In 1929 Tibor Spitz was born in a little town Dolny Kubin
in the high mountains of northern Slovakia, that time part of
His father was a cantor for the Jewish community and mother was a teacher. He
survived Holocaust at 15, studied chemistry in Prague and in 1968 escaped to the
West to live in Canada and later in the USA. After his career as a scientist he
became a professional artist and lecture on the holocust,
Professor Velvel Greene
of Ben Gurion University, Beersheva Israel
Dr. Velvl Green is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, and is also director of the Jacobovits Center for Jewish Medical Ethics. He was an original participant in NASA's Exobiology program, and has published more than 90 scientific papers, and has lectured and consulted around the world.
Graphologist - Handwriting Analyst
Mr. Yitzchak Rosenthal, now a well-known wedding photographer in Brooklyn, is originally from the Troy area, and specializes in expert handwriting analysis. This unusual and fascinating art will be the subject of his talk. He is certified by many of the organizations in this field, and is a wonderfully warm person to enjoy a fun evening with.
Malka Touger, teacher and lecturer, speaks on marriage enrichment, women’s issues, Taharas Hamishpacha, education and the role of Jewish women. A mother of seven, her insights on marriage, family, education and woman’s issues are not abstract ideas, but principles applied in her own home. Together with her husband, author and translator, Eliyahu Touger, she helped pioneer and nurture the development of the Torah community in the Jerusalem suburb, Har Nof.
She serves as the Dean of Machon Shoshanas Yerushalayim, a seminary for women within the Chabad community. She is author of several best-selling books in English and Hebrew, including Sefer Hamitzvot for Youth. Me’am Lo’ez for Youth (Ruth and Esther) and Limericks for Jewish Children. She has co-authored The Secret of Jewish Femininity, To Know and To Care and Straight From the Heart. She is also the publisher of My Little Siddur.
Mrs. Touger has also produced a number of educational videos in both languages, including: I Am a Chassid, Hand in Hand, Life of Hillel, Beyond the Wall, A Tour of the Second Temple and In the Paths of Love and Honor (Taharas Hamishpacha), An Island in Time (Shabbos), and Kashrus in the Jewish Home. She has released a series of audio tapes entitled Enhancing Intimacy, which convey the Jewish perspective on this sensitive issue.