A 2020-2021 in Review

As the year 2020 and academic year of 2020-2021 come to a close, we turn our thoughts to the bright moments of the year. Despite the pandemic, or perhaps because of it, we were able to launch a series of public programs that reached audiences well beyond Fordham and the New York metropolitan area, to other parts of the US, as far as California and Oregon, to Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Denmark, France, Spain, the UK, Germany, Poland, Italy, Israel, and more. Soon after the pandemic sent us all home we launched a “Zoominar” series on pandemics in Jewish history and society. Then, as we remained home, we continued public programs over the summer, including film virtual screenings, and then through the fall. We look forward to seeing each other in person in 2021 but in the meantime feel free to enjoy the past lectures and conversations that are now available on our YouTube channel.

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Dear Editor: Advice Columns and the Making of the American Yiddish Press by Ayelet Brinn (live event). Watch.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Epidemics, Disease and Plagues in Jewish History & Memory, a conversation between Joshua Teplitsky and Magda Teter. Watch

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

The Historians and the Memory of  Plagues in Jewish History, part II of the conversation between Joshua Teplitsky and Magda Teter. Watch.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Orthodox Jews vs. the State: Responses to COVID-19 in the US, UK, & Israel, a tricontinental panel discussion. Watch.

Sunday, May 31st, 2020

Hidden Heretics: Jewish Doubt in the Digital Age, a conversation with Ayala Fader and Robert Orsi. Watch.

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

Epidemic and the Marginalized of Society: A View from the Jewish Past, a talk by Natan Meir. Watch.

Thursday, June 16th, 2020

From HIV/AIDS Epidemic to Pride Shabbat: Liturgical and Cultural Transformations in Progressive Judaism, a conversation with Elazar Ben Lulu and Deborah Medgal. Watch.

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

“400 Miles to Freedom: A Perilous Journey from Ethiopia to Israel”: a conversation about the film with director Avishai Yeganyahu Mekonen, Steven B. Kaplan, and Kay Shelemay. Watch.

Tuesday, August 18th, 4PM:

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

Wednesday, September 9th, 4PM:

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.

Thursday, Sept 24, 4PM: 

Feminine Power in the History of American Jewish Museums, a lecture by Ariel Cohen, University of Virginia. Watch

Thursday October 22, 1PM :

Fordham and Les Enluminures present
“Go forth and learn”: The Artist Joel ben Simeon and a Newly Discovered Hebrew Manuscript. Watch

October 14-November 12:  Visiting Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series:

Moshe Rosman


Wednesday, October 14th, 12 noon:

Lecture 1: The Genesis of Jewish Gender: From the Bible to the Baal Shem Tov

with a response by Sarit Kattan Gribetz, Fordham University. Watch

Wednesday, October 28th, 12 noon:

Lecture 2: Jewish Gender Expressed: The Synagogue and Other Institutions

with a response by Debra Kaplan, Bar Ilan University . Watch

Wednesday, November 4th, 12 noon:

Lecture 3: Jewish Gender under Review: Early Modern Ambivalence

with a response by Elisheva Carlebach, Columbia University. Watch

Wednesday, November 11th, 12 noon:

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. Watch

Wednesday, November 18th, 12 noon:

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. Watch

Thursday, November 19, 7PM

A panel discussion of the new film by Anat Tel, “The Church” with George Demacopoulos, Sarah Eltantawi, Sarit Kattan Gribetz, and Michael Peppard, four Fordham professors from the Theology Department whose areas of expertise cover Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Watch.

Sunday, November 22, 1PM:

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

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

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

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

“Singed by History: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, Polish-Jewish Relations, and Holocaust Historiography,” a talk by Nancy Sinkoff. Watch.

Wednesday, December 9th, 4:30PM:

Alon Tam, “Nostalgia: Remembering The Jewish Community In Egypt”

Spring 2021 Public Events in Jewish Studies at Fordham

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Tuesday, January 19th, 12PM: 

Rebekka Grossman 

“On Turning Local Sites into Global Sights: When Zionist Politics Met Photography”

Salo Baron New Voices in Jewish Studies Award Lecture in partnership with Columbia University’s Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies


Wednesday, February 3rd, 4PM: 

Jacqueline Nicholls 

“Learn Talmud Like An Artist”


Wednesday, February 10th, 4PM: 

Golan Y. Moskowitz 

“Maurice Sendak in Queer Jewish Context”

in conversation with Naomi Seidman


Wednesday, February 17th, 1PM:

Ephraim Shoham-Steiner

 “Jews and Crime in Medieval Europe”
in conversation with Nicholas Paul and Magda Teter


Wednesday, February 24th, 4PM: 

Roy Holler 

“Multiple Identity Politics: The Passing Narratives of Dahn Ben-Amotz”
in conversation with Katya Gibel Mevorach

Salo Baron New Voices in Jewish Studies Award Lecture in partnership with Columbia University’s Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies


Thursday, March 4th, 4PM: 

Book Club Event
Eva Mroczek

“The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity,” in conversation with Karina Martin Hogan and Karen Stern


Wednesday, March 10th, 1PM:

Hanan Mazeh 

The Land of Israel or Syria Palestina: Reconceptualization of Territory in Rabbinic Literature”


Monday, March 15th, 4PM: 

Pratima Gopalakrishnan 

“Family and Other Fictions in Late Antique Jewish Society”

Salo Baron New Voices in Jewish Studies Award Lecture in partnership with Columbia University’s Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies


Wednesday, April 7, 12 noon:

Zohar Segev

“Rethinking the Dilemma of Bombing Auschwitz: Support, Opposition, and Reservation”


Tuesday, April 13th, 12 noon: 

“Jewish Ceremonial Art: Continuing the Conversation”
Laura Arnold Leibman and Maya Balakirsky Katz in dialogue with Magda Teter

A program in memory of Vivian B. Mann,
presented in partnership with the Jewish Museum


Thursday, April 22nd, 12 noon: 

Michal Kravel Tovi 

“On Winks and Lies: The Performance of Sincerity and Jewish Conversion in Israel” in conversation with Omri Elisha


Thursday, April 29th, 4pm: 

Mika Ahuvia

“On My Right Michael, On My Left Gabriel: Angels in Ancient Jewish Culture”
in conversation with Sarit Kattan Gribetz


Wednesday, May 5th, 12 noon:

“The Pius XII Archives and the Jews: First Notes and Research Hypotheses”
Panel featuring David Kertzer, Maria Chiara Rioli, and Nina Valbousquet
moderated by David Gibson and Magda Teter

This event is co-hosted between Fordham University’s Center for Jewish Studies in New York and Ca’ Foscari University’s Department of Asian and North African Studies, and co-sponsored by Fordham’s Center on Religion and Culture.

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All events are possible through the generosity of The Joseph Alexander Foundation, The Knapp Family Foundation, The Picket Family Foundation, the Shvidler Gift Fund to Fordham University, and individual donations from friends of the Center for Jewish Studies at Fordham.