Goldberg lecture series scheduled

Jacob Goldberg will focus on “America’s and Israel’s Dilemma: Turning Multi-Islamic/Arab Challenges Into Political Opportunities” in a series of lectures from April 12-14.

The program, organized by the Astor Judaica Library, is presented by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center.

It will be held at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre at the center and at noon at Temple Solel in Encinitas.

“Jacob Goldberg’s insights into modern Israeli and Middle Eastern issues always create such intense interest that we’ve made his lectures an annual event,” said Susan Hagler, program associate.

Goldberg was an adviser on regional and international affairs to then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak from 1999 until 2001.

For the last decade, Goldberg has been a professor at the College of Legal Studies in Israel.

Goldberg has a law degree from Tel Aviv University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University in Middle East politics. He has been a visiting professor at Cornell University, George Washington University and UCSD, and also lectured at Israel’s National Defense College. He also served as the founding professor in the department that spawned San Diego State University’s Lipinsky Institute for Judaic Studies.

Ticket prices range from $12 to $14 for each lecture, with discounts for a package of all three lectures. For information or tickets, call the JCC Box Office at (858) 362-1348 or go to