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Lecture Topics

ENCOUNTERING "THE OTHER" -- Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue in Pursuit of Peace

This talk begins with the premise that peace-seeking is the highest Jewish calling, and that peace with one's enemy must be made, not just in high level negotiations but at the grass roots in people-to-people encounters and in-depth conversations. Proverbs tells us that wisdom's ways are "ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace." In the Talmud we read, "The whole Torah exists only for the sake of peace." And again, "Three things sustain the existence of the world: justice, truth, and peace." Hillel said, "Love peace and strive for peace." That, in sum, is the work of Jewish-Palestinian dialogue, an enterprise that has engaged my energies as a liberal Zionist, a writer and a feminist activist for the last forty years. In this talk, I use my experiences in several dialogues as a springboard into understanding "the Other" -- not to deny the Jewish narrative or dilute our commitment to Israel but to grapple with our two peoples' political and historical differences on a human scale, at the level of our individual struggles, hopes and dreams.


What to say and when to shut up; how long to stay and when to leave. Common pitfalls when dealing with a friend who's physically ill or sick at heart: choosing the just-right get-well gift (hint: it's not a bunch of flowers); bedside manners when making a hospital visit; how to offer comfort to someone who's grieving, and much, much more. Listen to Letty talk about the book on this podcast https://www.nonfiction4life.com/60-how-to-be-a-friend-to-a-friend-whos-sick-by-letty-cottin-pogrebin/

FEMINISM & FAITH: The Sisterhood of the Several - Jews, Christians, Muslims

A wide-ranging survey of feminist spiritual expression, how women have transformed faith communities for the better, learned to treasure each other, and work together to achieve equality within their religious institutions and communal organizations.

DIVING INTO THE BREACH: How to Start an Interfaith or Inter-Ethnic Dialogue

The bible refers 36 times to our obligation to love "the stranger." In this talk, Pogrebin, a veteran of 25 years of Palestinian/Jewish, and black/Jewish dialogues, provides a simple roadmap to constructive conversation that will build harmony and mutual respect between disparate groups in your neighborhood or community.

GETTING OVER GETTING OLDER -- Advice, Memory, and Meaning

Everything anyone would ever want to know about aging creatively and energetically. This talks zeroes in on how to accommodate to one's changing body, values, social relationships, sexual mores, career or retirement challenges, and above all, the accelerated passage and increasing preciousness of time.

Jewish Continuity in the 21st Century

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Will Women Change Power -- Or Will Power Change Women?

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Two Jewish Journeys: A Conversation Between Letty Cottin Pogrebin & her daughter, Abigail Pogrebin

An intergenerational conversation between mother and daughter about how they each grew up as Jews but very differently,where Judaism, feminism, Jewish values, and heritage, and peoplehood fit in their lives now, and how they keep the tradition alive and vibrant for the next generation. 

Among Friends: Men, Women, and Friendship

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Family Politics: Love and Power on an Intimate Frontier

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Being Jewish and Female in America

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Raising Free Children in a Sexist Society

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Women, Money, and Power

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You've Come a Long Way...Maybe (Women's Changing Roles)

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