JBuzz Musings July 2, 2013: Jewish Tribune experiences backlash from Gilad Shalit criticism

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Jewish Tribune experiences backlash from Gilad Shalit criticism (Photos)

By Bonnie K. Goodman

On June 18, 2013, the Jewish Tribune published a blistering critic of Gilad Shalit’s upcoming speaking tour to Canada sponsorded by Jewish National Fund (JNF) Canada. The Jewish Tribune is the newspaper associated the Jewish organization B’nai B’rith…READ MORE

JBuzz News March 15, 2012: Jonathan Sarna: Barach College Jewish Studies Center Presents ‘General Ulysses S. Grant and the Jews’

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Jewish Studies Center Presents ‘General Ulysses S. Grant and the Jews’ with Jonathan Sarna

Source:  EON: Enhanced Online News, 3-15-12

On March 21, 2012, The Jewish Studies Center at Baruch presents a talk entitled “General Ulysses S. Grant and the Jews” with featured speaker Dr. Jonathan Sarna. The event is scheduled at 1 p.m. in Engelman Recital Hall, located on the first floor of the Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue.

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“the single best description of American Judaism during its 350 years on American soil.”

Dr. Sarna is the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and Chief Historian of the new National Museum of American Jewish History. Dubbed by the Forward newspaper in 2004 as one of America’s 50 most influential American Jews, he was Chief Historian for the 350th commemoration of the American Jewish community, and is recognized as a leading commentator on American Jewish history, religion and life. Dr. Sarna has written, edited, or co-edited more than twenty books, including the Jews and the Civil War: A Reader and A Time to Every Purpose: Letters to a Young Jew. He is best known for the acclaimed American Judaism: A History. Winner of the Jewish Book Council’s “Jewish Book of the Year Award” in 2004, it has been praised as being “the single best description of American Judaism during its 350 years on American soil.”

The discussion is co-sponsored by Baruch’s Alumni Relations Office and the Office of College Advancement. For more information, contact Jessica Lang, Director of the Jewish Studies Center, at (646) 312-3975 or jessica.lang@baruch.cuny.edu.

JBuzz News February 27, 2012: State of American Jewish belief symposium March 4 Hosted by the Center for Jewish Studies of the University of Chicago & Spertus Institute

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Source: JUF News, 2-27-12

The Center for Jewish Studies of the University of Chicago (in cooperation with Spertus Institute) will hold a one-day symposium on the topic “The State of American Jewish Belief Revisited: At the Edge of a Crisis or at a New Threshhold?” on Sunday, March 4 at Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan Ave.

Speakers will include:

Rachel Adler, Professor of Modern Jewish Thought and Judaism and Gender, Hebrew Union College-Los Angeles

Saul Berman, Professor, Yeshiva University; Founder, Edah

Arnold Eisen, Chancellor and Professor of Jewish Thought, Jewish Theological Seminary of America; Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Stanford University

David Ellenson, President and Grancell Professor of Jewish Religious Thought, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Arthur Green, Rector of the Rabbinical School and Irving Brudnick Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Hebrew College, Boston; Professor Emeritus, Brandeis University; and formerly Dean and President, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (1984-1993)

Riv-Ellen Prell, Professor of American Studies, University of Minnesota

Recent studies have pointed to declining synagogue membership and denominational identification as signs of a crisis in contemporary American Judaism, a situation usually interpreted as sociological in nature. This symposium will focus on the theological dimensions of the perceived crisis. Six leading thinkers from all streams of American Judaism will come together to share their unique vantage points on the question, put it somewhat provocatively:

Is American Judaism theologically bankrupt?  The symposium will address both the possible causes of this perceived crisis and constructive proposals to counter it. What possibilities exist in, and are specific to, the American Jewish experience that may enable us to re-think Jewish theology?  How can American Judaism best understand, employ, and capitalize on resources within traditional Jewish theological thought in order to address challenges specific to the American Jewish experience at this time?

