Vail’s 92nd Street Y program forecasts the Middle East’s future
Vail CO, Colorado
In the wake of President Bush’s recent visit and pledge to bring peace to the Middle East, the world once again places the global magnifying glass on the Middle East. For those who are wondering what that part of the world will look like in a decade ” or even in a month ” B’Nai Vail’s 92nd Street Y Program on Wednesday at 6 p.m. is a must-attend. Live via satellite at the Interfaith Chapel in Vail, Noah Feldman, Professor at Harvard University’s Law School, will discuss the current and future state of the Middle East, and examine what is at stake, including a discussion of the status of antisemitism. Members of the Vail audience hear the talk in real time, and are encouraged to participate with the speakers by submitting questions to the speaker via email during the program.
Feldman is a constitutional law expert and a professor at Harvard Law University. He is the author of “Divided by God: America’s Church-State Problem and What We Should Do About It”; “What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building”; and “After Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy.”
Feldman is a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine. His recent New York Times essays have been fueling the current national discussion on topics such as separation of church and state and the U.S. position in Iraq. Before focusing on academia, Feldman served a clerkship at the U.S. Court of Appeals at the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Raised in an Orthodox Jewish family, Feldman has become a leading scholar on questions related to religion and law.
Feldman is fluent in English, Hebrew, Arabic and French, and these language skills, along with his education and experience, enable him to understand and relate to both sides of the Middle East Debate. B’Nai Vail’s Rabbi Deborah Rappaport said, “B’Nai Vail is proud to help facilitate and join in the discussion of how to better understand these significant global and community topics: The Middle East and Anti-Semitism.”
B’Nai Vail invested in the equipment to sustain the 92nd Street Y programs and decided to make the program free to garner the largest possible community participation. “One of the goals of the B’Nai Vail Congregation is to be a cultural, intellectual, and gathering resource for its members as well as the community at lasrge. Live from the 92nd Street Y offers a great forum for this,” Rappaport said.
Over a dozen communities across the country access the 92nd Street Y lecture series via satellite. The evenings are free of charge, with a suggested donation of $10, and all lectures are held in the Vail Interfaith Chapel.