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Wed, Oct 28
12:00PM
Wed, Oct 28
12:00PM

book talk

New Works Wednesdays – The Sultan's Communists: Moroccan Jews and the Politics of Belonging – Live on Zoom

The third in our series exploring new research. Alma Rachel Heckman discusses her new book "The Sultan's Communists: Moroccan Jews and the Politics of Belonging."

The Sultan's Communists uncovers the history of Jewish radical involvement in Morocco's national liberation project and examines how Moroccan Jews envisioned themselves participating as citizens in a newly-independent Morocco. Closely following the lives of five prominent Moroccan Jewish Communists (Léon René Sultan, Edmond Amran El Maleh, Abraham Serfaty, Simon Lévy, and Sion Assidon), Alma Rachel Heckman describes how Moroccan Communist Jews fit within the story of mass Jewish exodus from Morocco in the 1950s and '60s, and how they survived oppressive post-independence authoritarian rule under the Moroccan monarchy to ultimately become heroic emblems of state-sponsored Muslim-Jewish tolerance.

The figures at the center of Heckman's narrative stood at the intersection of colonialism, Arab nationalism, and Zionism. Their stories unfolded in a country that, upon independence from France and Spain in 1956, allied itself with the United States (and, more quietly, Israel) during the Cold War, while attempting to claim a place for itself within the fraught politics of the post-independence Arab world. The Sultan's Communists contributes to the growing literature on Jews in the modern Middle East and provides a new history of twentieth-century Jewish Morocco.

Alma Rachel Heckman is Neufeld-Levin Chair of Holocaust Studies and Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Wed, Oct 28
02:00PM
Wed, Oct 28
02:00PM

book club

LBI Book Club, Vol V, Part 2: Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin – Live on Zoom

The Jewish author Bruno Alfred Döblin is best-known as the author of Berlin Alexanderplatz (1929). The book became a best seller in the Weimar Republic, selling over 50,000 copies in just two years. The meandering story of Franz Biberkopf, ex-con, pimp, small-time criminal, and ordinary Joe trying to stay on the straight and narrow, captured life in 1920s Berlin like no other document. It was banned and burned under the Nazi regime, but recovered in the postwar era and canonized as a modernist masterpiece.

Bruno Alfred Döblin (1878 – 1957) was a German novelist, essayist, and doctor, best known for this novel. A prolific writer whose work spans more than half a century and a wide variety of literary movements and styles, Döblin is one of the most important figures of German literary modernism. His complete works comprise over a dozen novels ranging in genre from historical novels to science fiction to novels about the modern metropolis; several dramas, radio plays, and screenplays; a true crime story; a travel account; two book-length philosophical treatises; scores of essays on politics, religion, art, and society; and numerous letters—his complete works, republished by Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag and Fischer Verlag, span more than thirty volumes. Döblin fled to Paris and then the United States in the Nazi period, but returned to Europe after the war, living in Paris and dying in West Germany.

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About the Speaker:

Peter Jelavich, our guest expert for this month, is a Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University. Previously, Jelavich was professor of history and chair of the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows (1979-1981) and he received his PhD from Princeton University in 1982. Jelavich specializes in the cultural and intellectual history of Europe since the Enlightenment, with emphasis on Germany. He is the author of Munich and Theatrical Modernism: Politics, Playwriting, and Performance, 1890-1914 (1985), Berlin Cabaret (1993), and Berlin Alexanderplatz: Radio, Film, and the Death of Weimar Culture (2006).


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Sun, Nov 01
12:00PM
Sun, Nov 01
12:00PM

conference

Psalmody through the Ages: Music and the Book of Psalms - A Four-Part Digital Conference on Zoom

The book of Psalms echoes from the ancient Jerusalem Temple to the modern concert hall, and its role as an inspiration for musical works is unquestionable. In this digital conference, we bring together scholars from across disciplines to begin to answer the following question: How are we to understand the relationship between the book of Psalms and the music it inspires?

Presented by The Jewish Music Forum, with the support of The UCLA Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music.