This conference is the second in a series that the University of Chicago Center for Jewish Studies is holding as part of its mission to engage the Chicago community – and the wider American Jewish community – in intellectually challenging discussions addressing questions of urgent importance to American Judaism and the Jewish people. The first in the series, held in March 2011, addressed themes in the thought of Eliezer Berkovits, an Orthodox Jewish Theologian.

The program will conclude with a reception and is open to the community at no charge. To register, e-mail uofcconference@spertus.edu. or call (312) 322-1773.

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies is a partner in serving our community, supported by the JUF/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Carleton University Hosts Jewish Studies Conference February 9, 2012

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Source: Ottawa Citizen, 2-6-12

Carleton University is holding a conference entitled Jewish Spaces, Jewish Places on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 and launching an international travelling exhibition about prisoners of the Dachau concentration camp – Names Instead of Numbers.

The interdisciplinary graduate student conference, hosted by the Max and Tessie Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies, includes a public lecture by keynote speaker Michael Meng from Clemson University, who will talk at 4 p.m. in Room 2017, Dunton Tower. Meng is the author of Shattered Spaces, which explores the postwar history of Jewish ruins in the urban landscapes of Germany and Poland.

Carleton’s Jennifer Evans will also be launching her book during the conference. It’s called Life Among the Ruins: Cityscape and Sexuality in Cold War Berlin.

The launch of the Dachau exhibition will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the fourth floor of Paterson Hall.

On Friday, Feb. 10, media are invited to a presentation at 10:30 a.m. from exhibition curator Sabina Gerhardus in Room 303, Paterson Hall. She will be available for questions. Names Instead of Numbers will remain at Carleton through March 9.

Information about the exhibition and a full program of the conference is available here: http://ccph.carleton.ca/news/test-post-for-names-instead-of-numbers/.

See this release online: http://bit.ly/A8FPdt

For more information:

Dominique Marshall

Acting Chair, Department of History

Carleton University

613-520-2600, ext. 2846

Dominique_marshall@carleton.ca <mailto:Dominique_marshall@carleton.ca>

Joyce Ladner: Remembering a Jewish professor who fled Nazis to the Deep South

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Remembering a Jewish professor who fled Nazis to the Deep South

Source: Herald Tribune, 11-11-11

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Joyce Ladner, a civil rights activist and Sarasota resident, discusses her early involvement in the fight for desegregation. On Monday, Ladner will appear at a discussion of Jewish academicians who fled their teaching positions for new lives in the U.S. Largely shunned by white American universities, many of these exiled scholars wound up teaching at historically black colleges in the Jim Crow south.

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“Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges”
6 p.m. Monday
Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 South Tuttle Ave., Sarasota
Free
For more information, call (941) 321-7852


In the years prior to the Holocaust, Jewish academicians fled their teaching positions in Germany for new lives in the U.S. Largely shunned by white American universities, many of these exiled scholars wound up teaching at historically black colleges in the Jim Crow south, where they carved out a precarious niche and helped speed integration.

“As white people in a community that was racially segregated, they were looked on with suspicion by blacks if they mingled freely with whites,” wrote historian John Hope Franklin, “and they were regarded as peculiar by whites if their social life was spent among blacks.”

Joyce Ladner, a civil rights activist and Sarasota resident, saw the phenomenon first hand. She will appear Monday at a public discussion about that part of American history at Temple Beth Sholom in Sarasota on Monday night.

Titled “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges,” the discussion is connected with an exhibit on display at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg.

The presentation is built atop research compiled by the late author Gabrielle Simon Edgcomb, who identified 41 of the German exiles in a 1993 book. It became a PBS documentary in 2000. Bonnie Gurewitsch, curator/archivist with the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, will be on hand to give an overview at the temple….READ MORE

From Haggadah to Harry: Big range of books in Jewish Book Festival

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From Haggadah to Harry: Big range of books in Jewish Book Festival

Steve and Cokie Roberts, authors of “Our Haggadah,” will appear at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester Sunday, Oct. 30, for an opening-night lecture and dessert reception.

Now in its 19th year, the Lane Dworkin Rochester Jewish Book Festival presents a diverse offering of books by Jewish authors to the community.

