$18 for individual tickets

Judaisms: A 21st Century Introduction to Jews & Jewish Identities
Presenter: Professor Aaron J. Hahn Tapper

Sunday, January 07, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Temple Solel, 6805 E McDonald Dr, Paradise Valley
A fascinating talk on The Jewish Story- Inclusion, Exclusion and the Jewish Other Within. Jews are frequently referred to as a single, cohesive, interconnected group by Jews and non-Jews alike. There have always been, since time immemorial many Judaisms. In this 21st century, how can Jews be more inclusive of the historically multidimensional and vastly diverse Jewish Communities that have existed for centuries? Prof. Tapper is the Mae and Benjamin Swig Associate Professor in Jewish Studies and the founding Director of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco.


Israel: 100 Years After the Balfour Declaration
Presenter: Thane Rosenbaum, JD

Sunday, January 28, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Ina Levine JCCampus, 12701 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdaley
On November 2, 1917, the Balfour Declaration delivered British support for a Jewish home in Palestine, which decades later led to the re-creation of the State of Israel in 1948. On the centennial year of the Balfour Declaration, Rosenbaum examines Israel’s present-day political situation and how it differs from the hopes of Lord Balfour’s Declaration. Thane Rosenbaum, a novelist, essayist and Distinguished Fellow at New York University School of Law, is the director of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society. His articles, reviews and essays appear frequently in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Haaretz, Huffington Post and Daily Beast, among other national publications, and he is the author of many books of fiction and nonfiction. He moderates an annual series of discussions on culture, world events and politics at the 92nd Street Y called The Talk Show.


Israel at 70: A Good Country in a Bad Neighborhood
Presenter: Professor Stephen M. Berk

Sunday, February 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Temple Chai, 4645 E Marilyn Rd, Phoenix
Dr. Stephen M. Berk is a Professor of History at Union College in Schenectady, New York, former Chair of the Department of History, Director of the Program in Comparative Communist Studies and Faculty Advisor to the Jewish Student Organization. He is an author of books and articles on American policy in the Middle East, anti-Semitism and Russian Jewish history, and is frequently consulted by the media for his expertise. He has lectured in numerous universities in countless cities and towns in the United States and Israel and is a primary speaker for the UJA, Israel Bonds, AIPAC and B’nai B’rith. He is considered a superb lecturer and speaker. *paraphrasing journalist Zev Chafetz


A Key to the Casa: Celebrating Jewish Life in
Sephardic Spain

Presenter: Robyn Helzner

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Ina Levine JCCampus, 12701 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale

Back by Popular Demand! Robyn Helzner returns to PASSAGES to give us a fascinating ”tour” of the Jews of Spain. Through entrancing Ladino songs, stories, images and history, Robyn Helzner magically transports audiences to the heart of Jewish Spain. Her captivating presentation brings to life the once flourishing Jewish Communities of Toledo, Cordoba and Seville. In exploring the resurgence of a modern Jewish presence in Barcelona and Madrid, A Key to the Casa celebrates the remarkable resilience of the Jewish people.

Catching the Jew! A Riveting, Shocking, and Humorous Account of Travels throughout Israel, on both sides of the Green Line
Presenter: Tuvia Tenenbom

Sunday, February 25, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Beth El Congregation, 1118 W Glendale Ave, Phoenix
Posing as a proud German journalist, “Tobi the German”, Provocative author, Tuvia Tenenbom, spent seven months in Israel, Judea and Samaria for “Catch the Jew!” interviewing thousands of people, including well-known politicians, writers, leaders and activists, and getting the Jews and Arabs to speak their minds. Catch the Jew! recounts Tenenbom’s many adventures. In the course of numerous interviews Tuvia extracts information, sentiments, hidden theories and delusional visions motivating the people who live in this area of the world. CATCH THE JEW! was Israel’s #1 best seller on all of Israel’s major best seller lists, for both the Hebrew and English editions. It was also a Spiegel best seller (equivalent to USA’s New York Times best seller list) in Germany. 


The Jews of India through Music and Memory
Presenter: Rahel Musleah

Sunday, March 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St, Scottsdale

Rahel Musleah was born in Calcutta, India to a family that traces its roots to 17th century Baghdad. She will take you on a personal, historic, and musical journey to Jewish India that features stories, authentic photographs, memorabilia and more. Her presentation is a story of a distinctive Indian Jewish community that weaves in history, immigration, loss, continuity and beautiful traditions. Rahel is an award-winning journalist with hundreds of published articles to her credit as well as the author of several critically acclaimed books. She also leads extraordinary tours of Jewish India.


Israel Impressions
Presenter: Paul Margolis, Photographer

Sunday, March 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Ina Levine JCCampus, 12701 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale

You will be treated to a spectacular evening and presentation by Paul Margolis, a New York based photographer who has been taking pictures since the age of nine. Fascinated by the diversity of people and cultures that make up modern Israel, his camera captures an Israel not portrayed in the media- an Israel calling out to be photographed. Working in the streets, marketplaces and homes with his quiet, discreet Leica camera and black and white film, Margolis photographed in a fluid, fast-moving reportorial style, attempting to capture slices of everyday life.