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One Hundred Years since the Expedition: Reflections on An-ski and Jewish Ethnography

Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 2:00pm

This event, held one hundred years after S. An-ski’s expedition through Poland, will explore the findings and ramifications of An-ski’s ethnographic work and the construction of a traditional Eastern European past.  Reception following lecture.

Co-sponsored by the 28th Jewish Music Festival.

Easton Hall, 2401 Ridge Rd, Berkeley


A Profound Surprise: Presenting the History of Jews in Italy

The most surprising discovery for David Rosenberg-Wohl during his research into the life of Jews in Italy for a recent museum exhibit was the ambiguity of Jewish life in the Renaissance-era ghetto.

A joint Graduate Theological Union/UC Berkeley doctoral student in Jewish Studies, Rosenberg-Wohl was given the task of curating “Forging Italian Jewish Identities 1516-1870” for the Museo ItalioAmericano in San Francisco.

Naomi Sheindel Seidman

Graduate Theological Union
Koret Professor of Jewish Culture
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 1995

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley 1995
M.A., University of California, Davis 1984
B.A., Brooklyn College 1981

Phone: 510/649-2482

Deena Aranoff

Center for Jewish Studies
Senior Lecturer in Medieval Jewish Studies

Director of Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 2006

Ph.D., Columbia University





Student Work


Youngkeun Choi, Rethinking
Protestant Nationalism in Colonial
Korea, 1910-1945: Chŏng In-gwa
and the Christianization of Korea

Cross-Cultural Lens: Using multicultural theory to interpret Jesus

Kayko Driedger Hesslein’s daily life is both multicultural and multireligious: she is Canadian of Japanese and German descent and Lutheran. Her husband is both American and Jewish. Her two children have inherited all of these identities. Both as a pastor and as someone diving more deeply into theology, she has been trying to develop a language that explained her and her family’s multiplicious identities on a theological level.

Exploring Expressions of Orthodox Judaism

It was standing room only in Easton Hall for the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies' lively November 29 conference “Formations of Orthodoxy,” which explored Orthodox Jewish cultural formations in interwar Poland and post-Holocaust America.
The evening ended with a keynote talk by Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland.

Alumna Laurie Zoloth elected Vice President of AAR

Laurie Zoloth (Ph.D. '93) is Professor of Medical Humanities & Bioethics and Religion and Director of the Center for Bioethics, Science, and Society at Northwestern University and GTU's Alumna of the Year for 2005.

Belser brings interdisciplary scholarship to Harvard

Julia Watts BelserRabbi Julia Watts Belser (Ph.D. ‘08) will be Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and Jewish Ethics at Harvard Divinity School’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program for 2011-12.

Belser, who is Assistant Professor of Judaism at Missouri State University, strives to teach classic Jewish texts in ways that speak to contemporary longings.

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