Upcoming Events

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Jewish Women and Religious Change in Israel and the United States: Divergence and Dialogue

January 30, 2020

5:30 - 7:00 PM
Hadassah-Brandeis Institute 

Join us for a conversation about developments 
concerning Israeli women in Judaism, both Orthodox and non-Orthodox, and how they have impacted similar issues in the US. 

Featuring presentations by:

Moria Ran Ben Hai, Scholar in Residence at Hadassah-Brandeis InstituteHow Jewish Women Are Challenging Israeli Orthodoxy

Einat Libel-Hass, post doctoral fellow in the Sociology Department at Bar Ilan University; lecturer at Ashkelon Academic College in Israel: Jewish Women in Reform and Conservative Settings in Israel: Past, Present and Personal



Rabbi Stephanie Sanger-Miller, Assistant Director at Brandeis Hillel on Divergence and Dialogue - Israeli & US Developments

Student comment: 

Lily Schmidt-Swartz, '20 on Looking Forward.

Moderated by:

Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, The Shulamit Reinharz Director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and Director, Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and Law

Jonathan D. Sarna, University Professor, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History and Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies


Cosponsored with the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, in collaboration with the Jewish Feminist Association at Brandeis.

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Next Year in Argentina

February 12, 2020

7:00 - 9:00 PM
Rapaporte Treasure Hall,
Goldfarb Library

We invite you to a film screening of  "Next Year in Argentina," a documentary exploring Jewish-Argentine history, identity and attitudes towards Israel. Following the screening, join us for a panel discussion examining Argentinian Jewry and the subject of return migration.

Jonathan Sarna, Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies 

Raanan Rein, Elías Sourasky Professor of Latin American and Spanish History and Vice President of Tel Aviv University

Tali Flomenhoft, Associate Director of Parent and Family Giving at Brandeis University

Adrián Krupnik, postdoctoral fellow at Tel Aviv University and the University of Potsdam and a Schusterman Center for Israel Studies Summer Institute fellow. 

Moderated by:
Dalia Wassner, Ph.D., Director, HBI Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies

Cosponsored with The HBI Project in Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies (LAJGS) and The National Center for Jewish Film 

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The Invention of Jewish Theocracy: The Struggle for Legal Authority in Modern Israel

February 26, 2020

5:30 - 7:00 PM
Rapaporte Treasure Hall,
Goldfarb Library

Join us for a book launch and discussion of Professor Alexander Kaye's new book, The Invention of Jewish Theocracy: The Struggle for Legal Authority in Modern Israel. A book signing will follow. Books will be available for purchase. 


Alexander Kaye, Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Assistant Professor of Israel Studies, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University


David Katz, Visiting Professor in the Department of History, Brandeis University

Yehudah Mirsky, Professor, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University


Shayna Weiss, Associate Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University


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Armenian Ceramics: How the Art of a Genocide Survivor Changed the Face of Jerusalem

April 22, 2020

7:00 - 8:30 PM
Rapaporte Treasure Hall,
Goldfarb Library

Book talk with Sato Moughalian, author of Feast of Ashes - The Life and Art of David Ohannessian.

Ms. Moughalian will detail the lineage of her grandfather David Ohannessian’s ceramic tradition and document the critical roles his deportation and his own agency played in its transfer—aspects of the story obscured in the art historical narrative. She will speak about the process of coming to terms with her family’s past, the ways in which that served as an impetus to excavate and reconstruct her grandfather’s history through archival research, and the importance of preserving the stories of peoples displaced through migration.

Sato Moughalian is also an award-winning flutist in New York City and Artistic Director of Perspectives Ensemble, founded in 1993 at Columbia University. She serves as principal flutist of the American Modern Ensemble and Gotham Chamber Opera, and can be heard on more than thirty chamber music recordings. Since 2007, Ms. Moughalian has traveled to Turkey, England, Israel, Palestine, and France to uncover her grandfather’s traces and has published articles and given talks on the genesis of Jerusalem's Armenian ceramic art.

In Motion: Israeli and Palestinian Arts and Culture

April 26 - 27, 2020

Join us for our annual Schusterman Center for Israel Studies spring conference.

More information and registration.

Past Events

Recent events have included book talks by Daniel Gordis, Jonathan Sarna, Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, and Francine Klagsbrun; presentations by former MK, Dr. Rachel Adatto and Undergraduate Israel Travel Grant recipients; film showings and our annual conference featuring Rivka Carmi and Ambassador Daniel Shapiro.