Following the service on Shabbat mornings, Beit Emanuel hosts an interesting and informed speaker on a thought-provoking topic. Sessions run for approx. an hour starting at 11.15 am.
20 September – Raphael Chaskalson
: Platinum Politics and Popular resistance: Marikana and Labour. The Marikana massacre represents a watershed moment in SA politics and labour relations. Raph will give listeners a basic understanding of the events and history leading to the tragedy of 16 August 2012. This will be done with footage and photos.
27 September – Rosa Manoim
– “For we were strangers in the land of Egypt: Reconciling Jewish history with today’s Refugees situation in Israel”
11 October – Adam Levin
will discuss – Art Spiegelman – A Serious Comic: 9/11 and the Holocaust. This session will focus on how one form of memory can help to articulate another.
18 October – Andries Wessels
will discussThe Jewish/Afrikaans poet, Olga Kirsch, who was a cultural and political outsider on the one hand and a beloved and esteemed poet on the other.
25 October – Prof. Merle Williams, Prof. David Bilchitz & Adina Roth
– ‘Wandering through Jewish Text’ – Three outstanding lecturers of the Melton School in conversation with text and each other.
1 November – Dan Brotman
– Can I bring my partner…? Dan will share his personal journey into LGBT activism.
8 November – Stephen Marcus Finn – The Jew-dis of Judaism: Treachery, bullying and hypocrisy –
will discuss two of his novels and relate them in a provocative way to bullying in general and hypocrisy in Judaism in particular. Your attitude to and understanding of Judaism might never be the same again. Stephen Marcus Finn is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Pretoria. More importantly, he is an animal rights activist as well as a novelist, playwright and poet.
15 November – David Fig
Will discuss – Lights on at what cost? David Fig has an extremely wide knowledge of environmental issues, nuclear, fracking, uranium……