Past Events

Lecture by Professor Derek Penslar – “How Small Men Become Great: Theodor Herzl as a Zionist Leader”


Derek Penslar is a comparative historian with interests in the relationship between modern Israel and diaspora Jewish societies, global nationalist movements, European colonialism, and post-colonial states. He is the Stanley Lewis Professor of Modern Israel Studies at the University of Oxford and the Samuel J. Zacks Professor of Jewish History at the University of Toronto.  Next year…
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Identity Through Art: Hanna Azulay Hasfari


Hanna Azulay Hasfari, award-winning actress, screenwriter, playwright, and documentary filmmaker tells what happened to her since she saw Gone with the Wind in Israel in the 1970’s. How the dream of becoming a blue-eyed lady living in the American South as Scarlett O’Hara could not materialize because of her background as a Moroccan immigrant living…
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Jewish Latin American Literature and Art: ONLINE


Latin American Jewish Arts demostrates the beauty and profundity of literature and art produced by Jews from Latin America. The websites include approximately 1,500 original works,  dozens of translations of poetry into English and twelve interviews with writers and artists.

Jesus: Bad Jew? or Good Jew? A Talk by Adele Reinhartz


Adele Reinhartz, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her main areas of research are New Testament, early Jewish-Christian relations, the Bible and film, and feminist biblical criticism. Dr. Reinhartz is the author of numerous articles and books, including Befriending the Beloved Disciple: A Jewish…
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The Ethnic Logic of Space in Israel: Talk by Professor Erez Tzfadia


Erez Tzfadia is a professor of public policy and administration at Sapir Collage in Israel, and an Israel Institute visiting scholar at Rutgers University’s Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life and at the Department of Jewish Studies. His recent research interests include the politics of space and spatial policy, gray space, and the privatization of space. This…
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“The Amazing Nina Simone” Film Screening


Come and join us for a screening of “The Amazing Nina Simone”, a documentary film on Jazz Icon and Civil Rights activist Nina Simone. Joining us will the Filmmaker, Jeff Lieberman, and there will be a discussion following the screening moderated by Professor William Miles.

Another Israel: Four Months with non-“Zionist” Zionists


Discussion with Professor William S. Miles, Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University Beyond the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and tugs of war over Judaism, far from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem other realities also define the Jewish State. Throughout the Fall semester, Professor Miles embedded himself in a village in the far north, near the border with…
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A Staged Reading of the Play “Letters to Sala”


“Letters to Sala” is a play adapted from the book Sala’s Gift, by Sala’s daughter Ann Kirschner.  “Letters to Sala” is a remarkable story of a young girl’s survival during wartime Germany. Five Years. Seven Nazi labor campus. Over 350 hidden letters. “Letters to Sala” draws from the emotional journeys that begin for both Ann and…
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