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2016

"Boundaries and Transgressions: A Transnational Conference on Jews and Muslims" begins March 8-10, 2016 in the Smathers Library Judaica Suite at the University of Florida.

"Liminal Jews: The Rehabilitation of Relapsed Converts in Medieval Ashkenaz" a talk by Rachel Furst, Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 4pm, Smathers Library Judaica Suite.
Post-doctoral fellow at the Hebrew University and Freie University Berlin, having completed her PhD in Medieval Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Rachel has been a Polonsky Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Oxford University, a visiting doctoral fellow at the Tikvah Center for Law and Jewish Civilization at New York University (NYU) Law School, and a graduate fellow in Jewish Law and Interdisciplinary Studies at the Yeshiva University Center for Jewish Law / Cordozo Law School. She will examine the legal status of Jewish converts, and returned converts, within the Jewish community in post-Crusade Europe.

  • Made possible through the Alexnder Grass Chair in Jewish Studies.
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6th Annual Gainesville Jewish Film Festival on March 13-22, 2016 at the Hippodrome State Theatre.
Sunday, March 13 at 7:30 pm: Labyrinth of Lies
Monday, March 14 at 7:00 pm: Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt
Tuesday, March 15 at 7:00 pm: The Last Mentsch
Wednesday, March 16 at 7:00 pm: Manpower
Thursday, March 17 at 7:00 pm: What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy
Saturday, March 19 at 8:30 pm: Natasha
Sunday, March 20 at 4:00 pm: Kol Nidre
Sunday, March 20 at 7:00 pm: (double feature) Women in Sink and Fluchkes
Monday, March 21 at 7:00 pm: Midnight Orchestra
Tuesday, March 22 at 7:00 pm: (double feature) Happy Purim and Srugim

  • Sponsored by the Jewish Council of North Central Florida, Center for Jewish Studies, Center for European Studies, Jewish Student Union, Norman Braman Chair in Holocaust Studies, Alexander Grass Chair in Jewish Studies, UF Initiative on Global Migration, Samuel R. “Bud” Shorstein Professorship, and Hadassah.
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(This event is canceled due to unforeseeable events) "Why Jews Became Christians in the Modern Era", the annual Alexander Grass Endowed Lecture by Todd M. Endelman, Monday, March 28 at 5:30pm in the Smathers Library Judiaca Suite.
In this talk, Endelman will consider the social settings, national contexts, and historical circumstances that encouraged Jews to abandon Judaism, and factors that worked to the opposite effect. Demonstrating that anti-Jewish prejudice weighed more heavily on the Jews of Germany and Austria than those living in France and other liberal states as early as the first half of the nineteenth century, he reexamines how Germany’s political and social development deviated from other European states. Endelman also reveals that liberal societies such as Great Britain and the United States, which tolerated Jewish integration, promoted radical assimilation and the dissolution of Jewish ties as often as hostile, illiberal societies such as Germany and Poland. Bringing together extensive research across several languages, Leaving the Jewish Fold will be the essential work on conversion and assimilation in modern Jewish history for years to come. Todd M. Endelman is professor emeritus of history and Judaic studies at the University of Michigan. His books include Leaving the Jewish Fold: Conversion and Radical Assimilation in Modern Jewish History, The Jews of Britain and Broadening Jewish History.

  • Made possible by the Alexander Grass Chair in Jewish Studies and the Center for the Humanities in the Public Sphere.
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"Colonial Memories: Book Celebration" Monday, April 4 at 5:30pm in Smathers Library Judaica Suite.
Tamir Sorek will present Brigitte Weltman-Aron’s Algerian Imprints: Ethical Space in the Work of Assia Djebar and Hélčne Cixous (Columbia University Press, 2015). Brigitte Weltman-Aron will present Tamir Sorek’s Palestinian Commemoration in Israel: Calendars, Monuments, and Martyrs (Stanford University Press, 2015).

  • Cosponsored by the Center for Global Islamic Studies, Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures Studies, and the Center for Jewish Studies.
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"Murder of Neighbors: Comparing Genocide of Tutsis in Rwandad and Polish Jews" a talk by Sidi N'diaye, Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 5pm in the Smathers Library Judaica Suite.
Postdoctoral researcher at the Institut des Sciences sociales du Politique (ISP) at the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (France) and a research fellow at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he is studying comparative approaches to genocide through murders by neighbors. He is the author of The Violent Past and the Policy of Repentance in Mauritania, 1989-2012 (LGDJ, 2013).

  • Made possible through Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund, Norman and Irma Braman Chair in Holocaust Studies, and the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica.
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"Son of Saul: a panel discussion" Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 5:30pm in the Smathers Library Judaica Suite.
Set in Auschwitz and focused on the Jewish Sonderkommando who handled the remains of the murdered, László Nemes’s Son of Saul is one of the most unique Holocaust films to appear in recent years. It has won numerous awards including the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globe for best foreign language film, and the Academy Award for best foreign language film. Join University of Florida faculty from various disciplines in a panel discussion concerning the film’s context, innovative aspects, meanings, and representation of the Holocaust.

  • Made possible through the Norman and Irma Braman Chair in Holocaust Studies and the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica.
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"Recording Life in the Warsaw Ghetto: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Secret Archives", a talk by Samuel Kassow Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 7pm, Congregation B’nai Israel.
Samuel D. Kassow is the Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. This talk is based on his prize-winning book, Who Will Write Our History: Emanuel Ringelblum, the Warsaw Ghetto and the Oyneg Shabes Archive, which has been translated into eight languages.

  • Made possible through the Harry Rich Endowment for Holocaust Studies. This talk is part of the 2016 Yom Hashoah commemoration and is cosponsored by the JCNCF.
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"In Those Nightmarish Days: The Ghetto Reportage of Peretz Opoczynski and Joseph Zelkowicz", a talk by Samuel Kassow Monday, May 2, 2016 at 5:30pm, Smathers Library Judaica Suite.
Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and author of the prize-winning book Who Will Write Our History: Emanuel Ringelblum, the Warsaw Ghetto and the Oyneg Shabes Archive and Students, Professors, and the State in Tsarist Russia; and most recently the editor of In Those Nightmarish Days: The Ghetto Reportage of Peretz Opoczynski and Josef Zelkowicz.

In the Warsaw and Lodz ghettos Jewish journalists, like Joseph Zelkowicz and Peretz Opoczynski, wrote reportage that individualized the ghetto experience and conveyed events in real-time, capturing the emotions, rumors and fears that so affected Jewish life. The lecture will explain why this reportage was so important.

  • Made possible through the Harry Rich Endowment for Holocaust Studies and cosponsored by the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica.
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Workshop on Hebrew Culture and Theory, September 24-26, 2016.

All events are Free and open to the public.

With appreciation...These programs are made possible by our sponsors, Schram Memorial Endowment, Melton Jewish Studies Endowment, Gerson Lecture Series, Breier Visiting Fellowship, Kahn Visiting Scholar Fund, Gerson Visiting Professor Fund, Futernick Professorship Fund, and Jewish Council of North Central Florida.

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