Sinai Forum cancels in-person fall events; alternative plans to be announced in July


The Sinai Forum at Purdue Northwest announced Wednesday that it will not be featuring its traditional format this fall because of health and safety concerns created by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Sinai Forum anticipates making an announcement in late July with details and dates about future programs.

“Our highest priority is to provide a safe and enjoyable experience to learn and discuss important issues of the day,” Leslie Plesac, executive director of the Sinai Forum at Purdue Northwest, wrote in a message to longtime subscribers. “We are not abandoning the tradition that has endured since 1953 and are currently working on alternate plans.

“We have exceptional speakers booked and are working to reschedule them for a time when it is safe to gather,” Plesac said. “Our board and many longtime subscribers continue to celebrate the Sinai Forum’s vision to listen, engage and learn together to form stronger relationships and communities where we all can prosper.”

Plesac expressed her appreciation to the organizations and individuals who have pledged continued support for the long-running series, as the forum works to develop a revised schedule of engaging speakers as soon as conditions make it practical.

Sponsors include Urschel Laboratories, Inc.; the Bankoff Family; The Times Media Company; Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa; Horizon Bank; John W. Anderson Foundation; Healthcare Foundation of La Porte; The Herald Argus and The News-Dispatch; Harbour Trust & Investment Management Company; Leonard J. & Irene Brown Foundation; Porter County Community Foundation; Unity Foundation of La Porte County; Legacy Foundation; the Crown Point Community Foundation; La Porte Hospital; Duneland Health Council; and HealthLinc.

The forum was founded in 1953 by Sylvia Bankoff, her husband Dr. Milton Bankoff, and a small group of community members in Michigan City, Ind. Since then, Nobel Prize winners, former heads of state, Pulitzer Prize winners, political commentators, scientists, nationally-recognized media personalities and famous performing artists have appeared on the Sinai Forum stage.

The mission of the Sinai Forum at Purdue Northwest is to enlighten, inspire and entertain audiences with affordable, exceptional programming in a town hall setting. The forum has been under the stewardship of Purdue University Northwest since 2006. For more information, visit

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