And that means books of all sorts, with subject matter ranging from interfaith families to Kosher cooking to … superheroes. And the rise of Google. And jurisprudence as seen in the “Harry Potter” universe.

“It’s very deliberate,” said Lori Harter, the new director of the festival, which opens today at the Jewish Community Festival of Greater Rochester in Brighton and runs through Nov. 16, with other events throughout the year. “We want to have a diverse program. We want to provide a diversity of subject matter and topics of interest for the community, which ranges from senior citizens to young people.”

There’s also a diversity of activity, from signings and lectures to panel discussions to a “Kosher Throwdown” cookoff Tuesday evening between “The Hadassah Everyday Cookbook” author Leah Koenig and Max Rochester owner Tony Gullace.

Harter is in her first year as director for the book festival, as well as next summer’s Ames Amzalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival. The festival’s purpose, she noted, is to provide a showcase for Jewish author and books of Jewish content, promoting community consciousness and pride in identity.

“The whole purpose of the book festival is to build community-wide cultural events, a showcase of Jewish authors, panel discussions and demonstrations for the community at large,” she said, “… and to help people celebrate their Jewish identity in ways that are meaningful to them.”

Along the way, she noted, “we also create a significant bookstore” at the JCC with the yearly festival’s featured books.

New to the festival this year is a “JCC Reads” community-reading discussion program featuring “The False Friend” by Myla Goldberg, who wrote the best-selling “Bee Season.”  Participants have been reading the book — about the scars left by a traumatic experience in which two 11-year-old girls go into the woods but only one comes out — since September. Goldberg will be on hand at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, for a lecture and discussion.

“The reviews for this book, ‘The False Friend,’ have been phenomenal,” Goldberg said. “It has lessons not only in community, but it talks about children — the scars of childhood bullies, that leave scars that never heal.

“The book has a lot of insight into how home defines us,” she added. “We felt that made it a perfect community read. One of the questions the book asks is, ‘Are we doing enough as a community? Or are we too focused on immaterial details?” Also, “How often do we as a community fail to make amends, because we want to sweep things under the rug, and get back to our picture-perfect world? It’s a deeply resonant and emotionally charged story.”

Goldberg is already looking forward to next year’s festival — its 20th anniversary — and expanding the event’s presence in the community.

“I think it promotes awareness, and acceptance and pride in the diversity of people,” Harter said. “If you can create a festival that promotes awareness and pride, that goes toward strengthening the whole community.”

Here’s the schedule of events for the festival, all at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, 1200 Edgewood Ave., Brighton:

Sunday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: “Rochester’s Own” featuring four local authors (no charge but tickets required):
10 a.m.: Eldred Chimowitz, a University of Rochester professor and author of “Between the Menorah and the Fever Tree,” a debut novel depicting the Jewish-African experience of “Chungle” from a Rhodesian boyhood to youth in apartheid-era South Africa to adulthood in America.
11 a.m.: Sarah F. Liebschutz, a professor emerita at SUNY College at Brockport and author of “Communities and Health Care: The Rochester, New York, Experiment,” exploring how health care is organized and financed in Rochester.
Noon: Judge Karen Morris, a Brighton town justice and professor of law at Monroe Community College, author of “Law Made Fun Through Harry Potter’s Adventures: 99 Lessons in Law from the Wizarding World for Fans of All Ages.”
1 p.m.: Cynthia Kolko, author of “Fruit of the Vine,” a novel set in the Finger Lakes that illuminates the contrast between the bucolic wine-country setting and the hard-edged people who inhabit it.

