Book Talk: Pious Irreverence: Confronting God in Rabbinic Judaism with Dov Weiss
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Book Talk: Pious Irreverence: Confronting God in Rabbinic Judaism with Dov Weiss

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Judaism is often described as a religion that tolerates, even celebrates arguments with God. Unlike Christianity and Islam, it is said, Judaism endorses a tradition of protest as first expressed in the biblical stories of Abraham, Job, and Jeremiah. In Pious Irreverence, Dov Weiss has written the first scholarly study of the premodern roots of this distinctively Jewish theology of protest, examining its origins and development in the rabbinic age. Join IIJS for a lively conversation with Dr. Weiss as we discuss his latest book, the winner of the 2017 National Jewish Book Award for scholarship that has been called “not only a scholarly but also a theological gift" by Reviews in Religion & Theology.

Dov Weiss is an Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religion at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed his PhD at the University of Chicago Divinity School as a Martin Meyer Fellow in 2011 and was the Alan M. Stock Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Jewish Studies in 2012. Specializing in the history of Jewish biblical interpretation and rabbinic theology, Dov’s first book, Pious Irreverence: Confronting God in Rabbinic Judaism (University of Pennsylvania Press),won the 2017 National Jewish Book Award in the category of Scholarship. His recent articles include "Sins of the Parents in Rabbinic and Early Christian Literature" [Journal of Religion 97:1], “Divine Concessions in the Tanhuma Midrashim” [Harvard Theological Review (108:1)] and “The Sin of Protesting God in Rabbinic and Patristic Literature” [AJS Review 39:2].

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The Land as Woman: The Afterlife of a Poetic Metaphor in Women’s Modern Hebrew Poetry
Oct
8
6:00 PM18:00

The Land as Woman: The Afterlife of a Poetic Metaphor in Women’s Modern Hebrew Poetry

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Join IIJS for the inaugural Prof. Dan Miron Lecture in Hebrew Literature with Prof. Chana Kronfeld.

The Land-as-Woman is one of the most deeply rooted metaphorical systems in Jewish as well as Western and Middle-Eastern cultures, used to support the discourses of colonialism and nationalism throughout history. It has its origins in the Hebrew Bible, where the male prophet, ventriloquizing a male God, addresses Zion as his beloved – but more often as his unfaithful - wife, thus linking idolatry with adultery and whoredom (zenut). In modern Hebrew poetry, the male poet lays claim to this biblical trope, but now within a secular, nationalist “conquest” of the Land-as-Woman. Prof. Kronfeld explores what happens when modernist women poets critique a tradition that views women always as metaphors, never as literal subjects. Kronfeld describes the revolutionary work of modern Hebrew womenpoets who develop a new erotics of address to the land that calls into question patriarchal models of conquest and subjugation.

Supported by the generosity of the Knapp Family Foundation.

Chana Kronfeld is a professor of Hebrew and comparative literature at the University of California Berkeley. Professor Kronfeld is the author of On the Margins of Modernism: Decentering Literary Dynamics which won the MLA Scaglione Prize in 1996 for Best Book in Comparative Literary Studies. Her co-translation (with Chana Bloch) of Yehuda Amichai’s Open Closed Open won the PEN Translation Prize. She is the recipient (with Chana Bloch) of the top 2005-6 National Endowment for the Arts award for the translation and annotated edition of Hovering at a Low Altitude: The Collected Poetry of Dahlia Ravikovitch (N.Y. W.W. Norton, 2009). She’s the author, most recently, of The Full Severity of Compassion: The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai (Stanford, 2016). Her contributions (with Chana Bloch) to Robert Alter’s The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015) include an expanded edition of Open Closed Open. Benjamin Harshav’s Hebrew-Yiddish volume, Kol Ha-Shirim, is her most recent collaborative project (with Udi Hrushovski; Carmel, 2017).

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Films@IIJS: The Testament
Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

Films@IIJS: The Testament

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Join IIJS for a screening of The Testament. Yoel, an Orthodox expert in Holocaust research, has been tasked with verifying the existence of a mass grave in Austria. In the course of his meticulous research, he discovers classified documents that cause him to question his mother's survival narrative and his own identity. The Testament is a tense detective story, full of twists and turns, building to a profound resolution.

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Book Talk: Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History by Steven J. Zipperstein
Oct
17
12:00 PM12:00

Book Talk: Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History by Steven J. Zipperstein

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So shattering were the aftereffects of Kishinev, the rampage that broke out in late-Tsarist Russia in April 1903, that one historian remarked that it was “nothing less than a prototype for the Holocaust itself.” In three days of violence, 49 Jews were killed and 600 raped or wounded, while more than 1,000 Jewish-owned houses and stores were ransacked and destroyed. Recounted in lurid detail by newspapers throughout the Western world, and covered sensationally by America’s Hearst press, the pre-Easter attacks seized the imagination of an international public, quickly becoming the prototype for what would become known as a “pogrom,” and providing the impetus for efforts as varied as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the NAACP. Using new evidence culled from Russia, Israel, and Europe, distinguished historian Steven J. Zipperstein’s wide-ranging book brings historical insight and clarity to a much-misunderstood event that would do so much to transform twentieth-century Jewish life and beyond.

