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We are delighted to share the YouTube videos of recordings of our 2023 events. If you missed any of our past programs, or want to watch them again, now you can. For last year's programs, please visit our 2022 Event Recordings. We hope you enjoy them!

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On December 19, 2023, Dr. Hannah Wunsch introduced the Under One Tent audience on Zoom to her book The Autumn Ghost: How the Battle Against a Polio Epidemic Revolutionized Modern Medical Care.

We are all watching the current situations unfold in the Middle East with concern. The attack on Israel left us shocked and saddened. To help navigate the days’ news with expert perspective and analysis, on December 4, John Rothmann addressed the community online via Zoom.

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On Thursday, November 30, author Aaron Hamburger joined the Under One Tent audience online to talk about his third novel, Hotel Cuba, why he wrote it, his inspiration for his protagonists, his research, and more.

On November 5, 2023, co-author of the best-selling Jewish Catalogue series, Rabbi Michael Strassfeld joined the Under One Tent audience in person at Cong. B'nai Shalom and on Zoom introducing his latest book Judaism Disrupted: A Spiritual Manifesto for the 21st Century.

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In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Congregation B'nai Shalom's Tikkun Olam Committee and the CCJCC, invited speakers from Shalom Bayit, Prosperity Financial Group, and JFCS-East Bay. The speakers taught the online audience what to look for if abuse is suspected and how to proceed.

Kenneth Miller is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Time, Life, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Discover, Aeon, and many other publications. On Sunday, October 15, the author joined the Under One Tent audience online to introduce his recently published book Mapping the Darkness: The Visionary Scientists Who Unlocked the Mysteries of Sleep.

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In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, on Thursday, September 12, 2023, author Uri Kaufman explored the lead-in to the war, the failure of Israeli military intelligence to recognize Egyptian and Syrian war plans, and the war’s impact on the Middle East.

Most likely you remember the 1989 classic Driving Miss Daisy starring Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy and Dan Aykroyd. The film takes place in 1950s Atlanta. On Thursday, September 7, award-winning historian Fred Rosenbaum explored Black-Jewish relations in America's South.

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Lisa Scottoline is the number-one bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author of thirty-five novels. A former president of Mystery Writers of America and published in thirty-five countries, Lisa taught a course she developed, “Justice & Fiction,” at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. On August 31st program, Scottoline talked about Italy and two of her novels Eternal and Loyalty.

On August 2, Professor Tom Ramos, a physicist whose work at Lawrence Livermore National Lab spans 40 years and includes development of X-ray laser, spoke about Oppenheimer’s work before and after the bomb, as well as telling us about the many Jewish scientists who participated.
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On Thursday, June 15, 2023, brothers Jeffrey and Craig Weiss talked about their second book Fighting Back, where they uncovered the story of Stan Andrews, an American Jewish World War II veteran who became one of the first fighter pilots in the history of the Israeli Air Force.

Best-selling cookbook author Faith Kramer joined the Under One Tent audience online on June 11, 2023 and demonstrated Yemeni grilled chicken, z'hug and grilled corn recipes for a summer Shabbat meal. Her recipes are available here and you can contact her through her new website

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On June 8, 2023, Under One Tent Program Director and EBIJFF Director Riva Gambert explored how The Third Reich fought Hollywood even before WWII broke out and used cinema in its war against the Jewish people. Gambert gave the first part of this lecture in 2022.

Mark Yudof, president emeritus of the University of California, presently serves with the Academic Engagement Network, an organization that challenges anti-Zionism in academic circles and unmasks the distortions about BDS articulated on many universities across the country. His talk on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, examined the campaign against Israel on university campuses and what we can do about it.

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On May 18, Dr. Alla Shapiro discussed her book Doctor on Call: Chernobyl Responder, Jewish Refugee, Radiation Expert, released in 2021 on the 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl catastrophe. Trained as a pediatric hematologist in Kiev, Dr. Shapiro was one of the first physician responders to the 1986 nuclear disaster and headed the field team surveying its medical effects on children.

On Thursday, May 18, Joseph Samuels, who was born in the Jewish Quarter of the old city of Baghdad, shared a very personal presentation via Zoom. This talk was part of the program that included streaming of the 2014 drama The Dove Flyer by EBIJFF. 

