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Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program

Resources

Calendar of Events Spring 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012Little Rose
10:00 a.m.

Laemmle Fallbrook Theatre
6731 Fallbrook Ave.
West Hills, CA

Little Rose

This prize-winning Polish feature film is set in 1967-1968 in Poland, when the first new waves of democracy were stirring in the Soviet Bloc states. The Communist regime was alarmed by the enthusiasm for the Israeli victory in the Six Day War, and it targeted Jews and intellectuals who it believed harbored Zionist sympathies and were behind the student unrest.  By the end of 1968, 20,000 Polish Jews either left the country or went “underground” as Jews.     

The film vividly illustrates the events leading up to the exodus by telling the story of a beautiful young woman -- operating under the code name Little Rose -- who is recruited by the Polish secret police to seduce and spy upon a professor suspected of Zionist and anti-communist beliefs.  Uninterested in communist ideology, she nonetheless agrees to seduce the academic and gather evidence against him.  Elements in the film are based upon the true story of a famous Polish writer and historian whose beloved wife, it was discovered years later, had been a Communist agent. In Polish with English subtitles, this film is appropriate for adults and mature teens.  It is followed by a Q & A with CSUN faculty, Professor Jody Myers (Jewish Studies) and Professor Donal O’Sullivan (History).

Co-Sponsored by Adat Ari El, Temple Ahavat Shalom, Temple Kol Tikvah Temple Ramat Zion, 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.


Wednesday, February 29, 2012Camp
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Live Oak 1127

My Story: A Holocaust Testimony

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

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


Sunday, March 18, 2012The Last Survivor
10:00 a.m.

Laemmle Fallbrook Theatre
6731 Fallbrook Ave.
West Hills, CA

The Last Survivor

The Last Survivor is an award winning, feature-length documentary film that presents the stories of four different genocide survivors -- from the Holocaust and the genocides in Rwanda, Darfur, and Congo.  It is a powerful and very moving film shot on location in four countries and five continents.  The film follows their unique stories that, in the end, come together in their responses to their tragic experiences. This very moving and powerful documentary represents a new type of social and political activism that has emerged in the post-Holocaust era, and it gives us the opportunity to discuss ways in which Jews and Judaism deal with universal or other national concerns.  84 minutes, followed by Q & A with CSUN Jewish Studies faculty. (English, 84 minutes)

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

Film is free of charge.


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


Wednesday, March 21, 2012Orit Gazit Lederman
7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Jerome Richfield 315

The First Lebanese War and its Long-Term Effects on Israeli Society: A Socio-Political Perspective

Presented by Dr. Orit Gazit-Lederman

Israel's first war in Lebanon (1982-1985) is considered by commentators and scholars of the Israeli society as the first Israeli voluntary war ("yesh brera"), and as a focal point in the evolution and transformation of Israeli society. Dr. Orit Gazit-Lederman will place this important event in its broader social and political context, exploring its long term effects on Israeli society as a whole and on the relations between the different sectors and sub-groups within Israel.

About the presenter: Orit Gazit-Lederman received her Ph.D. in Sociology-Anthropology-International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  She is the recipient of a prestigious Israeli post-doctoral fellowship for research in the field of international migration and diasporas with a focus on issues of citizenship, identity and transnationalism.  


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


Wednesday, March 28, 2012Michael Stein
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

University Student Union - Balboa Room

Jewish Music with Cantor Mike Stein

Hazzan (Cantor) Mike Stein will present an overview of the history and development of Jewish music by playing the guitar, violin, oud and shofar.  You are welcome to join us in learning about diverse and exciting Jewish music from Europe, the Middle East, the United States and Africa.

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


Monday, April 16, 2012Dachau Memorial
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Jerome Richfield 315 - EVENT CANCELLED

Meyer Megdal, Holocaust Survivor

Meyer Megdal, Holocaust survivor, will be speaking about his life in Poland and his experiences in Treblinka and Dachau, as well as his new life in the United States after the war. 

