Past Events

Israel: Our Stories

Date: April 3, 2014

Time: 11:45am-1:25pm

Location: 458 Richards Hall

Ashraf Hussein, Brandeis University ’13, is an Israeli Arab.  Chen Arad, a junior at Brandeis, is an Israeli Jew.  Recipients of the Slifka and Malkin Scholarships for Jewish-Arab Co-existence, they will share their personal stories growing up as a Palestinian and a Jew in Israel. Read more…

Town Hall Boston: A Discussion on Israel and American Jews

Date: April 1, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Blackman Auditorium

Featuring The Ruderman Fellows delegation of Israeli members of Knesset, representing the diversity and richness of Israeli society with political views from right to left. Register here. Read more…

The Remarkable Unfinished Exodus of the Ethiopian Jews

Date: March 24, 2014
Time: 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Location: 335 Shillman Hall

HAdane family-portrait

Len Lyons presents the dramatic, astonishing, and inspiring story of of the Ethiopian Jews who emerged out of the ancient Aksumite Empire about two thousand years ago. Read more…

Bill Giessen Film Series

Date: March 20, 2014

Time: 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Location: Amílcar Cabral Center

John D. O’Bryant African American Institute

40 Leon Street

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Philip N. Backstrom Jr. Survivor Lecture Series

Date: March 19, 2014
Time: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Location: 240 Dockser Hall

Samuel Bak, artist, speaks as part of the Philip N. Backstrom Jr. Survivor Series Read more…

Northeastern Holocaust Commemoration

Date: March 18, 2014
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Location: Raytheon Ampitheater

Join us in commemorating the Holocaust with featured speakers Natalie Bormann, Veronica Czastkiewicz, and Hinda Tzivia Eisen (Gideon Klein Scholar).

The 22nd Annual Robert Salomon Morton Lecture

Date: March 18, 2014

Time: 5:30-7:00 pm

Location: 20 West Village F, 40A Leon Street

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A Summer Eden: The Jewish Experience in the Catskills

Date: March 10, 2014
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: 426 Renaissance Park

Join Professor Phil Brown  (University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences, Director of the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute, and Director of the Catskills Institute) as he speaks about the remarkable transformation of the Catskills as a Jewish-American vacation spot. Read more…

“Reporting on the Times” Documentary Screening and Q&A Session

Date: November 21, 2013
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Cabral Center, 40 Leon St.

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Screening of the Documentary “Esther Broner—A Weave of Women”; Discussion by Director of Jewish Studies Lori Lefkovitz to Follow

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Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Museum of Fine Arts

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The Jewish Studies Program will sponsor the documentary “The Jews of Egypt” at the 25th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival

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Date: November 14, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Museum of Fine Arts

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Celebrate the Publication of Prof. Bill Miles’ Newest Work Afro-Jewish Encounters: From Timbuktu to the Indian Ocean and Beyond


Date: November 13, 2013
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location:  310R Renaissance Park (1135 Tremont Street)

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Faculty Works-in-Progress: Co-Director of the Middle East Center Lecture

waxman600-590x393On Monday October 21, Dov Waxman spoke on “The Erosion of the American Jewish Consensus over Israel” as part of the Northeastern University Humanities Center’s Faculty Works-in-Progress Series and the Jewish Studies Faculty Seminar series.  Waxman is currently serving as co-director of Northeastern’s Middle East Center and will formally join the Northeastern faculty in fall 2014 as professor of Political Science, International Affairs, Israel Studies, and Jewish Studies.

Date: Monday, October 21, 2013
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: 310 R1 Renaissance Park

Philip N. Backstrom, Jr. Survivor Lecture Series: Stephan Lewy

Berlin-born Stephen Lewy was just 7 years old when the Nazis took power in Germany. He spent the next nine years undergoing discrimination, displacement, and abandonment. His Jewish father struggled to make a living and stay alive under constant threat of imprisonment in a concentration camp. His mother’s Protestant family disowned him after her death. Lewy barely survived Kristallnacht, as he was locked in a synagogue with 100 other Jewish children. He escaped to France with a children’s transport, a step ahead of the German invasion. He hid in various places in France until finally securing a visa to the United States in 1942. Lewy returned to Europe as an American soldier 10 days after D-Day and witnessed the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Years later, Lewy attended night school at Northeastern University, earning a degree in accounting.

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: 440 Egan Research Center / 120 Forsyth Street

Part of the Northeastern University Holocaust Awareness Week.

