Past Events and Podcasts

Can Israel be Both Jewish and Democratic?

regev hiddushMarch 30, 2017

An internationally renowned leader and advocate of religious liberty, Rabbi Uri Regev – President and CEO of Hiddush – spoke about the tension between the religious establishment in Israel and democratic values.

Hebrew Language and Arts Week

March 21-23, 2017yehoshua sobol

The Hebrew Language program hosted an interactive week of Hebrew language and arts, emphasizing the Experiential Learning method. Cosponsored by the Near Eastern & Judaic Studies Department, the Department of Theater Arts, the Schusterman Center, Hillel at Brandeis, Hillel International, and the Israeli Consulate, the week featured lectures by renknowned playright Yehoshua (Joshua) Sobol.

The Last Words: The Fate of the Ladino Language in Turkeyender

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Filmmaker Rita Ender screened and discussed her documentary film, with commentary provided by Schusterman Center and Anthropology Department visiting professor André Levy.

Among the Righteous:
Jews in Arab Lands During the Holocaust

A Talk by Dr. Robert Satloffsatloff poster

January 25, 2017

As International Holocaust day approached, we joined Dr. Robert Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Howard P. Berkowitz Chair in U.S. Middle East Policy. His talk focused on research for his book Among the Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust's Long Reach into Arab Lands.

An expert on Arab and Islamic politics as well as U.S. Middle East policy, Dr. Satloff has written and spoken widely on the Arab-Israeli peace process, the challenge of Political Islam, and the need to revamp U.S. public diplomacy in the Middle East.

The event was cosponsored by the Crown Center for Middle East Studies.

Jewishness in Israel – Online Course in January-February ben gurion and hazon ish

This online course was offered to Brandeis alumni and members of the Brandeis National Committee on three Tuesdays in January-February, 2017. Professor David Ellenson presented the topic in three live online seminars, provided readings and answered questions. For details...

Meet the Author: Abigail Jacobson

Oriental Neighbors: Middle Eastern Jews and Arabs in Mandatory Palestineabigail jacobson
November 22, 2016

A sizeable audience heard from David Ellenson, Ilan Troen, Eugene Sheppard and the author herself, followed by a book signing. Abigail Jacobson is the academic director of the Mediterranean Neighbors Program at the Van Leer Jerusalem Insitute and co-author of the Oriental Neighbors with Moshe Naorassistant professor in the department of Israel Studies at the University of Haifa.  

Cosponsored by the Crown Center for Middle East Studies.

From Anti-Zionism to Anti-Semitism: Preparing High School Students for the New Reality

November 14-15, 2016

200 educators took part in this conference in Ft. Lee, New Jersey which was developed by the Schusterman Center in order to help educators in Jewish high schools understand and deal with what their graduates are likely to experience in college. For program details, see here.

The program was cosponsored by the Avi Chai Foundation.

Reception for Eizenstat Undergraduate Travel Grantees

November 9, 2016

Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat attended our 3rd annual reception for grantees of the Frances Taylor Eizenstat '65 Undergraduate Israel Travel Grant Program. President Ron Liebowitz, provost Lisa Lynch, center director David Ellenson and audience members heard from last year's grantees who: Studied at Hebrew University; interned at the Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma; volunteered on a farm for school-leavers; researched Jewish law; and excavated antiquities.”

Where Does Responsibility Lie? Reframing the Israel-Palestine Conflict

david myers

September 20, 2016

A talk by David N. Myers drew a standing-room only crowd at the Mandel Center for the Humanities Reading Room. Dr. Myers is the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Professor of Jewish History at UCLA and has written widely in the fields of Jewish intellectual and cultural history. Amongst them is his book Between Jew and Arab: The Lost Voice of Simon Rawidowicz, published by Brandeis University Press in 2008.


Abraham Joshua Heschel and his Role in the Civil Rights Struggles of the 1960s


April 12, 2016

Michael Marmur is provost of Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem and spoke to a group of Brandeis and community members. His book Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Sources of Wonder was just published by University of Toronto Press.  More here...

Summoned: Identification and Religious Life in a Jewish Neighborhood

April 14, 2016

Israeli sociologist Iddo Tavory, Assistant Professor of Sociology at New York University, was invited by Brandeis' Department of Sociology to give this talk on the orthodox Jewish community in Los Angeles. 

Organized American Jewish Political Support for Israel, 1943-1963
An Historical Analysis

April 19, 2016
Moshe Fox

Dr. Moshe Fox graduated the Hebrew University with a BA from the Department of Jewish Studies, an MA from the Institute of Contemporary Jewry and a PhD in Contemporary Jewish Studies. During his tenure at the Foreign Ministry he was posted twice to the Embassy of Israel in Washington DC and to the Consulate General of Israel to the Mid-West (Chicago). More here...

