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Jewish Studies Events

Fall Events

October 3, 6 p.m.
Fordham-NYPL Lecture Series

Paula Ansaldo, University of Buenos Aires
"A history of the Jewish Theater in Buenos Aires: from the star system to the Idisher Folks Teater (1930-1960)"

Fordham University-Lincoln Center, McMahon 109
155 West 60th Street, Room

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October 10, 6 p.m.
Screening of a documentary by Lacey Schwartz
“Little White Lie”
Q&A with Lacey Schwartz
Little White Lie is a personal documentary about the legacy of family secrets, denial, and the power of telling the truth.
A reception will follow.

Fordham University, Lincoln Center, 12th Floor Lounge;
113 West 60th Street

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October 23, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
“Not a Good Time for Hebrew?”
A lunch conversation (in English) with an Israeli author Maya Arad about her story “The Hebrew Teacher.”
Space is limited, kosher lunch will be served, please

Martino Hall 901, 45 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10023

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October 23, 7 p.m.
מבט מרחוק: כתיבה בעיברית בארה׳ב
“Glance from a Distance: Writing in Hebrew in the US”
A dinner conversation with Maya Arad on writing Israeli fiction in the United States.
Martino Hall 901, 45 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10023
Maya Arad's book in Hebrew "Ha-morah le-'ivrit" will be available for the participants, please RSVP (space limited)

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October 24, 6 p.m.
“Jews and Christians in the Medieval City – Art, Archaeology, and Traces of the Past” 

Join us for an evening with Barbara Boehm (The Met Cloisters), Debra Kaplan (Bar-Ilan University), and Efraim Shocham-Steiner (Ben Gurion University) exploring the recovery of a Jewish past in Christian cities in medieval Europe. This event is connected to the exhibit “The Colmar Treasure: A Medieval Jewish Legacy” (July 22-January 12, 2019) at the Met Cloisters

RSVP will be available in the near future.

Fordham University-Lincoln Center
McNally Amphitheater
140 West 62nd Street

Sunday, October 27, 2 - 4 p.m.
The Colmar Treasure: A Medieval Jewish Legacy
Afternoon of Talks at the Cloisters
Free with Museum admission

Join Met experts for an afternoon of talks and discussion exploring the Jewish community, art, and viticulture of medieval Alsace, France. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "The Colmar Treasure: A Medieval Jewish Legacy."  Speakers: Judith Kogel (Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes, Paris, France), Nina Rowe (Fordham University), Barbara Drake Boehm, Paul and Jill Ruddock Senior Curator for The Met Cloisters; Debra Kaplan (Bar-Ilan University, Israel). Note: Space is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learn more about the Colmar Treasure event.

October 29, 6 p.m.
A concert of medieval Jewish music with Judith Cohen. Details to follow. Rose Hill Campus

October 31, 6.30 p.m.
How the Talmudic Rabbis Transformed Everything into a Legal Question and Jewish Law into a Way of Talking about Everything

Chaim N. Saiman, Professor of Law, Villanova University, Pennsylvania
with responses by  Sarit Kattan Gribetz (Fordham University) and Saul Berman (Yeshiva University and Columbia University Law School)

Fordham Law School, 150 West 62nd Street

In Chaim N. Saiman’s book Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law, halakhah, or Jewish law, as a legal system is not only a guide to life but also an ongoing encounter with the divine; is not just a body of regulations, but a way of thinking, being, and knowing. Professor Saiman will show how, when pored over and studied, even laws that can seem to provide no practical purpose can provide surprising insights into timeless questions about the very nature of human existence:
What does it mean for legal analysis to connect humans to God? Can spiritual teachings remain meaningful even when rigorously codified? Can a modern state be governed by such law?

November 6, 6 p.m.
Salo Baron New Voices in Jewish Studies
Alon Tam
Columbia University, Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies

November 14, 4 p.m.
Michal Pagis (Bar-Ilan University)
“Popular Psychology and Life-Coaching Among Ultra-Orthodox Women in Israel”
Respondent: Ayala Fader (Fordham University)

Fordham University-Lincoln Center
McMahon 109
155 West 60th Street

November 14, 6 p.m.
Book Club:  
James Whitman, the Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law at Yale Law School
Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law

Learn more about the book club and reserve a copy of your book

November 25, 6 p.m.
Fordham-NYPL Lecture Series

David Assaf, Tel Aviv University
‘To My Beloved Teacher in Eretz Israel’: Childhood, Diaspora, and Zionism in Letters Written by Hebrew School Pupils in Interwar Poland

David Assaf will discuss a treasure trove of some ninety letters written in 1935 by Polish Jewish children (age 12-13) who studied in the Tarbut school north of Warsaw to their teacher who immigrated to Palestine. These moving letters of elementary school pupils (not young adults like those who participated in YIVO competitions for autobiographies) offer a very rare glimpse into the childhood of Jewish children in interwar Poland.

Fordham University - Lincoln Center
McMahon 109
155 West 60th Street

Wednesday, December 4, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
A Lunch Seminar with
Maria Chiara Rioli, Marie Curie Fellow
"Entangled Interfaith Identities and Relations from the Mediterranean to the United States:
The St James Association and Its Transnational Christian-Jewish Network in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict"
Fordham University, Rose Hill Duane 140 (with lunch)

Sunday, December 8, 2:30 p.m.
62nd Leo Baeck Lecture
David Sorkin (Yale University)
“Emancipation, Then and Now,” a lecture based on his research for the forthcoming book, Jewish Emancipation: A History Across Five Centuries.
Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street

Learn more about the 62nd Leo Baeck Lecture