Bill Giessen Film Series: From Swastika to Jim Crow

From the 1930s to the rise of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, From Swastika to Jim Crow is a mesmerizing chronicle of Jim Crow America and a profoundly moving tale of two seemingly different groups – the formal, heavily accented European scholars and their young, Southern Black students – who enriched each other’s lives in ways still being felt today. That refugees from Nazi Germany were welcomed by historically black colleges remains an inspirational story for the 21st century.

Film introduction by Laurel Leff, followed by a panel discussion among professors Margaret Burnham, Charissa Threat, and Laurel Leff, moderated by James Ross.

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Amilcar Cabral Center / 40 Leon Street

Part of the Northeastern University Holocaust Awareness Week.

Author Talk and Lunch with Matthew Brzezinski: Heroism in the Holocaust

Matthew Brzezinski recently published his fourth book, Isaac’s Army, a nonfiction narrative set in the Holocaust that was named a Finalist for the 2012 National Jewish Book Awards. This talk will discuss the myth of passivity during the Holocaust by showing that resistance was far more widespread than is generally acknowledged. He will talk about the different forms that resistance took, and how extraordinarily difficult it was for Jews to resist in an organized manner as compared to other groups in occupied Europe. He will also address how in some cases, not resisting was the ultimate act of courage.

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Raytheon Amphitheater 240 Egan Research Center / 120 Forsyth Street

Co-sponsored with the Political Science Department

Part of the Northeastern University Holocaust Awareness Week.

‘Lost’ Between Memory and History: Writing the Holocaust for the Next Generation

Noted essayist, critic, and scholar Daniel Mendelsohn will speak as the 21st Annual Robert Salomon Morton lecturer, opening Northeastern’s annual Holocaust Awareness Week.  Mendelsohn is perhaps best known as the author of the international bestseller The Lost:  A Search for Six of Six Million (2006), the story of his worldwide search for information about the fates of relatives who perished in the Holocaust.

Date:  Monday April 8, 2013
Time:  5:00 p.m.
Location:  20 West Village F

Northeastern Holocaust Commemoration

This morning event is a multi-media memorial dedicated to exploring issues arising from the history of the Holocaust. It includes a talk by the 2013 Gideon Klein Scholar, international affairs and human services major Heather Viola, and a keynote lecture by Laurel Leff, Associate Professor of Journalism and Stotsky Professor in Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies at Northeastern University.


“Lullaby: A Child’s Experience of Terezin through Music”

Heather Viola, Gideon Klein Scholar


“‘Well Worth Saving’: How American Universities Selected Faculty Fleeing Nazi-Era Europe”

Laurel Leff, Associate Professor of Journalism and Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies


Date: Monday, April 8, 2013

Time: 7:30 a.m.

Location: Raytheon Amphitheater, 240 Egan Research Center / 120 Forsyth Street

RSVP Required: RSVP to Alison Smith at or 617.373.5136

*This event is also part of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities new series titled “Conflict, Civility, Respect, Peace: Northeastern Reflects” an educational series on civic sustainability presented with the Office of Student Affairs.

Brave New World: Judaism & Genetic Technologies

Join Louis Newman from Carleton College to discuss “Brave New World:  Judaism and Genetic Technologies.”  Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, the Department of Philosophy & Religion, Bouve College of Health Sciences, and the Ethics Institute.

Date: Wednesday, April 3rd
Time: 4:30-6:00 pm
Location: 315 Shillman Hall

Third Annual Film Festival: Women Take the Reel at Northeastern University

Northeastern to Host Nathan Englander, Reading and Q&A

Acclaimed author Nathan Englander will speak at Northeastern as the 2nd Morton E. Ruderman Memorial Lecturer.  Englander is the author most recently of the short story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank. He first became known for his internationally bestselling short story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges (1999), followed by the novel The Ministry of Special Cases (2007).

Photo by Juliana Sohn

Date: Monday, March 18th
Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
Location: 20 West Village F


Zamir Chorale of Boston Concert

Concert by Zamir Chorale of Boston and Kol Arev of Hebrew College, “Fathers and Sons:  Adler and Weiner” (part of the Boston Jewish Music Festival)

Date:  Sunday, March 10, 2013
Time:  4:00-5:45 p.m.
Location:  Fenway Center

Zamir Chorale of Boston Concert

Concert by Zamir Chorale of Boston and Kol Arev of Hebrew College, “Fathers and Sons:  Adler and Weiner” (part of the Boston Jewish Music Festival)

Date:  Sunday, March 10, 2013
Time:  4:00-5:45 p.m.
Location:  Fenway Center

Feminist Empowerment in a Neo-Liberal Age: A Case Study From Israel

Join us for a lecture by Dr. Amalia Sa’ar, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Haifa.  Refreshments will be provided.

