Lectures featuring prominent Jewish couple cancelled
2011. 04. 20.
Lectures planned for April 28-29 as part of The College of Idaho's Howard Berger Lecture Series featuring prominent Jewish couple Rob Eshman and Naomi Levy have been cancelled due to an illness in the family. The College is working to reschedule the lectures with Eshman, the editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles-based Jewish Journal, and Levy, a respected rabbi and bestselling author.
The couple was scheduled to speak on campus April 28 and at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sun Valley on April 29. Receptions to accompany both events also are cancelled.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, Eshman has written for the Jerusalem Post, Los Angeles Times and Huffington Post. Eshman joined the Jewish Journal in 1993 and was promoted to his current position in 2000. In 2009, he founded TRIBE Media Corp. and oversaw the growth of the small community newspaper into a multi-platform media company that includes the largest independent American Jewish weekly and jewishjournal.com, the largest Jewish news website outside of Israel.
Levy is the author of national bestsellers To Begin Again and Talking to God as well as the recently released Hope Will Find You. She also is the founder and leader of Nashuva, a Jewish spiritual outreach movement. A graduate of Cornell University, Levy was in the first class of women to enter the Conservative rabbinical seminary and has been named one of the 50 most influential rabbis in America by Newsweek magazine. She has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show and National Public Radio.
The Howard Berger Lecture Series – named after C of I history professor Dr. Howard Berger, a 28-year veteran of the College – is the public face of the Judaic studies program at C of I. The lectureship is designed to promote greater understanding of Jewish traditions, culture, and philosophy in Idaho and the West. It is also the College's first step toward establishing an endowed chair in Judaic studies, which would be the first of its kind in the Intermountain West. Previous installments of the lecture series include renowned historian Richard Freund and the Consul General of Israel for the Pacific Northwest, Akiva Tor.
Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state's oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.