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Wed, Nov 04
12:00PM
Wed, Nov 04
12:00PM

book talk

New Works Wednesdays – The Baghdadi Jews in India: Maintaining Communities, Negotiating Identities and Creating Super-Diversity – Live on Zoom

The fourth in our series exploring new research. Shalva Weil discusses her new book "The Baghdadi Jews in India: Maintaining Communities, Negotiating Identities and Creating Super-Diversity."

This book explores the extraordinary differentiation of the Baghdadi Jewish community over time during their sojourn in India from the end of the eighteenth century until their dispersion to Indian diasporas in Israel and English-speaking countries throughout the world after India gained independence in 1947.

Chapters on schools, institutions and culture present how Baghdadis in India managed to maintain their communities by negotiating multiple identities in a stratified and complex society. Several disciplinary perspectives are utilized to explore the super-diversity of the Baghdadis and the ways in which they successfully adapted to new situations during the Raj, while retaining particular traditions and modifying and incorporating others. Providing a comprehensive overview of this community, the contributions to the book show that the legacy of the Baghdadi Jews lives on for Indians today through landmarks and monuments in Mumbai, Pune and Kolkata, and for Jews, through memories woven by members of the community residing in diverse diasporas.

Shalva Weil is Senior Researcher at the Research Institute for Innovation in Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and Research Fellow in the Department of Biblical Studies and Ancient Studies at the University of South Africa.

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Wed, Nov 04
03:00PM
Wed, Nov 04
03:00PM

lecture

In contrast to vital records, family photos do not impart clear, standardized information and have always posed a genealogical challenge. In 2019, amateur genealogist and data scientist Scott Genzer developed a technique for using free online facial recognition tools to identify people in photographs, and has successfully applied it to historical photos of the Jewish community of his ancestral town, Mielec, Poland, among others. In this presentation, he will offer a detailed demonstration of this technique and explain how it may help you break through some of your genealogical brick walls.

This program is sponsored by the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute. It is supported, in part, by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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Sun, Nov 08
12:00PM
Sun, Nov 08
12:00PM

conference

Psalmody through the Ages: Music and the Book of Psalms - A Four-Part Digital Conference on Zoom

The book of Psalms echoes from the ancient Jerusalem Temple to the modern concert hall, and its role as an inspiration for musical works is unquestionable. In this digital conference, we bring together scholars from across disciplines to begin to answer the following question: How are we to understand the relationship between the book of Psalms and the music it inspires?

Presented by The Jewish Music Forum, with the support of The UCLA Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music.

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Mon, Nov 09
07:30PM
Mon, Nov 09
07:30PM

commemoration

Kristallnacht and Its Aftermath - Remembering Terezin: A Tribute to the Artists who Perished in the Holocaust - Livestream

Join us in commemoration of Kristallnacht for a tribute to artists who perished in the Holocaust. The evening will include performances by young artists from Mannes School of Music, poetry readings and an excerpt from the highly acclaimed film, “The Last Flight of Petr Ginz,” with a message from Peter Ginz's sister Chava Pressburger, a Holocaust survivor.

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Tue, Nov 10
01:00PM
Tue, Nov 10
01:00PM

sidney krum young artists concert series

Joel Engel's "Jewish Folksongs" Volumes I & II – Live on Facebook & YouTube

Join us for a performance of Joel Engel's Jewish Folksongs (Volume I, 1909/ Volume II, 1912). These 20 arrangements, which frame the folksongs with classical piano accompaniments, proved to be very influential. They inspired the Society for Jewish Folk Music and the composers affiliated with it to create a vast oeuvre of similar work. Engel's work also provided a source for a variety of other composers who used Yiddish folksongs in their music including, famously, Prokofiev's Overture on Hebrew Themes whose second theme is taken from the second song of this cycle. These 20 songs will be performed by singer Lucy Fitz Gibbon with pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, with a special guest appearance by Yurie Mitsuhashi.

The Sidney Krum Young Artists Concert Series is made possible by a generous gift from the Estate of Sidney Krum. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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Wed, Nov 11
12:00PM
Wed, Nov 11
12:00PM

book talk

New Works Wednesdays – The Jews of 18th-Century Jamaica: A Testamentary History of a Diaspora in Transition – Live on Zoom

The fifth in our series exploring new research. Stanley Mirvis discusses his new book "The Jews of Eighteenth-Century Jamaica: A Testamentary History of a Diaspora in Transition."

