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"More Than Just Mosaics: the Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq" - Wine and Dessert Reception and Lecture with Professor Jodi Magness


Saturday, March 28 | 7:45pm
"More Than Just Mosaics: the Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq" - Wine and Dessert Reception and Lecture with Professor Jodi Magness

Since 2011, Professor Jodi Magness has been directing excavations in the ancient village of Huqoq in Israel's Galilee. The excavations have brought to light the remains of a monumental Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue building paved with stunning and unique mosaics, including biblical scenes and the first non-biblical story ever discovered decorating an ancient synagogue. In this slide-illustrated lecture, Professor Magness describes these exciting finds, including the discoveries made in last summer's season. For more information visit

This lecture will be preceded by Minhah, a light dinner/se'udah sh'lishit, ma'ariv, and havdalah beginning at 6:00pm.

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.

Services, the lecture, and the Se'udah sh'lishit/light dinner are all free. RSVPs requested at

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
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Event time
7:45 PM
Cost / donation
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