born-and-bred New Yorker, MICHELE HEILBRUN is the co-owner of Streit's Matzos, founded by her great-grandfather in 1925 on Manhattan's Lower East Side. She also spent more than 20 years as a casting director for film and television. After many years on the Upper West Side, she relocated to Savannah, GA.

There is no matzo more iconic than Streit's—and now Mikie Heilbrun has built on her family's legacy with this collection of recipes, both modern and traditional. —Adeena Sussman, Hadassah Food Columnist and author of Short Stack Editions' Tahini

  Named among the top private chefs in New York by Tasting Table and Luxury Listings NYC, DAVID KIRSCHNER is currently the Owner & Executive Chef of dineDK, a boutique private dining company.  From dinner and cocktail parties to special occasion celebrations, from media events to product launches, from intimate gatherings to large-scale parties. 

David’s first cookbook “Matzo: 35 Recipes for Passover and All Year Long” (Clarkson Potter, 2017) is a collaboration with Michele Streit Heilbrun of the preeminent fine Kosher food company, Streit’s.  Combining his traditional Jewish upbringing with his extensive culinary background, David’s innovative and modern matzo-based recipes elevate matzo from a Passover-only ingredient to a year-round pantry staple.

April 8, 2018 - Steven J. Ross

       STEVEN J. ROSS is Professor of History at the University of Southern California and director of the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life.  He is the author of Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics, recipient of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Film Scholars Award and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. The New York Times Book Review selected Hollywood Left and Right as a “Recommended Summer Readings” for 2012.  His book, Working-Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America, received the prestigious Theater Library Association Book Award for 1999 and was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the “Best Books of 1998.”

Ross’ Op-Ed pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, International Herald-Tribune, Newark Star Ledger, Washington Independent, HuffingtonPost, and Politico.  The son of two Holocaust survivors, Ross’s latest book, Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi and Fascist Plots Against Hollywood and America, is published by Bloomsbury Press.

  Speakers Gandt, Ross, Heilbrun and Pogrebin have joined us courtesy of the Jewish Book Council.

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