Date:  Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Time:  4:30-6:30 p.m.
Location:  305 Shillman Read more…

Israeli artist Leor Grady exhibits at Northeastern’s Gallery 360

Date:  September 12-December 5

Where:  Gallery 360

Israeli artist Leor Grady ( will be exhibiting “Before You:  Works on Paper” at Northeastern’s Gallery 360. Read more…

Northeastern to Host Rabbi Capers Funnye of Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation

Join the Northeastern University Jewish Studies Program for a talk by Rabbi Capers Funnye titled, “Exploring Diversity in American and Global Jewish Communities: An African-American Rabbi’s Personal Journey to Judaism.”

Date: Tuesday, November 27
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Raytheon Amphitheater, Northeastern University

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Dialogue Info Session: Contemporary Israel and its Complexities

Join us to learn more about the Summer I Dialogue of Civilizations program to Israel!

Date: Tuesday, November 6
Time: 5:30pm
Location: 340 Curry Student Center

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Book Launch: “Jews of Nigeria” by Professor Bill Miles

Please join us to celebrate Professor Bill Miles’ latest book.

Date: October 4, 2012
Time: 4:30pm
Location: 215 Snell Library/The Ed Tech Center

Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-Judaic Odyssey is the first book to describe the newest and fastest growing Jewish community in the world: the Igbos of Nigeria. Read more…

Composer Menachem Wiesenberg to host Open Classroom at NU

Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Time: 9:15-10:20am
Where: 235 Ryder Hall

Professor Wiesenberg will present several of his compositions and speak about how he fuses “east” and “west” in his music, Read more…

Northeastern to host Israeli ambassador to the US

Date: Tuesday, April 17
Where: 12:30 pm
When: Blackman Auditorium
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“Imaginary Homelands,” Lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon

Date: Wednesday, April 4
Where: Blackman Auditorium
When: 7 p.m.
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Bill Giessen Film Series

Date: Tuesday, April 3
Where: 90 Snell Library, Northeastern University
When: 6:00 pm
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Holocaust Awareness Breakfast

Date: Tuesday, April 3
Where: Raytheon Amphitheater, 240 Egan Research Center, Northeastern University
When: 7:30 am
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“Apples from the Desert” Staged Reading By Author

Date: March 28
When: 7:30 pm.
Where: 135 Shillman Hall, 115 Forsyth St., Boston, MA, 02115.
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“What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?” A Lecture with Images by Art Spiegelman

Date: Tuesday, March 27
Where/When: 5 pm, Blackman Auditorium
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“Jewish? African?” Being Both, as Told by a Spiritual Pioneer

Date: Wednesday, March 14
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: The Amilcar Cabral Memorial Student Center, first floor of the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute.
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Perspectives on Global Diasporas: A Multinational Conversation

Thursday, November 17th @ 7:30 PM in Raytheon Amphitheater
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Northeastern University Sponsors Film at the Boston Jewish Film Festival

Wednesday, November 9th @ 7 PM- Coolidge Corner Theater
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“Issues of Immigration in Today’s America”- Panel Discussion

Thursday October 27, 6:00PM- 7:30 PM in Snell Library Lobby
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Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race

Date: April 14, 2011 – July 17, 2011
Location: Harvard Medical School’s Countway Library
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Fighting for Refugee Physicians

Date: Tuesday July 12, 2011
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Harvard Medical School’s Francis A. Countway Library, 10 Shattuck St Boston, MA 02115
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Cabaret Performance

Date: Sunday May 1, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Fenway Center
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Spring Israeli Film Series Part 2

Date: Thursday April 7, 2011
Time: 2:50-4:30 pm
Location: 325 Shillman
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Feminism and Contemporary Post-Holocaust Narratives

Date: Wednesday April 6, 2011
Time: 12:00-1:30
Location: TBA
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Middle East Harmonies Music Symposium

Date: Monday April 11, 2011
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Fenway Center

Middle East Harmonies

Date: Sunday April 10, 2011
Time: 2 PM
Location: Sanders Theater, Cambridge
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President’s Breakfast for Holocaust Awareness Week

Date: Thursday March 31
Time: 7:30 am
Location: TBA
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Spring Israeli Film Series Part 1

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: 325 Shillman
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Fighting for Refugee Physicians

Date: Thursday February 17, 2011
Time: 2:50-4:30 PM
Location: 162 Meserve
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