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SICHA: Conversations with Jewish Authors


SICHA (see-chah, or conversation) is BZBI’s series featuring provocative discussions between current Jewish authors and local experts. Starting in 2014, BZBI has worked to connect Jewish thinkers in order to create meaningful dialogue. With topics ranging from halachah to history, and everywhere in between, we invite you to join us in the discussion. The best conversations in Philadelphia are right here at BZBI! 


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2017-2018 Schedule

Monday, October 9. 7:30 PM – SICHA: Delving into the Heart of the Torah. Rabbi Shai Held, President, Dean and Chair in Jewish Thought at Mechon Hadar, author of The Heart of Torah, in conversation with Elsie Stern, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.





Wednesday, November 8. 7:00 PM – SICHA: Understanding the Refugee Experience. Harriet Levin Millan, author of How Fast Can You Run and Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer, Director of Education, Community Engagement for HIAS.





Wednesday, January 10. 7:00 PM – SICHA: Next Generation Judaism–Beyond the Campus. A discussion of Jewish Communal Life with Rabbi Mike Uram, Rabbi Abe Friedman, Rabbi Joel Seltzer, and Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg.





Wednesday, April 18. 7:00 PM – SICHA: Recovering a World Erased–How to Tell the Stories of the Holocaust. Noah Lederman, author of A World Erased: A Grandson’s Search for His Family’s Holocaust Secrets, in conversation with Elaine Culbertson, Holocaust Educator & BZBI Member.






Check out some photos from our past SICHA events!