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December 16, 2016  RSS feed

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Sunday Morning U to feature congregants/experts talking nukes, Jewish fiction, antibiotics and more

The third annual Sunday Morning University will be open on Sunday, Jan. 22 at Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg, offering a choice of six presentations by esteemed local educators.

A joint project of Congregation B’nai Israel and Temple Beth El, both in St. Petersburg, Sunday Morning University features local Jewish community members who speak on a wide range of topics on which they have expert knowledge.

The presentations rotate from year to year between the two synagogues, with lecturers being members of the host congregation, which this year is Congregation B’nai Israel, 300 58th St. N. Tickets to Sunday Morning University are $18 per person. For more information and to sign-up, visit

There will be two sessions of classes with a choice of three lectures per session and with a 15-minute coffee break between session one and session two and a lunch following the second session.

The first session, from 10 to 11 a.m. includes a choice of lectures on these topics:

What Makes the Sun Shine? – This class will be taught by Larry Green, who received his PhD from Penn State University, did research related to nuclear power and is a former visiting professor at Ben Gurion University.

Storytelling and Identity in American Jewish Fiction – This class will be taught by Elizabeth Unruh, who received her doctorate in Education from Hofstra University, worked in Hofstra’s Literacy Department and served as administrator and faculty member in Hosftra’s School for University Studies.

Obstruction of Justice: Home Run or Strikeout? – Ellen S. Podgor, who is president of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, will teach the class. She teaches about white-collar crime and criminal law at Stetson College of Law and received her master’s degree from the University of Chicago. She is a former deputy prosecutor and criminal defense attorney.

The second session, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. will include these lectures:

Fission, Fusion and Uranium Enrichment – This class will be taught by Stephen R. Cantor, a teaching lecturer at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and an adjunct faculty member who teaches physics and physical science at St. Petersburg College. He did graduate work at Johns Hopkins University.

Jewish Composers of the Great Depression

– This class will be taught by Joan O. Epstein, professor of music and chair of the Music Department at Eckerd College. She did research into Yiddish tango that resulted in a presentation at the College Music Society’s international meeting in Buenos Aires. A St. Petersburg native, she is a trumpeter and has degrees from Smith College, Yale University and the University of South Florida.

When your Z-pak Can Kill You: How Antibiotic Misuse and Overuse is Causing a World Health Crisis – This class will be taught by David Wein, M.D., medical director and chief of Emergency Medicine at Tampa General Hospital and an assistant professor at the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine. He earned his medical degree at the University of Florida and holds an executive MBA from USF.

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