Preserving the Past & Enhancing the Future



Date & Time* Program** Subject/Title


October 22, 2023
2:00 PM

74-min film. In the aftermath of the Holocaust, secret meetings began to negotiate the incomprehensible - compensation for survivors of the largest mass genocide in history,.  Survivors were in urgent need, but how could reparations be determined for the unprecedented destruction and suffering of a people?  Reckonings explores this riveting story.

 "Reckonings" (documentary)

November 19, 2023

Eden Siskind, speaker: How HIAS, the world's oldest refugee organization, has transformed from a resettlement agency helping Jewish refugees to an international humanitarian organization, assisting displaced persons of all faiths using Jewish values.  In conversation with Memphian Eden Siskind, Assistant Program Director, Latin America and the Caribbean.

HIAS: Then and Now


Jan 14, 2024
Join author and Lawyer Marlene Trestman as she discusses the remarkable history of the Jewish Orphans Home of New Orleans.  Founded in 1855 in the aftermath of a yellow fever epidemic, the Home  was the first purpose-built Jewish orphanage in the nation. By the time the Jewish Orphans Home closed in 1946,  it had sheltered more than sixteen hundred parentless children and two dozen widows from New Orleans and other areas of Louisiana and the mid-South.

Most Fortunate Unfortunates: The Jewish Orphans' Home of New Orleans and its Tennessee Ties

Mar 10, 2024
       South Carolina authors Rachel Gordon Barnet and Lyssa Kligman
      Harvey will share stories that illuminate the richness of the
     southern Jewish table.

         Kugels & Collards: Stories of food,
         families and tradition in Jewish South
Apr 14, 2024
Technion Israel Institute of Technology is a major source of innovation and brainpower that drives the Israeli economy and is a key to Israel's reputation as the world's "Start-Up Nation." Technion's people, ideas, and inventions make immeasurable contributions to the world in the areas of medicine, energy, computer science, water conservation, and nanotechnology. Guest speaker, Irv Elenbert, Technion’s Regional Senior Director of Development, will tell us about Technion and some of these amazing developments.

Technion Israel Institute of Technolgy "From Visionary Education to a World of Impact"

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