Tor'Arch Baltimore 2013

The NCSY Oneg Shabbat took place at Rabbi Jonah Lerner's home

The Sunday Educator's Program took place at the CJE

The Shabbaton program took place at Ner Tamid Congregation

The program was provided to the Baltimore Jewish community through the generosity of the following organisations and individuals:

Mr. Yehudah Neuberger, Mr. Jerry Wolasky, Mr. Frank Storch

Program is subject to change without notice.
Friday November 22, 2013 - Oneg Shabbat
- NCSY will host an Oneg for high-school students
(at the home of Rabbi Jonah Lerner)
Chanukah: The Back Story

Chanukah, ancient lamps, ancient coins and a clash of civilisations.
Prof. Aaron Demsky, Jim Long, Rabbi Barnea Levi Selavan, and David Willner

Shabbat November 23, 2013 at Ner Tamid
- The Children of Israel and the Children of Noah
David Willner and Jim Long and the Noahide relationship to Israel, Torah, archaeology and G-d.

Shabbat November 23, 2013 at Ner Tamid
- Class: The Battles of Judah the Maccabbee
Rabbi Barnea Levi Selavan

Seudat Shlishit November 23, 2013 - Ner Tamid

A Call from the Mountain:
An Enigmatic Inscription form the Second Temple

with Prof. Aaron Demsky
(Sponsored in part by the RZA, Yehudah Neuberger, Jerry Wolasky, Ner Tamid, and Frank Storch. Sponsorships are still available for the NCSY Oneg, the Shabbat and Motzai Shabbat programs.)

Motzai Shabbat November 23, 2013
7:45-9:15pm - Treasures of the Copper Scroll
with Writer, Producer and Director Jim Long
9:30-11pm - Sensationalism and Archaeology with Dr. Robert Cargill
This program is still in need of a sponsor(s).
If you are interested in sponsoring this program please contact us at 972-52 868-2510.
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Sunday November 24, 2013 - 8:15am-1:00pm

8:15am Registration
Light Breakfast and Panel Discussion:
Ashkelon Archaeology

First Session
Educator Seminar
(open to the general public)
9:30am-10:30am [chose either option]
Option 1: Integrating Visual Anchors into the Educational Paradigm - Working with Maps, Artefacts and Media
Option 2: "And Betzalel Made the Menora..." - Using Visuals in Understanding the Torah

Second Session
The Rabbi and the Archaeologist:
New Insights into Jerusalem
with Rabbi Barnea Levi Selavan and Prof. Yuval Gadot

Third Session
Riddle of the Exodus with Jim Long
12:00pm - 1:00pm
(Sponsored by the Louise D. & Morton J. Macks Center for Jewish Education - CJE)
Prof. Aren Maeir
Prof. Bob Cargill
Prof. Aren Demsky
Jim Long
Teacher Training Seminar in Chicago
Teacher Training Seminar in Chicago
Archaeologists and Educators
Below are the speakers from the 2013 program in Baltimore. Program speakers are subject to change without notice.
Aaron Demsky
Bar Ilan University
Aaron Demsky is a professor of biblical history and the founder of the Project for the Study of Jewish Names at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. He has published widely on Hebrew and Semitic epigraphy. His knowledge, gentle demeanour, and scholarship make him an outstanding presenter and addition to our team. Make sure you catch his presentation of the "Beit HaTekia".
Click on a segment below to hear the LandMinds interview with Prof. Demsky:
Jim Long
Lightcatcher Productions
In 1996 Jim (with his wife Carol) formed Lightcatcher Productions in Dallas, Texas, allowing them to pursue their love of filmmaking, in consonance with their interests in history and archaeology. Their resume includes commercial, industrial, documentary and feature film experience.

Jim served as one of the producers for the Fox-Lorber series Quest: Search for the Ark of the Covenant shot on location in Israel. Under the Lightcatcher Productions banner, Jim and Carol have produced:
• Treasures of the Copper Scroll
• Riddle of the Exodus
• The Ezekiel Airship

Jim spent over 25 years in broadcasting, serving as producer for the highly rated Mark Davis Show on WBAP radio and a wide variety of other media experience. Today he is a frequent guest on radio talk-shows, and lectures around the world. Carol is a professional photographer and graphic artist and is currently the driving force behind Lightcatcher Books.
Yuval Gadot
Tel Aviv University
Is a research archaeologist at the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University. Obtained his PhD 2004 on the “Continuity and change: the transition between the Late Bronze Age and the Iron Age in Israel central coastal plain”. The work included the first full publication of the excavations at Tel Aphek (see Aphek-Antipatris II) and a regional study of trends in the material culture as they understood in relation to historical Yuval is Currently directing and co-directing a number of field excavations and publication projects and he is the archaeological director of the 'Reconstructing Ancient Israel: The Exact and Life Sciences Perspective (Funded by the European Research Council). Current Projects Exploring Ancient Jerusalem: Excavations in Areas D3  The Valley of the King Project: Jerusalem's Rural Hinterland during the Iron, Persian and Early Hellenistic Period: Excavation and Publication Project The Lautenschlager Azekah Expedition The Ramat Rahel Expedition Reconstructing Ancient (Biblical) Israel: The Exact and Life Sciences Perspective Field of Interest The Archaeology of Jerusalem Landscape Archaeology Environmental Archaeology Archaeology of the Late Bronze and Iron Ages Micro Archaeology and Macro History Archaeology and the Public