Sunday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.: Authors, journalists and political commentators Cokie and Steve Roberts — an interfaith couple who met 45 years ago — have hosted a Passover seder in their Maryland home for years. They’ve written “Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families,” and will appear at the JCC tonight for an opening-night event to talk about their approach to the holiday and the lessons they’ve learned as an interfaith couple. A dessert reception will follow.
($12, $10 JCC members)

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.: A Kosher “Throwdown” pitting Leah Koenig, author of “The Hadassah Everyday Cookbook: Daily Meals for the Contemporary Jewish Kitchen” and monthly food columnist for The Forward, against Max Rochester owner Tony Gullace. The audience, of course, gets to judge.
($10, $8 JCC members)

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.: Myla Goldberg, author of “The False Friend,” appears for a community-read discussion of her novel. ($10, $8 members)

Thursday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.: Technology reporter Steven Levy, author of “In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our World.” He takes readers inside Google headquarters to show how the company works. ($10, $8 members)

Friday, Nov. 4, noon: 10th annual fiction panel luncheon featuring Wayne Hoffman, author of “Sweet Like Sugar”; Sharon Pomerantz, author of “Rich Boy”; and Adam Schwartz, author of “A Stranger on the Planet.” ($18, $15 members)

Sunday, Nov. 6, 2-4 p.m.: Kids “Mitzvah-Thon,” a PJ Library event featuring a readathon, jumpathon, bounceathon, snackathon and more, based on Ann Koffsky’s “Noah’s Swim-A-Thon” and Ellen Bari’s “Jumping Jenny.” Each child who completes the Mitzvah-thon will design a personalized book plate to be placed to a children’s book to be donated to the Rochester Jewish Coalition for Literacy. (No charge, RSVP required by Nov. 4 to Shelly Stam at sstam@jewishrochester.org; please bring non-perishable food item for Brighton Food Cupboard)

Sunday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.: Longtime New York Times sports columnist Robert Lipsyte, author of “An Accidental Sportswriter,” looking back at his career as something of an outsider in the press box. ($10, $8 members)

Monday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.: Rabbi Simcha Weinstein, who chronicles the origins of the most famous superheroes (Superman, Batman, the Hulk, Spider-Man and more), many of whose creators were Jewish. His book is called “Up, Up and Oy Vey: How Jewish History, Culture and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero.” ($10, $8 members)

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.: Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole, author of “Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza,” an exploration of an Egyptian geniza, or repository for worn-out Jewish texts and manuscripts. ($10, $8 members)

Tickets to all events are available at (585) 461-2000; http://jcc.ticketleap.com; and at the JCC, 1200 Edgewood Ave., Brighton, during operating hours. Walk-in tickets, if available, will be sold 30 minutes prior to the event, though there’s no guarantee there will still be some available.

Annelise Orleck: Historian reflects on tragic Triangle Fire at Brooks Memorial Library

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Annelise Orleck: Historian reflects on tragic Triangle Fire at Brooks Memorial Library

Source: Common News, 10-26-11


Originally published in The Commons issue #124 (Wednesday, October 26, 2011).

Dartmouth College professor Annelise Orleck will discuss the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library on Nov. 2.

Her talk, “100 Years since Triangle: The Fire that Seared a Nation’s Conscience,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7 p.m.

On March 25, 1911, a fire at the factory in Greenwich Village killed 146 young workers, most of them young immigrant Jewish and Italian women.

With exits locked, women leapt to their deaths while thousands watched. Half a million New Yorkers lined the funeral route, and politicians vowed to change workplace safety laws.

Orleck will talk about these events and their historical significance.

Orleck is professor of history at Dartmouth College, where she teaches U.S. political history, women’s history, and the history of race, ethnicity, and immigration, as well as Jewish studies. She is author of Common Sense and a Little Fire: Women and Working Class Politics in the United States (1995) and Storming Caesars Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty (2005). She is co-editor of The Politics of Motherhood: Activist Voices from Left to Right.

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Brattleboro are held at Brooks Memorial Library.

Upcoming Brattleboro talks include “American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era,” with Race and Reunion author David Blight on Dec. 7; “An Evening with Ken Burns,” with acclaimed PBS filmmaker Ken Burns on Jan. 4 (to be held at Latchis Theater); and “Willa Cather’s Prairie Landscapes” with Amherst College professor Michele Barale on Feb. 1.

For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802-254-5290 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802-262-2626 or by email.

Jeffrey Blutinger: Holocaust Studies CSULB workshop for teachers features talks by survivors, L.A. museum visit

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Source: Long Beach Press-Telegram, 8-4-11

Jeffrey BlutingerWhen it comes to teaching sensitive subjects like the Holocaust, Cal State Long Beach professor Jeff Blutinger says it’s important for teachers to have the right training.

