Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program

Events

The Lost and the Living: One Family's Journey Between the Old and New Worlds

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm

Lisa Lainer-Faigan family

Los Angeles native Lisa Lainer-Fagan presents her extraordinary research and the family trip to Lithuania designed to discover the fate of her great-uncles and aunts who 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 – and the actual sites in Lithuania that they visited. Read more

Rembrandt and the Rabbis: Classical Rabbinic Interpretations in Rembrandt’s Biblical Scenes

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:15pm

Jerry Rabow

Rembrandt, the great 17th century Dutch Calvinist artist, is famous for his portraits; but he also painted or etched many images of biblical stories.   Do his scenes from the Hebrew Bible reveal a pattern of borrowing from sophisticated rabbinic interpretations in the Talmud and Midrash?  If so, how did he obtain access to these esoteric sources?  Jerry Rabow will consider the evidence by examining some prominent artworks by Rembrandt together with their related biblical texts and ancient and medieval commentaries. Read more

Eva Brettler, Holocaust Survivor

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm

Eva Brettler

PLEASE NOTE ROOM CHANGE. Eva Brettler, a survivor of the Ravensbruck concentration camp, will be speaking about her experiences before, during, and after the Holocaust. Read more

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