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Berk to talk on U.S.-Netanyahu ‘crisis’

Prof. Stephen Berk

Prof. Stephen Berk

Prof. Stephen Berk will speak at Cong. Beth Emeth, 100 Academy Rd., Albany, on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., on “American Jewry in Crisis: Netanyahu, Israel and the American Jewish Community.”

This Stanley Kivort Memorial lecture is free and open to the community, underwritten by Robert and Jocelyn Kivort, in memory of Stanley Kivort.

Berk, professor of history at Union College and holder of the Henry and Sally Schaffer Chair of Holocaust and Jewish Studies, is the recipient of the Florence B. Sherwood Chair in History and Culture and a consultant to the Wiesenthal Holocaust Center. He is the former chairman of the Department of History, director of the Program in Russia and East European Studies, and helps advise the Hillel organization at Union.

Berk has lectured on the Holocaust at distinguished higher education institutions and he has lectured extensively in the former Soviet Union, Israel, and Poland. Berk is the author of Year of Crisis, Year of Hope: Russian Jewry and the Pogroms of 1881-1882 and  articles on Russian history, Russian-Jewish history, anti-Semitism, and American policy in the Middle East.

A native of New York City, Berk received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania, his master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and his doctorate from Columbia University. Berk is a member of Congregation Agudat Achim in Schenectady.

Prior to the program, there will be Erev Shabbat services at 5:30 p.m. followed by a dinner at 6:15 p.m. Registration for the dinner is required and may be arranged at bethemethalbany.org, by Oct. 19, or by contacting DebSokoler, dsokoler@bethemethalbany.org or at 436-9761, ext. 230.

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