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2013-14 Events

Book Launch!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Professor Yehuda Mirsky will be launching his new book:

Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution


Cooking in Hebrew

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Come cook in Hebrew!

Sponsored by the Hebrew Program!

Yiddish Songs Composed in the Łódź Ghetto

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies, The Center for German and European Studies, The Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry, and The Office of the President. This program will be curated by Susanne Klingenstein with Sophie Michaux (mezzo soprano), Elias Rosemberg (tenor), Jeremiah Klarman (piano), Temple Emanuel Choir, and Eugenia Gerstein (conductor, piano).

NEJS Open House and Fall Course Forecast

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Come preview the fall 2014 courses and meet our professors and UDRs. Kosher Chinese food will be served!



Goitein in Perspective
International Symposium

Monday, March 31, 2014 - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This symposium seeks to understand the life and work of the towering figure S.D. Goitein-- scholar of Islamic Studies, Jewish Social History, the Cairo Geniza, and the medieval mediterranean--from intellectual and biographical perspectives. Conveners: Jonathan Decter, Brandeis University and Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College.

Sponsored in part by the Valya and Robert Shapiro Endowment.


Film Screening: The Last of the Unjust

New England Premiere

Sunday, March 30, 2014

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Sponsored by the National Center for Jewish Film


Savyon Liebrecht

Award-Winning Israeli Author and Playwright

Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Jewish Marriage and Family in Nineteenth-Century Italy

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Breakfast Colloquium with Carlotta Ferrara degli Uberti



Lecture By Adam Anderson

Monday, March 17, 2014

Adam Anderson is currently a graduate student at Harvard University. He is currently working on his Ph.D. dissertation about Old Assyrian Social Networks. The lecture will discuss the usage of modern social networking tools (think Facebook and LinkedIn) on the corpus of Old Assyrian letters. He is working with about 8,000 letters and the corpus itself numbers over 15,000.


>Check out a short video about what Adam does!


PhD Dissertation Defense
Eric Fleisch

Monday, March 17, 2014

Eric will be defending his dissertation entitled "Israeli NGOs and American Jewish Donors: The Structures and Dynamics of Power Sharing in a New Philanthropic Era"

All are welcome!
NEJS Coffeehouse!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Light refreshments served

Come here students, faculty and staff perform at the NEJS Coffeehouse! Brought to you by the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Judaic Studies UDRs.



Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the RoofLecture By Alisa Solomon

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Theater critic and scholar Alisa Solomon discusses why a show about tradition has itself become a tradition, and shares reflections on the

Books will be available for purchase and signing.  
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Please note that there is no parking adjacent to the event site. There is parking and a continuous shuttle from 3:30-6:30 from the Charles River Lot

Lecture By Professor Adele Reinhartz

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Professor Adele Reinhartz of the University of Ottawa will be speaking in NEJS 128a, Introduction to Christianity with Professor Brooten of the NEJS department. Professor Reinhartz is the author of numerous articles and several books, including “Why Ask My Name?” Anonymity and Identity in Biblical Narrative (Oxford, 1998), Befriending the Beloved Disciple: A Jewish Reading of the Gospel of John (Continuum, 2001), and Scripture on the Silver Screen (Westminster John Knox, 2003). Her areas of expertise include: Early Christianity and Judaism, the Gospel of John, Bible and Film, Jewish-Christian Relations  and Feminist Biblical Criticism.



Toy Story 3 in Hebrew! (With English Subtitles)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Hebrew Program and Beta Rho Hebrew Honors society present an end of the semester event -  A special screening of Toy Story 3 in Hebrew (with English subtitles)

Rami's kosher falafel dinner will be served

How the Priestly Sabbaths Work

Lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Stackert
The University of Chicago Divinity School

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Dr. Stackert received his PhD from NEJS in 2006 and is the recipient of The John Templeton Award for Theological Promise for his book Rewriting the Torah:  Literary Revision in Deuteronomy and the Holiness Legislation (Tubingen:  Mohr Siebeck, 2007).

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

The Black-Jew Dialogues
Thursday, November 14th, 2013


New Findings from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos
Wednesday, October 30, 2013



Accordance Training Seminar

Sunday, October 27, 2013



Student Reflections:  Brandeis and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Students who were involved with the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition partnership between the Museum of Science and Brandeis University will reflect on the experience of being a part of this major collaboration. 

Presenters include NEJS PhD students Jamie Bryson and Eva Gurevich



Jewish Families in Medieval Egypt

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Offered during NEJS 140a:  Under Crescent and Cross (Professor Decter) especially for undergraduate students.  All are welcome.  Sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and the Martin Weiner Fund.

Lecture by Eve Krakowski, Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Post-doctoral Associate in the Program of Judaic Studies at Yale University. 



Understanding Pornography Panel

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

Panelists include:
Sarah L. Leonard, professor of history, Simmons College
Emily F. Rothman, professor of public health, Boston University
Burlin Barr, professor of English and cinema studies, Central Connecticut State University


Holy Botany: Plants of the Bible

Prof. Lytton John Musslman, Old Dominion University

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013



Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times Graduate Symposium

Graduate Students from throughout the Northeast presented on Dead Sea Scrolls, archaeology, and ancient Israel. The opening address was delivered by Professor Marc Brettler and the plenary address was given by Professor Lawrence H. Schiffman,Vice Provost of undergraduate education and professor of Judaic studies at Yeshiva University in New York.   

Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
Brandeis University

Dead Sea Scrolls: Music of Eric Chasal0w,
Performed by Soprano Tony Arnold

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013

The Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble performed the premiere of "Where it Finds Nothing But the Wind." Text from the Dead Sea Scrolls was assembled with the assistance of Professor Marc Brettler. Ticket information will be available soon. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost in conjunction with the Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times exhibition hosted by the Museum of Science, with Brandeis University.


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Verses of Longing Workshop

Desire and Gender in Modern Hebrew Literature

The Brandeis-BGU International Workshop for Scholars was held October 1 and 2, 2013 at the Schusterman Center at Brandeis University.  Organizers:  Ilana Szobel and Hamutal Tsamir.

The workshop explored the ways in which Hebrew literature represents, constructs and struggles with various forms of desire, addressing the juxtaposition of poetics and desire in the context of ideology, nationalism, Judaism, modernity, sexuality, passion, and power.


A Kraft-Hiatt Lecture:
The Self Beyond Itself: Rethinking How Individuals can Become Morally More Courageous and Societies More Humane

A Panel discussion with Heidi Ravven, Donald Katz, and Thandeka was
Monday, Sept. 23, 2013



The Governor's Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, Higher Education Working Group

More than 300 Massachusetts college and university administrators and faculty members gathered on the Brandeis campus Sept. 17 for a forum titled “Massachusetts Steps Up: Key Sexual and Domestic Violence Issues for College Administrators.”

Sponsored by the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health — and developed by the council’s Higher Education Working Group on Sexual and Domestic Violence — the forum addressed critical campus issues regarding sexual and domestic violence. 

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013


The Essene Hypothesis and Qumran: Insights from Religious Studies

Prof. Jonathan Klawans, Boston University
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013


Mina Muraoka:  PhD Dissertation Defense

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Jews and the Russo-Japanese War:  The Triangular Relationship between Jewish POWs, Japan, and Jacob H. Schiff


NEJS Graduate Student Welcome Reception

Wednesday, August 28, 2013