An in-depth look at the Portuguese Jews of Jamaica and their connections to broader European and Atlantic trade networks.

Based on last wills and testaments composed by Jamaican Jews between 1673 and 1815, this book explores the social and familial experiences of one of the most critical yet understudied nodes of the Atlantic Portuguese Jewish Diaspora. Stanley Mirvis examines how Jamaica’s Jews put down roots as traders, planters, pen keepers, physicians, fishermen, and metalworkers, and reveals how their presence shaped the colony as much as settlement in the tropical West Indies transformed the lives of the island’s Jews.

Stanley Mirvis is an assistant professor of history in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, and the Harold and Jean Grossman Chair of Jewish Studies, at Arizona State University.

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Wed, Nov 11
04:00PM
Wed, Nov 11
04:00PM

discussion

In a series of discussions with leading scholars of modern Jewish history and the Holocaust, our new "Family Affairs" series explores researching and writing about Jewish experience from a distinctively personal perspective.

We will also discuss projects in the making, with scholars who are currently working on their books that either trace their family history or take this connection as a point of departure for their research. Despite their different disciplinary approaches and geographic scope, what these scholars share is the challenge of life-writing about close relatives. How does this experience change their thinking about Jewish history and their experience of writing it? What do these family affairs reveal to them in different ways?

Meri-Jane Rochelson and Devin E. Naar will discuss their projects and personal histories in Ashkenazi and Sephardi contexts, in conversation with Natalia Aleksiun.

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Thu, Nov 12
12:00PM
Thu, Nov 12
12:00PM

lecture

At the Crossroads of Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian-Speaking Worlds: The History of Bukharian Jews (Part 1 of 2) – Live on Zoom

The culture and history of Bukharian Jews is situated at the unique, intersection of Sephardic, Mizrahi and Russian-speaking Jewish identities. Through this 2-part learning series, we will explore the multilayered, rich story of this millennia-old community—discovering the ways in which they have developed their mosaic culture through a dynamic interaction with the dominant and changing societies surrounding them. Our discussion will also shed light on how their experiences fit into the broader historical saga of the Jewish people. Presented by Ruben Shimonov.

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Sun, Nov 15
12:00PM
Sun, Nov 15
12:00PM

conference

Psalmody through the Ages: Music and the Book of Psalms - A Four-Part Digital Conference on Zoom

The book of Psalms echoes from the ancient Jerusalem Temple to the modern concert hall, and its role as an inspiration for musical works is unquestionable. In this digital conference, we bring together scholars from across disciplines to begin to answer the following question: How are we to understand the relationship between the book of Psalms and the music it inspires?

Presented by The Jewish Music Forum, with the support of The UCLA Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music.

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Wed, Nov 18
12:00PM
Wed, Nov 18
12:00PM

book talk

New Works Wednesdays – Cities of Splendour in the Shaping of Sephardi History – Live on Zoom

The sixth in our series exploring new research. Jane Gerber discusses her new book "Cities of Splendour in the Shaping of Sephardi History."

Sephardi identity has meant different things at different times, but has always entailed a connection with Spain, from which the Jews were expelled in 1492. While Sephardi Jews have lived in numerous cities and towns throughout history, certain cities had a greater impact in the shaping of their culture. This book focuses on those that may be considered most important, from Cordoba in the tenth century to Toledo, Venice, Safed, Istanbul, Salonica, and Amsterdam at the dawn of the seventeenth century. Each served as a venue in which a particular dimension of Sephardi Jewry either took shape or was expressed in especially intense form. Significantly, these cities were mostly heterogeneous in their population and culture - half of them under Christian rule and half under Muslim rule - and this too shaped the Sephardi world-view and attitude. While Sephardim cultivated a distinctive identity, they felt at home in the cultures of their adopted lands. Drawing upon a variety of both primary and secondary sources, Jane Gerber demonstrates that Sephardi history and culture have always been multifaceted.

