Dr. Eric Meyers, a renowned archeologist and biblical scholar, and Dr. Racelle Weiman, an innovator in conflict resolution, diplomacy, and advancing minority rights, will speak at this year’s North Carolina B’nai B’rith Institute of Judaism at Wildacres Retreat Conference Center, August 13–16. The annual event, now in its 71st year and held near Little Switzerland in the Blue Ridge Mountains, welcomes all who want to confront and clarify questions about Judaism and issues affecting Jewish life.

Dr. Meyers, professor emeritus in Jewish Studies at Duke University, whose research has focused on the Second Temple and Greco-Roman periods, will discuss how the Babylonian exile helped Judaism prevail, examine the challenge of Hellenism, and look at the impact of archaeological discoveries.

Dr. Weiman, currently a Charlotte resident, was director of Global Education at the Dialogue Institute of Temple University. In her long career in Holocaust studies and interreligious and interethnic dialogue, she led programs at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati) and University of Haifa. She will discuss relations between Indonesian Jews and Muslims, the Philippines as a haven from Nazi Germany, and the legacy of the Holocaust for the 21st century.

Both speakers will engage with participants in question and answer sessions on the Center’s scenic patio, dialogues that, in the past, have extended to the dining hall, walkways, and canteen tables laden with refreshments.

Following this year’s theme of “A Tapestry of Jewish Thoughts,” the B’nai B’rith Institute will also include a Jewish Film Festival of six acclaimed films, most in Hebrew, German, and Yiddish with sub-titles. The Yiddish one is Mamele with Molly Picon, a musical comedy filmed in Poland in 1938, and featuring her theme song, “Abi Gezunt.”

Evening entertainment will reflect Carolina’s bluegrass roots and feature Wayne Taylor and the Appaloosa Band with fiddle player George Giddens.

Wildacres lodging for this event, limited to the first 100 applicants, includes kosher, family-style meals. All rooms have two beds and a private bathroom. Optional activities include a daily minyan, tennis, hiking, and visits to nearby arts and crafts centers. Cost for Institute events, room and eight meals is $390 per person, with a $10 discount for early registration if checks are received by June 18, 2018. Needs-based scholarships are available. On request, guests can ride a golf-cart to the dining hall.

For complete information and to receive a brochure with the required application form, contact Bill Carr, chairperson, at 919-781-4207 or e-mail him at bcarr3533@gmail.com. Or check the Institute website: bnai-brith.wixsite.com/wildacres.

 

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