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Fall 2020 Events in Jewish Studies

All in the Fall of 2020 will be virtual. RSVPs are required for these events. We remain committed to our mission to support a learning community in addition to our virtual events, and we will be sending weekly readings, making book and film recommendations. Please join our mailing list.


Tuesday, August 18, 4 p.m.

Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin, a conversation between the artist Siona Benjamin and art historian Ori Soltes. Watch Blue Like Me.


Wednesday, September 9, 4 p.m.

A Lens onto the Jewish Past: How do Prints of Eastern European Jewish Life Speak to Us Today? A lecture by Susan Chevlowe, the Director and Chief Curator of Derfner Judaica and The Art Collection. Watch "A Lens onto the Jewish Past."


Thursday, Sept 24, 4 p.m.

Fordham-NYPL Lecture Series in Jewish Studies

Feminine Power in the History of American Jewish Museums

A lecture by Ariel Cohen, University of Virginia with Susan Chewlove as a respondent. Co-presented with the NYPL and the Jewish Museum. Learn more and RSVP for Feminine Power in the History of American Jewish Museums.


Thursday, October 22, 1 p.m.

Fordham and Les Enluminures present
“Go Forth and Learn”: The Artist Joel ben Simeon and a Newly Discovered Hebrew Manuscript

A joint program between Fordham's Center for Jewish Studies and Les Enluminures, featuring Sandra Hindman, Sharon Liberman Mintz, Nina Rowe, with a keynote by Katrin Kogman-Appel

(RSVP link forthcoming)


October 14 - November 12: Visiting Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series

Moshe Rosman

A Short History of Jewish Gender

Wednesday, October 14, 12 p.m.
Lecture 1: The Genesis of Jewish Gender: From the Bible to the Baal Shem Tov
With a response by Sarit Kattan Gribetz, Fordham University.

Wednesday, October 28, 12 p.m.
Lecture 2: Jewish Gender Expressed: The Synagogue and Other Institutions
With a response by Debra Kaplan, Bar Ilan University.

Wednesday, November 4, 12 p.m.
Lecture 3: Jewish Gender under Review: Early Modern Ambivalence
With a response by Elisheva Carlebach, Columbia University

Wednesday, November 11, 12 p.m.
Lecture 4: Well-Behaved Women Undermining Jewish Gender, Part I: Leah Horowitz as the Jewish Mary Wollstonecraft?
With a response by Elisheva Baumgarten, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Wednesday, November 18, 12 p.m.
Lecture 5: Well-Behaved Women Undermining Jewish Gender, Part II: Glickl Hamel as a Model Jewish Grandmother?
With a response by Ruth von Bernuth, University of North Carolina


Sunday, November 22, 1 p.m.

Nina Rowe, “The Illuminated World Chronicle: Tales from the Late Medieval City” in conversation with Ephraim Shoham-Steiner


Tuesday, December 1, 4 p.m.

Sarit Kattan Gribetz, “Time and Difference in Rabbinic Judaism" in conversation with Elizabeth Shanks Alexander


Thursday, December 3, 6 p.m.

Nancy Sinkoff, “From Left to Right,” a conversation about Lucy Dawidowicz and Polish-Jewish relations.


Wednesday, December 9, 4:30 p.m.

Alon Tam, "Nostalgia: Remembering the Jewish Community in Egypt"

Presented jointly by Columbia University's Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies and Fordham University's Center for Jewish Studies

Learn more and RSVP for Nostalgia: Remembering the Jewish Community in Egypt