(21W3) Latke-Hamentashen Debate 24-Feb-2021 at 7:30-9:00 PM EST

February 24th, 2021, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The recording of the 2021 Max Ticktin Memorial Latke-Hamentashen Debate is here.    You can view interesting comments from the chat box at this place.  (We’ve deleted commenters’ names from the posted version.)

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Our annual Max Ticktin Memorial Latke-Hamentashen Debate is always a very popular event!  Watch our humorous moderator and distinguished panelists conduct a scholarly, but absurdist, symposium that addresses the eternal conundrum:   “Which are better, latkes or hamentashen?


Howard Mortman, C-SPAN Director of Communications, by popular demand is retuning as moderator for the third time.  His book When Rabbis Bless Congress: The Great American Story of Jewish Prayers on Capitol Hill was recently published.  Howard has also appeared on stage performing stand-up comedy at the DC Improv .



Ezekiel J. “Zeke” Emanuel is an oncologist and widely cited bioethicist.  Zeke is Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and Chair, Dept of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at UPenn.  He’s a member of President Biden’s Covid-19 Advisory Board  and was a health care advisor in the Obama and Clinton administrations.  His latest book is Which Country Has the World’s Best Health Care?

Maharat Ruth Friedman is a member of the inaugural class of Yeshivat Maharat, the first institution to ordain Orthodox women as spiritual leaders and halakhic (religious law) authorities.  She serves as Maharat at Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue in Washington, DC.  Her responsibilities include overseeing conversion, supervising the mikvah, directing adult education, providing pastoral counseling, teaching in the community, and more.


Robert “Bob” Peck is a distinguished land use attorney who is a former Commissioner of the U.S. General Services Administration, President of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Vice President of the American Institute of Architects and President of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, DC.  He is currently a principal at the Gensler architectural and consulting firm.


Carole Zawatsky is the former CEO of the Edlavitch DCJCC and has extensive experience in the arts, culture and non-profit management.  Besides EDCJCC, her career has spanned the Getty Museum in L.A., the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC, the Jewish Museum in NY, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Cleveland, and the JCC of San Francisco.


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