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The Berkeley-Jerusalem Fellowship at the Graduate Theological Union and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

Pardes logoThe Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies are pleased to announce the establishment of a new fellowship for students pursuing an M.A. in Jewish Studies at the GTU, with supplementary studies at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem.

Islam as a Template for Jewish Self-Understanding presentation by Dr. Susannah Heschel

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 12:30pm

"Islam as a Template for Jewish Self-Understanding: Theology, Scholarship, and Politics in European Jewish Imagination, 1833 to 1933" presentation by Dr. Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College. 

 

Location:

GTU Library Dinner Board Room

2400 Ridge Road Berkeley, CA 94709 

 

Distinguished Rabbi Stephen Pearce to teach at Center for Jewish Studies with the support of the Koret Foundation

Stephen Pearce, Photo by Sydney Brown for SPUR

Rabbi Stephen Pearce, Photo by Sydney Brown for SPUR

Penn awarded Poland's Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit

Minister Michałowski decorates Shana Penn with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union is prould to announce that Shana Penn, Visiting Scholar and Chair of CJS Advisory Committee, was decorated with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Polish Republic, in Warsaw, on October 23, 2013. Penn is also Executive Director of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture which supports the programming of CJS.

The award is granted to foreigners who have rendered great service to Poland. The award was presented by Minister Jacek Michałowski, Head of the Chancellery of the President, on behalf of President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski.

Exploring sacred space

The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for Islamic Studies at the GTU co-sponsored their annual Madrasa/Midrasha Day of Learning on October 10 with over sixty people in attendance. Each year a topic is explored from both Jewish and Muslim perspectives.

Student Addresses America's History on Constitution Day

Randi Wren, M.A. student in Jewish Studies, addressed an intimate crowd on Monday, September 16, in the student lounge. Her Constitution Day talk stemmed from her thesis research on the theology behind the founding of America.

Here are some notable points from her talk, "The Founding Fathers and the Constitution: United by Belief in the Tenets of the Bible":

CJS Director Seidman remembers her father who documented life in Warsaw ghetto

Recently, Naomi Seidman, Director of the Center for Jewish Studies, traveled to Warsaw in commemoration of the uprising and the publication of her father's diary into Polish. Upon her return, the j profiled the important work her father did. An excerpt follows:

“My father was the archivist of the pre-war Warsaw Jewish community,” Seidman said in an interview. “He wrote in Polish, Hebrew and Yiddish, and was a Ph.D. of Jewish history.”

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.

Visions of Nationalism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Histories of Palestinian Nationalism

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 8:00pm

Presented by the Olive Tree Initiative Month of Ideas

Histories of Palestinian Nationalism - Visions of Nationalism Part 2

Professor Khalil Barhoum - Stanford University Professor of Literature, Culture, and Languages Jackie Husary - National General Coordinator for the Palestinian Youth Movement Omar Shakir - JD candidate, Stanford Law School, Fulbright Scholar (Syria), 2007-2008, Founding President, Stanford Students for Palestinian Equal Rights

24 Wheeler, UC Berkeley

Visions of Nationalism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - What is a Jewish State?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 7:30pm

Presented by the Olive Tree Initiative Month of Ideas

What is a Jewish State? - Visions of Nationalism Part 1

Daniel Sokatch, CEO of the New Israel Fund Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman - Rabbi of Berkeley Hillel Professor Yaacov Yadgar - UC Berkeley Political Science, Visiting Israeli Scholar

54 Barrows, UC Berkeley

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