CANCELLED: Temple Emanu-El presents "Uncovering the Holy Land: The Archaeology of Jerusalem, Masada, and Huqoq"

"Masada: Last Stronghold of the Jewish Resistance Against Rome" with Professor Jodi Magness


Uncovering the Holy Land: The Archaeology of Jerusalem, Masada, and Huqoq - Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Professor Jodi Magness, March 27-28

Friday, March 27 | 5:45-6:45pm

Masada: Last Stronghold of the Jewish Resistance Against Rome with Professor Jodi Magness

In the first century B.C.E., Herod the Great, who ruled Judea as client king on behalf of Rome, built a fortified palace atop the mountain of Masada overlooking the Dead Sea.  Seventy years after Herod's death, the First Jewish Revolt against Rome broke out and Jewish rebels occupied Masada.  According to the ancient historian Flavius Josephus, at the end of the revolt the Romans besieged the mountain and the Jewish rebels committed mass suicide.  In this slide-illustrated lecture, we survey the history and archaeology of Masada, including the results of excavations in the Roman siege works which Professor Jodi Magness co-directed in 1995.

Jodi Magness is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a distinguished archaeologist, having participated in 20 different excavations in Israel and Greece. Her research interests include Jerusalem, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient synagogues, Masada, the Roman army in the East, and ancient pottery. She has numerous publications, including award-winning books, articles, and lectures for The Great Courses company. Professor Magness received her B.A. in Archaeology and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania.

The lecture will be preceded by Minhah at 5:30pm and followed by Kabbalat Shabbat services at 6:45pm and Shabbat dinner and a Q&A with Prof. Magness from 7:45-9pm. The lecture and service are free. Dinner costs $18 per adult before March 15; $22 per adult after March 15; $10 per child.

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Friday Evening

5:30pm          Minhah

5:45-6:45pm  Lecture: "Masada: Last Stronghold of the Jewish Resistance Against Rome"

6:45pm          Kabbalat Shabbat

7:30pm          Dinner 

8:30pm          Q&A with Professor Jodi Magness 


Saturday Morning

9:30am         Shaharit & D’var Torah

12:00pm       Kiddush Lunch

12:45pm       Lecture: "What Makes Jerusalem Special"


Saturday Evening

6:00pm          Minhah

6:45pm          Se’udah Sh’lishit 

7:30pm          Ma'ariv and Havdalah

7:45pm          Wine and Dessert Reception

8:00pm          Lecture: "More Than Just Mosaics: the Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq" 


Event Date
Friday, March 27, 2020
Event time
5:45 PM
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