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Almost Nothing’s Sacred

When Clive Lawton presents his month-long series called “Almost Nothing’s Sacred” for the Community Scholar Program, he will be the eleventh person to do so.  The scholar-in-residence program, begun in 2002 by Arie Katz, has offered renowned scholars who speak at local synagogues, universities and institutions.  The One-Month Scholar-in-Residence Program has presented world-renowned scholars who visit Orange County for a one-month period early in each year.
Lawton, who was voted number 18 in the UK’s Jewish Power 100 list and awarded the Max Fisher International Prize for Jewish Education by the Jewish Agency in Jerusalem, is senior consultant to Limmud, the Jewish adult education movement (of which he was a founder in 1980 and director from 1999 to 2006) and an internationally active management and education consultant.  He is a magistrate on the Haringey Bench, scholar-in-residence at the London Jewish Cultural Centre, on the faculties of the European Centre for Leadership Training and the London School of Jewish Studies, a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority where he is chair of the Citizens’ Focus Sub-Committee, a patron of the Jewish AIDS Trust, on the editorial board of Jewish Renaissance, a trustee of the Jewish Community Centre for London and chair of the Shap Working Party on Education in World Religions and is Chair of Tzedek (a Third World development charity).
He was chair of North Middlesex University Hospital and on the Board Leadership Management Group for the London NHS from 1999 to 2006.  He was the founding chief executive of Jewish Continuity, the community change agency established under the inspiration of the chief rabbi of Britain.
He has directed several plays including Oh What a Lovely War, A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream and Oliver!  He has been the Baal Mussaf and visiting preacher for the High Holy Days at the Oxford Jewish Congregation for the last 28 years.
Katz is excited that Lawton will continue the tradition his program helped to create.  From the beginning Katz offered stimulating viewpoints to Orange County residents with his selection of the first one-month scholar-in-residence, Avigdor Shinan, professor of Hebrew literature at Hebrew University, Jerusalem.  The 2011 visiting scholar was Stephen Berk, author and professor of history at Union College in Schenectady, New York.  Katz’s model for the program was Houston’s One-Month Scholar program, which brought an outstanding Jewish scholar to the area for a full month of presentations.  He began the program with 20 friends who contributed $1,000 each.  In addition, there was a contribution from Jewish Federation & Family Services.  Katz then brought together a total of 44 founders – 43 families and individuals and the Samueli Foundation.1
Born in South Africa and educated at Princeton, with a year at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Georgetown Law School, Katz is a working attorney.  He is senior vice president and general counsel for L.A. Fitness International in Irvine.  Katz and his wife, Susan Seely, and their two daughters, are members of Congregation B’nai Israel.
The Scholar in Residence program is supported by a program grant from Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County.  Additional funding is provided by the Sam & Lillian Marks Special Fund within the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County.  For information about the CSP and upcoming events, call (949) 682-4040 or visit www.occsp.org.

COMMUNITY SCHOLAR
PROGRAM CALENDAR

Tuesday, January 3
7 p.m.
Tarbut V’Torah
Jewish History Was a Ball!
A Study of the Good Times
Jews Have Had through History

Thursday, January 5
7:30 p.m.
Samueli Jewish Campus
Clive’s Take on the Holidays
Part 1 of 3: The Tishri
Roller-Coaster

Saturday, January 7
11:30 a.m.
Congregation Beth Jacob
Haredim Explained

Sunday, January 8
3 p.m.
Temple Beth Ohr
Should We Be Afraid? An
Attempt at Modern Prophecy

Tuesday, January 10
7 p.m.
Temple Judea
Jewish History Was a Ball! A Study of the Good Times Jews Have Had through History

Wednesday, January 11
12:15 p.m.
Samueli Jewish Campus
The 90s: A survey of Jewish history over the last thousand years
Part 1 of 3: The Early Middle Ages–Crusades and Blood Libels!

Thursday, January 12
7:30 p.m.
Samueli Jewish Campus
Clive’s Take on the Holidays
Part 2 of 3: Have the Greeks Won? A Retrospective Study on the Chanukah Battle for Supremacy

Friday, January 13
8 p.m.
Temple Beth Emet
Clever Planning – Why We’re
Still Here…

Saturday, January 14
12:15 p.m.
Temple Beth Emet
The Jewish Trinity – A Simple Guide to the Three or Four
Most Important Features of
Jewish Life

Tuesday, January 17
7 p.m.
Congregation B’nai Tzedek
Jewish History Was a Ball! A Study of the Good Times Jews Have Had through History

Wednesday, January 18
12:15 p.m.
Samueli Jewish Campus
The 90s: A Survey of Jewish History over the Last Thousand Years
Part 2 of 3: The Greatest Shock to Medieval Jewry

7:30 p.m.
Temple Beth El
What Should We Think
about Israel?

Thursday, January 19
7:30 p.m.
Samueli Jewish Campus
Clive’s Take on the Holidays
Part 3 of 3: The Strange Case of Purim – An Exploration of How Purim Made It into the Jewish Calendar

Friday, January 20
8:15 p.m.
Congregation B’nai Israel
The Jewish Trinity – A Simple Guide to the Three or Four Most Important Features of Jewish Life

Saturday, January 21
1:30 p.m.
Congregation B’nai Israel
What Should We Think
about Israel?

Sunday, January 22
7 p.m.
Temple Bat Yahm
The Truth about Europe

Wednesday, January 25
12:15 p.m.
Samueli Jewish Campus
The 90s: A Survey of Jewish History over the Last Thousand Years
Part 3 of 3: No Matter How Modern We Think We Are, We Still Can’t Break Free of the 90s

7:30 p.m.
Temple Beth El
Haredim Explained

Thursday, January 26
7:30 p.m.
Temple Beth David
The Truth about Europe

Friday, January 27
8:15 p.m.
University Synagogue
The Truth about Europe

Saturday, January 28
8:30 a.m.
Congregation Shir Ha Ma’alot
An Introduction to the Prophets

Sunday, January 29
10:15 a.m.
Temple Beth Sholom
What Should We Think about Israel?

7 p.m.
Tarbut V’Torah
Should We Be Afraid? An Attempt at Modern Prophecy

1 See Orange County Jewish Life, February 2010, “How Far We’ve Come: Community Scholar Program celebrates 10th anniversary,” By Martin A. Brower.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. i was lucky to hear Clyve Lawton 3 times and each one was a most enjoyable, interesting and informative evening. Each topic was made filled out with both historical and geographical facts that put a new light on the situation. Also there was a thread of humor that lightened the evening. Hopefully we will have the pleasure of more visits from Dr. Lawton and from other scholars as well. RD

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