Join IIJS for a lively conversation between Prof. Zipperstein and Prof. Jeremy Dauber as they discuss a book described by Phillip Roth as "a splendid book that pinpoints the moment at the start of the twentieth century when exile in Europe turned deadly in a way that foretold the end of everything. It tells us the horror that occurred street by street, butchery by butchery―with gripping clarity and an admirable brevity.”

Supported by the generosity of the Kaye Family.

Steven J. Zipperstein is the Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History at Stanford University. He has also taught at universities in Russia, Poland, France, and Israel; for six years, he taught at Oxford University. For sixteen years he was Director of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford. He is the author and editor of eight books including The Jews of Odessa: A Cultural History (1986, winner of the Smilen Prize for the Outstanding book in Jewish history); Elusive Prophet: Ahad Ha’am and the Origins of Zionism (1993, winner of the National Jewish Book Award); Imagining Russian Jewry (1999); and Rosenfeld’s Lives: Fame, Oblivion, and the Furies of Writing(2008, shortlisted for the National Jewish Book Award in Biography, Autobiography and Memoir). His work has been translated into Russian, Hebrew, and French. Zipperstein latest book, Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History,will be published by Liveright/WW Norton in late March 2018.

He has been awarded the Leviant Prize of the Modern Language Association, the Judah Magnes Gold Medal of the American Friends of the Hebrew University, and the Koret Prize for Outstanding Contributions to the American Jewish community. He has held fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Yitzhak Rabin Institute in Tel Aviv, and has twice been a Visiting Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Sciences Sociales. In spring 2014, he was the first Jacob Kronhill Scholar at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, in New York.

Zipperstein’s articles have appeared in The New York Times Sunday Book Review, the Washington Post, The New Republic, the Jewish Review of BooksChronicle of Higher Educationand elsewhere. He was editor of the journal Jewish Social Studies for twenty years, and the book series Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture for a quarter of a century. Together with Anita Shapira, he is series editor of the Yale University Press/Leon Black Foundation Jewish Lives series. Zipperstein is the immediate past Chair of the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History, in New York and is currently Chair of the Stanford History Department's Graduate Studies Committee.

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Book Talk: Mandatory Separation: Religion, Education, and Mass Politics in Palestine by Suzanne Schneider
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Book Talk: Mandatory Separation: Religion, Education, and Mass Politics in Palestine by Suzanne Schneider

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Is religion a source of political stability and social continuity, or an agent of radical change? This question, so central to contemporary conversations about religion and extremism, has generated varied responses over the last century. Taking Jewish and Islamic education as its objects of inquiry, Mandatory Separation sheds light on the contours of this debate in Palestine during the formative period of British rule, detailing how colonial, Zionist, and Palestinian-Muslim leaders developed competing views of the form and function of religious education in an age of mass politics. Drawing from archival records, school syllabi, textbooks, newspapers, and personal narratives, Suzanne Schneider argues that the British Mandatory government supported religious education as a supposed antidote to nationalist passions at the precise moment when the administrative, pedagogic, and curricular transformation of religious schooling rendered it a vital tool for Zionist and Palestinian leaders. This study of their policies and practices illuminates the tensions, similarities, and differences among these diverse educational and political philosophies, revealing the lasting significance of these debates for thinking about religion and political identity in the modern Middle East. Join IIJS for an insightful conversation with Suzanne Schneider.

Supported by the generosity of the Kaye Family.

Suzanne Schneider received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the Department of Middle East, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University. An interdisciplinary scholar working in the fields of history, religious studies, and political theory, Suzanne’s research interests relate to Jewish and Islamic modernism, religious movements in the modern Middle East, the history of modern Palestine/Israel, secularism, and political identity. She is the author of Mandatory Separation: Religion, Education, and Mass Politics in Palestine (Stanford University Press) and a regular contributor to The Revealer: A Review of Religion and Media. She is currently working on a book about religious violence in the modern age. In her capacity as BISR’s Deputy Director, Suzanne oversees program execution, development initiatives, and institutional partnerships.

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Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth Century America with Shari Rabin
Oct
29
12:00 PM12:00

Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth Century America with Shari Rabin

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Jews on the Frontier offers a religious history that begins in an unexpected place: on the road. Shari Rabin recounts the journey of Jewish people as they left Eastern cities and ventured into the American West and South during the nineteenth century. It brings to life the successes and obstacles of these travels, from the unprecedented economic opportunities to the anonymity and loneliness that complicated the many legal obligations of traditional Jewish life. Without government-supported communities or reliable authorities, where could one procure kosher meat? Alone in the American wilderness, how could one find nine co-religionists for a minyan (prayer quorum)? Without identity documents, how could one really know that someone was Jewish?

Rabin argues that Jewish mobility during this time was pivotal to the development of American Judaism. In the absence of key institutions like synagogues or charitable organizations which had played such a pivotal role in assimilating East Coast immigrants, ordinary Jews on the frontier created religious life from scratch, expanding and transforming Jewish thought and practice.

