2015-2016 Events

National Center for Jewish Film
Celebrates 19th Annual Jewish Film Festival

May 4 - 22, 2016

Drinking Champagne on New Year's Gender and Class in a Russian Jewish Noblewoman's Diary

A Distinguished Faculty Lecture featuring Professor ChaeRan Freeze

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Presented by the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program

Promise and Challenges of Latino Christianity in the  United States

Christianity Lecture Series
with Professor Maria Teresa Davila

Funded by the Robert and Myra Kraft and Jacob Hiatt Fund

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Special Event Screening:  "Rosenwald" with Filmmaker Aviva Kempner & Rosenwald biographer Peter Ascoli

Presented by the National Center for Jewish Film 
with Brandeis University partners
Louis D. Brandeis Legacy Fund for Social Justice
International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life
Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Brandeis Bridges
American Studies Program

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

NEJS  Meet The Majors Student Open House

Students got "the scoop" on NEJS Fall 2016 courses while enjoying a delicious ice cream sundae from J.P. Licks

Thursday, March 23, 2016

Language and Apocalpyse Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem

Lecture by Yotam Hotam, Haifa University

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Pizza, Popcorn and NEJS: A Comedy Film Series

Our students and UDRs enjoyed an evening of comedy!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Jesus Christ, CEO! The Transformation of Jesus from Fisherman to Financial Role Model in the 20th Century

Christianity Lecture Series with Professor Jonathan L. Walton

Monday, March 21, 2016

A Panel Discussion

Celebrated the publication of Love, Marriage, and Jewish Families:  Paradoxes of a Social Revolution, edited by Sylvia Barack Fishman

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Hebrew Language and Arts Week!

Ten cultural events were offered in Hebrew including a drum circle, piano duets with Hebrew poetry, interactive talk with an artist and gallery display, a world of flutes workshop, wire sculpturing in a self-portrait, and hummus in Israeli culture.

March 7 - 9, 2016

Pizza, Popcorn and NEJS: A Comedy Film Series

Our students and UDRs enjoyed an evening of comedy!
A Serious Man

February 29, 2016

Making Sense of Shir Ha-Shirim (The Song of Songs)
The Many Meanings of Love and Longing in Jewish Thought and Theology

Professor Fishbane discussed his recently published JPS Commentary on "Shir Ha-Shirim" ("The Song of Songs").

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Dissertation Defense

Daniel Judson defended his dissertation, entitled "Pennies from Heaven: The History of American Synagogues and Money." The committee included Jonathan D. Sarna, Eugene R. Sheppard, and James Hudnut-Beumler (Vanderbilt Divinity School).

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

The Future of the Jews:
One "Statement of Jewish Vitality"
Six Brandeis Opinions

Sylvia Barack Fishman, Jon A. Levisohn, David Manchester, Jonathan D. Sarna, Michelle Shain, and Nathan J. Vaughan discussed their beliefs about Jewish Vitality.
Moderated by David Ellenson

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

TRANSlations: Situating LGBTQ Identity and Experience in Jewish Texts and Tradition

Idit Klein explained how Jewish communities interpret the Bible, the Talmud, and other classical Jewish sources relevant to LGBT people. And how LGBT Jews are shaping the future of their communities.
Idit Klein is a longtime activist for social justice who has served as executive director of Keshet for the past 14 years. Keshet is a national organization working for the full equality and inclusion of LGBT Jews in Jewish Life.

Mandel Professor of Jewish Education Research and co-founder of Keshet, Jonathan Krasner, was the respondent. 

Sponsored by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund, the Program in Religious Studies and the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project.

Monday, November 16, 2015

NEJS Coffeehouse

The UDR's for the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies hosted to a NEJS Coffeehouse for students to enjoy a hot chocolate bar and entertainment! 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Prostration Hemerology: An Everyman's Manual at the King's Court

Lecture by Professor Enrique Jiménez
Professor Enrique Jiménez is an Assyriologist who specializes in ancient Mesopotamian literature and scholarly works from the first millennium BCE. He obtained his PhD in Madrid in 2012, and is the senior editor at the Cuneiform Commentaries Project (http://ccp.yale.edu). His main publications include several articles on Babylonian literature.  He is currently working on a monograph entitled Babylonian Disputation Poems, under contract with the series Culture and History of the Ancient Near East.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Re:Joyce:  Women Changing the World

A Symposium in Honor of Joyce Antler.

Professor Antler is the Samuel B. Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture and Women's and Gender Studies, and will be retiring in 2016 after more than 30 years of inspiring students at Brandeis University.

Saturday and Sunday, October 17-18, 2015


Meet the Majors!

Students enjoyed refreshments as they met the NEJS majors and faculty. Special activities included learning how to make cuneiform tablets and Islamic geometric patterns!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Joint Distribution Committee's Work in Russia and the USSR: The Challenges of Remote Management

Dr. Michael Beizer is a historian specializing in the History of Russian and Soviet Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also works for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. 

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

The Bifurcated Jewish Identity in the Connection and Disconnection:  A Discussion of Saul Bellow's Bellarosa Connection

Lecture by Qiao Guoqiang
Professor of English Literature and Language, Shanghai International Studies University, China

Professor Qiao's major research interests are American and British literatures, literary theory, narratology and comparative literature studies. 
Sponsored by NEJS and the Martin Weiner Fund.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Divine Abandonment in the Priestly Writings of the Torah
Lecture by Jeffrey Stackert
Professor of Hebrew Bible, The University of Chicago Divinity School

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).

Friday, September 11, 2015

NEJS Graduate Students' Welcome Reception

NEJS faculty extend a warm welcome to incoming NEJS graduate students.  New students enjoyed a brief orientation, met new cohorts and NEJS faculty, and shared Kosher refreshments.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Brandeis University Commencement 2015

The university’s 64th commencement ceremony was held on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center on the Brandeis campus. Congratulations, graduates!

Sunday, May 17th

PhD Dissertation Defense

Allyson Gonzalez defended her dissertation entitled "Reconfiguring Jewish Spain:  Sephardic Cultural Politics 1914-1968"

July 30, 2015

PhD Dissertation Defense

Malka  Zeiger Simkovich defended her dissertation entitled "Let All Life be in Common: Jewish Universalism from the Hebrew Bible through the Second Temple Period"

July 28, 2015

PhD Dissertation Defense

Joshua N Cypess defended his dissertation entitled, "Jewish Medical Culture:  Case Studies in End-of-Life Decision Making"

May 28, 2015

Meet the Majors Ice Cream Social

Get the "scoop" on Fall 2016 course offerings in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

Thursday, March 31 | 11:30-1:00

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