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Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program

Resources

Calendar of Spring 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011
7:30 p.m.

Northridge Center Auditorium in the University Student Union on the CSUN campus

Lessons of the Holocaust
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Dr. Stephen Berk is Professor of History at Union College in Schenectady, New York. He is the author of Year of Crisis, Year of Hope: Russian Jewry and the Pogroms of 1881-1882 (Greenwood Press, 1985). He is also the author of many articles on Russian Jewish history, anti-Semitism and American policy in the Middle East. Professor Berk is frequently consulted by newspaper reporters and by television and radio stations including the BBC. He has been a consultant to the Wiesenthal Holocaust Center in Los Angeles and received the prestigious Holocaust Memorial Award from the Holocaust Survivors and Friends Education Center. Berk is considered an absolutely superb lecturer and teacher.

Lecture is free of charge and open to the public.

Please RSVP by calling (818) 677 – 4724 or email jewish.studies@csun.edu to reserve a seat. Click here for a map and instructions for parking at CSUN ($6).

This event is co-sponsored by CSUN's Provost Office and Temple Ahavat Shalom.


Sunday, February 6, 2011
10:00 a.m.

6731 Fallbrook Ave., West HillsLeaving the Fold

"Leaving the Fold" and "Circumcise Me"

"Leaving the Fold"(2008) is an award-winning documentary film focusing on five young people who have chosen to leave the ultra-Orthodox world in which they were raised for the modern and secular world. These choices have come at great costs they face denunciation, ostracism, and the loss of who they were - and lost their families who mourn the loss of their children from the world they believe to be ordained from God. In English(occasional Hebrew and French have some subtitles), It is 52 minutes in length.

"Circumcise me" (2007) is a "hilarious, searching and moving story" about the decidedly unorthodox faith journey of stand-up comedian Yisrael Campbell from Circumcise Mehis errant youth, which included drug addiction and a deep aversion to organized religion, to his conversion, not once but thrice, to Judaism--Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox. Born Chris Campbell, the son of a Catholic school teacher and ex-nun in Philadelphia, he tells his story of faith and identity through humor. In English, 48 minutes .

The films are suitable for adults and teenagers and will be followed by Q & A with CSUN Jewish Studies Faculty.

Limited Seating 2 tickets per RSVP
Please call (818) 677-4724
or email jewish.studies@csun.edu to reserve a seat

Co-Sponsored by Adat Ari El, Temple Ahavat Shalom, Temple Aliyah,Temple Kol Tikvah, Shomrei Torah Synagogue and Valley Beth Shalom.


Friday, February 11, 2011
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Jerome Richfield 201

Israel through Archaeology: Past, Present, FutureArchaeologist
Presented by Moshe Goldin, licensed Israel tour guide, former geography teacher

Moshe Goldin, a licensed Israel Tour Guide, will speak about archaeology in Israel today. In addition to showing examples of pottery and artifacts found in archeological sites, he will also discuss some of the current controversies within Israeli archeology today.

Please call (818) 677-4724 or email jewish.studies@csun.edu to reserve a seat


Tuesday, February 15, 2011
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Sierra Hall 314 on the CSUN campus

The Animal in Us
Aaron S. Gross, Ph.D.

description of pictureProfessor Gross will discuss the way that religious teachings about animals are meant as lessons about human nature. He will focus on the descriptions of animals within the biblical creation story and the development of Jewish environmental ethics.

Aaron S. Gross is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at University of San Diego. His work has been published in Shofar, the Journal of Central Conference of American Rabbis, and Tikkun Magazine.

Lecture is free of charge and open to the public.

Please RSVP by calling (818) 677 – 4724 or email jewish.studies@csun.edu to reserve a seat.Click here for a map and instructions for parking at CSUN ($6).


Thursday , February 17, 2011
5:30 p.m.

Jerome Richfield 319

Traces of Memory: In Search of Poland's Hidden Jewish Past
Presented by Professor Jonathan Webber

What has been left behind after the Holocaust, and how can it be understood? This slide-lecture, illustrated with the superb photographs of the late Chris Schwarz, contrasts the ruins of pre-Holocaust Jewish life in Poland with the current Polish interest in acknowledging and preserving its Jewish heritage.