Israel and the Media

media conference

April 3-4, 2016

This public conference featured Ethan Bronner as inaugural keynote speaker for the Ilan Troen Lecture on Contemporary Israel Affairs.
For program details and recording (coming soon)...

The program was cosponsored by the Israel Institute with support from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.

From Dual Loyalty to Offended Liberalism
Continuities and Discontinuities in the American Jewish - Israel Relationship


Tuesday, March 29

Dr. Daniel Gordis was introduced by Center director David Ellenson and compared the American Jewish attitude towards Israel at its independence, and now. The author of more than ten books, Gordis is a regular columnist for both the Jerusalem Post and for Bloomberg ViewMore here...

The Israeli Mosaic: Identity, Society and Religion
Pew Research Center Poll of Israeli Citizens

Tuesday, March 22, 2016pew survey

The Pew Research Center in Washington, DC and the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University have just concluded a unique and in-depth public opinion survey in Israel, polling a sample of 5600 Israeli Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, and others. Brig. Gen. (ret.) Meir Elran, senior researcher at the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) presented the findings. More...

The event was cosponsored with the Crown Center for Middle East Studies.

The Place of Justice and Human Rights in Israeli-Palestinian Peace Making:

An Insider's Perspective

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tal Becker spoke to an outsize crowd of students and Brandeis community members. Dr. Becker is author of Terrorism and the State, which won the Guggenheim Prize for best international law book. Becker is principal deputy legal adviser at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a senior member of the Israeli peace negotiation team. More...

Justice Louis Brandeis and the Transformation of American Zionism
Vision, Identity, and Legacy

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Part of the centennial series of events celebrating Justice Brandeis, this roundtable discussion examined how Louis Brandeis transformed, popularized, and idealized American Zionism in line with his progressive social ideals. More...
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Return to Casablanca: Jews, Muslims and an Israeli Anthropologist
by André Levy

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Dr. André Levy, visiting scholar at the Schusterman Center and senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, signed his book for a full audience of Brandeis community members and outside guests. The book was introduced by Dr. Roy Mittelman, director of the Jewish Studies program at City College of New York, who provided reflections on doing fieldwork in Morocco.

The Life and Legacy of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin

November 4, 2015

Brandeis University's Israel Studies faculty shared their reflections on the life and legacy of Yitzhak Rabin z"l followed by a dialogue with the audience. For details...

David Ellenson Delivers 52nd Simon Rawidowicz Memorial Lecture

To Reshape the World: Interpretation, Renewal, and Feminist Approaches to Jewish Law in America and Israel

November 3, 2015

David Ellenson is Director of the Schusterman Center and Visiting Professor in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis.  Watch the video.

Ronit Matalon Visits Brandeis Classroom

October 16, 2015Ronit Matalon 2015

Brandeis students in the class on "Breaking Boundaries in Contemporary Israeli Culture" were treated to a rare visit from Israeli author Ronit Matalon, who spoke about the sources of her writing and the writer's life.

"I imagine I write for twenty people who really really love literature and that my books are continuing a conversation that we have had and will have." Chair of Hebrew Literature Ilana Szobel introduced the author, with questions asked by her students and interested faculty who joined the group.

"Breaking Boundaries in Contemporary Israeli Culture" is a NEJS/Fine Arts cross-listed course taught jointly by Ilana Szobel and Gannit Ankori.

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Eizenstat Grant Reception and Q&A
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October 8, 2015

The Frances Taylor Eizenstat '65 Undergraduate Israel Travel Grants are competitive grants of $2500 each, awarded to undergraduates from any Brandeis department pursuing academic or career interests in Israel. Ambassador Eizenstat and President Lynch graced us with their presence at this reception featuring presentations from Grantees Ethan Stein, Emily Dworkin, Ilana Rosenbaum, Ohad Elhelo and Hannah Kober. Former Grantees Eliezer Buechler and Viktoria Bedo were also on hand.

For more details about the grant...

In the Aftermath of the Nuclear Deal:
The Middle East, Iran, the U.S. and Israel

October 1, 2015

Curious about the ramifications of the Iran nuclear deal? The Rapaporte Treasure Hall in Goldfarb Library was packed with an interested Brandeis audience as well as the general public. The panelists included Brandeis faculty experts and guest speakers from Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs and Bar-Ilan University's Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. Cosponsored by the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

For audiocast of each speaker...

Nira Pereg Featured in Rose Video Series

pereg still imageRose Video 07 | Nira Pereg
September 16, 2015

In conjunction with social media #AskaCurator day, "Rose Video 07 | Nira Pereg" Curator Gannit Ankori led a discussion on the artist's past work, the political and religious influences at play in her art making, and how this Israeli artist has evolved over time to arrive at the current Rose exhibition.  More...

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