2015–2016 Events

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

April 14, 2016

A Distinguished Faculty Lecture featuring Professor ChaeRan Freeze

Presented by the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program

Promise and Challenges of Latino Christianity in the United States

April 6, 2016

Christianity Lecture Series with Professor Maria Teresa Davila

Funded by the Robert and Myra Kraft and Jacob Hiatt Fund

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

April 5, 2016

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

Language and Apocalpyse: Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem

March 23, 2016

Lecture by Yotam Hotam, Haifa University

Pizza, Popcorn and NEJS: A Comedy Film Series

March 21, 2016

Our students and UDRs enjoyed an evening of comedy!

Film: "Cupcakes"

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

March 21, 2016

Christianity Lecture Series with Professor Jonathan L. Walton

A Panel Discussion

March 20, 2016

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

Hebrew Language and Arts Week!

March 7, 2016

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.

Pizza, Popcorn and NEJS: A Comedy Film Series

February 29, 2016

Our students and UDRs enjoyed an evening of comedy!

Film: "A Serious Man"

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

December 15, 2015

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

Dissertation Defense

December 8, 2015

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).

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

November 17, 2015

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

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

November 16, 2015

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.

NEJS Coffeehouse

November 12, 2015

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

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

October 22, 2015

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.

Re:Joyce: Women Changing the World

October 17, 2015

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.

Read the BrandeisNow article about this event
Meet the Majors!

October 15, 2015

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

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

October 8, 2015

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.

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

October 1, 2015

Professor Qiao's major research interests are American and British literature, literary theory, narratology and comparative literature studies. 

Sponsored by NEJS and the Martin Weiner Fund.

Divine Abandonment in the Priestly Writings of the Torah

September 11, 2015

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).

NEJS Graduate Students' Welcome Reception

August 26, 2015

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.

PhD Dissertation Defense

July 30, 2015

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

PhD Dissertation Defense

July 28, 2015

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

PhD Dissertation Defense

May 28, 2015

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