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  • JEWISH STUDIES COURSES--FALL 2015

    JWST 1034/3034
    INTRODUCTION TO
    JEWISH HISTORY AND
    CIVILIZATION
    Daniel Schroeter
    1:00PM - 2:15PM; Tu, Th

    JWST 1201/3201
    THE BIBLE:
    CONTEXT AND
    INTERPRETATION
    Hanne Loeland Levinson
    2:30PM - 3:45PM; Tu, Th

    JWST 3520
    HISTORY OF THE
    HOLOCAUST
    Mellissa Kelley
    9:45AM - 11:00AM; M,W

    JWST 3504/5504

    ANCIENT JEWISH IDENTITY
    AND CULTURE
    Patricia Ahearne-Kroll
    9:45AM - 11:00AM; Tu, Th

    JWST 3632
    JEWISH WOMEN IN THE
    UNITED STATES
    Riv-Ellen Prell
    9:45AM - 11:00AM; Tu, Th

    HEBR 1001/4001
    BEGINNING HEBREW
    Renana Schneller
    11:15AM - 12:05PM; M-F

    HEBR 3011/4011
    INTERMEDIATE
    HEBREW
    Renana Schneller
    10:10AM - 11:00AM; M-F

    HEBR 5090
    ADVANCED MODERN
    HEBREW
    Renana Schneller
    2:30PM - 3:45PM; M, W

    HEBR 1101/4104
    BEGINNING BIBLICAL
    HEBREW
    Patricia Ahearne-Kroll
    12:20PM - 1:10PM; M-F

    CNES 3535
    DEATH AND THE AFTERLIFE
    IN THE ANCIENT WORLD
    Hanne Loeland Levinson
    11:15AM - 12:30PM; M, W

    Relevant Course

    HIST 3613
    HISTORY OF THE
    CRUSADES
    Kathryn Reyerson
    9:45AM - 11:00AM; M, W
    JWST@UMN.

    (Continue Reading)04/28/15
  • We Have Winners!

    One of our great pleasures--and a key component of our mission--at the Center for Jewish Studies is support for our outstanding graduate and undergraduate students. Congratulations to the winners of our 2015 prizes and scholarships!

    Sharon Park--Theresa and Nathan Berman and Leo and Lillian Gross Graduate Scholarship in Jewish Studies

    Elisheva Rosenberg
    --Leo and Lillian Gross Scholarship in Jewish Studies

    Santidad Clarke and Katelyn McCarthy (co-winners)--Goldenberg Prize for outstanding essays in Jewish Studies

    Dylan Singer
    --Jonathan Paradise Modern Hebrew Study Prize

    (Continue Reading)04/22/15
  • Thank You from the Center for Jewish Studies

    As our community lecture series comes to a close, we at the CJS want to thank all of you who attended and supported our series this year. Our speakers brought an impressive range of topics to synagogues throughout the TC metro, as well speaking at our on-campus colloquiua. We couldn't do it without you! We are already lining up next year's speakers, so look forward to news and information about our programming. And again, thanks!

    (Continue Reading)04/21/15
  • Jewish Refugees in Shanghai Exhibit Currently on Display

    Jewish Refugees in Shanghai (1933-1941) is a traveling exhibit created by the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. Located in the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue in the Tilanqiao Historical Area, the museum has taken a significant role in educating local and international visitors about the unique story of Jewish refugees in Shanghai. From 1933-1941 Shanghai opened its doors to over 18,000 Jewish refugees fleeing persecution and war in Europe, transforming the city into an "open city for Jews" at a time when much of the rest of the world was closed.

    The traveling exhibit has given communities around the world an opportunity to learn about this significant but little-known story about Jewish immigration and settlement in world history. The 40 panel exhibit highlights historical content and biographies of many "Shanghailanders" who escaped Europe and made Shanghai their temporary home. In Minnesota we have enhanced the exhibit with additional stories of four Shanghailanders with deep Minnesota connections. Their personal stories, family photographs, and surviving artifacts have been added to the existing traveling display.

    This exhibit is organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, and Sabes Jewish Community Center. Additional partners include the University of Minnesota Center for Jewish Studies, the University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Jewish Community Center of the Greater St. Paul Area.

    The exhibit is on display at the Sabes JCC, Sabes Jewish Community Center
    4330 S. Cedar Lake Road
    Minneapolis, MN 55416

    For more information, see the Confucius Center website confucius.umn.edu

    (Continue Reading)03/31/15
  • "Can One Laugh at Everything?" Audio Available

    In January, several organizations on campus sponsored a symposium "Can One Laugh at Everything? Satire and Free Speech After Charlie." The effects of this symposium are still reverberating on and off campus. For important reportage on the event, including informative power point slides from several of the presentations, go to chgs.umn.edu The Center for Jewish Studies is proud to have been associated with this event.

    (Continue Reading)03/31/15

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