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FIU Academic Programs

FALL 2015 SEMESTER

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Kulanu, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting isolated and emerging Jewish communities worldwide is bringing Elysha Netsarh of the Jewish community of Madagascar to the US! Audiences will learn about the Madagascar community that has been studying and practicing Judaism without a formal connection to the global Jewish community. Come to learn about Elysha's journey to Judaism and how this dedicated community of over 100 people decided to claim Judaism as its own.

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From the 1920's through the 1960's, the Catskill Mountains of New York were a popular getaway destination for millions of Americans. Known as the Borscht Belt, the resorts of Sullivan and Ulster County combined recreational activities with nighttime entertainment, especially stand-up comedy, which was born in the region's theater and showrooms. Photographer and Catskill native, Marisa Scheinfeld has been documenting the dramatic degradation of some of the most famous Borscht Belt hotels.

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The Jews of Latin America- The Conservative Movement Lecture by Valeria Cababie-Schindler

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The Conservative or Masorti ("traditional" in Hebrew) movement in Latin America has unique characteristics that makes it different from the movement in the US. However, Conservative Judaism is not practiced in the sane way among the different countries in Latin America. This lecture will explore the general characteristics of the movement and analyze the differences and similitudes among its practice within the continent.

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The tour includes an overview of the more than 100 years of Jewish history of Miami Beach; discussion of significant Jewish people and organizations, both present and past, in Miami Beach; and a review of various architectural styles found in the city, including Jewish contributions.