Election Time: U.S. Presidents, U.S. Candidates & the Jews
Presenter: Gil Troy, PhD

Sunday, January 10, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley

Gil Troy has been a Professor of History at McGill University in Montreal since 1990, where he served as chairman of the history department from 1997 to 1998. He was identified as McGill’s popular professor and History News Network designated him as one of its first Top Young Historians. He received his bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degrees in History from Harvard University. He is a prolific author. In Why I am a Zionist, he discusses the trend Zionism has taken in light of independence, Arab hostility and the equation of Zionism and racism. He challenges Jews to reaffirm their faith and pride in Zionism. He has authored six books on American Presidents.


Living the Story, Vanguard for Israel
Presenter: Dan Gordon

Sunday, January 17, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Ina Levine JCCampus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Captain Dan Gordon IDF (Res) is a modern-day Renaissance man. He spent over 40 years in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and is a veteran of six wars. He served as a sniper with the rank of captain, and is the oldest member to serve in the distinguished Givati Brigade. In addition to his service to Israel his “second” country, American born Gordon is an accomplished Hollywood screenwriter, author and producer. He is known for award winning Hollywood films such as The Hurricane (Denzel Washington) and Wyatt Earp (Kevin Costner), The Assignment (Sir Ben Kingsley), Murder in The First (Kevin Bacon and Gary Oldman) and Passenger 57 (Wesley Snipes). Gordon was head writer on Michael Landon's, Highway to Heaven. He has written extensively on Middle Eastern Affairs and Counterterrorism. As a Spokesperson for the IDF and Middle East Analyst, Gordon has appeared on virtually every major US and European broadcast and cable news outlet. He is the author of seven novels- the latest is Day of the Dead Book One: Gaza along with its forthcoming sequel, Day of the Dead Book Two: America


Jewish Travel in Uncertain Times
Presenter: Peter Greenberg

Sunday, January 24, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Ina Levine JCCampus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

An investigative reporter and producer, Peter Greenberg is America’s most recognized, honored and respected front-line travel news journalist. He began his career in journalism as the West Coast correspondent for Newsweek in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He is the travel editor for CBS News, appearing on CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley and CBS Sunday Morning. Greenberg hosts a new television show, “The Travel Detective with Peter Greenberg.” Greenberg presented Israel: The Royal Tour, an unprecedented tour inside the country, and an up-close-and-personal journey with his guide: the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. 


Terrorism in the Age of ISIS
Presenter: Steven Emerson

Sunday, February 14, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Avenue, Phoenix

Steven Emerson is an internationally recognized expert on terrorism and national security, a correspondent and an author who also serves as the Executive Director of The Investigative Project, the nation’s largest archival data and intelligence on Islamic and Middle Eastern terrorist groups. He is most recently the author of the national best seller, American Jihad: The Terrorist Living Among Us. Mr. Emerson has frequently appeared on network television and has been quoted or cited hundreds of times in the nation’s newspapers. Mr. Emerson and his institute have also given many briefings to Congress, the White House, the Justice Department & other federal agencies.  


An Evening of Jokes and Laughter
Presenter: Joel Chasnoff

Sunday, February 21, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Temple Chai 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix

While an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania studying math and psychology Joel Chasnoff had his first show. After graduating in 1996, Chasnoff served in the Israel Defense Forces for two years. He returned to his native Chicago and picked up where he left off. Chasnoff always wanted to be a comedian. “There’s no script, no director. It’s all you.” For the last 3 ½ years Chasnoff has been making his living doing stand-up across the country to the delight of his audiences  


Zum Gali Gali and More - A Family Concert
Presenter: Elana Jagoda

Sunday, March 6, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
Ina Levine JCCampus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Elana Jagoda is a prayer leader, music educator, performer and composer who brings soul and innovation to Jewish music. She adds new dimensions to her music genre by blending her energetic folk-rock vibe with her passion for world music. Elana Jagoda has delighted diverse audiences as a song leader, early childhood music specialist and most recently a cantorial soloist. She currently serves as a full time cantorial soloist at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, California and is renowned nationally for her musical CD’s with PJ Library®.


Above and Beyond - the Film & the Producer’s comments on the WWII pilots who helped create the Israeli Air Force
Presenter: Nancy Spielberg

Sunday, March 13, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Ina Levine JCCampus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Nancy Spielberg attended Arizona State University and UCLA. She studied film at Sarah Lawrence College & the New School in New York. Sister of famed director Steven Spielberg, Nancy has an impressive list of films she has produced including: Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals, which aired on PBS. She co-directed Above and Beyond and Who Will Write Our History with Roberta Grossman and has many other films to her credit. She is founder & cofounder of several charities