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Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program

Resources

Calendar of Spring 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014Halal and Kosher Seal of Certification
12:30 p.m.

Sequoia Hall 109

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Kosher and Halal, But Were Aftraid to Ask
Presented by Joe M. Regenstein, Ph.D.

Dr. Regenstein is a Professor of Food Science at Cornell University. His research has focused on flesh foods, particularly fish and poultry. He has spoken throughout the world on the subjects of kosher and halal foods. He leads the Cornell Kosher and Halal Food Initiative, which provides extension/outreach services to the kosher and halal food sector.

Sponsored by Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition, and Dietetics and the CSUN Graduate Studies Distinguished Visiting Speaker Program. Free and open to the public.

For more information contact the Marilyn Magaram Center at 818-677-3102 or email magaram.center@csun.edu.


Sunday, March 23, 2014Papirosen: Victor Looking out
10:00 a.m.

Laemmle's Town Center 5
17200 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA 91316

Papirosen

This 2011 documentary by filmmaker Gaston Solnicki is an intimate portrait of the four generations of his Argentinian Jewish family.  Crafted from videos of private scenes at home and on vacation, with older photos from family archives and the voice-over of his Poland-born grandmother, the film draws us into the lives of these strong-minded and passionate characters.  We are privy to conversations, sibling squabbles, a marital breakup, and the routine playfulness of children.  At the center of the family are the filmmaker's father Victor, a sentimental man (the film is named for an old Yiddish song that makes him cry), and his mother Mirta, who together keep the peace. This is an engaging and deeply moving contemplation of family bonds amidst the ghosts of exile and loss.  74 minutes, in Spanish with English subtitles. 

Co-Sponsored by Adat Ari El, Temple Ahavat Shalom, Temple Kol Tikvah, Temple Ramat Zion, Valley Beth Shalom, and CSUN Hillel.

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

 

 


Monday, March 24, 2014Cantor Michael Stein
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Sierra Hall 312

Jewish Music: The Soul of a People
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.  This talk will take place in a CSUN Jewish Studies class, and the public is invited.

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

 

 

 


Wednesday, March 26, 2014Chickens on a Farm
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Sierra Hall 314

Eating Animals in the 21st Century: To What Extent Should We Limit Ourselves, If At All?
Presented by Professor Aaron Gross

Most people enjoy eating meat and are pleased when they can afford to buy it.  They don’t want to limit themselves or feel guilty about their appetites.  Religious thinkers and Religious Studies academics want people to look deeper into their choices.  Professor Gross will describe what goes into the process of getting meat onto our dinner table, and he suggests ways that we may think about the ethical challenges that result from our industrialized animal agriculture. 

Aaron S. Gross is professor of theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego and holds graduate degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of California, Santa Barbara's Department of Religious Studies. Gross collaborated heavily with Jonathan Safran Foer on Foer’s book Eating Animals and is the author of Animals and the Human Imagination: A Companion to Animal Studies. He has played a leadership role in a wide variety of national and international farmed animal welfare campaigns in the Americas, South Asia, and the Middle East since the mid-1990s.

Limited seating. Please call (818) 677-4724 or email jewish.studies@csun.edu.

 


Thursday, March 27, 2014Rabbi Erez Sherman(Left) and Rabbi Charles Sherman(Right)
9:35 - 10:45 a.m.

Sierra Hall 192

Rabbinic Reflections

Rabbi Charles Sherman and Rabbi Erez Sherman, father and son, active and accomplished pulpit rabbis, engage the past, present and future of Jewish life in America.  What is "Jewish" in 2014  America?  Challenges, opportunities, and a suggested roadmap for "a community in transition."

Charles S. Sherman is the Senior Rabbi of Temple Adath Yeshurun, the largest synagogue in Central New York. Active in numerous faith-based and secular organizations, he has received many awards for his service and has been a respected member of his community for over forty years

Rabbi Erez Sherman is rabbi at Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills, California.  He began serving there in July 2009.  He is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary.

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

This talk will take place in a CSUN Jewish Studies class, and the public is invited.  (Because students take a quiz the first five minutes of class, we request that you wait until 9:35a.m.)

 

 

 


Wednesday, April 23, 2014The Israelis Today
11:00 - 12:15 p.m.

Sierra Hall 186

Lecture #1: Israelis Today
Presented by Donna Rosenthal, author of The Israelis: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land

This lecture is for all those who have read Rosenthal's book, The Israelis. It will be focused on her method in writing her book and on specific passages in the volume. If you have not read this book, please attend the 12:30 lecture (below).