Jane S. Gerber is Professor Emerita of History and director of the Institute for Sephardic Studies at the Graduate Center of the CUNY. She is a past president of the Association for Jewish Studies. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, the Hebrew University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Jewish Theological Seminary, and has lectured widely in the United States and elsewhere. She headed the Advisory Board of the American Sephardi Federation and served on the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History and the Academic Board of the Rothberg School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Wed, Nov 18
01:00PM
Wed, Nov 18
01:00PM

panel discussion

Fermenting and Foraging: Resourcefulness in the Historical and Contemporary Kitchen – Live on Zoom

Today, techniques such as fermenting and foraging are increasingly appealing to those seeking to create economical, nourishing, waste-free meals. This panel, moderated by Jane Ziegelman, will explore today’s innovative tactics and the historical precedents for these strategies in the Ashkenazi Jewish immigrant kitchen at the turn of the 20th century.

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Thu, Nov 19
12:00PM
Thu, Nov 19
12:00PM

lecture

At the Crossroads of Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian-Speaking Worlds: The History of Bukharian Jews (Part 2 of 2) – Live on Zoom

The culture and history of Bukharian Jews is situated at the unique, intersection of Sephardic, Mizrahi and Russian-speaking Jewish identities. Through this 2-part learning series, we will explore the multilayered, rich story of this millennia-old community—discovering the ways in which they have developed their mosaic culture through a dynamic interaction with the dominant and changing societies surrounding them. Our discussion will also shed light on how their experiences fit into the broader historical saga of the Jewish people. Presented by Ruben Shimonov.

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Sun, Nov 22
12:00PM
Sun, Nov 22
12:00PM

conference

Psalmody through the Ages: Music and the Book of Psalms - A Four-Part Digital Conference on Zoom

The book of Psalms echoes from the ancient Jerusalem Temple to the modern concert hall, and its role as an inspiration for musical works is unquestionable. In this digital conference, we bring together scholars from across disciplines to begin to answer the following question: How are we to understand the relationship between the book of Psalms and the music it inspires?

Presented by The Jewish Music Forum, with the support of The UCLA Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music.

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Wed, Nov 25
12:00PM
Wed, Nov 25
12:00PM

book talk

New Works Wednesdays – Don Isaac Abravanel: An Intellectual Biography – Live on Zoom

The seventh in our series exploring new research. Cedric Cohen-Skalli discusses his new book "Don Isaac Abravanel: An Intellectual Biography."

Don Isaac Abravanel (1437–1508) was one of the great inventors of Jewish modernity. A merchant, banker, and court financier, a scholar versed in both Jewish and Christian writings, a preacher and exegete, a prominent political actor in royal entourages and Jewish communities, Abravanel was one of the greatest leaders and thinkers of Iberian Jewry in the aftermath of the expulsion of 1492. This book, the first new intellectual biography of Abravanel in twenty years, depicts his life in three cultural milieus—Portugal, Castile, and post-expulsion Italy—and analyzes his major literary accomplishments in each period. Abravanel was a traditionalist with innovative ideas, a man with one foot in the Middle Ages and the other in the Renaissance. An erudite scholar, author of a monumental exegetical opus that is still studied today, and an avid book collector, he was a transitional figure, defined by an age of contradictions. Yet, it is these very contradictions that make him such an important personality for understanding the dawn of Jewish modernity.

Cedric Cohen-Skalli teaches early modern and modern Jewish philosophy at the University of Haifa and is the director of the Bucerius Institute for the Research of Contemporary German History and Society.

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Tue, Dec 01
04:00PM
Tue, Dec 01
04:00PM

book talk

In response to a precipitous rise in the price of kosher meat, thousands of Jewish women took to the streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side on May 15, 1902. Their stated intention was to shut down every kosher butcher shop until prices came down. What was conceived as a nonviolent effort did not remain so for long. In The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902: Immigrant Housewives and the Riots That Shook New York City (University of Nebraska Press, 2020), writer and historian Scott D. Seligman tells the twin stories of the Beef Trust, the midwestern cartel that conspired to keep meat prices high despite efforts by the U.S. government to curtail its nefarious practices, and the mostly uneducated female immigrants who discovered their collective consumer power. With few resources and little experience but a great deal of steely determination, this group of women organized themselves into a potent fighting force, and in their first foray into the political arena in their adopted country, successfully challenged powerful vested corporate interests and set a pattern for future generations to follow.

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