2022 EVENTS RECORDINGS
In 2022, the Contra Costa JCC continued to sponsor many book talks, discussions, and cooking demos and partnered with other organizations to bring various events to the community. If you missed the listed programs,
the recordings are available here. For the last two years' programs, please visit our Event Recordings from 2020 and 2021. We hope you enjoy them!
On Tuesday, December 6, 2022, Dr. Jehon Grist took the Under One Tent audience on a virtual tour of the most informative Jerusalem area excavations confirming and illuminating ancient Israel’s presence in the city. The outline of the course and suggested reading materials are available here.
Former director of the JCRC of the East Bay, Robert Jacobvitz, and Sheila Abranches, a descendant of Portuguese Consul General Aristides de Sousa Mendes, explored the life of the late diplomat and his courageous efforts during WWII to save Jewish lives. Their presentation on November 6 also explained how the De Sousa Mendes story depicted in the movie, Disobedience became known.
On November 1, 2022, Congregation Beth Emek invited Seth Brysk of the ADL for a conversation on the current state of antisemitism, how technology is becoming a tool to spread it, and what we can do to fight it. In addition to this program, we invite you to watch the other programs that CCJCC has co-sponsored and use the important resources available here.
EBIJFF streamed the documentary Upheaval on the Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin October 20-24. Begin’s career spanned several decades. Two speakers covered the central events of his life:
• The Early Days through the mid-1970s with historian Fred Rosenbaum
• His Life as Prime Minister with journalist Avi Shilon, author of a biography on Begin
On September 21, 2022, Israel & World Jewry Committee of Congregation Beth Emek hosted online Jerusalem Post diplomatic correspondent Herb Keinon. Herb talked about how the Abraham Accords and challenges from Iran are currently driving the geopolitical landscape in the Middle East and impacting Israel’s relationships with the Arab world. The CCJCC was a co-sponsor of this event and is pleased to share this talk on Under One Tent for those who missed attending the live program.
Award-winning cookbook author, Cathy Barrow, joined us virtually on Monday, September 12, 2022, and demonstrated how to bake fresh bagels with just five base ingredients and simple techniques. With advice on mixing the dough, shaping the bagels, proofing, boiling, baking, slicing, and storing, you will be a master bagel-maker in no time.
On August 18, 2022, Under One Tent Director Riva Gambert shared the true story of "Ari" (not his real name), the ship Exodus, and its mixed crew of Palestinian Jews and American former soldiers who hoped to sail it from a French port to post-WWII Palestine despite Great Britain's decision to hunt it down. The bibliography for the lecture is now available here.
On May 22, 2022, author and filmmaker Nick Davis, Herman Mankiewicz's grandson, gave us an insider's look at the brothers Herman and Joe Mankiewicz relationship, their success in Hollywood, and their family dynamics. Co-writer of Citizen Kane, Herman became one of the highest-paid writers in Hollywood. His brother Joe was famous for writing, directing The Philadelphia Story, All About Eve, Letter to Three Wives and the financial disaster of the time Cleopatra.
On Sunday, April 3, 2022, author Joshua M. Greene introduced us to Siggi B. Wilzig and his extraordinary life and triumphant spirit. Unstoppable: Siggi B. Wilzig’s Astonishing Journey from Auschwitz Survivor and Penniless Immigrant to Wall Street Legend is a must-read biography of a Holocaust survivor who lived life to the fullest and helped anyone he could along the way.
On Thursday, January 27, 2022, Executive Director of the Arava Institute, Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed, and director of the documentary The Optimists, Eliezer Yaari joined the CCJCC and EBIJFF audience virtually from Israel. Dr. Abu Hamed talked about the environmental work of the Arava Institute in the region and the organization's plans for a better future.