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Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program


Calendar of Events Fall 2010

A Film UnfinishedTuesday, August 17, 2010
7:30 p.m.

A Film Unfinished
A film by Yael Hersonski

At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labeled simply "Ghetto," this footage sat undisturbed in an East German archive. It quickly became a resource for historians. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel complicated earlier readings of the footage. A FILM UNFINISHED presents the raw footage in its entirety (including a few minutes of newly discovered color home movie footage), carefully noting fictionalized sequences that falsely showed "the good life" enjoyed by Jews. A FILM UNFINISHED probes deeply into the making of a Nazi propaganda film.

A FILM UNFINISHED includes journal entries by the head of Warsaw’s Jewish Council, diary entries of Ghetto inhabitants, testimony of a German cameraman who shot some of the footage and recollections of Ghetto survivors as they watch the material for the first time. This “must see” film was Winner of the Best Editing Award, 2010 Sundance Film Festival and Winner of the WGA Documentary Screenplay Award at the 2010 Silverdocs Film Festival.

German, Hebrew & Polish with English subtitles, 88 mins. Rated R

Followed by Q & A with a post film panel discussion with renowned Holocaust scholar, Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute at AJU and actual survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto, moderated by Matt Friedman, Associate Director of the Anti-Defamation League, Pacific Southwest Region

Laemmle's Town Center 5 Theater
17200 Ventura Blvd, Encino


Sponsors: Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, Anti-Defamation League, Oscilloscope Laboratories, and the Los Angeles Jewish Federation

Orange Grove PondSunday, September 12, 2010
12:00 noon

CSUN Orange Grove Pond

Rosh Hashana Tashlich

Rosh Hashana Tashlich ceremony hosted by Temple Ramat Zion. Everybody is welcome! Bring dairy foods for your picnic lunch.

For additional information call Temple Ramat Zion (818) 360 -1881.

Thursday, September 16, 2010
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.Israel Archaeology

Jerome Richfield 330

Israel through Archaeology: Past, Present, Future
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 toshowing examples of pottery and artifacts found in archeological sites, he will also discuss some of the current controversies within Israeli archeology today.


Monday, October 18, 2010Book Cover Jews of the Pacific Coast
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Sierra Hall 314

Pictures Worth a Thousand Words: Images of Jewish Reinvention on America’s Pacific Edge
Presenters:Ellen Eisenberg, Willamette University and Ava F. Kahn, California Studies Center


Description: From the California Gold Rush of 1849 to the explosion of population centers in the Southwest in the 1980s, Jews have played a significant role in shaping the Pacific West. In the process, they have reshaped themselves, as individuals and as communities. Through their mercantile networks and cultural innovations, their philanthropic institutions and political leadership, western Jews created a distinctive identity. Using historical photographs from their new book Jews of the Pacific Coast: Reinventing Community at America’s Edge Ellen Eisenberg and Ava F. Kahn will explore the nature of the Jewish experience in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and the small towns of the West. They will explain the important differences among these cities, as well as highlighting the ways in which the western Jewish experience has echoed and deviated from the familiar story of American Jewish history.

Limited Seating: (818) 677-4724 to RSVP or with any questions you have regarding this event.

Please contact the Jewish Studies Program at jewish.studies@csun.edu


Thursday, October 21, 2010Hope
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Jerome Richfield Hall 330

California State University, Northridge

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

Sunday, October 24, 2010Little Girls And He
10:00 a.m.

Laemmle’s Fallbrook Theater

6731 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills

Nora's Will
A film by Mariana Chenillo

Before committing suicide, Nora designs a scheme to make José, her ex-husband, take care of her burial and gather the family together for Passover.  José’s discovery of a mysterious photograph under the bed leads him to seek an alternative, Christian burial.  The ensuing events involve the entire family, local rabbis, and the housekeeper.  This engaging and beautiful Mexican film – which is a type of dark humor (but sensitively done) comedy – has won numerous awards at international and local film festivals.  The film is suitable for adults and mature teenagers.  In Spanish with English subtitles, it is 90 minutes in length 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, and Shomrei Torah Synagogue


Tuesday, November 9, 2010
9:30a.m. - 10:45a.m.

Sierra Hall 342

OneVoice Movement
Speakers:Mohammad Asideh and Eliran Eyal

OneVoice is an international mainstream grassroots movement that aims to amplify the voice of Israeli and Palestinian moderates who want to achieve a two-state solution to the conflict in their land.Mohammad Asideh OneVoice Palestine These speakers will be telling their stories in CSUN's class "Israel's History and Peoples." The public is invited to join the students.

