Jack Mintzer 
Congregation Agudat Achim 


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When: Sept.  23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28

 Time:  7:30 pm  – 9:00 pm

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Stephen Berk Lecture Series 2021 

Personality Counts:
The Men and Women who Created and Shaped the State of Israel

Congregation Agudat Achim’s Adult Education Committee announces a series of six fascinating lectures with Dr. Stephen Berk, professor of history at Union College and Scholar-in-Residence at Congregation Agudat Achim for more than 30 years. Come join us this fall for Dr. Stephen Berk’s newest lecture series, 

Personality Counts: The Men and Women who Created and Shaped the State of Israel

The dates of all the lectures are: 

Sept: 23, 30, Oct: 7, 14, 21, 28

All lectures will be in person or online, your choice! 

In-person tickets will be available at the door.

Our policy currently requires masks to be worn by every person while inside the building.

All lectures will be from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm and are open to all who register. Complete series is $60 for members and $72 for non-members. Please register everyone in your household who will be watching the lectures. To register, use the Register Now button below or send a check before September 13, to Congregation Agudat Achim c/o Jack Mintzer, 2117 Union Street, Schenectady, NY 12309. Make your check payable to Congregation Agudat Achim.

You can register and pay online by using the Register Now! link below.

If you would prefer to pay by check or would like a printable version of the brochure, click here

Get your tickets now as this series of lectures is sure to sell out!

As we get closer to the lecture dates you will receive an email with the online link and password to log in. 

1. Dreamers:

It was an impossible dream but Hess, Pinsker, Herzl, and Weizmann laid the groundwork.

2. The Mandate:

Ben-Gurion, Jabotinsky, Brandeis, and Weizmann slugged it out against a background of British control and Arab opposition.

3. The Father:

Ben-Gurion led the new country through war, mass immigration and the trauma of German reparations.

4. 1967:

Eshkol and Dayan directed the country through the war that changed Israel and the Middle East.

5. Women:

Israel would not be the country it is without its women. Golda, Leah Goldberg, Naomi Shemer and others made great contributions.


6. Peace, Prosperity and a Weird Coalition:

Begin, Netanyahu, and Bennett demonstrated courage, brilliance, and corruption as Israel entered a new century.