Jews on the Frontier vividly recounts the story of a neglected era in American Jewish history, offering a new interpretation of American religions, rooted not in congregations or denominations, but in the politics and experiences of being on the move. This book shows that by focusing on everyday people, we gain a more complete view of how American religion has taken shape. This book follows a group of dynamic and diverse individuals as they searched for resources for stability, certainty, and identity in a nation where there was little to be found

Join us for a lunchtime lecture to discuss a book that Jonathan D. Sarna termed "one of the most significant contributions in years to the study of nineteenth-century American Judaism."

Supported by the generosity of the Kaye Family.

Shari Rabin is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Associate Director of the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture at the College of Charleston. She is a historian of American religions and modern Judaism, specializing in the nineteenth century.

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Reembracing the Lachrymose Theory of Jewish History
Oct
30
6:00 PM18:00

Reembracing the Lachrymose Theory of Jewish History

In his multi-volume social and religious history of the Jews, Salo Baron, one of the most influential Jewish historians of the 20th century, decried how Jewish history had been told and retold as an endless tale of woe. Instead, Baron stressed that, in the diaspora, Jews did not necessarily suffer more than other members of the societies in which they resided, and often lived creatively within Christian and Islamic lands. At the Annual Norman E. Alexander Lecture in Jewish Studies, Benjamin Gampel will explain how Baron’s claims about the Jews grew out of the social and religious landscape of the early twentieth century Europe. Gampel will argue, based on his understanding of medieval Jewish history, that a newer understanding of the lachrymose history of the Jews could well be seen as an appropriate way to appreciate the saga of this minority people and be of importance, as well, to the social and religious challenges facing contemporary Jewry.

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German Reparations and the Reconstruction of the Jewish World
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

German Reparations and the Reconstruction of the Jewish World

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German Reparations and the Jewish World has become a standard reference work since it was first published in 1987. Based extensively on archival sources, the author examines the difficult debate within the Jewish world whether it was possible to reach a material settlement with Germany so soon after Auschwitz. Concentrating on how the money was spent in rebuilding Jewish life, Prof. Zweig also analyzes how the reparations payments transformed the relations bteween Israel and the diaspora, and between different Jewish political and ideological groups. Prof. Zweig will share his latest research on the reparations, restitution and indemnification processes from the perspective of 70 years later.

Supported by the generosity of the Kaye Family.

Ronald W. Zweig is the Taub Chair of Israel Studies at New York University and Director of the Taub Center for Israel Studies. He is also the director of the Meyers Paths to Peace program at N.Y.U. Previously Professor Zweig was the director of the Institute for Research in the History of Zionism at Tel Aviv University. He has also been a Visiting Professor at several universities, as well as a Visiting Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge; Yad Vashem, Jerusalem and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Zweig has published three books and many scholarly articles, and edited three collections of essays. From 1983-2000, he edited the Journal of Israeli History, and was also the editor of the online edition of the Palestine Post (1932-1950), a retrospective newspaper digitization project. He earned a Ph.D. in Modern History from the University of Cambridge, England.

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Films@IIJS: Azimuth
Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

Films@IIJS: Azimuth

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Join IIJS for a screening of Azimuth followed by a Q & A with with first-time director Mike Burstyn, famed stage and screen actor.

The Six Day War, June 11th, 1967: an Israeli soldier and an Egyptian soldier encounter each other in an abandoned UNEF post in the Sinai desert on the day after the Israeli/Egyptian cease fire. During their ensuing firefight both men are trapped in the abandoned post, struggling to survive each other and the desert surrounding them.

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Open Your Hand: Teaching as a Jew, Teaching as an American
Nov
19
12:00 PM12:00

Open Your Hand: Teaching as a Jew, Teaching as an American

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Fifteen years into a successful career as a college professor, Ilana Blumberg encounters a crisis in the classroom that sends her back to the most basic questions about education and prompts a life-changing journey that ultimately takes her from East Lansing to Tel Aviv. As she explores how civic and religious commitments shape the culture of her humanities classrooms, Blumberg argues that there is no education without ethics. When we know what sort of society we seek to build, our teaching practices follow.

 

In vivid classroom scenes from kindergarten through middle school to the university level, Blumberg conveys the drama of intellectual discovery as she offers novice and experienced teachers a pedagogy of writing, speaking, reading, and thinking that she links clearly to the moral and personal development of her students.

Writing as an observant Jew and as an American, Blumberg does not shy away from the difficult challenge of balancing identities in the twenty-first century: how to remain true to a community of origin while being a national and global citizen. As she negotiates questions of faith and citizenship in the wide range of classrooms she traverses, Blumberg reminds us that teaching - and learning - are nothing short of a moral art, and that the future of our society depends on it.

Join us for a lively lunchtime conversation with Prof. Ilana Blumbergand Prof. Rebecca Kobrin.

Supported by the generosity of the Kaye Family.

ILANA M. BLUMBERG is a senior lecturer in English literature and director of the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv, Israel. She is the author of Victorian Sacrifice: Ethics and Economics in Mid-Century Novels and the Sami Rohr Choice Award-winning memoir Houses of Study: a Jewish Woman among Books.

