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Temple Emanu-El is inviting members the community "to a fascinating and engaging weekend of learning at the synagogue's annual Peck Scholar-in-Residence program on March 21 and 22," the Temple has announced in a news release. This year's scholar-in-residence is Dr. Stephen Berk, the Henry and Sally Schaffer Professor of Holocaust and Jewish studies at Union College in Schenectady, NY, the release points out. "A superb and sought-after speaker and lecturer," Berk has served as a scholar-in-res- idence at congregations around the country and on trips to Russia, Spain, the Caribbean, Western and Eastern Europe and Israel, the release adds. "He is acclaimed for his vast knowledge not only of the Holocaust and Judaica but also of Russia and Middle Eastern politics and contemporary American Jewish history," the release notes. Berk will offer two presentations that are free and open to the community. He will join Rabbi Brenner Glickman on the pulpit and speak on the topic American Jews and the Struggle for Civil Rights during Shabbat ser- vices on Friday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m., the release continues. He will also present a lec- ture titled The American Jewish Experience: Are We at Home Here or Not? on Saturday, March 22, at 10 a.m. The Temple is located at 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota. For more information, call 371-2788. TEMPLE EMANU-EL TO WELCOME BERK AS SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE Temple Emanu-El is located on McIntosh Road in Sarasota. File photo Sarasota News Leader February 28, 2014 Page 124

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