Regretably, due to illness Rabbi Marvin Tokayer has canceled his presentation Unknown Jewish Heroes of China, Japan and India originally scheduled on December 3.

However, we are pleased to announce an excellent replacement speaker -- Dr. James Kolb, Professor of Drama and Dance at Hofstra University.

Professor James Kolb
Shakespeare and the Jews:  The Merchant of Venice

James J. Kolb received his Ph.D. from NYU and has been a teacher of theatre history and dramatic literature since 1969.  Professor Kolb taught for 15 years at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY where he served as chairman of the Theatre Arts Program and was a frequent stage director of musicals, operas and plays.  Subsequently he joined the Hofstra University faculty where he served as chair of the Department of Drama and Dance at from 2000 to 2006.  Professor Kolb has also lectured extensively for the New York Council for the Humanities on aspects of the American musical theatre throughout New York State.  He continues to lecture extensively in public libraries and senior centers on various aspects of musical theater, drama, and opera.