Temple Israel will present two free talks by an Israel scholar-in-residence on the weekend of Friday, Nov. 18, at the synagogue, 14 Coleytown Road.

Kenneth Stein, a scholar and author, will discuss "Combating the Delegitimization of Israel" at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. He will talk about how the Arab world has, with two exceptions, not recognized Israel as a Jewish state, according to a release from the synagogue.

At 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, Stein will discuss "American Foreign Policy Toward the Middle East: Coping with Changing Political Landscapes." This talk is the annual Rabbi Alexander Schindler Memorial Lecture in memory of the late president of the Union for Reform Judaism.

For 35 years, Stein has taught Middle Eastern history and political science at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., and in 2006, he was a visiting professor of political science at Brown University in Providence, R.I. He is the author of four books and other scholarly publications and is knowledgable about American foreign policy in the Middle East, Arab politics, the origins of modern Israel, and Arab-Israeli negotiations.

For information about his professional career and his work in Israel education, see www.israeled.org.

For information on the program, call 203-227-1293.