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Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program


Calendar of Fall 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012World Cinema
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Sierra Hall 102

The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema

How do 20th and 21st century films portray key events in Jewish history in the modern period? Many of us are familiar with films about the Holocaust, but there are far more cinematic portrayals of Jewish life in its modern, international settings. Professor Lawrence Baron will discuss this topic, illustrated with select movie clips.

About the presenter:  Lawrence Baron, Ph.D., is author of The Wandering View: Modern Jewish Experiences in World Cinema and Projecting the Holocaust into the Present: The Changing Focus of Contemporary Holocaust Cinema. The former Nasatir Chair of Modern Jewish History at San Diego State University, he currently lectures and writes. He authors a regular film review column for the San Diego Jewish World.

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

Thursday, September 20, 2012
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Jerome Richfield 217

Discovering Israel Through Archaeology: Past, Present, and Future

Presented by Moshe Goldin

Moshe Goldin, a licensed Israel tour guide and former geography teacher, 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 present-day Israeli archeology.

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

Sunday, October 28, 2012Orchestra of Exiles
10:00 a.m.

Laemmle Fallbrook Theatre
6731 Fallbrook Ave.
West Hills, CA

Orchestra of Exiles

This beautiful documentary tells about Bronislaw Huberman, a Polish Jew who defied Nazi Germany through his musical talents.  After achieving world-wide fame as a virtuoso violinist, Huberman chose 70 Jewish musicians who had been fired by Nazi authorities and moved them to Palestine to form the Palestine Symphony (the future Israel Philharmonic).  “Orchestra of Exiles” is a love-song to music and to human ideals, told through rarely seen historic photographs, film footage, and exquisite musical recordings.  85 minutes.   Followed by Q & A with CSUN Jewish Studies faculty.  

Co-Sponsored by Temple Ahavat Shalom, Valley Beth Shalom, and CSUN Hillel.   

Film is free of charge. 
RSVP (no more than 2 seats per request) by calling (818) 677 – 4724 or email jewish.studies@csun.edu.  


Thursday November 1, 2012Art Benveniste
9:30 - 10:45 p.m.

Sequoia Hall 104

Crypto-Jews/Secret Jews: The Mystery of the Descendants of the Exiled Jews of Spain
Presented by Art Benveniste

The Jews who stayed in Spain after the 1492 expulsion decree converted to Catholicism, but some continued to practice Judaism secretly.  If they were discovered by the Spanish Inquisition they would be arrested, tried and killed.  The Inquisition was extended to all Spanish lands, and Jews who moved into the Spanish territories in Latin America also had to practice secretly.  Hear this speaker tell stories about people today in the United States, Mexico and South America who still practice semblances of Judaism, based on
their family heritage from over 500 years ago.

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

Thursday, November 8, 2012Mike Stein
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

University Student Union - Flintridge 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.

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

Thursday, November 8, 2012Ravensbruck Concentration Camp
4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Jerome Richfield 384

Eva Brettler, Holocaust Survivor

Eva Brettler, a survivor of the Ravensbruck concentration camp, will be speaking about her experiences before, during, and after the Holocaust.

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

Wednesday, November 14, 2012Sara and her older brother Chaim Tzvi
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

University Student Union, Thousand Oaks

Lost in Lithuania: One Family's Journey to Discover the Truth About its Eastern European Past
Presented by Lisa Lainer-Fagan

Hear about the extraordinary research and commemorative trip taken by Lisa Lainer-Fagan and her family to discover the fate of the family members that disappeared during the Holocaust.  This slide-lecture will feature photographs of the many clues they followed in learning the truth – actual letters, survivor testimony, historical photos, government documents, maps – as well as the actual sites in Lithuania that they visited.     

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

Tuesday, November 20, 2012Rav Hisda's Daughter Book
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

University Student Union, Grand Salon

Women, Sorcery, and Talmud

Maggie Anton will discuss her newly published book, Rav Hisda’s Daughter, and discuss the involvement of Jewish women in religious ceremonies which, today, we would call magic.  This engaging author of historical fiction will share her research into the lives of women in the ancient Persian Empire.

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