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A Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Family: Challenging Stereotypes
Nov
29
6:00 PM18:00

A Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Family: Challenging Stereotypes

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Join IIJS for the Salo Baron New Voices Lecture with Dr. Liat Maggid-Alon.

Since the 1960's, the history of the family has become an important branch of social history. In Middle Eastern studies, however, its' impact is still quite limited. Modernization theories often present the family as a social institution in decline. In the context of Middle Eastern societies, the family is also described as a "traditional" player, halting "progress" and restricting liberal processes. This lecture will call this perspective into question.

In this discussion, information gleaned from life stories of former members of the Jewish community in Egypt during the first half of the 20th century will be explored. In addition, we'll compare this new knowledge with documents from a partial archive of the Jewish Sephardi community and Grand Rabbinate of Cairo, which has not been systematically researched or analyzed until now.

Supported by the generosity of the Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundation.

Dr. Liat Maggid-Alon is a Post-doctoral Associate, Department of History, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She received her PhD entitled Family and Gender: The Jewish Bourgeoisie of Egypt during the First Half of the 20th Century - from the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Be'er Sheva. She is the recipient of the Council for Higher Education of Israel prestigious doctoral scholarship, her Masters' thesis and Doctoral dissertation won additional awards - among which are the Chaim Herzog Center for Middle East Studies and Diplomacy Award and The Joseph and Racheline Barda Chair for the Study and Research of Jewish Heritage in Egypt award. Her first paper, titled "Modernity, Socio-Cultural Practises and Oral Testimonials: The Jewish Bourgeoisie of Egypt" had won the The Jama'a Bilingual Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of the Middle East's Annual Papers Competition for Young Scholars Award (to be published in the May 2019 issue), and her Master's thesis will be published as a book [in Hebrew] in 2019. She is also the proud recipient of the Baron New Voices in Jewish Studies Award. Her post-doctoral research is a comparative one, that focuses on Family, Gender and Modernity in additional Middle Eastern Jewish Communities mostly those of the Shaam and Iraq.  

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Films@IIJS: Audience Choice
Dec
24
7:00 PM19:00

Films@IIJS: Audience Choice

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We want to hear from you!

For the final film of Fall 2018, please vote for what you'd like to see.

Option 1. Kishon.

During 50 years of writing Ephraim Kishon sold millions of books and won two Golden Globes, yet he could never write his own biography. At the age of 70 he invited journalist Yaron London to assist him. "KISHON" uses animation to 'bring back to life' Kishon's persona and reenact the rare dialog.

Option 2. Outdoors.

Gili and Yaara decide to leave the city and have a fresh start, building a house in the countryside of the Galilee. But while their dream house is being built, the foundations of their relationship slowly collapse.

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Voting will end Monday, October 8, 2018.

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Populism, Racism, and Antisemitism in the Americas
May
29
7:00 PM19:00

Populism, Racism, and Antisemitism in the Americas

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The Latin American Jewish Studies Association annual conference, co-hosted by The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies and The Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, presents Populism, Racism, and Antisemitism in the Americas, a keynote lecture by Federico Finchelstein, Professor of History at The New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College and moderated by Katherine Ewing, Professor of Religion and Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life at Columbia University. 

Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Lerner Hall, Room 555, 2920 Broadway, Columbia University

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Race is defined both as a subjective and objective construct. In Latin America, the Jewish experience of race and racial classification bears the marker of a number of social forces. How Jews experience race and the ramifications associated with racial groupings diverge from the portrayal of Jews across national cultures.

The gap between reality and its representations has always drawn the attention of scholars—from literature and art, to anthropology, sociology, and political history. At various moments, a wide range of sociopolitical forces have sought to widen this gap, calling into question the very possibility of representation (as aesthetic and/or political), while at other moments the very same forces attempted to make this gap invisible, obviating the representational aspect latent in any mode of expression. Our own present moment has reinvigorated the debate about representation, and drawn our attention to the overlapping realms of aesthetic representation and sociopolitical representation.

This year’s regional conference explores the relationship between, on the one hand, how Jews and Judaism are imagined and portrayed in literature, the arts, cinema and popular media and, on the other hand, the complex reality of Jewish socioeconomic, political and cultural life in Latin America. It is in the critical space between representation and reality, or images and realities, that the scholar can better elucidate both aspects of this dynamic.

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Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor
Apr
30
7:30 PM19:30

Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor

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Join the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies for a book talk on Letter to My Palestinian Neighbor featuring author Yossi Klein Halevi in conversation with Daniel Bonner, Foreign Policy Fellow, The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies. 

Date: Monday, April 30, 2018

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: 617 Kent Hall, Columbia University

RSVPs to iijs@columbia.edu by Sunday, April 29. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Between Scholarship and Politics: Modern Jewish Studies and the Forgotten Abraham S. Yahuda (1877-1951)
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Between Scholarship and Politics: Modern Jewish Studies and the Forgotten Abraham S. Yahuda (1877-1951)

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Join Columbia University's Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies and Fordham University's Jewish Studies Program for a lecture in the Emerging Voices in Jewish Studies Series, Between Scholarship and Politics: Modern Jewish Studies and the Forgotten Abraham S. Yahuda (1877-1951) with Allyson Gonzalez, Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University, and Emerging Voices in Jewish Studies Award-Winner. 