For the second year in a row, Blutinger, an associate professor of history, is holding a free workshop at Cal State Long Beach with the goal of training local teachers in age-appropriate ways to teach students about the Nazi genocide. Holocaust education is a state standard that is usually taught in the 10th and 11th grades.

The weeklong intensive-training course, which begins Monday, features talks from Holocaust survivors, lectures and a visit to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Teachers receive a $100 stipend and up to two units of service credit.

Blutinger plans to have a different theme each year. Last year’s theme was “Children in the Holocaust,” and this year’s workshop will focus on “Art and the Holocaust.”

The first half of the course will explore how the Nazis used artwork as propaganda. Blutinger said he plans to show part of a film called “The Eternal Jew,” an anti-Semitic film that was shown in movie theaters in Berlin and played for Nazi troops before they would carry out massacres.

The second half of the course will explore how artwork was used by prisoners in concentration camps as a way to renew hope and reveal the truth about horrors they were experiencing.

Blutinger said he has received positive feedback from teachers who say the class has given them a deeper knowledge of the subject. Studying the Holocaust is important not only for learning about our history, he said, but also for our present and future. Holocaust education gives teachers tools to grapple with the subject in its complexity and use it to illustrate a variety of issues beyond what the Nazis did in World War II,” he said.

For information on the workshop, call Blutinger at 562- 985-2196.

Montreal International Yiddish Theatre Festival: Yiddish theatre celebrates history and culture

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Source: Montreal Gazette, 6-11-11

The Montreal International Yiddish Theatre Festival is not just about theatre and it’s not just for people who understand Yiddish.

More than 80 events featuring more than 150 artists from Canada, Romania, France, the United States, Israel and Poland gather to celebrate Yiddish in and through theatre, music, film, poetry, lectures, workshops, plus a symposium, at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, from Monday to June 22.

Yiddish is the predominant language, but there are also events in English and in French. English subtitles are supplied in both theatre and film, where necessary.

“What we’re seeing is a panorama,” director Bryna Wasserman said. “It’s grown from a theatre festival to a culture festival.”

Wasserman said the festival is about inclusion and the aim is to reach beyond the conventional Yiddish-speaking community to embrace a wider audience.

The opening concert is a case in point.

Soul to Soul features Israeli-born cantor Magda Fishman with African-American Broadway veteran Elmore James and African-American singer and actor Tony Perry. All three will sing in Yiddish.

“I think this is a festival which can forge extraordinary bridges,” Wasserman said. “It’s a program which emphasizes variety. We see everything from the cutting edge to the most traditional.”

Soul to Soul is presented by the New York-based National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene and created by its artistic director, Zalmen Mlotek.

In July, Wasserman leaves her job as director of both Montreal’s Yiddish Theatre and the Segal Centre to become the executive director of the National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene.

“It’s a bittersweet feeling,” Wasserman said. “I’m excited, but at the same time these rooms and hallways (at the Segal) have a special meaning. I hope I’ve made a difference. And I am confident that there will be new and wonderful ideas coming to the Segal in the future.”

The festival program is packed with activities from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“And there will be coffee and treats to keep you going,” Wasserman said.

Every day ends with a Klezkabaret.

“It’s the type of cabaret that will get people dancing,” Wasserman said. “The idea is for people to connect, learn and celebrate.”

Those who want to learn can listen to people such as New York Times film critic J. Hoberman or film historian Eric A. Goldman talk about the history of Yiddish cinema. Or attend the symposium, which gathers some of the biggest names in the study of Yiddish culture, including keynote speaker Joel Berkowitz, director of the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Also part of the symposium is Université d’Ottawa professor Pierre Anctil’s French roundtable Parodie, Humour et Grotesque dans le Théâtre Yiddish.

