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Upcoming Events

  • Cupcakes
    Film Screening
    Time - 8:00pm till 10:30pm
    Location: 501 Schermerhorn

      As part of our Israel Film Series, we will have an exclusive screening of "Cupcakes," a charming and light-hearted comedy about six neighbors who unexpectedly enter a Eurovision-style song contest representing Israel. For map, please click here. RSVPs welcome.

  • Past Events

    • The Past - and Present - of Jewish Storytelling
      Location: Sunday: 501 Schermerhorn Monday: Faculty House, Garden Room 2

       

       

       

       

    • Living Room Witnesses: American Television and the Holocaust
      A Lecture by Jeffrey Shandler
      Time - 11:00am till 1:00pm
      Location: 513 Fayerweather

      Thursday, November 1

       

      Jeffrey Shandler

      Professor of Jewish Studies

      Rutgers University

       

      Lunch will be provided (in accordance with dietary laws). Please RSVP to knm2121@columbia.edu by Tuesday, October 30.

       

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    • Jewish American War Novels of the 1940s
      A Lecture by Leah Garrett
      Time - 1:00pm
      Location: 513 Fayerweather

      Monday, October 15, 2012

       

      Leah Garrett

      Loti Smorgon Research Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life and Culture

      Professor in the School of Philosophical, Historical, and International Studies
      Monash University

       

      The central role of Jews in fictionalizing War World II for a postwar readership has gone unnoticed in literary and historical studies. Either the Jewishness of the writers is uncommented on, or, the Jewishness of the text is negated. This factor is central, because as will be discussed, Jewish authors wrote about the war in very unique ways, and since their novels were bestsellers, they had a direct impact upon how postwar Americans understood the war effort. 

       

      Lunch will be provided (in accordance with dietary laws). Please RSVP to knm2121@columbia.edu by Friday, October 12.

       

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    • Design with Free Hand: Political Posters from Israel
      A Lecture by David Tartakover
      Time - 7:00pm till 9:00pm
      Location: East Gallery, Maison Francaise (Buell Hall)

       

      Tuesday, October 16, 2012

       

      David Tartakover (b. 1944, Israel) is a graphic designer, political activist, artist and design educator. He studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, where he has taught in the Department of Visual Communication for the past 36 years. Since 1975, Tartakover has operated his own design studio in Tel Aviv, specializing in cultural and political projects. His work has won numerous prizes in Israel and abroad, includinga gold medal at the 8th Lathi Poster Biennial, Finland (1989) and Grand Prix at the Moscow International Poster Biennial (2004). He is a 2002 Israel Prize laureate, celebrated for his contributions to Israeli design and culture. Tartakover's work has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions internationally and included in the permanent collections of museums in China, Europe, Japan and the United States. As a collector and researcher of the history of Israeli design, Tartakover also curates design exhibitions at museums in Israel and abroad. His publications include Where We Were and What We Did (Keter Publishing, 1996), an Israeli lexicon of the 1950s and 60s, and Tartakover, a monograph of his work from the past 40 years (Am Oved Publishing, 2011). He is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) and was president of the Graphic Designers Association of Israel (GDAI).

       

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    • Solomon Mikhoels (1890-1948): Towards a New Biography
      A Lecture by Vassili Schedrin
      Time - 7:00pm
      Location: 411 Fayerweather

      Tuesday, October 23, 2012

       

      Dr. Vassili Schedrin

      Visiting Scholar, Department of History

      Franklin and Marshall College.

       

      This talk presents Vassili Schedrin's current research project which examines the life and work of the beloved actor of the Soviet-Jewish stage, Solomon Mikhoels. He is best known for his theatrical role as the "Jewish King Lear," and for his political activities in the Soviet Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee during World War II. Limited to these roles by historians and biographers, the towering figure of Mikhoels still awaits further exploration. The focus of Schedrin's study is Mikhoels' ideas about art in general and Jewish art in particular.

       

      This lecture will compare Stroitel` ("The Builder," 1919)—the only play written by Solomon Mikhoels—to Bygmaster Solnes ("The Master Builder," 1892)—one of the last and most philosophical plays by Henrik Ibsen. Schedrin will demonstrate how Mikhoels, using the dramatic language of the stage, revisited the intellectual and literary legacy of Ibsen and ultimately established continuity between modern European drama and Russian avant-garde theater in Yiddish.

       

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    • 'We United With Our Sisters of Other Faiths': The Religious Roots of American Jewish Women's Feminist Activism, 1890-1940
      A Lecture by Melissa Klapper
      Time - 4:00pm
      Location: 513 Fayerweather

      Tuesday, November 13

       

      Melissa Klapper

      Professor of History

      Rowan University

       

      American Jewish women participated enthusiastically in three of the great early feminist movements of the early twentieth century: suffrage, birth control, and peace.  Members of Jewish women's organizations, eager to see Judaism and Jewishness as sources of activism, carved out a new role in the public sphere for women.  Though on the surface they seemed to be focusing many of their energies on non-sectarian activism, they often saw their social and political commitments as extensions of their religious or culturally traditional roles.  American Jewish women found in women’s social movements causes that bridged the sacred and the secular.

