Molly and Robert Apter Memorial Scholar in Residence: Dr. Ralph Nurnberger

Robert & Molly Apter Memorial Scholar-in-Residence

Friday & Saturday, April 28 & 29

Guest Speaker: Ralph Nurnberger


Shabbat Worship at 6:30 pm
Shabbat Sermon: “Inside The Six Day War”

As we are about to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 War, the best way to comprehend the current situation is to understand this period of history. Dr. Nurnberger shares the fascinating history of the War, and the relevance of these events to the current conflicts in the region.

Theme: "The Prime Ministers Who Shaped Israel"
Torah Study, Saturday at 9:30 am - Prime Minister: David Ben Gurion
Worship Service in the Haines Memorial Chapel, Saturday at 11:00 am - Prime Minister: Golda Meir
Luncheon*, Saturday at 1 pm - Prime Minister: Menachem Begin


In many ways, the story of the giants of Israeli politics is the story of Israel’s birth, trials, tribulations, and triumphs.

Each faced major challenges in the years before Israeli independence was declared in May 1948. As Prime Ministers they had significant, yet completely different roles in the formation and development of the state. And, they were not always in agreement.  Throughout Saturday, Dr. Nurnberger helps us explore these leaders’ stories and their historical impact.

*Luncheon is FREE, but advanced RSVP is required. Contact Barb Murtha, 215-646-5806, ext. 220 or [email protected] by Tuesday, April 25.

About Dr. Nurnberger

Ralph Nurnberger is a beloved speaker at Beth Or. He is a widely acclaimed scholar who brings humor, current political insights and historical background to his presentations.  In addition to speaking nationally, Dr. Nurnberger has appeared on radio and television programs as an analyst on political and international issues, and spoken internationally in Germany, Canada, Poland, Austria, Hungary, France, Greece and the United Kingdom. He also speaks frequently at the Smithsonian Institute on topics related to the Middle East and historical subjects.

Dr. Nurnberger taught at Georgetown University beginning in 1975. He was named professor of the Year by the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003 and received another award in 2005 for over 20 years of excellence in teaching. His most recent course at Georgetown was a graduate seminar on the Arab-Israeli conflict.

He has also advised numerous Congressional, Senatorial and Presidential campaigns on foreign policy issues, especially those related to the Middle East. His experience on Capitol Hill includes serving as Foreign Policy Assistant to former Kansas Senator James B. Pearson (R-KS) and then as a professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Dr. Nurnberger was the first director of “Builders for Peace”, an organization established in 1993, with the encouragement of then-Vice President Al Gore, to encourage private sector investment. In this capacity, he dealt with international leaders including Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, then-Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and PLO Chairman Yassar Arafat, as well as American and international business and political leaders.