One Day University with The Jewish Exponent

Monday, June 12, 2017 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Jewish Exponent and One Day University are bringing together professors from the finest universities in the country to present special versions of their very best lectures – LIVE.  No grades, no tests, no homework — just the pure joy of lifelong learning!


5:55 pm - 7:30 pm
What Makes a Great Jewish Leader? From Moses to Modern Israel

Lawrence Hajioff / Yeshiva University

What makes a great Jewish leader? Jewish history is full of men and women who have made an incredible impact on the world. From Abraham and Sarah, to Moses and Esther, from Menachem Begin to Golda Meir and right up to the present day.

Join Professor Hajioff as he explores some of the common characteristics we see displayed among the greatest Jewish leaders of world history. He will be investigating seven principles that have become synonymous with Jewish leaders. By looking at the leadership styles of biblical characters, Jewish kings, political leaders and others, Rabbi Hajioff will demonstrate a pattern of leadership that has influenced the world and history in a positive way.

Lawrence Hajioff / Yeshiva University

Lawrence Hajioff is a professor at Yeshiva University. He is the educational director of Birthright Israel Alumni in Manhattan, New York. His very popular credited courses include courses on Moshiach, Jewish holidays, Shabbat and many others. He also teaches on the Mechina Introductory Judaic studies program at Stern College. He recently received the “Professor of the Year” award in Judaic Studies from the senior year students at Stern. His very popular book “Jew Got Questions” was published by Feldheim in 2014.

4:00 pm - 5:35 pm
Jewish Broadway: From Shtetl to Sondheim

Stephen Whitfield / Brandeis University

The Jewish dominance of American popular music lasted about half a century, from roughly the First World War until roughly the Vietnam War. During that period, Jewish immigrants and their progeny played a decisive role in the shaping of musical taste and in helping to enable a disparate population to cohere around a harmonious culture.

From Tin Pan Alley, these songwriters established the Broadway musical and then extended it to the Hollywood musical, installing standards that managed to be immensely popular as well as sublime. The distinctive contribution of Jews to the nation's culture heritage merits serious analysis as well as retrospective appreciation.

Stephen Whitfield / Brandeis University

Stephen Whitfield is an American Studies professor emeritus at Brandeis University. His teaching awards include the Brandeis Student Union Teaching Award and the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Professor Whitfield has taught as a Fulbright visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, and as a visiting professor at the Sorbonne and the University of Munich.