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List of Previous Speakers and Events

Following are some of the B'nai Shalom Children of Peace keynote speakers for the last few years, with a summary of their subjects. Click on the name for more information about that evening.

If you have heard one or more of them and have a little more information to provide about the talk or the cultural entertainment, please send summary to info@mormonsandjews.org.

Please also see the Historical Shofars (newsletters) page which contains more info and pictures of the speakers. We plan to merge the historical information with this information.

April 29 2017 Lynda Cherry Seattle
Lynda gave a captivating account of the Jewish Festivals and their significance to the restored Gospel; the LDS church, focusing on the Spring festivals. She will return in the fall to focus on the Fall festivals and add other testimony-building insights.
March 30 2017 Dr Matt Bowen SLC
Jubilee gathering at 19th Ward Bldg. 148 people, including from Alaska, Kansas, Seattle, Arizona. Dr Bowen spoke on "What Thank Ye the Jews" scripture, many scriptures relating to Lord's attitude to Jews in long term.We elected Chelsea Woodruff to succeed Marlena Baker as President, with Julie Gardner as 1st VP and Daniel Baker as 2nd VP. Marlena is Secretary; Russell Spencer and Mitch Moling are added as board members.
October 20 2016 Seattle - Dave LeFevre
The link is YouTube. Dave LeFevre with most interesting insight in a part of Jeremiah; messages Jeremiah has for today's time, and why a Latter-day Saint should understand Jeremiah. Kim Cooney introduced Feast of the Trumpets with his shofar, followed by "HATIKVA" "The Hope", the official national anthem of Israel. LDS hymn sung in Hebrew. Great food.
Sept 29 2016 - Kahlyle Bliss Mehr - SLC
See also Youtube: https://youtu.be/Y9s9bQBBv74
The House of Israel as a Unifying Principle. Kahlile Bliss Mehr authored: Hearts Turned to the Fathers: A History of the Genealogical Society of Utah 1894-1994, Mormon Missionaries Enter Eastern Europe, and “Tracing Your Jewish Ancestors”.
April 2016 - Pacific Northwest/Seattle - Mary Kozy
An amazing musical performance by the Bateman family, followed by a wonderful engaging session on Jewish (and general) Genealogy and DNA, and testimonies.
March 2016 - Brad Kramer - Salt Lake City
Rabbinic methods of study applied to Book of Mormon. Ancient priesthood clothing. Great time!
October 2015 Sister Leslie Rees at Seattle
"Ye Have Been Hid - Finding the Lost Tribes of Israel", the result of 40 years of gathering. LDS Hymns in Hebrew. Kol Nidre. Kickoff of a film being produced, "Israel, Do You Know?", about Jews who have joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Oct 1 2015 Professor Brent Top SLC
Experiences and observations of the Jerusalem Center, how we can and should have "holy envy" of beliefs and practices of those of other faith traditions, and bonding together as family. He graciously fielded questions from the audience.
April 2015 Sister Lynda Cherry at Seattle
Great attendance this time, great variety of foods, many from the Jewish recipes. Absolutely beautiful and haunting melodies from the Cleaver family. Emilee Brown lead the circle dance, with little one enjoying. Video is on the page.
April 2015 Patricia Argyle in SLC
Sister Argyle gave a spiritual testimony of her grandmother's murder in Auschwitz. She received a sudden revelation there of forgiveness, a bestowal of peace that healed her and her family of the grief and loss they had borne.
Oct 2014 Clifford Holley in Seattle Northwest
A very spiritual talk. Attendance was hurt by the weather and certain activities the same night.
October 2014 Bonny Harps and O Hakan Palm at SLC
Sister Harps - her father, a brave Jewish Mormon pioneer. Brother Palm of Sweden- the unlikely union of his German SS father and his Jewish mother. http://www.amazon.com/Surviving-Hitler-Unlikely-Soldier-Jewish/dp/1609078470
April 2014 Phil Ortega in Seattle Northwest
The inaugural gathering of the Seattle/Pacific Northwest chapter
April 2014 Dr. Avraham Gileadi at SLC
Turning the Hearts of the Jews to the Prophets and the Prophets to the Jews
October 2013 Phil Ortega at SLC
Of Messianic Jew background. A most humorous but informative and stimulating speaker.
April 2013 Marlena Muchnick
More to God's Plan
Her testimony as a Jewish Convert, how her conversion occurred. About the temple, where we discover and grow our spirit.
About how we all come together as a family.
Oct 2012- Gerald R Molen - Schindler´s List
An Evening with Gerald R. Molen: About producing Schindler's List with Steven Spielberg
April 2012 Kevin Hall
Spoke about words and the Statue of Responsibility
Oct 2011 Lex de Azevedo
Music the Universal Language- Upbringing with Jewish neighbors and Job
April 2011 Daniel Rona
Opportunity and Responsibility in our Heritage. Live feed showing the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem at night, and unique Jewish/LDS insights as only Daniel can!
Oct 2010- Michael McLean
With wife Lynne, their love for Israel, the blessing the Children of Israel have been in their lives.
April 2010 Atty Gen Mark Shurtleff
Attorney General of the state of Utah. Mormon and Judaic influence on law.
Oct 2009 Darius Gray Genesis Grp
A reflection of Humility and Patience
April 2009 Alan Steele
Scriptural connections, responsibilities of Israel (10 tribes, northern kingdom, Ephraim plus more) to Judah.
Oct 2008 Liz Lemon Swindle
LDS Artist, shared her paintings of Christ in the Holy Land