Donna Rosenthal spent years living in Israel and working in Israeli radio and TV. 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wednesday, April 23, 2014Israel Map
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Sierra Hall 225

Lecture #2: Israelis Today
Presented by Donna Rosenthal, author of The Israelis: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land

Donna Rosenthal will discuss the multiple ethnic, religious, national, and economic groups that comprise Israeli society today.  An engaging speaker, she has a broad, well-informed picture of Israeli citizenry and the vibrant and fragile mosaic of Israeli society.

Donna Rosenthal spent years living in Israel and working in Israeli radio and TV. 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Thursday, February 13, 2014Jewish Communities on the Ohio River
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Sierra Hall 192

Finding and Founding Community: Jewish Immigrants in the Antebellum Ohio River

Amy Hill Shevitz discusses the settlement and evolution of Jewish communities in small towns on both banks of the Ohio River valley (Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana). As a minority group with a vital role in each community, Ohio Valley Jews fostered religious pluralism as their contributions to local culture, economy, and civic life countered the antisemitic sentiments of the period.  The history of the Ohio River Valley includes the stories of German and East European Jewish immigrants in America, of the emergence of American Reform Judaism and the adaptation of tradition, and of small-town American Jewish culture.

Amy Shevitz earned a Ph.D. in American History at University of Oklahoma.  She has taught at California State University, Northridge and is currently teaching at Arizona State University. 

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

This talk will take place in a CSUN Jewish Studies class, and the public is invited.  We request that you do not enter the classroom until 9:35 a.m.  After that point, we will not be admitting latecomers. 

 

 

 

 


Tuesday, February 18, 2014Haredi women
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

University Student Union, Thousand Oaks Room

Abortion Politics: A Case Study in Ethics and Economics in Modern Israel
Presented by Michal Raucher

Professor Raucher will be discussing her research based on her interviews with Haredi (ultra-Orthodox Jewish) women in Israel about their reproductive experiences and her fieldwork in Jerusalem hospitals and clinics.

Michal Raucher earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.  She is Program Director, Center for Jewish Ethics, Jewish Theological Seminary.

This talk is organized by the Religious Studies Department and is funded by the CSUN Distinguished Visiting Lecture Program.

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

 

 

 


Wednesday, February 19, 2014Capernaum Synagogue
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Sierra Hall 312

ISRAEL TODAY: From Destruction to Renewal (m'Shoah l'Tekumah)
with Mr. Moshe Goldin

Mr. Goldin will explain how Israel represents the continuity and history of the Jewish people and is also the land which gave rise to Christianity.  He will show archaeological artifacts and slides as he talks about Tel-Aviv, Capernaum and Jerusalem.

The name Tel-Aviv, captures the essence of what Israel represents - both the ancient and the renaissance in the Jewish homeland. A tel is a man-made mound accumulating layers of civilization built one over the other and symbolizing the ancient; Aviv is Hebrew for "spring", symbolizing renewal. Capernaum,a small town on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee, has archaeological remains from both Jews and Christians who lived together during the early centuries of the common era.  Lastly, Goldin will explore Jerusalem as a modern, vibrant city, and a holy city built and rebuilt through the ages.

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

 

 

 


Thursday, February 27, 2014The Shame of Survival Cover
4:00 p.m.

Sierra Hall 279

The Shame of Survival: Working through a Nazi Childhood
Presented by the author, Professor Ursula Mahlendorf

Dr. Mahlendorf earned her Ph.D. from Brown University and spent her professional career teaching in the German Department and Woman Studies Program at UC Santa Barbara. In a review of her memoir, the Jewish Book World noted, "This is a brave, honest account of a young girl's experiences growing up in Nazi Germany, and especially how women and girls were exploited. There are many layers of story and meaning in this courageous and painful memoir."

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thursday, March 6, 2014Rashi's Daughters and Rav Hisda's Daughter
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

University Student Union, Flintridge Room

Jewish Women in Historical Perspective

Maggie Anton will describe the social and religious lives of ancient and medieval Jewish women.  Her newly published book, Rav Hisda’s Daughter, focuses on women in ancient Persia.  She is also the author of the trilogy Rashi’s Daughters.   This author of historical fiction will share her adventures in research and the challenges of turning research into readable fiction. 

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