Rymanow Synagogue

Jonathan Webber, a British social anthropologist, is a professor at the Institute of European Studies at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków (Poland). He taught for twenty years at the University of Oxford, followed by eight years as the UNESCO Chair in Jewish and Interfaith Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK), from which he retired in 2010. He started anthropological fieldwork in Galicia in 1988, a project which resulted in the establishment of the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków, Poland, and publication of his book Rediscovering Traces of Memory:The Jewish Heritage of Polish Galicia (Indiana University Press, 2009). A member of the International Council of the Auschwitz Museum since it was founded in 1990, Prof. Webber has been awarded the Gold Cross of Poland’s Order of Merit for services to Polish–Jewish dialogue. 

Please call (818) 677-4724 or email jewish.studies@csun.edu to reserve a seat.

 

The "Traces of Memory" photography exhibit can be viewed at Pepperdine University from February 1 - April 25, 2011. Click link to connect to the exhibit website.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Jerome Richfield 315Replica of Kaifeng Synagogue

In Search of China's Hidden Jewish Past: China's Jews, Then and Now
Presented by Shi Lei

Hear the fascinating story of the Chinese Jews, including the current resurgence of the Kaifeng Jewish community and Chinese Jews’ exploration of Judaism.

A national tour guide leading groups to cities with Jewish sites of interest in China, Shi Lei is a descendent of the historic Shi LeiJewish community of Kaifeng who has studied Torah in Jerusalem. Shi Lei has studied Hebrew and Jewish studies for three years in Israel, and he is an experienced lecturer. Shi Lei will discuss what Jewish traditions were lost in Kaifeng and what was preserved through the centuries, and what some young Chinese Jews are doing to re-connect to their roots now.

Please call (818) 677-4724 or email jewish.studies@csun.edu to reserve a seat.

For more information about the speaker, click here.

 


Friday, March 4, 2011Testimony
11-12:15 p.m.

Jerome Richfield 201

My Story: A Holocaust Testimony

 

Michael Mark, a Holocaust survivor, will be speaking about his experiences before, during, and after his experiences in World War II. This talk will take place in a CSUN Jewish Studies class, and the public is invited.

There is limited seating at these lectures, so please RSVP by calling (818) 677-4724 or emailing jewish.studies@csun.edu


Wednesday, March 23, 2011
5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Whitsett Room (Sierra Hall 451)

Jesus, Paul, and Gender in Roman JudeaJesus and Jerusalem Temple

 

In recognition of the new book by CSUN Religious Studies Department chair Rick Talbott, entitled Jesus, Paul, and Power (Cascade Books, 2010).

Aryeh Cohen of American Jewish University and Joshua Garroway of Hebrew Union College will be discussing how Jesus and his early followers challenged the prevailing norms and institutions of Roman Judea. Dr. Talbott will respond to their remarks and sign books. Celebratory reception follows.

Rabbi Joshua Garroway, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of New Testament and Second Commonwealth Judaism, is on the faculty of the Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles. His first book, in preparation, is entitled Neither Jew Nor Gentile, But Both: Paul's Christians as Gentile-Jews. Itexplores the ways in which Paul's epistle to the Romans constructs Jewish identity, and the role this played in the ensuing emergence of Christianity.

Rabbi Aryeh Cohen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Rabbinic Literature, is on the faculty of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University, Los Angeles. He is the author of Rereading Talmud: Gender, Law and the Poetics of Sugyot, co-editor of Beginning/Again: Towards a Hermeneutics of Jewish Texts, and the forthcoming book Justice in the City: Toward a Community of Obligation.

There is limited seating, so please RSVP by calling (818) 677-4724 or emailing jewish.studies@csun.edu

 


Thursday, March 24, 2011
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Sierra Hall 314 description of picture

Spirituality Through Kabbalah
Yehuda Grundman, Kabbalah Centre teacher

How does a person achieve a high level of spiritual consciousness, while still remaining connected to present-day society? Yehuda Grundman, one of the top teachers of Kabbalah Centre International, will be addressing this and other fundamental life challenges.

