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Congregation Sukkat Shalom

25th Anniversary Visiting Scholar Series

We are pleased to welcome back our most dynamic and engaging speakers who have taught and inspired our congregation over the past 25 years, including Larry Tye, Dr. Jodi Magness, Dr. Susannah Heschel, Bruce Feiler and more.

Masada; Last Stronghold of the Jewish Resistance Against Rome

Speaker: Professor Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor, University of NC

Lecture on November 15 at 7:00pm on Z0om. Click HERE to learn more and RSVP for the lecture.

Guest Scholar Preview on November 4 and November 11. Click HERE to RSVP for the preview discussions.


In the first century C.E., Herod the Great, who ruled Judea as client king on behalf of Rome, built a fortified palace atop the mountain of Masada overlooking the Dead Sea.  Seventy years after Herod's death, the First Jewish Revolt against Rome broke out and Jewish rebels occupied Masada.  According to the ancient historian Flavius Josephus, at the end of the revolt the Romans besieged the mountain and the Jewish rebels committed mass suicide.  In this slide-illustrated lecture, we survey the history and archaeology of Masada, focusing on the results of excavations in the Roman siege works which Professor Jodi Magness co-directed in 1995.  We end by considering the controversies surrounding Josephus’ story of mass suicide.

Mon, January 18 2021 5 Sh'vat 5781