Upcoming Events


Let's Speak Arabic!

October 19, 2021

Meeting on: 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, & 11/30
Shapiro Campus Center, Rm 313, 7:00 - 8:00 PM EDT

Join the Arabic program every other Tuesday for a chance to practice your Arabic, get to know your fellow peers, and to learn more about Arab culture!

Meet the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Majors

October 25, 2021

Monday, Oct. 25, 2021
1:30 - 2:30 pm
Lown 315

Cider, Donuts, & a sneak peak at spring 2022 courses

With UDRs and NEJS Faculty!

October 27, 2021

Wednesday, October 27th - Monday, November 1st

For more information on any of these programs, contact hebrew@brandeis.edu

Sponsored by the Hebrew Program at Brandeis University with support from the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies.

November 4, 2021

12:15 - 1:30 PM

Yaacov Yadgar is the Stanley Lewis Professor of Israel Studies at the University of Oxford and Fellow at St Anne's College. His research revolves around issues of Jewish identity, religion, politics, and secularism. He focuses on placing Israel in theoretical and epistemological frameworks that bear obvious relevance beyond the specific case history. His scholarship is multidisciplinary, encompassing Jewish, political, cultural, religious, and media studies. He concentrates on Israeli socio-politics (especially Israeli Judaism) and on the epistemological, historical, and political dimensions of Israeli identity.

Professor Yadgar’s two most recent books, "Israel’s Jewish Identity Crisis: State and Politics in the Middle East" (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and "Sovereign Jews: Israel, Zionism, and Judaism" (SUNY Press, 2017), revolve around a basic question of the Israel polity: What is the meaning of Jewish sovereignty in Israel? This fundamental question, which ultimately revolves around Zionism’s charged relation with its own Jewish roots and Israel’s subsequent unresolved claim to a non-religious Jewish identity stands at the core of Israeli socio-politics and shapes the politics of the Middle East at large. 

Registration is Required.

November 18, 2021

12:15 - 1:30 PM

Shay Hazkani is Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research and teaching focuses on social and cultural history of Palestine/Israel, and Middle Eastern Jews. He is the author of "Dear Palestine: A Social History of the 1948 War" (Stanford University Press, 2021). Shay received his PhD in History and Judaic studies from New York University, his MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, and his BA in Middle Eastern Studies from Tel Aviv University. He has been involved in various struggles over archival declassification policies in Israel. In 2019, he petitioned the Israeli Supreme Court together with the Association for Civil Rights to compel the Israeli domestic intelligence service, the Shin Bet, to open its archives to the public. Prior to his academic career, Prof. Hazkani worked as a journalist covering the West Bank and Israeli military.

Registration is Required.

December 2, 2021

12:15 - 1:30 PM

David Ellenson was past Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, and Chancellor Emeritus and former President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. His most recent book, "American Jewish Thought Since 1934: Writings on Identity, Engagement, and Belief," was co-authored with Michael Marmur. His seminar topic for this session is based upon an article of the same title that was co-written with Nicole Maor, which will appear in a forthcoming issue of "Israel Studies."

Registration is Required.