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Saturday, March 17

12:45pm CDT

Rapture, Antichrist, 666, Armageddon: Explaining Southern Evangelical Theology
How and why did these odd theological notions congeal (beginning around 1830) among Christian missionaries and catastrophic-millennialists? What are the 16 recurring rationalizations that Evangelical theorists may roll out to explain why the world still survives the direst predictions? Why in these systems are Jews especially--and the State of Israel--central and fundamental, yet caught in the middle: blamed by God, Satan, the Antichrist, and many nations of the world? How is the Jewish Bible misconstrued by missionaries to yield these scenarios? Michael Cook, the only scholar of the New Testament teaching at a rabbinical seminary, will help you answer these questions.

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Michael Cook

Michael Cook is Bronstein Professor of Judeo-Christian Studies (Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati), the only American rabbi with a full-professorial chair in New Testament. In 2003, he was asked by the U.S. Bishops to assess Mel Gibson's advance controversial script, "The Passion... Read More →

Saturday March 17, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm CDT
Lake Library, Gates of Prayer Lake Library, Gates of Prayer

12:45pm CDT

“The Home”: The Institution that Put NOLA on the Jewish Map
In 1855, the New Orleans Jewish community created the first Jewish Children’s Home in the United States. The community's investment in helping at-risk Jewish children has been repaid many times over. Many of the Home's former wards later became leaders of the New Orleans Jewish community, and many of  their descendants are the current leaders of the local community and of many others across the South. Come learn about how the wards of the Home and their descendants have paid it forward: contributing to the Jewish community that helped them. And learn how the Home has evolved over the last 163 years into the Jewish Children’s Regional Service, which helps Jewish families with minor children face some of the same, age-old challenges, such as early parental death, contested divorce, family abandonment, unemployment, illness and disability, and individual problems of development.    

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Ned Goldberg

Since 1988, Ned Goldberg has served as the executive director of the Jewish Children’s Regional Service, headquartered in Greater New Orleans.  Prior  to becoming JCRS executive director , Ned  was employed in  various professional capacities at three different Jewish Family... Read More →

Saturday March 17, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm CDT
Room 2, Gates of Prayer

2:00pm CDT

The Power of One in a World Made by Duke: Why Confronting Hate is More Important than Ever
If the fallout from the presidential election of 2016 proved anything at all, it is that what happens in Louisiana doesn’t stay in Louisiana. The eruption of hate politics that convulsed the Bayou State during David Duke’s electoral insurgency in the early 1990s has gone national.  White nationalist, alt-right, and unapologetically anti-Semitic organizations have exploded in number. Hate crimes are rising.  Holocaust denial has found new favor among disenfranchised white teenagers. A new chill is definitely in the air. What’s one to do?
Anne Levy’s example merits close attention.  She may have done more than any other solitary individual to frame the Louisiana opposition against Duke and all that he stood for.  This neo-Nazi and former Grand Wizard was no mere political threat. He was a moral menace, the politics he embodied warranting zero tolerance. 

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Anne Levy

Anne and her immediate family survived two years in the Warsaw Ghetto and then lived among non-Jewish Poles for the remainder of the war, passing as Christians. The tiny, olive-skinned Anne had to remain hidden, lest the Skoreckis expose themselves as Jews and risk their lives as... Read More →
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Lawrence Powell

The emeritus holder of the James H. Clark Endowed Chair in American Civilization, Lawrence N. Powell taught history at Tulane University from 1978 until his retirement in June 2012. He was a co-founder of both the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism and the Southern Institute... Read More →

Saturday March 17, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Bart Room, Gates of Prayer

4:30pm CDT

They Like Us! They Really Like Us? Christian Zionism in the South
After centuries of theological anti-Semitism from the church, there has been a sea change — Christians who profess love for and indebtedness to the Jewish people, and strong support for Israel. What is the story behind this change of heart, and is the skepticism by many in the Jewish community justified? Is it genuine love or a way to sneak in and proselytize? Long before Christians United for Israel became well known, Larry Brook has been covering the phenomenon of Christian Zionists in the South and will provide insights, amusing anecdotes and thoughts on where this relationship is headed.

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Larry Brook

Larry Brook is the founding publisher and editor of Southern Jewish Life, which began as The Southern Shofar in 1990 and now serves the Jewish communities of four states. A Birmingham Jewish Day School and Camp Ramah alumnus, Brook graduated from the University of Virginia with a... Read More →

Saturday March 17, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm CDT
Bart Room, Gates of Prayer
Sunday, March 18

9:00am CDT

Help Me Design the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience
You may have heard that the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, originally located in Utica, MS, is moving to New Orleans and is scheduled to open in 2019. Join Executive Director Kenneth Hoffman to “workshop” the Museum’s exhibits and programs. What should the Museum cover? How can it attract Jews and non-Jews alike? What are the important themes and messages you want to see portrayed? Your input can be vital to the Museum’s development, so come prepared to discuss, debate, and share!

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Kenneth Hoffman

Kenneth Hoffman was born in Houston and raised in Baton Rouge. He earned an M.A. in history from Tulane University. Kenneth has worked as a grant writer for the New Orleans Museum of Art and as the curator of education at the Louisiana State Museum. He recently ended an eighteen-and-a-half-year... Read More →

Sunday March 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Room 208, JCC

10:15am CDT

Krauss: The New Orleans Value Store
From 1903 to 1997, Krauss Department Store offered some of the finest goods and services on Canal Street. It was known for both its continuity and innovation and for its great customer service--and from the day it opened it served African American customers. The Krauss brothers and then the Heymanns took great pride in offering quality merchandise at good prices in all departments to all the residents of New Orleans; Hugo Kahn assumed the reins in the 1970s. Come hear about what made Krauss so special from Hugo and historian Ed Branley.

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Edward Branley

Edward Branley is a writer, teacher, historian, and computer nerd. He graduated from Brother Martin High School and received a degree in Secondary Education from the University of New Orleans. After a few years teaching high school, he began a career in computer consulting. Branley... Read More →
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Hugo Kahn

Hugo Kahn has been an integral part of the New Orleans Jewish community since he moved here in 1967 to work for the Krauss Company, moving up the ladder from comptroller to president. While at Krauss, Hugo was active in many initiatives of the Downtown Development District, the Better... Read More →

Sunday March 18, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Library, JCC