TOARCH '12 Chicago
Program is subject to change without notice.
Friday Night - Oneg Shabbat
- at the home of Yigal Yahav

Panel Discussion with Prof. Aaron Demsky, Jim Long, Rabbi Barnea Levi Selavan, and David Willner

Shabbat Morning Sermon - K.I.N.S.
- The Children of Noah and the Children of Abraham
Jim Long and David Willner talk about the Noahide relationship to Israel, Torah, archaeology and G-d.

Seudat Shlishit - K.I.N.S.
A Call from the Mountain:
An Enigmatic Inscription form the Second Temple

with Prof. Aaron Demsky

Motzai Shabbat - K.I.N.S.
Dr. Robert Cargill: Sensationalism and Archaeology
Jim Long: Riddle of the Exodus with Writer, Producer and Director Jim Long
  • Rabbi, Oded Lifschitz, Rabbi Barnea Levi Selavan, David Willner, Prof. Aren Maier

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Sunday Morning at the ATT

The Rabbi and the Archaeologist:
New Insights into Jerusalem
with Rabbi Barnea Levi Selavan and Prof. Oded Lifschitz
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
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Barnea Levi Selavan
Foundation Stone
...native of Chicago, Illinois, worked in public relations for many years, primarily for the Jerusalem Reclamation Project in the Old City of Jerusalem. He received rabbinic ordination from the late Rabbi Y. Ruderman of the Ner Israel College in Baltimore and from the Hebrew Institute of California. Rabbi Selavan is a sought-after lecturer as well as a successful tour guide and educator. He specialises in Jerusalem’s Old City and the Western Wall excavations, and is the author of the successful book, “Tzaddik's Guide to Jerusalem's Old City.” Selavan also serves also serves as co-host of LandMinds - an internet radio show (formerly on Israel National Radio - Arutz 7), and now an independently produced international podcast. Barnea is currently studying for his degree in archaeology at Tel Aviv University. He lives in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and children.
David Willner
Foundation Stone
...formerly of Los Angeles, grew up on the fringe of Hollywood. He earned an MA Ed from Loyola Marymount University, specialising in Marriage Family and Child Counselling, and has worked extensively in informal Jewish education. Willner, who studied at the Hebrew Institute of California, has directed programs and projects for NCSY, JCCA, the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, and the Jewish Agency in Israel. He has taught both in Israel and the Diaspora. The founder of Mountain High Productions, a company providing graphic design work and media consulting services, he brings a wealth of experience in media and education to Foundation Stone's ongoing activities. Willner also serves as producer and co-host of LandMinds - an internet radio show (formerly on Israel National Radio - Arutz 7), and now an independently produced international podcast. He lives in Efrat with his wife and children.

The program is being provided to the Chicago Jewish community through the generosity of the following organisations...
and individuals:

Dr. Joseph Walder, The Sidney and Lisa Glenner Foundation, Dr. Yigal Yahav, and The Foundation for Learning and Development