“Jerusalem and the Disputed Territories: Definitive Sovereignty in International Law” is the topic of Dr. Jacques P. Gauthier’s lecture at 11 a.m. Feb. 18 in the Friedberg Auditorium at FAU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton.

12368593674?profile=RESIZE_180x180Gauthier is a Canadian lawyer and international law expert who may be the foremost authority on the San Remo conference, which laid the legal infrastructure for the Jewish state in 1920.

The description of the lecture says, “The answers to the question of Israel’s entitlements in respect to the City of Jerusalem and the disputed territories under international law depend on certain prior legally binding decisions which are reflected in international legal instruments.”

Find out about the political arguments devoid of legal merit and the false narratives surrounding this issue. Improve your understanding of international law and the territorial sovereignty entitlements of Israel.

This event is hosted by the Gross Family Center for the Study of Antisemitism and the Holocaust. Register at https://grossfamilycenter.org/event-schedule.

Talks to focus on history of U.S. presidency, Israel
The Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency at FAU presents “The U.S. Presidency, the Holocaust and the State of Israel,” on Feb. 21-22 at FAU’s Lifelong Learning Institute.

The symposium opens with the keynote lecture “Retrospective Blame: FDR, the Jews, and the Holocaust,” by famed election predictor Allan Lichtman on Feb. 21 at 4 p.m.

On day 2 of the symposium, which lasts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., “The U.S. Presidency, Jewish Refugees, and the Holocaust” is the topic of the lecture from 9-11:30 a.m. From 1-3 p.m., “The U.S. Presidency and the State of Israel” is discussed, including Truman and the founding of Israel.

For more information, go to www.fau.edu/artsandletters/larkin/symposiums. Get tickets at www.fauevents.com or 561-297-6124.

Concerts and services
The St. Olaf Choir performs at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 as part of its 2024 national tour. Conducted by Anton Armstrong and consisting of 75 mixed voices, the choir is considered one of the premier a cappella ensembles. The church is at 141 S. County Road, Palm Beach. Tickets: $45 adults, $10 students at stolaf.edu/tickets/choir or 800-363-5487.

12368594056?profile=RESIZE_710xThe Delray String Quartet will perform on Feb. 7 and Feb. 25 at St. Paul’s. Photo provided

Music at St. Paul’s has a full schedule in the next month beginning on Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m., when the Delray String Quartet performs “Postcards From Vienna” featuring quartets by Mozart and Brahms. The concert takes place in the round at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 188 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Tickets are $50 and $60 and reservations are required at 561-278-6003 or https://musicstpauls.org.

The Delray String Quartet performs again at 3 p.m. Feb. 25 for a program called “All About That Bass,” which showcases guest artist Juan Carlos Peña. It includes String Quartet No. 3 (Popcorn) by Heitor Villa-Lobos and String Quartet in G-major, Op. 77 by Antonin Dvorak.

Music at St. Paul’s at 3 p.m. March 3 features Bailey Michelle Collins, the bronze medal winner at the 2023-24 Nina Simone Piano Competition. Collins is known for her “thoughtful interpretations and rich sound” and her “lyrical touch and keen sense of rhythm.”

A donation of $25 for adults and $15 for students is requested for each of the Sunday concerts.

The ArgenTenors, four Argentinian cantors, perform a medley of “Jewish Music and Beyond” at 1 p.m. Feb. 11 in Beifield Auditorium at the Levis JCC Sandler Center, 21050 95th Avenue S., in Boca Raton. Enjoy a performance combining harmony, culture and spiritual connection with songs performed in Hebrew, Yiddish, Aramaic and Ladino. Tickets: $20-$50 at https://levisjcc.org/events or 561-558-2520.

Soul to Soul performs at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at B’nai Torah Congregation, 6261 SW 18th St., Boca Raton. The second concert of the season combines centuries of the musical traditions of Ashkenazi Jews and African Americans. Created by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, the lyrics and music are designed to deepen connections and celebrate differences. A virtual option is offered. Tickets start at $30 for members and $40 for guests at www.btcboca.org/cs.

A Kol HaNeshama Service in the Round is planned from 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Temple Beth El’s Schaefer Family Campus, 333 SW Fourth Ave., Boca Raton. This Welcome Shabbat begins with the congregation sitting in the round in the chapel and uses niggunim (wordless melodies) to deepen the connection and welcome Shabbat with a peaceful mind and an open heart. All are welcomed. www.tbeboca.org or 561-391-8900.

Special events
Rummage Sale! First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach is hosting its annual Step-Above Rummage Sale from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 8-10. Find treasures at bargain prices. All proceeds support the ministry and missions of the church. First Presbyterian is at 33 Gleason St. https://firstdelray.com or 561-276-6338.

Shredding Day! Cason United Methodist Church is holding another Shred-a-Thon from 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 17. The Red Shredder team accepts most papers and folders, but no boxes, cardboard, X-rays, food, newspaper, glass, magazines, plastic, dark-colored folders, metal objects or equipment. It’s $5 per bankers-size box or $10 for a bag. Cash is preferred. Credit cards require a $25 minimum. For more information, call Tricia at 561-788-2822.
— Janis Fontaine

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