    • Father's Court and Mother's Sabbaths: Fiction in Service of Truth that is Greater than Fiction
      Annual Norman E. Alexander Lecture
      Time - 6:00pm
      Location: Kellogg Center, 15th Fl

      Tuesday, November 27

       

      A lecture about the memoirs of Chaim Grade and Isaac Beshevis Singer. Featuring Ruth Wisse, the Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University.

       

      Co-sponsored by Columbia University Libraries and the Institute for Israel & Jewish Studies.

       

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    • Olga Litvak on The Revolt of the Study House:
      M. L. Lilienblum and the Jewish Origins of Jewish Nationalism in Russia
      Time - 4:00pm till 5:30pm
      Location: 513 Fayerweather Hall

      January 30, 2013

       

      Olga Litvak is a professor of History at Clark University and a graduate of Columbia University. She specializes in Eastern European and modern Jewish history. Her first book, Conscription and the Search for Modern Russian Jewry (Indiana UP, 2006), analyzes the cultural ramifications of Russian Jewry's first experience of conscription into the Russian army. She has written and lectured ona wide range of subjects related to the study of Russian Jewry, including urban violence, literary and artistic life, war, revolution and migration. This talk will focus on the Origins of Jewish Nationalism in Russia.

    • Between State and Synagogue, The Secularization of Contemporary Israel: A Talk with Guy Ben-Porat
      Time - 4:00pm
      Location: 513 Fayerweather Hall

      February 21, 2013

       

      Guy Ben-Porat is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public Policy & Administration at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His most recent publication is Between State and Synagogue: The Secularization of Contemporary Israel. A thriving, yet small, liberal component in Israeli society has frequently taken issue with the constraints imposed by religious orthodoxy, largely with limited success. However, Guy Ben-Porat suggests, in recent years, in part because of demographic changes and in part because of the influence of an increasingly consumer-oriented society, dramatic changes have occurred in secularization of significant parts of public and private lives. Even though these fissures often have more to do with lifestyle choices and economics than with political or religious ideology, the demands and choices of a secular public and a burgeoning religious presence in the government are becoming ever more difficult to reconcile. The evidence, which the author has accrued from numerous interviews and a detailed survey, is nowhere more telling than in areas that demand religious sanction such as marriage, burial, the sale of pork, and the operation of businesses on the Sabbath. The conclusion of this research lay beyond the Israeli case study and suggest that secularization, defined as the decline of religious authority, can evolve independently from secularism, a world view, and a liberal ideology. Consequently, while secularization can be observed in Israel, its political implications regarding liberalism, freedom and equality are by no means certain.

       

      Co-Sponsored by The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies and the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life.

       

    • Leah Goldberg: The Shortest Journey Is Across The Years: A Reading and Discussion of the Writer's Life and Work by Annie Kantar
      Time - 4:30pm
      Location: The Jewish Theological Seminary, Kripke 406

      February 13, 2013

       

      Annie Kantar, translator of With This Night - the final collection of poetry published by Israeli author Leah Goldberg during her lifetime - will discuss the author and her work. Light refreshments will be served afterwood. Dietary laws will be observed.

       


    • Chalom and 'Abdu in Bed Together: Coexistence in Togo Mizrahi's Alexandria Films (1930-1939): A Talk with Deborah A. Starr
      Time - 4:00pm
      Location: 513 Fayerweather

      March 4, 2013

       

      Deborah A. Starr, of Cornell University, will discuss films written, directed and produced by Togo Mizrahi (1901-1986), an Alexandrian Jew with Italian nationality. This presentation focuses on the portrayal of Alexandria as a cosmopolitan space in Mizrahi’s Arabic-language films produced in his studio in Alexandria between 1934 and 1939. All of these films are comedies of mistaken identity, many of which involve gender play, cross-dressing, and same-sex couples sharing a bed. Taking a cue from a scene in al-cIzz Bahdala [Mistreated By Affluence (1937)] in which Chalom and cAbdu, a Jew and a Muslim, are shown waking up together in their shared bed, Starr traces the interplay between the queering of the private space, specifically the bed, and the films' construction of fluid communal, civic identities. In other words, this talk approaches the phrase 'in bed together' as not just a metaphor of coexistence, but as a key to unlocking the films' projection of notions of sameness and difference, self and other, in 1930s Alexandria.

