Jewish Museum and Cultural Center dedicates 2016–2017 lecture series to memory of Rabbi Arthur Steinberg

by | Oct 27, 2016 | What’s Happening

Sundays, Nov. 6, Jan. 22, March 5, 2 pm

Dedicated to the memory of Jewish Museum and Cultural Center’s beloved board member, Rabbi Arthur Z. Steinberg who died on April 10, the museum began its 2016-2017 Lecture Series on Sunday, Sept. 25 with a presentation about Magic.

Magic was one of Rabbi Steinberg’s hobbies. He performed magic under the name “Zanville, the pretty good.” This delightful presentation, Abra Cadabra, the Art of Magic and its Ties to Jewish Culture, featured two local magicians who were fellow members of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, along with Rabbi Steinberg and knew him well.

The remaining topics in the Lecture Series also represent other areas of interest to Rabbi Steinberg and will include sports and ethics.

On Sunday, Nov. 6, Dr. Glenn Winters will present on Gilbert and Sullivan (a favorite of Rabbi Steinberg) and the Essence of British Humor. Winters will discuss the nature of British humor by contrasting the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan with comic operettas from America, France, Austria and Germany. Winters is community outreach musical director for the Virginia Opera. He has lectured and performed extensively about opera and holds a doctor of music degree from Northwestern University.

On Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 Rabbi Steinberg’s son Jonathan will speak about his journey in sports and the history and evolution of Jewish participation in the National Basketball Association. Jon Steinberg is the director of media relations for the Atlanta Hawks basketball team.

The final lecture of this year’s series will take place on March 5, 2017 and will be delivered by Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg, senior rabbi of Ohef Sholom Temple. As an adoring colleague and friend of Rabbi Steinberg, she will share some of Judaism’s most important values, infused with Rabbi Steinberg’s humor and humility. Through his actions, Rabbi Steinberg lived the ethical teachings of Judaism, championing causes of the needy, disenfranchised and the stranger.

All lectures are held at the Museum, 607 Effingham St., Portsmouth, and last about an hour. For more details and to order tickets, contact Barbara Rossen, administrator of the JMCC at 757-391-9266 or www.