BerkOct21 - Ayelet Tours, Ltd.



Europe and its Jews in the 20th Century

Presented by Prof. Stephen Berk


  • October 5 at 7:30 pm ET: The Muck and the Mire – Europe ended the 19th century with hope, but soon descended into the hell of World War I.
  • October 12 at 7:30 pm ET: Disappointment and Despair – Interwar Europe saw the rise of dictators and authoritarian governments. In Europe, democracy was in crisis.
  • October 19 at 7:30 pm ET: Again, War – WWII was greater in scope and in murderous impact than the Great War. Its consequences resonate down to the present day.
  • October 26 at 7:30 pm ET: The Iron Curtain rises and falls – The Soviet Union under Stalin and his successors appeared to be the unstoppable wave of the future. Internal contradictions in the communist world, together with staunch American-led resistance brought the Iron Curtain down.


    • Featuring Live moderated chat, and post-talk Q&A with Prof. Berk each session
    • Program Cost: $80 for ALL FOUR SESSIONS
    • Registration size limited
    • Sessions are recorded – view missed sessions via private link (youtube/google log-in required)



Deep Dive Details:

About Prof. Stephen Berk:

Prof. Stephen M. Berk is a Professor of History at Union College in Schenectady, New York, Chair of the Department of History, Director of the Program in Comparative Communist Studies and Faculty Advisor to the Jewish Student Organization. He is author of Year of Crisis, Year of Hope: Russian Jewry and the Pogroms of 1881-1882 (Greenwood Press, 1985). At the present time Professor Berk is writing a book entitled, Our People Are Your People: American Jewry and the Struggle for Civil Rights 1854-1965. The book provides an interesting discussion of an extremely important chapter in the history of the civil rights movement and attempts to dispel the myths and misunderstandings that surround the Black-Jewish relationship. Professor Berk is also the author of many articles on Russian History, Russian Jewish History, anti-Semitism and American Policy in the Middle East. Professor Berk is frequently consulted by newspaper reporters and by television and radio stations including the BBC. He has lectured in numerous universities in countless cities and towns in the United States and Israel and is a primary speaker for the UJA, Israel Bonds and B’nai B’rith. Professor Berk is considered an absolutely superb lecturer and teacher. Touring with him has been compared to attending a “traveling university…his lectures are outstanding.” He is always informative, interesting and entertaining. He has lectured as scholar-in-residence for us on many trips to Russia, Spain, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Europe and Israel. It is a privilege to have him with us!

Feedback from the past series:

“Your lecture series have been a bright spot in this pandemic. Now I can’t wait to start travelling to these places again…especially Israel!

“I am totally enjoying the series and actually clap when he’s finished even though I’m sitting alone in my office.”

“Always interested to hear Professor Berk speak. The man is a walking encyclopedia, truly incredible. Would love to go on one of his trips someday”

“Love that man and his incredible knowledge and energy! I am ready for his brain sharing anytime! Thank you to you for organizing this and to Dr. Berk…”

“Tonight’s lecture was, as was the last one, so interesting.. “


Give the GIFT OF LEARNING.  Past programs are available for purchase – for you and for your family.

Travel With Professor Berk

throughout the Jewish world with Ayelet Tours’ Traveling University.



Led by Prof. Stephen Berk

December 5-12, 2021

*Booked in partnership with Cuba Travel Services

Havana, Cienfuegos

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Led by Prof. Stephen Berk

June 13-21, 2022

New Orleans

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Eastern Europe

Led by Prof. Stephen Berk

June 26 – July 8, 2022

Prague, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw

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