In the midst of WWI, the Orientalist Abraham S. Yahuda (1877-1951) served as the first chair of Rabbinic Language and Literature at the University of Madrid, Spain’s flagship university. Born in Jerusalem to Baghdadi and German parents, and of distant Sephardi heritage, Yahuda held a chair in Jewish studies more than a decade before both Harry Wolfson (1925) and Salo W. Baron (1930). This talk asks how an important figure like Yahuda has been forgotten, and examines his participation in the complex political and academic worlds that surrounded him.

Date: Thursday, April 26

Time: 7:00pm

Location: 617 Kent Hall, Columbia University

RSVPs to iijs@columbia.edu are required by Monday, April 23.  Seating is on a first come, first served basis. 

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I Was Only Kidding!: Jews, Cartoons, and Free Speech
Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

I Was Only Kidding!: Jews, Cartoons, and Free Speech

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Join the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies for I Was Only Kidding: Jews, Cartoons, and Free Speech with Liana Finck, Cartoonist, A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York; Ben Katchor, Cartoonist, Julius Knipl, Real Estate PhotographerMiriam Libicki, Graphic novelist, jobnik! Series; Eli Valley, Author, Diaspora Boy: Comics on Crisis in America and Israel, and moderated by Victor Navasky, Author, The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power.

Date: Monday, April 23

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Columbia Journalism School, Pulitzer Hall, World Room

RSVPs to iijs@columbia.edu are required, as there is limited space in the venue.  

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Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Public Lecture at The Ingeborg, Tamara, and Yonina Rennert Women in Judaism Forum

The Ingeborg, Tamara, and Yonina Rennert Women in Judaism Forum

Professor Elisheva Baumgarten will be giving a public lecture, Towards a Social History of Medieval Jewish Marriage: Finding Individuals within Communities.

Date: Thursday, April 19

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Lecture followed by reception on Barnard campus (exact room TBD). More details to come.

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German-Jewish Thought and Its Afterlife: A Tenuous Legacy
Apr
18
12:00 PM12:00

German-Jewish Thought and Its Afterlife: A Tenuous Legacy

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Join the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies for German-Jewish Thought and Its Afterlife: A Tenuous Legacy with Vivian Liska, Professor of German Literature, and Director of the Institute of Jewish Studies, University of Antwerp. 

Date: Wednesday, April 18

Time: 12:00pm

Location: 617 Kent Hall, Columbia University

Please RSVP no later than Mon, Apr 16 to iijs@columbia.edu, as a light kosher lunch will be served. 

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Christian Economics and the Jews: Medieval anti-Jewish metaphors and modern economic rationality
Apr
10
12:00 PM12:00

Christian Economics and the Jews: Medieval anti-Jewish metaphors and modern economic rationality

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Join the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies for Christian Economics and the Jews: Medieval anti-Jewish metaphors and modern economic rationality with Giacomo Todeschini, Professor Emeritus of Medieval History, University of Trieste. 

Date: Tuesday, April 10

Time: 12:00pm

Location: 617 Kent Hall, Columbia University

Please RSVP no later than Sunday, April 8 to iijs@columbia.edu, as a light kosher lunch will be served. 

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Film Screening of 1945
Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

Film Screening of 1945

Columbia's Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies presents a screening of 1945, with an introduction by Annette Insdorf, Professor, Graduate Film Program, Director of Undergraduate Film Studies at Columbia University.

Date: Monday, April 9

Time: 7:00pm

Location: 617 Kent Hall

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCg3jVRX85A&feature=youtu.be

Please send RSVPs to iijs@columbia.edu by April 5. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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Screening of The Ballad of the Weeping Spring
Mar
26
7:00 PM19:00

Screening of The Ballad of the Weeping Spring

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The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies presents a screening of The Ballad of the Weeping Spring, a Western-inspired musical drama with an award-winning Mizrahi soundtrack. Comments and Q&A after the film with Gershom Gorenberg, Knapp Adjunct Senior Research Scholar and Adjunct Professor of Journalism. 

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOSSUYs41xc

Synopsis: Yosef Tawila, the legendary tar (lute) player, is running a bar in northern Israel when the son of Avram, his bandmate and best friend, arrives with the news that his father is dying. He brings sheet music for “The Weeping Springtime Symphony,” a piece Yosef and Avram worked on together but never played. Yosef decides to reunite the remaining members of the band to grant his dying friend’s final wish and, perhaps, to heal his own tortured soul. (106 minutes)

Date: Monday, March 26

Time: 7:00pm

Location: 617 Kent Hall

Please send RSVPs to iijs@columbia.edu by March 22. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama

Join the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies for an evening lecture nad book talk on BelongingThe Story of the Jews with Simon Schama, University Professor of Art History and History, Columbia University. 

