Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program


Rabbinic Reflections

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 9:30am to 10:45am

Rabbi Charles Sherman and Rabbi Erez Sherman

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. Read more

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

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm

Chickens on grass

Presented by Professor Aaron GrossMost 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.  Read more

Jewish Music: The Soul of a People

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 9:30am to 10:45am

Michael 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. Read more


Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 10:00am

Still from documentary film 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. Read more