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‘Jewish Indiana Jones’ to lecture in St. Pete on archaelogical claim to Jerusalem

Rabbi Avrohom Stolik Rabbi Avrohom Stolik A rabbi who has been dubbed the “Jewish Indiana Jones” will speak on archaeological findings that support Jewish claims to Jerusalem.

Rabbi Avrohom Stolik will give a multimedia presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Chabad Jewish Center of St. Petersburg.

His lecture will focus on one of the most contentious issues in the Middle East conflict: The Arabs’ denial of the Jewish historical rights to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.

“In recent years, archaeological discoveries in the ancient city of Jerusalem and throughout the Land of Israel have uncovered key findings that present a powerful and convincing case for the biblical story and for the Jewish claim to Israel – even for those who have a hard time believing,” said Rabbi Alter Korf, director of Chabad of St. Petersburg.

Rabbi Stolik has combined his knowledge of Jewish history with his archaeological passion while lecturing on the topic of biblical archaeology for more than a decade, focusing mainly on Jerusalem. He has given his “Jerusalem Uncovered” presentations across the country.

“This is a topic that I’m very passionate about,” Rabbi Stolik said. “I feel a sense of pride and a sense of connection with our forefathers in the land of Israel. These are stories that I learned in the Bible as a student and then every so often, when something is actually found that corroborates a story and brings the story to life, it gives you a feeling of satisfaction.”

Rabbi Stolik has created a unique presentation that includes imagery, diagrams and videos that can benefit anyone, whether he or she has been to Israel before, or has any background in history or archaeology.

“These are ‘hot button’ issues facing Jews today and Israel in particular,” Rabbi Stolik said. “Now, you can arm yourself with the facts on the ground – and underground.”

An Israeli wine and cheese tasting will take place at 7 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Cost is $12 in advance, $18 at the door. Sponsorships are $200 and includes two tickets and bottle of Israeli wine. To RSVP go to or call (727) 344-4900.

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