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On Monday, May 15, NYT bestselling author Steven Hartov talked about his newest thriller The Last of the Seven, a spellbinding novel of World War II based on the little-known history of the X Troop—a team of European Jews who escaped the Continent only to join the British Army and return home to exact their revenge on Hitler’s military.

Writing and teaching at the nexus of myth, spirituality, and popular music, Dr. Stephen Daniel Arnoff released his book About Man and God and Law in 2022 to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 81st birthday. On Sunday, May 7, Stephen joined the Under One Tent audience from Jerusalem to talk about Dylan's spiritual wisdom and his lyrics.

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On April 23, attorney, professor, and author Ronald H. Balson spoke to the Under One Tent audience on his latest novel, An Affair of Spies, and all the events that led up to writing his previous books.

On Thursday, April 20, award-winning author and historian Fred Rosenbaum returned with another in the series, Around the World with Fred. Rosenbaum explored the history of the Jews of Norway and the impact of WWII on the community which was also depicted in the 2021 drama Betrayed which EBIJFF streamed online.


On Sunday, April 16, author Meg Waite Clayton introduced us to her latest novel, The Postmistress of Paris, where she tells the powerful story of one woman’s heroic quest to save Jewish painters, intellectuals, and a motherless child in Nazi-occupied France.

In Overture of Hope, New York Post investigative journalist Isabel Vincent tells the amazing true story of two British spinsters, sisters Ida and Louise Cook, who masterminded a plan to spirit dozens of Jewish stars and personnel of the German and Austrian opera to England.

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On Tuesday, March 28, Fred Rosenbaum explored why Israeli voters turned towards Benjamin Netanyahu and his coalition partners at the last election. He also delved into the demographic changes that have taken place in Israel over the past decades as well as the judicial reform legislation that has led to protests throughout the country.

In A Banker's Journey, financial journalist and historian Daniel Gross traces Edmond Safra's heritage to Aleppo, Syria, and reconstructs the public life of an intensely private man. With exclusive access to Safra's personal archives, Gross tracks the banker's remarkable journey from Beirut to Milan, Sao Paulo, Geneva, and New York--to the pinnacle of global finance. Watch the March 19 talk now on YouTube!

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On Monday, February 20, 2023, journalist Gil Hoffman spoke at Congregation B'nai Shalom and gave an insider's look at Israel's current challenges.

On Sunday, February 5, 2023, best-selling author Alan Jacobson joined the Under One Tent audience virtually from East Coast to talk about the first novel of his new mystery series, The Lost Girlwhere he introduces a new character, Mickey Keller. He also discussed his research methods and gave insider tips on the literary world and the entertainment industry's inner workings.

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In the fall of 2022, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put together a winning political coalition and released his autobiography, Bibi: My Story. On January 31, 2023, historian, political scientist, author, and journalist Avi Shilon talked about Bibi and the memoir in which the longest-running Prime Minister in Israeli history told his personal story.

On January 24, in a pre-recorded presentation, Dr. Clive Lipchin, the Arava Institute’s leading scientist for water management, explored all the strategies that Israeli environmentalists have devised to deal with water scarcity, such as recycling wastewater or desalinization. He also examined how these and other Israeli innovations may be able to help solve California’s water crisis.

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Cookbook author and photographer Benedetta Jasmine Guetta joined the Under One Tent audience online on January 17, 2023, to introduce her book Cooking alla Giudia. She gave us a brief history of Italian Jewish cuisine and a cooking demo of amaretti (almond cookies) and hraimi, a perfect fish dish to be a starter for any Shabbat meal. Her recipes are available here.  

Author, journalist and professor Micheline Maynard joined the Under One Tent audience virtually on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, to talk about her book Satisfaction Guaranteed: How Zingerman's Built a Corner Deli into a Global Food Community.

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On January 3, 2023, co-authors of The Thread Collectors, Shaunna J. Edwards and Alyson Richman, joined us virtually for an enlightening book talk. They shared with the audience their collaborative creative process and personal experiences writing their Civil War Era novel.

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