Please RSVP by calling (818) 677 – 4724 or email jewish.studies@csun.edu to reserve a seat.Click here for a map and instructions for parking at CSUN ($6).


Wednesday, April 13, 2011
7:30 p.m.

Laemmle Fallbrook Theater Film
6731 Fallbrook Ave. West Hills, CA

Klezmatics: On Holy Ground

This delightful documentary depicts four years in the life of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, the most renowned band in the recent Yiddish folk music revival. This multi-ethnic band incorporates diverse musical influences such as gospel, Celtic, and American protest songs, making a statement about Jewish survival and values. The film depicts the members’ life stories and follows them on their tours – Los Angeles, New York, Wisconsin, Poland and Israel – as they continue to make music against formidable odds. In English, 106 minutes, to be followed by Q & A with CSUN Jewish Studies faculty.

Co-Sponsored by Adat Ari El, Temple Ahavat Shalom, Temple Aliyah, Temple Kol Tikvah, Shomrei Torah Synagogue, and Valley Beth Shalom

Film is free of charge.

Please RSVP by calling (818) 677 – 4724 or email jewish.studies@csun.edu to reserve spots.

 


Thursday, April 14, 2011 Rabbi Ariel Bar Tzadok
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Sierra Hall 314

Kabbalist Rabbi Ariel Bar Tzadok

presenting

"Classical Torah Kabbalah"

Born and raised in New York, Ariel Bar Tzadok studied in some of the finest Sephardic yeshivot in Jerusalem, including Porat Yosef (Old City) under Hakham Shalom Kohen. He received his rabbinic ordination (Haredi Ultra-Orthodox) from Rabbi Ya'akov Peretz of Collel Hekhal Pinhas. He became the private student of the renowned kabbalist Rebbe Meir Levi of Jerusalem. Upon returning to the United States, Rabbi Bar Tzadok augmented his education with studies in Jungian psychology at the Center in New York. He is currently living and teaching in Los Angeles.

This accomplished teacher and writer will be sharing his teachings and his concerns regarding Jewish spirituality today.

Click here to visit his Rabbi Bar Tzadok's website.

Please RSVP by calling (818) 677 – 4724 or email jewish.studies@csun.edu to reserve spots.


Thursday, April 28, 2011The Sabbbath
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Sierra Hall 314

Rabbi Jan Offel

presenting

"Abraham Joshua Heschel: Nature, Spirituality, and Repairing the World"

Rabbi Offel will discuss Heschel's teachings in his classic work, The Sabbath, with reference to our current ecological crisis. Heschel's reflections on time, nature, and civilization provide a spiritual perspective on the challenges we face in the world today.

Jan Offel, rabbi of Temple Kol Tikvah of Woodland Hills, is a multi-talented Jewish leader with long experience in pastoral work, teaching, and business. She served as Jewish Hospice Chaplain with Kaiser Permanente, and is noted for her work in fostering community care for the sick. Rabbi Offel is a member of the Senior Resource Faculty of the National Center for Jewish Healing, for which she wrote "The Mitzvah of Bikkur Cholim: A Model for Building Community in Contemporary Synagogues,” and is a Partner of the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health.

Please RSVP by calling (818) 677 – 4724 or email jewish.studies@csun.edu to reserve spots.


Monday, May 2, 2011 Bending Toward the Sun poster
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

CSUN Jewish Studies Program with Temple Valley Beth Shalom
15739 Ventura Blvd. Encino, CA 91436

Yom HaShoah -- Holocaust Remembrance Day Program

Rabbi Ed Feinstein will lead a brief memorial ceremony for the victims of the Shoah, followed by a presentation by Leslie Gilbert-Lurie, author (with Rita, her survivor mother) of Bending Towards the Sun (Harper Collins, 2009). Leslie Gilbert-Lurie weaves her mother's story into her own about growing up as daughter of a survivor.


Free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by The “1939” Club