At the Center for Jewish Studies, we believe that dialogue and the exchange of ideas are essential to expanding the appreciation and understanding of Jewish history and culture. Through a variety of events—including seminars, lectures, and celebrations—we act as a hub for University and community discourse and learning.
A lecture by Vanessa Ochs
Monday, April 7, 2014
2324 Emerson Ave. S., Minneapolis
After 25 years, the story of "Women of the Wall" is finally making front page news in America and Israel. Why did it take so long for religious rights of Jewish women in Israel to matter to more than a few feminist activists? What caused the tide to shift? And what is really going on behind the scenes in the many interest groups involved in this struggle? Vanessa Ochs, an early director of the International Committee for Women of the Wall, has been chronicling its history since its inception 25 years ago.
On Wednesday, February 5th, 2014, Professor Alejandro Baer spoke to the community at Beth El Synagogue, giving a talk entitled, "Global Holocaust Memory and the New Anti-Semitism." A video of that talk is now available by visiting the Center's YouTube channel.
A lecture by Hanne Løland Levinson
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Ave., St. Paul
The Hebrew Bible and the Jewish tradition strongly argue that God should not be depicted in any form. At the same time, the Hebrew Bible is full of images for God. God is father, mother, and leopard, among others. The Hebrew Bible also draws on many diverse and challenging metaphors for God. Hanne Løland Levinson explores the diverse "god-language" of the Hebrew Bible and reflects on the connection between language for God and concepts of God.
Figural Jews: Jewish Identity in Modern Literature and Philosophy
Thursday, April 17, 2014: 1pm - 5pm
Friday, April 18, 2014: 9am - 12pm
Shepherd Room, Weisman Art Museum
This event is free and open to the public; however, a reservation is required. Please visit z.umn.edu/figuraljews to register.
The goal of this symposium is to reflect on the question of Jew as metaphor in theology, philosophy, history, literature, literary theory and film. "Troping" the Jew has a long history that can be traced back to Paul and the overcoming of the letter/law. The Jew "in the spirit," the Jew "in the heart," arguably designates the first avatar of the "figural Jew."(Continue Reading)02/12/14
The Center for Jewish Studies will once again be awarding several scholarships for University of Minnesota undergrads and graduate students. We are now accepting applications for the following awards and grants. The due date is Friday, April 4, 2014. Please contact us at email@example.com or 612-624-4914 with any questions.(Continue Reading)02/05/14