As the year 2020 comes 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:
A SHORT HISTORY OF JEWISH GENDER
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-Steiner. Watch.
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”
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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.