Steven Windmueller, a specialist on political issues and American-Jewish affairs, will lead programs today and Tuesday this week in the Everett Jewish Life Center at Chautauqua.
At 3:30 p.m. today, Windmueller presents a lecture titled “From the Tea Party to J Street, How American Jews are Reinventing their Political Identity,” which examines Jewish political behavior, the current and future trends associated with Jewish political engagement, and the role of Israel in this scenario.
Following the lecture, at 4:45 p.m., Windmueller will sign copies of his 2014 books, In this Time and in this Place, American Jewry 3.0 and The Quest for Power: A Study in Jewish Political Behavior and Practice.
Windmueller will also discuss “The American Jewish Revolution is Underway! What is Happening to Jewish Institutional Life in the United States, and Why?” at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at the EJLCC, exploring the dramatic institutional changes now taking place within American Judaism.
Windmueller is the Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor of Jewish Communal Studies at the Jack H. Skirball campus in Los Angeles of Hebrew Union College (HUC) — Jewish Institute of Religion. He directed HUC’s School of Jewish Communal Service and served as the dean of the Los Angeles campus. His writings have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Sh’ma Magazine, the Jerusalem Letter and the Journal of Jewish Communal Service, and he has been a guest on CNN, PBS and NBC.
EJLCC will also present a repeat screening of “Noodle,” part of the 2014 Jewish Film Series, at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the EJLCC. “Noodle” is the story of two lost souls, an abandoned 6-year-old Chinese boy and a lonely 37 year-old Israeli airline stewardess, and the adventure that bonds them.