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Special Programs

Temple Emeth offers a number of special programs throughout the year, including lectures, arts and film. In 2022-23, we will have a series of events to celebrate our 75th anniversary. Check this space throughout the year for more details. 

Rabbi Joshua Trachtenberg Memorial Lecture
Friday, October 14, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

Each fall, we offer a scholarly lecture in memory of Rabbi Joshua Trachtenberg, who served as the Rabbi of Temple Emeth from 1953 until his death in 1959 at age 55. In addition to his leadership of our congregation, he is remembered for authoring three books: Jewish Magic and Superstition
The Devil and the Jews; and Consider the Years: The Story of the Jewish Community of Easton (PA), 1752–1942. 

This year's Trachtenberg Lecture will be presented by Dr. Lisa Moses Leff, Professor of History, American University and Director, Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She will speak on: The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust.

Dr. Leff will tell the story of Zosa Szajkowski, a Polish-born Jewish historian who took tens of thousands of Jewish documents from France in the 1940s and 50s and moved them, illicitly, to New York, where he eventually sold them to Jewish research libraries, where they remain today. Was this a heroic act of salvage or simply theft? To answer this question, Dr. Leff explores the shifting contours of Jewish nationalist ideas in the mid-twentieth century,and grapples with the vexing problem of where the material remnants of the Jewish past are best kept.

This year’s Trachtenberg Lecture is part of Temple Emeth’s 75th Anniversary Celebration. It is also one of the programs in our “One Book, One Synagogue” series, highlighting the themes of The Book of Lost Names, by Kristen Harmel.

Dr. Leff is specialist in the history of Jews in 19th and 20th century France. She is author of Sacred Bonds of Solidarity: The Rise of Jewish Internationalism in 19th Century France (Stanford University Press, 2006), as well as the book upon which the Trachtenberg Lecture is based: The Archive Thief (Oxford University Press, 2015).  The Archive Thief was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award and the winner of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.   

A festive Shabbat dinner will precede the service at 6:00 pm. For more information, contact Temple member Elaine Pollack at

One Book, One Synagogue Program
Now in its second year, the One Book, One Synagogue program encourages Temple Emeth members to read a selected book and offers programming on the themes of the book. The selection for 2022-23 is The Book of Lost Names, by Kristin Harmel.

Events for the One Book, One Synagogue program, including our annual Shabbaton, will be announced soon.

Thu, September 29 2022 4 Tishrei 5783