Date: Thursday, March 22

Time: 7:00PM

Location: 617 Kent Hall

Please RSVP to iijs@columbia.edu by Monday, March 19. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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The Naomi Prawer Kadar Annual Memorial Lecture with Eddy Portnoy
Mar
20
6:30 PM18:30

The Naomi Prawer Kadar Annual Memorial Lecture with Eddy Portnoy

Join The Naomi Foundation and the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies for the Naomi Prawer Kadar Annual Memorial Lecture on Bad Rabbis, Brawlers, Psychics, and Thieves: Sensationalism in the Yiddish Press with Eddy Portnoy

Date: Tuesday, March 20

Time: light reception at 6:30pm; lecture at 7:30pm

Location: Columbia University Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive. 

RSVPs to iijs@columbia.edu required. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

About Eddy Portnoy

Eddy Portnoy received his Ph.D. from the Jewish Theological Seminary. A specialist in Jewish popular culture, he has published in numerous academic journals and also in The Forward and in Tablet Magazine. He currently serves as Academic Advisor for the Max Weinreich Center and Exhibition Curator at the YIVO. He is the author of Bad Rabbi and Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press (Stanford University Press, 2017).

About the Annual Naomi Prawer Kadar Memorial Lecture

The Annual Naomi Prawer Kadar Memorial Lecture provides an opportunity for the public to explore topics of Yiddish language and linguistics, the history of Yiddish, Yiddish children’s literature and education. The lecture is supported by the Naomi Prawer Kadar Foundation, Inc., which is dedicated to reimagining education. As an extension of Naomi Prawer Kadar's life’s work, the foundation's goal is to empower educators and promote leadership in education in order to inspire and nurture the next generation. Through entrepreneurial and established channels and together with their partners and grantees, the Naomi Foundation drives innovation to create meaningful and lasting impact. The Naomi Foundation champions Yiddish, Naomi’s lifelong passion, as a vibrant, rich, and contemporary language. The Naomi Foundation advances the teaching and learning of Yiddish, particularly in academic and scholarly settings.

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The Israel Supreme Court at a Moment of Transition
Mar
7
to Mar 8

The Israel Supreme Court at a Moment of Transition

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* * Wednesday evening only - CANCELLED due to weather * *

 

The Israel Supreme Court at a Moment of Transition: Looking Back, and Looking Forward, with Justices Naor, Rubenstein, and Joubran

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2018 - 8:00PM - CANCELLED due to weather

THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018 - 9:00AM-3:15PM

SPONSORED BY THE INSTITUTE FOR ISRAEL & JEWISH STUDIES AND THE ISRAEL SUPREME COURT PROJECT

HELD AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY (3/7) AND THE CARDOZO SCHOOL OF LAW (3/8)

Last year saw the near simultaneous retirement of the three most senior members of the Israeli Supreme Court.  President Miriam Naor, Deputy President Elyakim Rubenstein, and Justice Salim Joubran all reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.  The departure of these three important justices provides an appropriate moment both to acknowledge and evaluate the jurisprudential contributions of these three Justices and to focus scholarly attention on the Court as a whole.  Marking this unusual juncture in the Court’s evolution, Cardozo’s Israel Supreme Court Project and Columbia’s Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies are joining forces for a two-part conference. 

First, on the evening of March 7, at 8:00 p.m., we will host a panel featuring all three justices in conversation with Michael Stanislawski and Suzanne Stone.  The panel will take place at Columbia University.

The next day, March 8, will feature a day-long academic program at Cardozo, with a series of panels each devoted to a specific opinion (translated into English) by one of the three retiring justices. The Rubenstein panel will focus on his opinion in Ragen v. Ministry of Transport, HCJ 746/07 (January 5, 2011), concerning steps to eliminate gender segregation on public buses.  President Naor wrote the lead opinion for a nine-Justice panel in the well-known case of Desete v. Minister of Interior, HCJ 8665/14 (Aug. 11, 2015), which dealt with the detention and deportation of illegal entrants (or “infiltrators,” as the relevant Hebrew term is usually translated).  The Joubran panel will focus on his dissenting opinion in Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel v. Minister of Interior, HCJ 7052/03 (May 14, 2006), which upheld a statute that severely limited entrance of Palestinians into Israel even for purposes of family unification.

To register, please click HERE.

CLE credits will be awarded for the March 8 panels.

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Trouble in Turtle Bay: Israel, the United Nations, and International Law
Feb
26
7:00 PM19:00

Trouble in Turtle Bay: Israel, the United Nations, and International Law

Join the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies for a Foreign Policy conversation on Trouble in Turtle Bay: Israel, the United Nations, and International Law featuring Daniel Reisner, former head of the Israel Defense Forces' International Law Division; Israeli peace negotiator; and partner at Herzog Fox Neeman, and Matthew Waxman, Liviu Librescu Professor of Law and Faculty Chair of the National Security Law Program at Columbia Law School in conversation with Daniel Bonner, Foreign Policy Fellow, The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies. 

