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Jonathan Spyer-Eye to Eye with Isis


Jonathan is an analyst, writer and journalist of Mid-East affairs. He is executive director of
the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis, a research fellow at the Jerusalem
Institute for Strategic Studies, and a fellow at the Middle East Forum. A freelance security
analyst, he is also the author of Days of the Fall: A Reporter’s Journey in the Syria and Iraq
Wars and The Transforming Fire: The Rise of the Israel-Islamist Conflict....

Lisa Leff- Viva La Juif

Lisa Leff is Professor of History and Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at American University in Washington, D.C. She is a scholar of French Jewish history. Her book, The Archive Thief, won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature in 2016.

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Lisa’s visit is made possible by the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research at the University of Cape Town....

Yiscah Smith-Forty Years in the Wilderness: My Journey to Authentic Living

Yiscah is a spiritual activist, addressing the inner soul dimension of authentic living. She employs her prior gender transition journey when sharing the joys and struggles with spirituality & gender identity. Yiscah lives in Jerusalem, teaches hassidut, & provides spiritual guidance to individuals

Sessions include “It Is Not Good for a Person to Be Alone.” Really? Then Why Were We Created This Way? and Lech Lecha – Go To Yourself – Heeding the Still Small ...

Rachel Rose Reid-Ritual Lore and Spoken Word

Rachel is a storyteller and Kohenet. She is the first woman from beyond North America to be ordained by the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute. The institute educates women to learn, reclaim, and renew Jewish feminine spiritual practice and ritual leadership. Rachel has also been chair of pop up High Holy Day community Grassroots Jews. As a storyteller she has performed on BBC Radio 3 and at the City of London Sinfonia, Burning Man and Glastonbury....