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.
Submitted by communications on Fri, 11/15/2013 - 12:09pm
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.
Submitted by communications on Sun, 10/13/2013 - 3:16pm
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":
Submitted by communications on Thu, 09/19/2013 - 10:09am
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.”
Submitted by communications on Thu, 05/02/2013 - 12:19pm
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.
Submitted by communications on Thu, 04/18/2013 - 1:14pm
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