Winter Lunch and Learns announced at Beth Emeth

Cantor Jodi Schechtman

Dr. Victor Asal

ALBANY– Congregation Beth Emeth will feature two diverse Lunch and Learn programs at the temple, 100 Academy Rd., Albany in January. Lunch and Learns are held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Attendees bring their own lunch and the congregation provides coffee, tea and dessert. The programs are free and open to the public.

Cantor Jodi Schechtman will begin a series of four sessions on the theme “Judaism in a Modern World: Applying Old Traditions and Sacred Texts to a 21st Century Lifestyle” on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Topics to be explored will include a modern approach to the laws of kashrut, Judaism and animal rights, medical ethics and our Jewish sources, and the Jewish influence on 21st century pop culture. Other dates for her series are Wednesday, Jan. 16, 23 and Feb. 6.

Dr. Victor Asal of the University at Albany will focus on why do organizations start using violence as his Wednesday, Jan. 30 program. He will review why organizations start killing civilians and once they start killing civilians, why some are better at it than others.  His presentation will use data collected through various projects to examine the organizational factors that impact on the choices to use violence and then to target civilians.

Asal is the chairman of the department of public administration and a professor in the department of political science at the University at Albany. He is a co-director of the Project on Violent Conflict. He is affiliated with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence.

Deb Sokoler at dsokoler@bethemethalbany.org or 518-436-9761, ext. 230 can provide details.

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