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

EVENT CANCELLED


Tuesday, April 17, 2012Red Zion
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Sierra Hall 203

Red Zion
Followed by Q&A with film director Evgeny Tsymbal

During the 1920s, the USSR established agricultural collectives in the fertile lands in the Crimea and Birobidzhan.  This compelling documentary, beautifully narrated and illustrated with newly released archival newsreels, tells about the rise and fall of the Soviet Jewish Autonomous Region in Crimea.  (52 minutes, subtitled)

Evgeny Tsymbal began his work at the Mosfilm Studios in Moscow in the 1970s and worked in production and as an assistant director in films by Andrei Tarkovsky. Commencing his own film career with a variety of short films, Tsymbal achieved critical acclaim with prize-winning short films.  His recent work includes documentary films Dziga and his Brothers (2002) and Red Zion (2006).

Film is free of charge.

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


Wednesday, April 18, 2012Ayalet Harel-Shalov
7:00 p.m.- 8:15 p.m.

Jerome Richfield 315

Minority Rights in Israel: A Comparative Perspective

The State of Israel is home for a highly diverse population consisting of multiple religious, ethnic, linguistic, and national groups.  What are the legal mechanisms and the national policies that provide for minority rights?  Dr. Harel-Shalev will discuss Israel in comparison with other deeply divided democracies. 

About the presenter: Ayelet Harel-Shalev received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Tel Aviv University.  Her research specialization is in comparative political studies with a focus on minority rights and democratization processes in divided societies.  Her recent book The Challenge of Sustaining Democracy in Deeply Divided Societies: Citizenship, Rights, and Ethnic Conflicts in India and Israel won the Israeli Political Science Association prize for the best book of 2010.  She is currently a Research Fellow at the UCLA Nazarian Center for Israel Studies.

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


Monday, April 23, 2012Train To Treblinka
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Jerome Richfield 315

Escape From Treblinka

Mira Becker, like hundreds of thousands other Jews, was sent to Treblinka, a Nazi death camp in Poland.  She managed to jump off the train and go into hiding.  Hear her tell about her experiences before, during, and after the war.

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


Thursday, April 26, 2012Zohar
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Sierra Hall 314

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Friday, April 27, 2012
11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Jerome Richfield 245

 

Diversity, Human Rights, and Democracy: Lessons of the Holocaust from the Perspective of an Israeli Soldier
Presented by Captain Avner Even-Zohar

Avner Even-Zohar served for 6 years in the Israeli army as an education officer, and he earned a BA and MA from the University of Texas in Austin in Government, Middle Eastern and Hebrew studies.  He is visiting southern California now as a speaker for the JNF Caravan for Democracy.

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


Thursday, May 3, 2012My Neighbor My Killer
5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Sierra Hall 182

My Neighbor My Killer

An emotional journey in search of coexistence in Rwanda after the 1994 genocide, this award-winning film (80 min.) follows survivors and perpetrators as they struggle with atonement and forgiveness.

This film is being shown in the graduate course “The Holocaust and Genocide for Educators.”   The public is invited, but RSVPs are required.

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


Sunday, June 3, 2012Inventing Our Life
10:00 a.m.

Laemmle Fallbrook Theatre
6731 Fallbrook Ave.
West Hills, CA

Inventing Our Life

This engrossing documentary tells the story of the kibbutz movement through vintage and recent photographs, interviews with kibbutz members and ex-members, and commentaries.  The kibbutz never exceeded 5% of the Jewish population, but it had an outsize influence on the State of Israel and its national myths.  Toby Perl Freilich’s documentary shows the utopian, revolutionary, yet rigid and demanding elements of kibbutz life in its changing forms over its 100+ years.  In English and Hebrew, with English subtitles.  80 minutes, followed by Q & A with CSUN Jewish Studies faculty. 

Co-Sponsored by Adat Ari El, Temple Ahavat Shalom, Temple Kol Tikvah Temple Ramat Zion, 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.