Omer Institute Speaker Series

7:00 PM (Dates below)

Tree of Life * Or L'Simcha

There is no cost and sessions are open to the public.

Monday May 8, 2017

“Campus Ambassadors Mission to Israel” and “Bridges to Tomorrow”

Laura Cherner, Assistant Director of the Community Relations Council at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

This presentation will serve as an overview of an innovative Israel trip designed to educate students on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through hands on experiences with Arabs in Israel. Over the course of the nine-day mission, the program’s participants met with a variety of experts including MK Ayoub Kara, Col. DanTirza, one of the architects of the Israeli security fence, and Bashar al Masri, the entrepreneur behind the creation of the Palestinian city of Rawabi. Laura will also talk about a new program called “Bridges to Tomorrow” that focuses on creating a network of resistance to the BDS movement and building relationships with the African American community in Pittsburgh.

Monday May 15, 2017

“Jewish Music in the Big Band Era”

Paul Roth, member of Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha and instructor at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute


Join us as Paul Roth takes us on a musical journey through the Big Band Era and beyond, with a focus on the Jewish musicians and bands that made this type of music wildly popular, even today! Included in this presentation will be a chronological history of the development of the American song, from the concept of publishing single songs for the masses to the creation of the “American Song Book.”

Monday May 22, 2017

“Six Day War Stories”

Laurie Zittrain Eisenberg, Professor of Middle East History at CMU

In recognition of the 50 th Anniversary of the 1967 War, Professor Laurie Eisenberg will tell you the stories you haven’t heard. Learn about the coincidences, lucky breaks, bad luck, close calls, good calls, bad ideas, and strange but true episodes that brought the brief war to its stunning conclusion.


(412) 521-6788


5898 Wilkins Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15217

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