On Father’s Day (June 19), the action moves to Mackenzie King Park. The free event, called Zumerfest, runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and features headline acts Sister of Sheynville, from Toronto, and Brooklyn’s Yiddish Princess. Special guests are Dis Meschugeles from Israel, Germany and Belarus; Jingju Canada (representing the Chinese community); Marco Gentille and Cynthia Cantave (representing the Haitian community); Sinag Bayan Arts Collective, from the Filipino community and Zaftik Trio from Australia.

The festival ends with the documentary Mending the Torn Curtain, directed by Raphael Levy and produced by Ben Gonshor, about the first Montreal festival.

The Montreal International Yiddish Theatre Festival is at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, 5170 Côte Ste. Catherine Rd., Monday to June 22. For program details and tickets, call 514-739-7944, http://www.segalcentre.org.

Anti-Semitism throughout the ages takes spotlight at seminar

Source: JWeekly, 5-12-11

For Jews living in peace and prosperity around the world, these are the best of times. But that doesn’t guarantee the worst of times might not loom in the distance.

That’s the topic at “Anti-Semitism: Historical Pers-pectives, Fresh Insights,” a daylong seminar taking place Sunday, May 15 at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center.

The event is the latest installment of Lehrhaus Judaica’s 360 series.    Modeled after the adult education center’s Bible by the Bay series, Lehrhaus 360 explores key issues related to Jewish religion, culture and history, and brings in noted experts to examine them top to bottom.

In this case, it features 13 speakers — including scholars, rabbis, historians and Jewish community professionals. Though topics vary from the pagan roots of anti-Semitism to contemporary trends in anti-Israel hatred coming out of the Muslim world, the main theme of the day is simple, according to event director and co-organizer Rachel Biale.

“We are in the midst of a new phase in the history of anti-Semitism,” Biale said. “Whereas historically anti-Semitic tropes focused on the Jew in the diaspora, today the locus of anti-Semitic rhetoric is Israel and the Jews as a separate, unique people in their own sovereign state.”

The keynote speaker of the event is social critic, journalist and New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier, who has titled his opening remarks “How to Understand (and Not to Understand) Anti-Semitism.”

Biale said Wieseltier will “frame the current discussion of anti-Semitism in new, surprising and thought-provoking ways.”

He will be followed by experts on the subject of the world’s oldest religious prejudice. They include U.C. Davis history professor William Hagen, who will discuss anti-Semitism in Poland over the centuries, and San Francisco State University Jewish history professor Laura Rosenzweig, who will shed light on Jewish infiltration of pro-Nazi groups in 1930s-era Hollywood….READ MORE

Hasia Diner: On Jan. 21, University of Buffalo Institute of Jewish Thought and Heritage Opens 2011 David Blitzer Lecture Series

Source: University of Buffalo News, 1-3-11

[ photograph ]Historian Hasia Diner will open the 2011 David Blitzer Lecture Series with two presentations on Jan. 21.

The 2011 David Blitzer Lecture Series presented by the University at Buffalo Institute of Jewish Thought and Heritage in Jewish Studies will open on Jan. 21 and continue through April 4 with free public lectures on the UB North Campus and in Amherst’s Temple Beth Tzedek by five leading Jewish scholars, philosophers and historians.

All events in the series, both on and off campus, are free of charge and open to the public.

The series will open with presentations by American historian Hasia Diner, PhD, who is the Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University and director of the Goldstein Goren Center for American Jewish History.

Her first talk, “No Generation of Silence: Postwar American Jews and the Memory of the Holocaust,” will take place at 3 p.m. Jan. 21 in 120 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus.

Diner will address the creation of a memorial culture by American Jews in the aftermath of the Holocaust and its destruction of European Jewish life. It is a culture, Diner says, that not only memorializes the 6 million who perished, but attempts to remake the world in light of this catastrophe.

At 7 p.m. that day, Diner will present the lecture, “Jewish Peddlers and the Discovery of New Worlds” at Temple Beth Tzedek, 621 Getzville Rd.

She will discuss how, from the middle of the 19th century into the first decades of the 20th century, peddling — selling goods place-to-place or door-to-door — helped many of the millions of Jews emigrating out of Europe and the Ottoman Empire to create new lives and new communities across the globe…READ MORE