Date: Monday, February 26, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: 617 Kent Hall, Columbia University

RSVPs to iijs@columbia.edu by Thursday, Feb 22. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Maimonides' Manuscripts as a Window into his Thought Process with Marc Herman
Feb
21
12:00 PM12:00

Maimonides' Manuscripts as a Window into his Thought Process with Marc Herman

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Join the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies for Maimonides' Manuscripts as a Window into his Thought Process with Marc Herman, the Rabin-Shvidler Joint Post-Doctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies, Columbia University and Fordham University.  

Date: Wednesday, February 21

Time: 12:00pm

Location: 617 Kent Hall, Columbia University

Please RSVP no later than Sun, Feb 18 to iijs@columbia.edu, as a light kosher lunch will be served.

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Yiddish Translation Matters with Anita Norich
Feb
14
12:00 PM12:00

Yiddish Translation Matters with Anita Norich

Join the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies for Yiddish Translation Matters with Anita Norich, Tikva Frymer-Kensky Collegiate Professor and Adjunct Professor, Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University. 

Date: Wednesday, February 14

Time: 12:00pm

Location: 617 Kent Hall, Columbia University

Please RSVP no later than Sun, Feb 11 to iijs@columbia.edu, as a light kosher lunch will be served. 

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Film Screening of The Promised Band
Feb
12
7:00 PM19:00

Film Screening of The Promised Band

The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies presents a screening of the documentary The Promised Band, followed by Q&A with director & Columbia alumna Jen Heck and band member Viki Auslender. 

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/231490577

Synopsis: The Promised Band is the story of a fake rock band comprised of Israeli and Palestinian women who have decided that, despite their dubious musical talent, a music group is the best cover story to meet and interact with each other. Aided by a naive but well-meaning American TV producer, our unlikely musicians have to cross borders, secure permits to travel, and find safe spaces to practice and perform. Although their societies are kept apart, the women connect on their sameness, and their lives become entangled in ways they couldn't expect. (89 mins)

Date: Monday, February 12, 2018

Time: 7:00pm

Location: 617 Kent Hall

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An evening with Sayed Kashua (including a screening of The Writer)
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

An evening with Sayed Kashua (including a screening of The Writer)

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Join the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies for an evening with novelist and screenwriter Sayed Kashua, including a screening of The Writer.  

Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Time: 7:00pm

Location: 617 Kent Hall, Columbia University

Please RSVP no later than Monday, Feb 5 to iijs@columbia.edu. Seating available on a first come, first served basis. 

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Canon and Commentary: Rashi's Resisting Readers
Feb
5
12:00 PM12:00

Canon and Commentary: Rashi's Resisting Readers

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Join the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies for Canon and Commentary: Rashi's Resisting Readers with Eric Lawee, Shoshana Shier Distinguished Visiting Professor, Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto; and Associate Professor, Department of Bible, Bar Ilan University. 

Date: Monday, February 5, 2018

Time: 12:00pm

Location: 617 Kent Hall, Columbia University

Please RSVP no later than Thurs, Feb 1 to iijs@columbia.edu, as a light kosher lunch will be served. 

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Jack Lew on Smart Power: Reflections on America in an Unstable World
Dec
11
7:30 PM19:30

Jack Lew on Smart Power: Reflections on America in an Unstable World

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Join the IIJS for a Foreign Policy Series conversation on Smart Power: Reflections on America in an Unstable World with Jacob J. Lew, Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs, SIPA; Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury; and Former White House Chief of Staff in conversation with Daniel Bonner, IIJS Foreign Policy Fellow.

Date: Monday, December 11th, 2017

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: 501 Schermerhorn, Columbia University

RSVPs to iijs@columbia.edu by Friday, December 8. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The Ruined House with Ruby Namdar
Dec
6
8:00 PM20:00

The Ruined House with Ruby Namdar

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Join the IIJS for an evening book talk on The Ruined House with author and Israel's Sapir Prize winner Ruby Namdar in conversation with Clemence Boulouque, Carl and Bernice Witten Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies

Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Time: 8:00pm

Location: 617 Kent Hall

RSVPs to iijs@columbia.edu. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Books will be available for sale after the lecture.

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The Origin of the Jews: From Genesis to Genetics
Dec
4
12:00 PM12:00

The Origin of the Jews: From Genesis to Genetics

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Join the IIJS for a lunchtime lecture on The Origin of the Jews: From Genesis to Genetics with Steven Weitzman, Abraham M. Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literatures and Ella Darivoff Director of the Katz Center of Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Date: Monday, December 4th, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm

Location617 Kent Hall, Columbia University

RSVPs to iijs@columbia.edu byThursday, Nov 30 as a light, kosher lunch will be served.

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The Graduate: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (Part 2)
Nov
30
7:00 PM19:00

The Graduate: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (Part 2)

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Columbia's Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies presents with the Support of the Film Division of Columbia's School of the Arts a celebration of the 50th anniversary of

The Graduate

Join a Special Panel Discussion

Thursday, November 30

7-8:30pm

Pulitzer Lecture Hall - 3rd floor of Journalism School

featuring:

Maura Spiegel, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Mark Harris, Author, Pictures at a Revolution and Five Came Back

Shari Springer Berman, Writer and Director, American Splendor and Girl Most Likely

*Please RSVP separately for each event*. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVPs to iijs@columbia.edu are required for admission.

