Commonpoint Queens’ virtual cultural arts speaker series returns next month –



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As part of Commonpoint Queens’ virtual lineup, the nonprofit announced the return of a series of Zoom speakers early next month.

The organization’s fall 2021 virtual cultural arts program kicks off on Monday, October 4, with an engaging lineup of speakers covering cultural, Jewish and other contemporary topics.

Monday October 4

Longtime BBC Middle East editor and author Raffi Berg will be the series’ first speaker at 1 p.m., discussing his book “Red Sea Spies: The True Story of Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort”. The story takes place in the early 1980s at a new luxury vacation resort in a remote part of the Sudanese coast, where staff served as secret spies for Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency. Berg’s book, which inspired the Netflix drama “The Red Sea Diving Resort,” chronicles how thousands of Ethiopian Jews in refugee camps were secretly evacuated to Israel.

Thursday October 14

At 7:00 p.m. on October 14, child psychologist Harold Koplewicz will host a talk on his book “The Scaffold Effect: Raising Resilient, Self-Reliant and Secure Kids in an Age of Anxiety.” During this virtual conference, Koplewicz will explain how to prevent and counter anxiety and “emotional fragility” in today’s youth, by presenting new parenting philosophies and strategies that give young people the tools to thrive. by themselves.

The event is free but registration is required.

Monday, October 18

On October 18 at noon, former Flotilla 13 Commando, Medal of Valor recipient and retired Admiral Ami Ayalon will share his thoughts and philosophy on what Israel needs to do to achieve relative peace and how it can maintain itself as a Jewish and liberal homeland. democracy. Professor Mark Rosenblum will moderate the discussion around Ayalon’s book “Friendly Fire: How Israel Became Its Own Worst Enemy,” which explains how a “sustainable and democratic Jewish homeland” can only be achieved “alongside a state Palestinian ”.

Monday November 1

On November 1 at noon, Commonpoint welcomes speaker Gwen Strauss, author of “The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany”. The nine women, all under the age of 30, joined the resistance during World War II. One of those women was Strauss’ great aunt, Helene Podliasky, who helped smuggle weapons across Europe, walked escape routes through Spain, and hiding Jewish children in scattered apartments. Podliasky led his eight friends from a German forced labor camp on a 10-day journey through the front lines and back to Paris.

Monday November 15th

Fellow Leah Garrett will discuss her book “X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II” on Monday, November 15 at 12 noon. The book follows Winston Churchill and his Chief of Staff, who formed a commando unit of Jewish refugees who had escaped to Britain. Named “X Troop”, this group of intellectuals, artists and athletes from Germany and Austria had assumed false British identities and had been trained in counterintelligence and advanced combat to fight the Third Reich. .

Tickets for these virtual events – excluding the free Harold Koplewicz lecture – are $ 8 for Commonpoint members and $ 10 for non-members. All events will be virtual on Zoom and registration is available at

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