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2016-17

Fall 2016: How Contemporary Jews Read Texts

A: October 26

Iddo Haklai (NEJS/Schusterman): "How Contemporary Secular Israelis Read Texts"

Diane Tickton Schuster (Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education): "How American Jewish Adults Read Texts"

B: November 30
"The Intersection of Religious Law, Family and Gender in Israel Today"

Ronit Ir-Shai, Rikki Shapira and Avishalom Westreich (Hadassah-Brandeis Institute)
This special CJL session is hosted by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies.

C: December 14

Charlie Schwartz (Precollege Programs): "How American Jewish Adolescents Read Texts"

Ziva Reimer Hassenfeld (Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education): "How American Jewish Schoolchildren Read Texts"

Special event
The 2016 Presidential Election and the Jewish Community: A Brandeis Conversation
January 19, 2017

For the Jewish community, the election raised a particular set of questions, around anti-Semitism and the rise of the alt-right, around minority and immigrant rights, around domestic and foreign policy including Israel and the middle east, and most fundamentally, around the health of our democratic institutions and our democratic culture.

Many of these questions are also the focus of other conversations, as they should be. But this event provided a space for the Brandeis Jewish community, in particular, as well as friends and colleagues from outside the Jewish community.

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Spring 2017: How Contemporary Jews Read Texts, continued

D: January 25
E: February 8
  • Elyse Winick, Combined Jewish Philanthropies: "Five Kinds of Lizards:  Opening Traditional Text to the Nontraditional"
  • Ariel Pardo, Hillel at Brandeis: "How Young Contemporary Jews Study in the Brandeis Beis Medrash”
  • Sharon Feiman-Nemser, Mandel Center and NEJS: moderator

Additional Spring sessions:


March 22
  • Eugene Sheppard, NEJS:  “236 Autobiographies of Life in Germany Before & After 1933”
  • Rachel Fish, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies: moderator
May 3
2015-16


Fall 2015

September 30
Critical Connections: How Families and Social Circles Shape American Jewish Individuals and Societies

Sylvia Barack Fishman, NEJS and Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

Moderator:
Jon A. Levisohn, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education

October 28
Millennial Children of Intermarriage: Touchpoints and Trajectories

Fern Chertok, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies

Introductory remarks:
Len Saxe, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies

Moderator:
Sylvia Barack Fishman, NEJS and Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

December 9
Making Sense of Contemporary Israeli Culture: A Look Back at the Last 30 Years of Literature, Television and Film

Ari Ofengenden, NEJS and Hebrew Program

Moderator: Rachel Fish, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies


Spring 2016 

January 27
Learning to do  Shabbat at Camp

Joseph Reimer, Education and Hornstein Programs
Moderator:
Jon A. Levisohn, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education

February 24
A National Study of Chabad on Campus: Preliminary Findings

Mark Rosen, Hornstein Program
Discussants: Elyse Winick, Hillel at Brandeis; Peretz Chein, Chabad of Brandeis

April 6
Race, Religion, Food and Community: Doing Public History in Mattapan, MA

Sara Shostak, Sociology
Moderator: Ellen Smith, Hornstein Program

May 4
Orthodoxies Then and Now: What the Controversies in the 1860s Tell Us about the Controversies Today

David Ellenson, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

2014-15

Fall 2014


October 22
Why Rav Kook Still Matters--and in America, Too

Yehudah Mirsky, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

November 5
The Government of Israel-World Jewry Joint Initiative: A Perspective from the Jewish Agency

Alan Hoffman, Director General, The Jewish Agency for Israel

December 3
Israel, Gaza and Contemporary Jewish Life

Panelists:



Spring 2015


February 25
Encounters with Anti-Semitism: Jewish Feminists and the Feminist Movement

Joyce Antler, American Studies

March 25
Jews Who Choose for Twos: Exploring the Demographic of Families with Young Children

Mark Rosen, Hornstein Program

April 15
On the Origins and Persistence of the Jewish Identity Industry in Jewish Education,
Celebrating Jonathan Krasner's Appointment to the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Chair in Jewish Education Research

Jonathan Krasner, Mandel Center and NEJS