    • The Changing Image of Ben Gurion: A Talk with Professor Anita Shapira
      Time - 7:30pm
      Location: 602 Hamilton

      February 26, 2013

       

      Professor Anita Shapira, one of Israel's most notable scholars and  the author of Israel: A History (winner of the 2013 National Jewish Book Award for History), is a professor emerita at Tel Aviv University.  An internationally acclaimed scholar with a special interest in social and cultural history, Shapira has published pathbreaking studies on the history of Zionsim, Jewish-Arab relations and the state of Israel.

       

       

    • Hannah Arendt and the Struggle for Jewish Rights: A Talk with Natan Sznaider
      Time - 4:00pm till 5:30pm
      Location: 513 Fayerweather

      April 3, 2013

      This presentation tries to come to terms with Jewish politics right after the Holocaust. Usually, the understanding of Jewish politics after World War II is framed around the Jewish state of Israel and its meaning. This presentation will provide another angle, which connects Jewish particular politics with current concerns about cosmopolitan politics like human rights, genocide, and international law. I pay especially attention to Hannah Arendt's practical work for "Jewish Cultural Reconstruction" (JCR). This organization was founded in 1944 in order to re-define legally and morally the concept of Jewish cultural property, and to deal on a practical level with heirless Jewish cultural property stolen by the Nazis and liberated by the Allies. By looking more closely at the goals and struggles of this organization I will be able to evoke the urgency of Jewish politics that started immediately in 1945, and try to explain how the various positions of Jewish intellectuals shaped Jewish and Israeli politics in the years to come. The story being told here is a combination of two languages, political and theological as the story of pre and post-Holocaust Jewry.

      Natan Sznaider is Professor of Sociology at the Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo in Israel. He was born in Germany, educated in Israel and the United States. He has taught at Columbia University in New York, at Munich University in Germany and is part of an international research team investigating cultural memory in Europe, Israel and Latin America.

    • Meet Yael Hedaya, novelist and writer of the hit TV series "BeTipul," the basis for HBO's "In Treatment"
      Time - 7:30pm till 9:30pm
      Location: 413 Kent

      March 28, 2013 in 413 Kent

      An open Q&A with Yael will follow a screening of two episodes of "BeTipul"

    • "The 1710 Amsterdam Edition of the TSENE RENE and the Importance of Paratexts": a talk with Shlomo Berger
      Time - 4:00pm till 5:30pm
      Location: 513 Fayerweather
    • "We Bring Them Israel:" Israel's Policy Towards Israelis Abroad - 'Reaching-Out', Application and Implications"
      - A talk with Galit Schir
      Time - 4:00pm till 5:30pm
      Location: 513 Fayerweather

      Israel was founded and constructed as the home-land of the Jewish People. As immigrating to Israel and negating the diaspora are fundamental values in Zionist ideology, emigration is perceived a betrayal, and emigrants are called 'Yordim' (descenders). Keeping this in mind, it is puzzling to witness nowadays Israel 'reaching out' towards its citizens abroad. What is Israel's attritude towards Israelis abroad and what is the official policy? How did it develop, and how is it applied today?, and what tensions arise for the Israeli official staff in the diaspora while applying this policy? Relying on transnational theories of migration and reserach in home-state-diaspora relations, this study focuses on two Israeli programs operating in North America: the 'Israeli House' of the Israeli Ministry of Migration Absorption (MOIA), and 'Garin Tsabar' of the Israeli scounts in cooperation with the MOIA.

    • NY Premiere! "Dr. Pomerantz" a new Israeli comedy directed/written by and starring Assi Dayan ("In Therapy")
      Time - 7:30pm
      Location: 614 Schermerhorn

      Dr. Pomerantz, a psychologist down on his luck, sees an opportunity when a patient jumps from his balcony: he can make a living by offering his apartment to potentially suicidal tenants. Funny and philosophical, this dark comedy raises the question of why we live or, more accurately, why we don't just give up on living.

      Refreshments will be served. RSVPs to IIJS@Columbia.edu appreciated, but not required.

      Presented by the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies and the 2013 Israel Film Center Festival.

    • IIJS Young Scholars Conference

    • "Riding the 'Neighbor' Metaphor: Jewish Studies as Event" - Adam Zachary Newton (Yeshiva University)
      Time - 5:00pm till 6:30pm
      Location: 513 Fayerweather
    • Egypt and Israel After Morsi: The Anatomy of a Political Crisis with Eric Trager
      Time - 8:00pm
      Location: 501 Schermerhorn
    • The Israeli-Palestinian Quagmire: Is There A Way Out? A Conversation with Peter Beinart & Yehouda Shenhav
      Time - 8:00pm
      Location: 501 Schermerhorn
    • Reconsidering Laura Z. Hobson, the Author of Gentleman's Agreement, a talk with Rachel Gordan
      Time - 12:00pm
      Location: 513 Fayerweather


       

       

      Rachel Gordan’s talk concerns Laura Z. Hobson, a novelist often excluded from the canon of American Jewish writers, in spite of having written the most influential postwar novel about anti-Semitism in America. Serialized in Cosmopolitan Magazine before becoming a best-selling novel and an Academy Award winning film, starring Gregory Peck, Gentleman’s Agreement expressed Hobson’s charge to her fellow citizens: in the wake of World War II, anti-Semitism could no longer be considered merely a Jewish problem. To be an American, Hobson’s story argued, was to be tolerant to Jews – if not to other racial and religious minorities.