Synopsis: One of the most beloved American films of all time, The Graduate earned Mike Nichols a Best Director Oscar, brought the music of Simon & Garfunkel to a wider audience, and introduced the world to a young actor named Dustin Hoffman. Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) has just finished college and is already lost in a sea of confusion and barely contained angst when he becomes sexually involved with his parents’ friend, the indomitable Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), before turning his attention to her college-age daughter (Katharine Ross). Visually imaginative and impeccably acted, with a clever, endlessly quotable script by Buck Henry (based on the novel by Charles Webb), The Graduate has the kind of cultural impact that comes along only once in a generation. (RT: 106 min)

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The Graduate - A 50th Anniversary Celebration (Part 1)
Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

The Graduate - A 50th Anniversary Celebration (Part 1)

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Columbia's Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies presents with the Support of the Film Division of Columbia's School of the Arts a celebration of the 50th anniversary of

The Graduate

See the restored film in 4K HD projection

Wednesday, November 29

7pm

511 Dodge Hall

Comments & discussion to follow the screening

*Please RSVP separately for each event* Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVPs to iijs@columbia.edu are required for admission.

Synopsis: One of the most beloved American films of all time, The Graduate earned Mike Nichols a Best Director Oscar, brought the music of Simon & Garfunkel to a wider audience, and introduced the world to a young actor named Dustin Hoffman. Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) has just finished college and is already lost in a sea of confusion and barely contained angst when he becomes sexually involved with his parents’ friend, the indomitable Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), before turning his attention to her college-age daughter (Katharine Ross). Visually imaginative and impeccably acted, with a clever, endlessly quotable script by Buck Henry (based on the novel by Charles Webb), The Graduate has the kind of cultural impact that comes along only once in a generation. (RT: 106 min)

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Meet a Yiddish Celebrity: Irena Klepfisz
Nov
28
8:00 PM20:00

Meet a Yiddish Celebrity: Irena Klepfisz

Meet a Yiddish Celebrity: An Evening with Award-Winning Poet and Activist Irena Klepfisz.

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

8:00 pm, Deutsches Haus at Columbia University

420 W. 116th St. (between Amsterdam Ave. and Morningside Dr.)

Dr. Irena Klepfisz is a Yiddish poet, writer, activist, academic, translator and the recipient of the 2016 Adrienne Cooper Dreaming in Yiddish Award. She is the author of A Few Words in the Mother Tongue, Dreams of an Insomniac: Jewish Feminist Essays, Speeches, and Diatribes, and co-editor of The Tribe of Dina: A Jewish Women’s Anthology, and Jewish Women’s Call for Peace: A Handbook for Jewish Women on the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict. She served for many years as Yiddish editor for Bridges magazine and has been a long-time activist whose work addressed homophobia in the Jewish community, women and peace in the Middle East, and secular Jewish identity. She taught for 10 years at Bedford Correctional Facility for Women and has been teaching Jewish Women’s Studies for 30 years at Barnard College.

Irena is coming to meet Columbia Yiddish students and community to talk about her life as a Yiddish celebrity.  

The event is free and open to the public. In Yiddish and English. Rugelekh will be served. Questions? Email Agi Legutko at abl2109@columbia.ed

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Cultural Criticism as a Jewish Practice and its Beginnings in the Bible1:
Nov
15
1:00 PM13:00

Cultural Criticism as a Jewish Practice and its Beginnings in the Bible1:

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Join the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies for Cultural Criticism as a Jewish Practice and its Beginnings in the Bible, a lunchtime lecture with Ed Greenstein, Professor of Bible, Bar Ilan University. 

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Time: 1:00pm

Location: 617 Kent Hall, Columbia University

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Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel with Francine Klagsbrun
Nov
13
7:30 PM19:30

Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel with Francine Klagsbrun

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Join the IIJS for an evening book talk on "Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel" with Francine Klagsbrun, moderated by Daniel Bonner, Foreign Policy Fellow, Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies. 

Date: Monday, November 13, 2017

Time: 7:30pm

Location: 310 Fayerweather Hall, Columbia University

RSVPs to iijs@columbia.edu no later than November 9. Books will be available for sale after the lecture.

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Screening of Complicit
Nov
9
6:00 PM18:00

Screening of Complicit

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Join the IIJS for a screening of "Complicit," the award-winning film about the S.S. St Louis, followed by a conversation with Sonja Geismar and Eva Wiener, survivors of the St. Louis, moderated by filmmaker and director, Robert Krakow

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017

Time: 6:00pm

Location: 617 Kent Hall, Columbia University

Space is limited, so RSVPs required to iijs@columbia.edu no later than November 6

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What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home

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Join the IIJS for an evening book talk on "What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home" with Mark Mazower, Ira D. Wallach Professor of History, Columbia University and moderated by Elissa Bemporad, Jerry and Willam Ungar Chair in Eastern European Jewish History and the Holocaust, Associate Professor, Queens College. 

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Time: 6:00pm

Location: 617 Kent Hall, Columbia University

RSVPs to iijs@columbia.edu no later than November 6. Books will be available for sale after the lecture.

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