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Lecture with Visiting Professor of Rabbinics at CJS, Charlotte Fonrobert, Stanford University

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 5:00pm

GTU Library, Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Rd, Berkeley, CA

Co-Sponsored by the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies

Fiddler@50: Interview & Concert with Theodore Bikel

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 8:00pm
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA. $34 in advance, $37 at the door. Tickets available at Freight & Salvage http://www.thefreight.org/ticketinformation. Tel. 510-644-2020, x120

Did Noah and Jonah Share the Same Boat? How Similar Stories Say Opposite Things About the Human Soul

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 7:00pm

with Judy Klitsner

The stories of Noah and Jonah share a remarkable number of details, including: water, boats, a divinely-decreed catastrophe, and a prophet's desperate need to escape. These comparisons will lead us to a surprising inverse relationship between the stories, including opposing views on the question:  is it really possible for human beings to change?

Book Reading by David Ehrlich

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 5:30pm

author of “Who Will Die Last: Stories of Life in Israel”

Richard Dinner Board Room

2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

"Aesthetics of Sacred Space" - Madrasa/Midrasha Day of Learning

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 5:30pm

Madrasa/Midrasha Day of Learning sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies

Speakers:

Rizwan Mawani, Educator and Scholar, MA Student, Center for Islamic Studies, GTU
Francesco Spagnolo, Curator at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
Carol Bier (moderator), Islamic Art Historian, Visiting Scholar, Center for Islamic Studies, GTU
 

Location: GTU Library, Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

Seidman travels to Warsaw, home of her father and his diary

Naomi Seidman, Koret Professor of Jewish Culture and Director of the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies, received an invitation to Warsaw by Anna Cialowicz, the Polish translator of Hillel Seidman's “Diary of the Warsaw Ghetto.” Hillel was a Jewish historian, Yiddish journalist, and community activist, in addition to being Naomi's late father. The diary will be published in Poland this spring, coinciding with the seventieth anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the largest Jewish revolt of World War II.

The Marriage Plot: Sexuality, Secularization, and the Emergence of Modern Jewish Literature with Naomi Seidman

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Secularization involved, among other transformations, the shift in sexual, romantic, and marital practices and structures. In this talk, we will explore the ways that modern secular literature played a role in the romantic education of modernizing Jews, presenting new models of courtship, love, and marriage. Vegetarian dinner will be served. Co-sponsored with Moishe House East Bay Moishe House East Bay, 886 Euclid Ave. Berkeley, CA 94708

Naomi Seidman to Deliver Carleton College’s Forkosh Lecture in Judaic Studies

Naomi Seidman, a scholar who specializes in Jewish culture and literature, will deliver Carleton College’s annual Forkosh Family Lecture in Judaic Studies and Religion on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Severance Great Hall. Entitled “The Marriage Plot: Sexuality, Secularization and the Emergence of Modern Jewish Literature,” Seidman’s lecture will explore how the secularizing trends of the 18th and 19th centuries worked through art and literature to influence Jewish sexual norms. This event is free and open to the public.

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