Past Events

FALL 2021

September 9-17, 2021

Virtual Screening
“18 Voices Sing Kol Nidre”
A Film by Allen Oren

Join us for a virtual screening of the Emmy nominated short film by Allen Oren “18 Voices Sing Kol Nidre.” Kol Nidre is one of Judaism’s best known and most misunderstood prayers. It is recited before Yom Kippur begins. This Aramaic prayer has a place both in the history of Jewish liturgy and the history of Jewish-Christian relations.  The short film “18 Voices” is the first documentary to tell the prayer’s rich story.

Sunday, September 19, 1PM
The Cloisters and the Jews in Medieval Spain
A Conversation on Art, Literature, and History

An event co-organized by Fordham’s Center for Jewish Studies and  The Met Cloisters in conjunction with the exhibition Spain, 1000-1200: Art at the Frontiers of Faith (August 30, 2021-January 30, 2022), Peter Cole, Karin Kogman-Appel, and Jonathan Ray.


Thursday, September 30th, 1PM

Elazar Ben Lulu, “Don’t Ask Don’t Pray: Gender Resistance and Sexual Recognition in Reform Jewish Holiday Rituals”
Elazar Ben Lulu, an anthropologist, will discuss contemporary debates over gender and rituals related to High Holidays.


Tuesday, October 5th, 4PM 
Black Studies and Jewish Studies in Conversation

Laura Arnold Leibman, “Black and Jewish in Early America” 
In conversation with Westenley Alcenat


Tuesday, October 12th, 4PM
Black Studies and Jewish Studies in Conversation

Judith Weisenfeld, “Race, Religion, and Black Jewish Identity in the Early Twentieth-Century U.S.”

In conversation with Jenna Weissman Joselit


Wednesday, October 27, 4PM 
Black Studies and Jewish Studies in Conversation

Westenley Alcenat, “Searching for Zion: Black Emigration to Haiti and the Elusive Quest for American Citizenship”

In conversation with Derek Penslar


Wednesday, November 3, 1PM
“The Dove Flyer (Farewell Baghdad)”
A conversation between Mohamed A. Alsiadi, Hagit Galor Halperin, and Ahuva Keren about the Israeli film, based on a novel by Iraqi-born Jewish author Eli Amir, the only film in Judeo-Arabic-language.
*The film will be available for virtual viewing 5 days in advance of the event.*


Tuesday, November 9th, 1PM

“Trembling before G-d”: 20 Years Later

A panel discussion marking mark the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking and award winning documentary film “Trembling Before God” with 
Avigail Sperber,
Dr. Tanya-Zion Waldoks
Rabbi Steve Greenberg
Co-Sponsored by a grant from E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation


Tuesday, November 16th, 4PM
Black Studies and Jewish Studies in Conversation

Eli Rosenblatt, “Creole Ambivalence: The Politics of Jewishness in Caribbean Suriname, 1890-1959”
In conversation with Belinda Edmondson


Tuesday, November 23, 1PM 

Daniel Soyer, “The Jewish Metropolis: New York from the 17th to the 21st Century” 
In conversation with Ayelet BrinnJohn M. DixonDiana L. Linden, and Devin Naar.


Sunday, December 5, 1PM 
“Exhibiting Medieval Spain: Yesterday and Today”

An event co-organized with The Met Cloisters in conjunction with the exhibition Spain, 1000-1200: Art at the Frontiers of Faith (August 30, 2021-January 30, 2022).

This roundtable will feature scholars who have deep experience curating exhibitions that engage with the multiple cultures of medieval Spain. It will be moderated by the curator of the Met Cloisters exhibition, Julia Perratore.


Wednesday, December 8th, 4PM 

“Putting on Cologne”: An Exploration of a Medieval City

Ephraim Shoham Steiner, the 2021-2022 visiting scholar and a Fordham-NYPL Fellow in Jewish Studies, and members of Fordham’s faculty in Medieval Studies will explore together how Cologne served in this fashion drawing on examples from both medieval Christian and Jewish sources.


Past Events of 2020-2021

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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.