The year was 1953…
In a home located in a quiet neighborhood in Michigan City, Indiana, the idea for the Sinai Forum was conceived by a determined woman – Sylvia Bankoff, her husband Dr. Milton Bankoff, Rabbi Karl Richter and a small group of inspired community members. The mission was to provide affordable, exceptional programming on important issues of the day in a town hall setting. With limited funds but limitless zeal, and a cadre of friends from the broader community, they pulled it off.
Since then, Nobel Prize recipients, former heads of state, Pulitzer Prize winners, scientists, nationally recognized media personalities and famous performing artists have graced Sinai Forum’s stage.
Throughout the years, speakers themselves were wowed.
- Political commentator, James Carville told the Forum audience, “I am humbled to have the opportunity to speak from the same stage as some of the most influential people of the past half century.”
- Former New York Governor, the late Mario Cuomo regarded The Forum as “nothing less than remarkable.”
Who could have imagined that The Forum would draw such an impressive caliber of speakers?
For more than 65 years, such an accomplishment didn’t just happen. It took tremendous amounts of time, energy, professional direction and valuable ideas from our community’s great friends and supporters.
The commitment goes on.
Under the stewardship of Purdue University Northwest (previously Purdue University North Central from 2006-2015) and led by Executive Director Leslie Plesac, the Sinai Forum continues its mission to enlighten, inspire and entertain you – our subscribers.