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Israeli Film Festival and Lecture Series
January 22, 2017
Arnstein Jewish Community Center

Films of Schusterman Visiting Israel Professor Igal Bursztyn
April 18 and 20, 2010

Igal Bursztyn, noted Israeli filmmaker and faculty member of Tel Aviv University, has presented and lectured about his works at film festivals around the world—in Paris, Germany, New York, Taiwan, Spain, Holland, Hungary, Portugal, Russia, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem.

East Tennessee Holocaust Conference
"Lost but Not Forgotten: 'Our Town'"

April 1-3, 2001


  • East Tennessee Holocaust ConferenceProfessor Stephen Feinstein, Director, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN "The Shtetl in Document and Art: Nostalgia and Reality" and teacher workshop, "The Search for Discourse: The Uses of Holocaust Painting and Memorials in the Classroom."
  • Professor Yaffa Eliach, Broeklundian Professor of Judaic Studies, Brooklyn College, New York, "On the Bridge between a Vanished Past and a Safe Future" and teacher workshop, Teaching the Holocaust.
  • Professor Antony Polonsky, Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Brandeis University, "The Jews of Poland."
  • Mira Kimmelman, survivor and author, Oak Ridge, TN. "Revisiting my Town of Danzig with Günter Grass."
  • Dr. Annette B. Fromm, Director of Education and Public Programs, Sanford L. Ziff Jewish Museum of Florida, Miami Beach, FL. "Teaching About Life in the Shtetl."
  • Professor Karen Levy, Department of Modern Foreign Languages, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. "The Jews of/in Paris and the Twentieth Century: Microcosm of Fragmentation, Loss and Precarious Recovery."
  • Albert Barry, Independent Film Producer, "The Last Wooden Synagogues in Eastern Europe."
  • Morris Dees, Esq. Chief Trial Counsel and Chair of the Executive Committee, Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, AL. "Voices of Hope and Tolerance in the New Millennium."
  • Manny Steinfeld and Trudy Dreyer: "Revisiting German Jewish Communities – Personal Testimony."
  • Dr. Leon Bass, Liberator and Educator, on "Racism, Anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust."
  • Dr. Lisa Plante, Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. "And You Shall Teach Your Children – Even in Secret."

Panel discussion: "Remembering Our Lost Communities," Professor Henry Fribourg, Art Pais, and Ernie Gross, Knoxville, TN.

Israel Jubilee Celebration

Israel Jubilee Celebration
"1948-1998 – 50 Years of Cultural Diversity."

Spring 1998


  • Professor Lee Humphreys, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. "A God in the Process of Becoming."
  • "An Evening with [Israeli author] Amos Oz" at Temple Beth El.

East Tennessee Holocaust Conference
"1945-1995: The Holocaust 50 Years Later–What Have We Learned?"

October 22-24, 1995


  • East Tennessee Holocaust Conference: Joel Levy Logiudice, M.Ed., Curator of the Vanderbilt University Holocaust Art Collection, Nashville, TN, "An Overview of the Kadar Exhibition."
  • Sybil Milton, Ph.D., Senior Historian, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Washington D.C., "Art and the Holocaust."
  • Professor Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Associate Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. "Holocaust Denial: The Fragility of Memory and the Tenacity of Hatred."
  • Beverly Asbury, Chaplain, Vanderbilt University, and Chairman, Tennessee Holocaust Commission, Nashville, TN. "After 50 Years: What We Have Learned, What We Must Teach."
  • Professor Yaffa Eliach, Broeklundian Professor of Judaic Studies, Brooklyn College, New York. "Restoring My Vanished Town: The Tower of Life at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum."
  • Karen Shawn, Ph.D. Director of Holocaust Studies, Moriah School of Englewood and Yad Vashem Summer Seminar. "Using Film in Teaching the Holocaust."
  • Leon Bass, Ph.D., Liberator and Educator. "Prejudice Reduction" and "Racism and Anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust from the Perspective of an African American."
  • Gerda Weissmann Klein, survivor and author. "The Humanity of the Victims."
  • Laurie Wood, Klan Watch, Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, AL. "Origins of the Klan, White Supremacy and Hate Crimes."
  • Mira Kimmelman, survivor and author, Oak Ridge, TN. "The Lost Years."
  • Professor Howard Pollion, Professor of Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. Guided closing session for students and teachers.

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