April 2008 Mindy Jeppesen
Learning to Study the Scriptures All Over Again: Gospel Doctrine, Rabbinic Style
Oct 2007 Mark Paredes
Mormons and Jews in the Latter Days: A Zion Relationship. He lives in the LA area; his experiences working for Jewish organizations; Events and connections
March 2007 Daniel Rona
A special Seder Passover - a meal fit for a King, with Danel Rona - an Israeli, an American, a Mormon and a Jew. 40th anniversary of B'nai Shalom.
Sept 2006 Andrew Skinner
From the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Da Vinci Code: What's of Value to Latter-day Saints. Election of Officers
March 2006 Dann Hone
Possible Language Origins, History
Sept 2005 Karl Heinz-Schnibbe WWII
The three LDS German teens who defied Hitler in 1941. Karl-Heinz was imprisoned several years in a concentration camp and four more years in a Soviet prison in Siberia. His amazing story of endurance and long suffering was inspiring. Note: Karl has passed away.
March 2005 Marvin Goldstein
Sept 2004 Testimonies
April 2004 Gale Boyd
Messianic Imagery In The Jewish Holidays
Sept 2003 Daniel C Peterson
What has Athens to do with Jerusalem
April 2003 Cleon Skousen
Lessons I've Learned From Life. He said a key difference is that milk eaters of the gospel only ask what to do next, while meat eaters also ask why. "A few Saints get to the meat level," Skousen said. "The why and the how people are the ones that are really progressing in the gospel." Why don't more get into the meat? "Because most people aren't interested in meat." "There are some boring speakers. That's 'cause they get on milk and can't get off it. . . . It's the duty of everyone to be a good sacrament meeting speaker."
Sept 2002 Daniel Rona
April 2002 Marlena Muchnick
Fall 2000 Donald W Parry
Spoke on Isaiah Scroll of the Dead Sea Scrolls. He has authored or edited more than twenty-seven books - five deal with the writings of Isaiah, and has written and published more than eighty articles. Professor of Hebrew Bible and Dead Sea Scrolls at BYU, served as a member of the International Team of Translators of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a member of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament, Groningen, The Netherlands, Society for Biblical Literature, Atlanta, Georgia, and the National Association of Professors of Hebrew, Madison, Wisconsin; served as a member of the Board of Directors of Brigham Young University's Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts from 1987-2005
April 2000 Hartman Rector Jr.
Excavations of the City of Lehi. This link contains his history and links to his VERY inspiring testimony.
Oct 1999 Conversion Stories NO PAGE
http://www.mormonsandjews.org/about/historical/1999Fallshofar.pdf
Spring 1998 LeGrand Baker
See Shofar http://www.mormonsandjews.org/about/historical/1998SpringShofar.pdf
He spoke on the Psalms being used in the ancient festivals, relevant to temples. "Who Shall Ascend Into the Hill of the Lord? The Psalms in Israel's Temple Worship In the Old Testament and in the Book of Mormon", a MOST interesting 770 page book.
Fall 1997 Monte Nyman
His topic was "Turn the hearts of the Jews unto the prophets and the prophets unto the Jews" from D&C 98:16-17
Spring 1997 John Welch
See Shofar http://www.mormonsandjews.org/about/historical/1997SpringShofar.pdf
Fall 1996 Jerome Horowitz NO PAGE
See shofar http://www.mormonsandjews.org/about/historical/1996FallShofar.pdf
Fall 1995 Dr. Arnold Green - link to article by him
Shofar http://www.mormonsandjews.org/about/historical/1995Fallshofar.pdf Speaking on the architecture of synagogues. The link is simply an article by Green about history of proselyting efforts.
Fall 1994 George W Pace
Our Savior's Promise to the Jews. Shofar http://www.mormonsandjews.org/about/historical/1994FallShofar.pdf
Rebecca and Stephenie Pace and David Rona sang Jerusalem of Gold. Ed Motola gave Intro. Closing by Charles Smith.
Spring 1994 Victor Ludlow
See Shofar http://www.mormonsandjews.org/about/historical/1994Marchshofar.pdf
October 1993 Cleon Skousen
See Shofar
http://www.mormonsandjews.org/about/historical/1993MayShofar.pdf
Sept 1983 John Tvedtnes
Perspectives of the Holy Land. Memoriam to our beloved Ruth Glick. Prelude: Mary Emrazian, Welcome: Sylvia Linford. Musical Review by "Musaic": Beckie Singley, Wayne Gilbert, Mary Emrazian, Linda Hansen, Carol Evans.
April 1991 Dr. David Galbraith
Subject: Personal Experiences in the Holy Land. Widely written on Holy Land, first director of Jerusalem Center..PhD at Hebrew University in Middle Eastern studies and his wife completed her masters in Jewish studies. Recent event. http://www.jewishjournal.com/jews_and_mormons/item/byus_jerusalem_center_a_yair_rosenberg_perspective http://tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/190863/byu-jerusalem-campus
Spring 1982 Roland Wright
See Shofar http://www.mormonsandjews.org/about/historical/1982shofar.pdf. He was the former president of the New York mission and spoke about the Jewish proselytizing program in the mission field
Sept 1982 Wayne and LuRee Ottley NO page
See Shofar http://www.mormonsandjews.org/about/historical/1982shofar.pdf. Returned from Israel as church representatives
Lynda Cherry
Dr. Matt Bowen Dave LeFevre
Kahlile Bliss Mehr
Mary Kozy, Genealogy
Brent Top
Brad Kramer
Patricia Argyle
Hakan Palm
Daniel C Peterson
Allen Steele
Dr. Avraham Gileadi
Lex de Azevedo
Karl
Darius Gray
DonaldParry

John Welch
Andrew Skinner
Marvin GoldStein
Victor Ludlow
Dann Hone
Cleon Skousen LeGrande Baker David Gailbraith