Benj Pasek, award-winning composer of Dear Evan Hansen and La La Land, talks about his Jewish background, his collaboration with songwriter Justin Paul, and what he strives to achieve through his music. On L’Chayim Wednesday July 15 at 9pm & 12 Mid

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Lisa Daftari, founding Editor-in-Chief of the news website The Foreign Desk, describes her family upbringing as an Iranian-American Jew and discusses her work as a Middle East expert, investigative journalist and political commentator.

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YouTube personality and podcast host of “The Rubin Report” Dave Rubin, author of Don’t Burn This Book, describes his Jewish upbringing & the values that have influenced his political world view on social issues in America today. With Mark S. Golub.

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Israeli activist Einat Wilf & Israeli journalist Adi Schwartz discuss the Palestinian insistence on a “right of return” which a priori makes any peace agreement with Israel impossible – detailed in their book “The War Of Return.” With Mark S. Golub.

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David Simon, the creator, writer and producer of the groundbreaking hit television series “The Wire,” and the series adaptation of Philip Roth’s counter-factual novel The Plot Against America, shares his concerns about America and Israel.

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Andrew Rehfeld, President of the Reform Movement’s rabbinical school HUC-JIR, discusses his vision of Reform Judaism & responds to criticisms that Reform rabbis are not schooled in Talmud & are often unfairly critical of Israel. With Mark S. Golub.

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David Chudnow describes how his father Avrum conceived and created a national park in the Sinai Dessert and Prof. Erez Ben-Yosef discuss the remarkable finds at the park’s copper mines dating back to the Iron Age.

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Musical theatre composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz discusses some of his classic Broadway shows, including Pippin, Wicked and The Prince of Egypt, and describes how Jewish values have shaped his life and work. With Mark S. Golub.

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The co-creator and star of the hit Israeli series on Netflix, Fauda, discusses how the action series draws a sharp distinction between Palestinian violence and the Israeli response while portraying the humanity of both societies. With Mark S.Golub.

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Rabbi Burt Visotzky, Prof. of Midrash, Conservative Movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary of America & Dir. of JTS’s Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue, explains why he is a member of the Rabbinic Cabinet of J Street. With Mark S. Golub.

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