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NOTE: We continue to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of Dona Gracia Nasi and we now have a traveling (portable) exhibit to accompany a program. Contact the author for details.
You can also join our community and see research updates by clicking on the following Facebook link: DonaGraciaWorldwide.

(for further details, or to register for a talk/course, call or e-mail contacts given below)



September 16,23, morning

Culture, cuisine and betrayal:

the unexpected history of the Italian Jews

Learning in Retirement

Stamford, CT



October 2, evening

Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean

National Council of Jewish Women

Rockland Country, Chapter. JCC Nyack, N.Y.



October 16, 23, morning

Culture, cuisine and betrayal:

the unexpected history of the Italian Jews

Westport Center for Senior Activities

Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT

Ph: 203-341-5099


Nov 6,13,20; Dec 4, midday, weekly

Culture, cuisine and betrayal:

the unexpected history of the Italian Jews

JCC of Manhattan

West 76th Street - Amsterdam Avenue

New York, NY

Ph: (646) 505-4444


November 12, afternoon

Pioneer Jews of the Wild West

New City Library

New City, NY



December 12, midday

Moderate a book club reading "Russian Dance"

Temple Israel, Coleytown Road, Westport, CT

Ph: (203) 227-1293


December 13, afternoon

The amazing life of Dona Gracia Nasi

92nd Street Y; East 92nd St - Lexington Ave

New York, NY Ph:(212) 415.5500 





January 8,15,22,29 mornings, weekly

Jews in the Civil War

92nd Street Y; East 92nd St - Lexington Ave

New York, NY Ph: (212) 415.5500 



April 23,30, May 7,14 midday, weekly

Antisemitism: tracing the multiple roots of an ancient curse

JCC of Manhattan

West 76th Street - Amsterdam Avenue

New York, NY

Ph: (646) 505-4444

NOTE: scholar-in-residence programs and
mini courses are regularly available.
The author is also experienced at handling
TV and radio interviews and moderating
discussion groups.

SPECIAL OFFER - no charge for leading
book group discussions of her works.
Travel costs a problem? These can also be
arranged using a Skype video-hook up.
See "Book Groups" page for details.


(more details and a full list of topics can be found on the "Lecture Topics" page).

1. Antisemitism: tracing the multiple roots of an ancient curse. From biblical times to the present times, Jews have regularly faced antisemitism. Its ancient roots are often misunderstood or cloaked in legend. We will explore how it all came about.


2. Jews and the American Civil War. Contrary to popular belief, Jews were deeply involved. Why were they eager to join up? What was their attitude towards slavery? What was the real story of Judah P. Benjamin, often described as the "brains behind the Confederacy."

3. Ghetto, Emancipation, Immigration: the story of the German Jews; their background in Europe and why their experience coming to America was so different from the later Eastern European Jews.

4. The Jews of India: from Solomon to Sassoon and beyond: Jews have been trading and settling in India since biblical times. We look at the various migrations and how they maintained their communities for almost three thousand years.

5. On the Fabled Road to Samarkand: a look at the Jews of the ancient Silk Road and later times (known as Bukharian Jews); based upon a trip taken by the lecturer to Uzbekistan in the fall of 2013.

6. People of the Kitchen: food in the History of the Jews; a tour through the evolution of of Jewish Food from biblical times to today.

7. From Blood Libel to Balfour Declaration: the remarkable history of the Jews of England.

8. The centuries-old history and culture of the Jews of Iran/Persia.


9. Culture, cuisine and betrayal: the unexpected history of the Italian Jews. From ancient Rome to modern times; a rich but often overloooked Jewish cultural heritage.

10. Exploring Cuba: its once and future Jews.A look at the way Cuban Jews are increasingly coming out of the religious closet; based upon a recent visit by Brooks to the island.

11. A Woman for the Ages. The unlikely tale of Amelia Bassano: the shadowy Jewish woman behind Shakespeare and his canon. And how it might change our traditional image of Shylock and the original goal of "The Merchant of Venice."

12. The origins and lesser-known history of the Jews of Russia: understanding their true role in the Bolshevik Revolution. Includes research compiled for her book "Russian Dance." Included is the story of the Jews and the McCarthy era here in the United States.

13. The Incredible story of Doña Gracia Nasi: a 16th century Jewish woman banker and leader. Includes back story of how documents were found.

14. The Origins of Jewish Life in Europe and the birth of Ashkenaz.

15. The Ancient Origins of Merchant Jews and their impact upon our history. Also taught as a mini course: "On the Road with Jewish Merchants."

16. The Jews in the Renaissance: the background, personalities and their artistic achievements. Why we rarely hear about them. Also taught as a mini course.

17. Keeping a secret for 500 years: the Strange Story of the Conversos and how it resonates even today. Also taught as a mini course.

18. Were there really Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean? Background and understanding.

19. The (real) history of the Jewish doctor.

20. How DNA studies and genealogical research is affecting our understanding of Jewish history and ourselves.

21. Magic, merchants and miracles: the 2,000-year history of the Jews of Morocco.

22. The hidden history of the Jews of China.

23, The French Connection: Jewish life in France through the ages.

24. Our Past, Ourselves. The real story of the early 20th century mass Jewish immigration into America and their impact upon our attitudes today.

25. Jewish Women through the ages: five-part mini course looks at women from ancient Alexandria through to the revolutionaries of the early 20th centuries.

26.. Bad Boy of the Jewish World: a new look at the life of Baruch Spinoza, the excommunicated Dutch philosopher.

27. Communism, McCarthy and the Jews

28. The story of the synagogue: from ancient times to the present

29. Workshop for teachers in Hebrew/Jewish Day Schools. Not to be overlooked: our multi-media curriculum for children called "Out of Spain" which traces the history, culture, music, festivals and food of the Jews who lived in Spain for 1500 years and more; including where they went after the expulsion and why. This workshop helps familiarize teachers with the materials and how to use them.

30. ... and for all teachers, school counselors, parents and grandparents: Raising the Over-Privileged Child; based upon her award-winning book/workbooks "Children of Fast Track Parents," recently updated and offered as an e-book. A one-hour Emmy-nominated documentary, based upon the research, is also available from Ask author for details.


Click on the individual titles in the right margin above
to sample a chapter or learn more about
a particular work.