       Ironically, it was the work of a secular Jewish writer (Hobson was the daughter of a Jewish Daily Forward editor and a columnist for the Yiddish daily, Der Tog), who helped to shift American ideas about religious minorities, even as her novel remained within the safe boundaries of an America defined as a tri-faith nation. 

    • To Die Next to You: The Dream, the Image and the Word, with Rodger Kamenetz and Michael Hafftka
      Time - 8:00pm
      Location: 501 Schermerhorn
    • IIJS Israeli Film: Six Acts
      IIJS Israeli Film
      Time - 8:00pm till 9:30pm
    • Frontiers in Jewish Studies: The Clever Ox, the Escaping Elephant, & Other Talmudic Animals: A Lecture by Beth Berkowitz
      Time - 6:30pm
      Location: James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall
    • Jewish Studies in Iberia and the Mediterranean
      Time - 4:00pm
    • How (and Why) the Jews Invented Hollywood - The Norman E. Alexander Lecture in Jewish Studies, by Neal Gabler
      Time - 6:00pm till 8:00pm
      Location: Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive
    • IIJS Exclusive New York Film Screening: Cannon Fodder
      Time - 9:00pm till 11:00pm
    • "The Swastika's Darkening Shadow" - a Lecture by Professor Monty Noam Penkower
      Time - 4:00pm till 5:30pm
      Location: 513 Fayerweather
    • The Mark of Fire: 40 Years of Writing About the Yom Kippur War
      Time - 4:30pm till 6:00pm
      Location: 513 Fayerweather
    • "The Phantom Holocaust In Soviet Cinema," by Olga Gershenson
      Time - 7:30pm till 9:00pm
      Location: 602 Hamilton
    • From the Shtetl to the Great White Way
      Time - 6:30pm till 8:00pm
      Location: Columbia Journalism School
    • Peace Parks Along Israeli-Arab Borders: Hopes and Reality
      Time - 12:00pm till 1:30am
      Location: Hillel at Cafe Nana (2nd Floor)
    • The United States, Israel, and Iran, a talk by Michael Doran
      Time - 8:00pm till 9:30pm
      Location: 501 Schermerhorn
    • Forge Your Own Passport: Sephardic Migrant Networks...
      Time - 12:00pm till 1:30pm
      Location: 311 Fayerweather
    • Yiddish Winter Ulpan in the Mountains
    • Charisma Speaking
      Time - 4:00pm
      Location: 513 Fayerweather
    • An evening with Ari Shavit
      Time - 8:00pm till 9:30pm
      Location: 417 International Affairs Bldg., Altschul Auditorium
    • History and Theory: The Case of Psychoanalysis coming to Palestine/Pre-State Israel
      Time - 8:00pm
      Location: New York Academy of Medicine,1216 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029 (212) 822-7200
    • The 1948 Israel-Arab War: A New Perspective
      Time - 12:00pm
      Location: 513 Fayerweather
    • Transcending the Rationale of the Commandments
      Time - 4:00pm
      Location: 513 Fayerweather
    • Scarlet Shreds: Uri Zvi Greenberg and the Literary Response to World War I
      Time - 12:00pm till 1:30pm
    • Forge Your Own Passport
      Time - 12:00pm till 1:30am
      Location: 513 Fayerweather
    • All the Trees of the Forest
      Time - 8:10pm till 9:30pm
      Location: 209 Havemeyer
    • The Uneasy Marriage of Heaven and Earth
      Time - 8:00pm till 9:30pm
      Location: 702 Hamilton
    • Shabos Nakhamu in Petrograd
      Time - 12:00pm till 1:30pm
      Location: 513 Fayerweather
    • Before the Revolution
      Time - 8:00pm
      Location: 501 Schermerhorn
    • Shabbos for Socialists
      Time - 4:00pm
      Location: 513 Fayerweather
    • The Ambiguity of Virtue
      Time - 12:00pm till 1:00pm
      Location: 513 Fayerweather
    • Kidon
      Film Screening
      Time - 8:00pm till 10:00pm
      Location: 501 Schermerhorn

       As part of our Israel Film Series, we will have an exclusive screening of "Kidon," an "Ocean's 11"-style spy caper. For map, please click here. RSVPs welcome; reply to this message or visit our Facebook page for this event! For the trailer to the movie, click here

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