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2011-12 Events

Brandeis Commencement 2012

The National Center for Jewish Film's 15th Annual Film Festival

April 18-29

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Institute of Contemporary Art/BostonWest Newton Cinema

 Click here for full details and a complete list of showings.

Stranded:  Soviet Jews' Long Journey into the Free World

With Award-winning writer and filmmaker David Bezmozgis

April 24, 2012

Presented by The Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry

Cosponsored by The Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program, The Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry, Russian Studies, Creative Writing, and the Brandeis Russian Club

Supported by the Genesis Philanthropy Group

What Do Men Want? Orthodox Men in an Egalitarian World

Monday, April 16, 2012

Family, Memory, and Story: Faye Moskowitz's "And the Bridge is Love"

Faye Moskowitz reads from a new HBI/Feminist Press republication of "And the Bridge is Love" and reflects on the link between life and literature.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Holocaust and History: Making Meaning from Jewish Catastrophe

A conversation with Yehuda Kurtzer, author of "Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past"

Thursday, April 19, 2012  

Yiddish Song Party Zingeray & Chometz-Freseray!

Wednesday, April 4

Special guests: members of 'Deistkeit, Brandeis' hottest klezmer band

A Taste of NEJS : Open House

Thursday, March 29th
Preview Fall 2012 Courses!
Meet the Professors and UDRs
Kosher Chinese Food! (Taam China)

Middle East Film Series All Screenings to be shown in Shiffman 219

All are welcome!  

Paradise Now
Thursday, March 29

A thriller that tells the story of two young Palestinian suicide bombers

Shown as part of Professor Kanan Makiya's courses:
IMES 105a War and Revolution in the Middle East
NEJS197b Political Cultures of the Middle East

Judaizing Aesthetics: Painting, Poetry, Politics

Professor David Nirenberg
Committee on Social Thought
Department of History, University of Chicago

March 19, 4 p.m.
Lecture One: "Art's Struggle with Judaism, from the Golden Calf to Varavaggio"
MCH G3, Mandel Auditorium

March 19, 6-7: 30 p.m.
Public Reception

March 20, 12:30-2 p.m.
Lunch Seminar

March 21, 4 p.m.
Lecture Two:
"Why 'Every Poet is a Jew"

March 22, 4 p.m.
Lecture Three:
"Sovereignty of the Spirit, or Sovereignty of the Flesh?"

Sponsored by a gift from the Mandel Foundation

49th Annual Simon Rawidowicz Memorial Lecture

With Professor Israeli Yuval of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

Wednesday, March 28

Sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, the Tauber Institute for the Study of the European Jewry, and the Mandel Center for the Humanities.

Disrupting the Script:
Raising to Legal Consciousness Sexual Assaults on Black Women

Convened by Anita F. Hill and Bernadette J. Brooten
Monday, March 19, 2012

How Speaking Hebrew Helps You Get a JOB!!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Guest Lecturer: Hasia Diner

Monday, February 27, 2012

Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University

Lecture:  "Roads Taken:  Jewish Peddlers and the Great Jewish Migration of the Modern Era"

Sponsored by The Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry

'DEIS Impact
How We Work to Make the World Better and You Can Too

February 9, 2012 (Thursday)

Lisa Exler, Jordan Fruchtman, Nahma Nadich, Joy Sisisky, four amazing Brandeis alumni involved in cutting-edge, Jewish-sponsored social justice organizations join Professor Jonathan D. Sarna for a discussion of what they do and why they do it. Learn how Brandeis helped to shape these leaders, and how you can join them. Bring your curiosity and your questions!

Sponsored by the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program; International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life; Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department; and the Hiatt Career Center

"Two- Hundred Neo-Babylonian Legal Texts from Judeans in Exile and What They Say about Biblical Law"

A lecture by F. Rachel Magdalene, M.Div., J.D., Ph.D. of Leipzig University and author of "On the Scales of Righteousness: Neo-Babylonian Trial Law and the Book of Job"

February 9, 2012 (Thursday)

'DEIS Impact
Exploring Social Justice on Campus and Around the World

February 5-10, 2012
Free and Open to the Public

Click here for full details and pictures of the week's events.

Dissertation Defense

David E. Bokovsky will defend his dissertation, entitled "Yahweh as Sexual Deity in J's Prehistory".

February 23, 2012  

Committee: David Wright, Marc Brettler, Tzvi Abusch and Michael Coogan (Stonehill College)

"The Jewish Annotated New Testament" Discussion and Book Signing

 Marc Brettler
Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University

Amy-Jill Levine
University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School

Thursday, December 8, 2011 

Click here to view a slideshow of the event.

Sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Program in Religious Studies, Graduate Programs in Coexistence and Conflict at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and the Slifka Foundation, Interfaith Chaplaincy at Brandeis University, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, Adult Learning program of Hebrew College and Combined Jewish Philanthropies' Commission on Jewish Life and Learning.

The History of Yiddish and its Dialects

December 1, 2011

This lecture was given by David Braun, a Yiddish linguist who has taught Yiddish language and linguistics at Harvard University, Hebrew University and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

The lecturer spoke to students inYiddish 10, but the talk was open to all.

Revisiting Sexuality and Traditional Jewish Observance

Monday, Nov. 28, 2011

Given in NEJS 156b
A Philosophical Introduction to Judaism with Professor Jon Levisohn

Sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies with the support of the Martin Weiner Fund

Nahum N. Glatzer and the German-Jewish Tradition

Film Screening
Free and open to the public
North American Premiere

Introduction:  Director Judith Glatzer Wechsler

Panel Discussion with Wechsler and Brandeis Professor Jonathan Sarna

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, with the support of the Martin Weiner Fund, The National Center for Jewish Film, and the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry.


 Art of Klezmer and Yiddish Song

A Concert, Lecture and Dance, Featuring Hankus Netsky, Michael Alpert, members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band and students from the New England Conservatory.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 

Co-Sponsored by The Department of Music at Brandeis University, The Tauber Institut for the Study of European Jewry
The Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies,
The National Center for Jewish Film, The Goethe Institute Boston
The Yiddish Committee of Boston Workmen's Circle The German Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Biegansky: The Brute Polak Stereotype, Its Role in Polish-Jewish Relations and American Popular Culture with Danusha Goska

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011

Click here to read Dr. Goska's description of the event.

Sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies with the support of the Martin Weiner Fund

Transmission on Memory and Fiction
Michal Govrin, Israeli author

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011

Co-sponsored by The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, the Hadassah Brandeis Institute, the Hebrew Language program, the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies with the support of the Martin Weiner Fund.


NEJS Undergrad Open House and 2012 Spring Course Forecast

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011

Meet NEJS faculty!
Refreshments from Taam China !

Click here to view pictures from the open house.

Love Outside the Fold:
A History of Intermarried Jewish Men

Lecture by Dr. Keren R. McGinity
Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

Oct. 6, 2011

Held in Professor Sarna's NEJS 164a, Judaism Confronts America

Measure Their History

Antony Polonsky's
The Jews in Poland and Russia

Sept. 19, 2011

Symposium at Brandeis University

3:00 - 5:00 pm Panel Discussion
5:30 - 6:30 pm Dinner Break
6:45 pm Keynote by Ruth Franklin

Click here for pictures from the Bible and Ancient Near East (BANE) picnic this past Summer.