Mohammad Asideh, age 23, is a OneVoice Palestine youth leader from the northern West Bank city of Nablus. He currently serves as the President of OneVoice Palestine’s Youth Council.Mohammad joined OneVoice because he realized that the moderates on both sides must work within their own societies to break the cycle of violence and suffering. Mohammad feels that OneVoice has given him an opportunity to promote political awareness and engagement within the Palestinian community by saying what needs to be said.

Eliran Eyal, age 29, is a OneVoice Israel youth leader from the city of Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv. EliranEliran Eyal OneVoice Israel initially attended a OneVoice Israel meeting as research for a play he was writing. However, after learning about OneVoice, he realized that he had the opportunity to make a real change for the future, not just write about it. Eliran felt that within OneVoice, people of all different political stances could come together in pursuit of the common goal toward the two-state solution.

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

Monday, November 15, 2010
7:00p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Alan Armer Theater in Manzanita Hall on the CSUN campus


104 minutes
(2009, Argentina)
Directed by Marcos Carnevale.
Followed By Discussion.

Tells the story of the fragility of community in a large, diverse, and often-anonymous urban population. At the center is Anita Feldman, a vulnerable young woman who wanders through Buenos Aires in the aftermath of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish Community Center. With the loss of her highly protective mother, who was killed in the blast, Anita’s presence poses a challenge to others. The film explores how our choices can determine the kind of person we become.

This is the opening film of the College of Humanities International Film Festival, which continues on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 with 3 more films.

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


Tuesday, November 16, 2010
11:00a.m. - 12:15p.m.

Alan Armer Theater in Manzanita Hall on the CSUN campus

Leaving the FoldLeaving the fold

52 minutes
(2008, Canada)
Directed by Eric Scott.
Followed by discussion.

Focuses 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 cost not only to themselves as they face denunciation, ostracism, and the loss of who they were, but also to their families who mourn the loss of their children from the world they believe to be ordained by God.

This event is part of the College of Humanities International Film Festival.

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

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
12:30p.m. - 1:45p.m.

Alan Armer Theater in Manzanita Hall on the CSUN campus

Circumcise MeCircumcise Me

50 minutes
(2007, Israel)
Directed by Sam Gold and written by Yisrael Campbell.
Followed by discussion.

A documentary film from Israel about the decidedly unorthodox faith journey of stand-up comedian Yisrael Campbell from his 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 hu-mor. This is “a hilarious, searching and moving story of one man's quest for spiritual enlightenment against the bewildering backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

This event is part of the College of Humanities International Film Festival.

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

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
4:00p.m. - 5:30p.m.

Alan Armer Theater in Manzanita Hall on the CSUN Campus

Number Our DaysNumber Our Days

28 minutes
(1976, United States)
Directed by Lynne Littman and written by Barbara Myerhoff and Lynne Littman
Followed by discussion with Ms. Littman and anthropologist Sabina Magliocco

An Academy Award winning documentary by Lynne Littman, who will be present and speak at the screening with CSUN anthropologist Sabina Magliocco. The film tells the story of anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff and her ground-breaking ethnographic study of the people of the Israel Levin Senior Center in Venice, California. It is not only the story of these elderly Jews, most of them European refugees with vivid memories of the Holocaust, but also the story of Myerhoff herself who sought, by studying the stories of her own people, to understand who she is and will become.

This is the closing event of theCollege of Humanities International Film Festival.

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

Tobin Belzer Monday, November 29 , 2010
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Sierra Hall 314

People of the (Face)Book:  How Young Adults are Reinventing Jewish Identity
A conversation with Tobin Belzer, Ph.D.

This talk focuses on the ways in which young adults are redefining what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century. It explores the innovative ways they are expressing their Jewish identities: writing books and blogs, creating alternative publications, prayer communities, home-based social organizations, making films, visual art and music. This talk examines the ways they are transforming tradition and changing the nature of American Jewish organizational culture in the process.

Tobin Belzer PhD is a Research Associate at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California, and a Senior Research Associate at the Berman Center for Research and Evaluation at JESNA. With Rabbi Julie Pelc, she is the co-editor of Joining the Sisterhood: Young Jewish Women Write Their Lives (State University of New York Press, 2003). Belzer received her PhD in Sociology in 2004 and has a joint master's degree in Sociology and Women's Studies from Brandeis University. As a doctoral candidate, she was awarded the Joshua Venture Fellowship for Young Jewish Social Entrepreneurs. Belzer was recently awarded the Hadassah Award for Excellence in Writing about Women from the American Jewish Press Association. She is a 2007-08 Fellow of the Congregational Studies Team's Engaged Scholars Program, funded by the Lilly Endowment.

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


See also events from Fall2010, Spring 2010, Fall 2009, Spring 2009, and Fall 2008.