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Abner & Roslyn Goldstine Scholar-In-Residence Weekend

November 15, 2019 - November 17, 2019

Event Category:
Sinai Temple

Registration for Scholar-In-Residence is now closed. You may still attend the free Friday night lecture or the Sunday morning brunch, which you can purchase tickets for at the door. For more information and/or questions, please contact Rachel Polansky at (310) 481-3228 or


Friday, November 15 at 7:00 pm
Community Shabbat Dinner with Dr. Matthew Levitt
Sinai Temple Members: $60 
Non-Members: $70
Advanced registration is required. Registration will not be permitted at the door.

Friday, November 15 at 8:30 pm 
Making Sense of a Broken Middle East 
This thought-provoking lecture is free for all community members, but RSVPs are appeciated.

Saturday, November 16 at 12:00 pm 
Understanding Iran’s Malign Activities in the Middle East
Sinai Temple Members: $40
Non-Members: $50
Directly following Shabbat services. Lunch will be provided. 
Advanced registration is required. Registration will not be permitted at the door.

Sunday, November 17 at 9:30 am 
Dealing with the Domestic Threat of Terrorism
Sinai Temple Members: $30
Non-Members: $38
Dr. Matthew Levitt, in conversation with Rabbi David Wolpe. A light breakfast will be served. 
A limited number of registrations will be permitted at the door. Advanced registration encouraged.

Dr. Matthew Levitt is the Fromer-Wexler Fellow at The Washington Institute and Director of its Jeanette and Eli Reinhard Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. Previously, he served as a counterterrorism intelligence analyst at the FBI, where he provided tactical and strategic analytical support for counterterrorism operations, focusing on fundraising and logistical support networks for Middle Eastern terrorist groups. He also previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and as State Department Counterterrorism Advisor to the Special Envoy for Middle East Regional Security.

Doctor Levitt is the founding director of The Washington Institute’s counterterrorism program, which was established in the wake of September 11. He came to the Washington Institute from the FBI, where his last assignment was to lead the analytical team investigating Flight UA175, the second flight to crash into the World Trade Center. Dr. Levitt holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yeshiva University, a Master’s Degree in Law and Diplomacy and a Doctorate from Tufts University. He was a graduate research fellow at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation and has taught at many prestigious academic institutions. Dr. Levitt has served as an expert witness in several criminal and civil cases, lectured on international terrorism on behalf of the Departments of State, Justice, Defense, and Homeland Security, consulted for various U.S. government agencies and private industries, and testified before the Senate and House on matters relating to international terrorism. He has written extensively on terrorism, countering violent extremism, illicit finance and sanctions, the Middle East, and Arab-Israeli peace negotiations, with articles appearing in journals, policy magazines, and the press, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and numerous other publications.

Dr. Levitt teaches at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He also serves as a judge for the Jewish Book Council’s Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, alongside Rabbi David Wolpe, Max Webb Senior Rabbi at Sinai Temple.