Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program


Everyday Redemption: Performances of Hope

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 7:30pm

Moses Pava

How can businesses participate in the redemption of the world? In this lecture, Professor Moses Pava applies rabbinic conceptions of everyday redemption to contemporary business examples to show that redemption doesn’t happen only with divine intervention. Rather, redemption is ongoing, everyday activity that creates a counterculture of hope. Read more

Keep Quiet

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Keep Quiet

This exciting and dramatic documentary set in contemporary Hungary focuses on Csanád Szegedi, vice-president of Hungary’s far-right extremist party “Jobbik” that espouses anti-Semitic rhetoric and Holocaust denials.  Then came a revelation that forced Szegedi out of politics: his grandparents were revealed to be Jewish and his beloved grandmother was an Auschwitz survivor who had hidden her Jewish faith after the war. Read more

Symphony of the Heart: A Special Benefit Concert

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 7:30pm

Save a Child's Heart

Save A Child's Heart is Israel's preeminent humanitarian organization specializing in charitable pediatric cardiac care and providing urgently needed pediatric heart surgery and follow-up care for indigent children from developing countries. Our mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from countries where the heart surgery they need is unobtainable. Read more

The Wings of Change

Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am

The Wings of Change

This documentary depicts the role of birds in the eco-system of the Middle East.  It focuses on Israeli Professor Yossi Leshem, director of Israel’s International Center for the Study of Bird Migration.  Through his charm, persuasive powers, and love of birds, Leshem is making progress toward the defense of nature and the peaceful co-existence of Israelis, Palestinians, and Jordanians.  This informative, upbeat film treats the viewer to engaging visuals of birds in their natural habitats. Read more

The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 9:30am to 10:45am

Jonathan Kirsch

In The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan, best-selling author Jonathan Kirsch brings to light the wrenching story of Herschel Grynszpan, a 17-year-old Jewish refugee, who, on the morning of November 7, 1938, walked into the German embassy in Paris and in an act of desperation assassinated Ernst vom Rath, a low-level Nazi diplomat. Read more