Tower

2017

"The Eruv as Metaphor for Jewish Home-making in the Diaspora", a talk by Leora Auslander on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Smathers Library Judaica Suite.
Abstract: When observant Jews leave their homes on the Sabbath, their hands (and pockets) must be empty. This interpretation of the mandate that the seventh day should be devoted to rest obviously poses challenges; among the most basic are that babies, medicine, and books cannot be carried. One response has been to extend the boundaries of “home” to include whole neighborhoods through the construction of an Eruv. Most often delimited by a single wire, supported by found objects—street signs, buildings, trees—high above eye level, they are visible only to those who seek to see them. For those who do know that they are there, however, the Eruv domesticates public space, and makes it, for the period of the Sabbath, Jewish. This talk will demonstrate how Jews, secular and religious, created metaphorical Eruvs—Jewish space and time within the secular—in the cities in which they were at home. Using the cases of Germany, I will argue further that conceptualizing Jewish relationships to Germanness and Frenchness through the Eruv enables us to think in a new way about the very old questions, of assimiliation and acculturation and what it meant, and means, for Jews to be at home, politically, socially, and materially.

Leora Auslander is Arthur and Joann Rasmussen Professor of Western Civilization at the University of Chicago. Her publications include Cultural Revolutions: Everyday Life and Politics in Britain, North America, and France; Taste and Power: Furnishing Modern France. Most recently she co-edited an issue of the French gender history journal, Clio, entitled Judaďsme(s). She is currently at work on a book, Home-making: Jewish Parisians and Berliners in the Twentieth Century.

"The Cairo Geniza and the Lost Arabic Archives", a talk by Marina Rustow on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Smathers Library Judaica Suite.
Among the many unexpected finds the Cairo Geniza has yielded are hundreds, possibly thousands of medieval documents of state in Arabic script. Among these are decrees, rescripts, petitions, tax receipts and fiscal accounts from period of the Fatimid caliphs in Egypt and Syria (969–1171). Most of these Fatimid state documents were reused for Hebrew-script texts, hence their survival in the discarded manuscript chamber of a medieval Egyptian synagogue. In this talk, Professor Rustow will discuss how these documents illustrate techniques for writing and preserving records by one of the most powerful and dynamic medieval Muslim dynasties and their implications for the large and important community of Jews over whom they ruled.

  • Made possible by the Alexander Grass Chair in Jewish History.
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"From Papua New Guinea to Nicaragua: The Unprecedented Spread of Judaism in the Globalized World of the Twenty-First" a talk by Tudor Parfitt on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 3pm in the Smathers Library Judaica Suite.
Professor Parfitt was appointed Parkes Fellow at the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non Jewish Relations in the University of Southampton in 1974 and shortly afterwards took up the lectureship in Modern Hebrew at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. In 1976 he was appointed associate member of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and in 1992 became a senior associate member. He was successively lecturer, senior lecturer, reader and professor (Professor of Modern Jewish Studies) at SOAS. He founded the Centre of Jewish Studies at SOAS and was its director from 1993 to 2006 and from 2010-11. He was also Chair of the Middle East Centre at SOAS for 4 years and Chair of the SOAS Senior Common Room for 15 years. In 2012 he was appointed President Navon Professor of Sephardi and Mizrahi Studies and SIPA Research Professor at FIU. Parfitt has been featured on PBS and frequently is referred to as “the British Indiana Jones”.

  • Made possible by the Alexander Grass Chair in Jewish History and Cosponsored by the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, JCNCF and Judge Karen Miller.
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"The Mysterious Mr. Šlomovi?" a documentary film screening Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 2pm at the Harn Museum Auditorium.
Join us for the screening of a documentary film called "The Mysterious Mr. Šlomovi?" by two Los Angeles based documentary filmmakers Miodrag and Mia ?erti?. The film was made in 2016 and is narrated by Elliot Gould. The film tells the story of Erich Šlomovi?, a young Jewish art collector in Paris in the 1930s. A protégé of the great modernist art collector Ambroise Vollard, Erich Šlomovi? was a Jew from Yugoslavia who, in the 1930s, when he was only in his mid-twenties, managed to amass a collection of 600 modern artworks by masters such as Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Klee, and many other masterpieces—only to be killed by the Nazis, and his collection stolen by the Communists. Alongside the fascinating issues the film raises about where the art comes from, and where and to whom it belongs, the film provides a springboard for debate about the intertwined history of Jews and modern art, the fate of cultural property looted in wartime, anti-Semitism and post-Cold War identity in the Balkans.

  • Made possible by the Norman & Irma Braman Chair in Holocaust Studies and sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, Center for European Studies, Department of Political Science and the Harn Museum.
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02/5-7/17, Todd Endelman, more info TBA

"Performing Holocaust Memory in Germany", a talk by Irit Dekel Monday, February 13, 2017 at 4pm in 005 Keene-Flint Hall, University of Florida campus.
Irit Dekel teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. She has published on memory politics in Germany and Israel, media, and memory tourism. Her book Mediation at the Holocaust Memorial (2013) is a novel approach to Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, examining the experience of visitors as they engage with the act of remembrance.

  • Made possible by the Norman & Irma Braman Chair in Holocaust Studies.
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02/21-23/17, Annual Concert, more info TBA

02/24/17, Mark Leiderman, more info TBA

"Reflections on Post-Oslo Israeli and Palestinian History and Memory of 1948" a talk by Avraham Sela Tuesday, February 28 at 4:30pm in the Smathers Library Judaica Suite.

03/19-30/17, 7th Annual Jewish Film Festival, more info TBA

04/04/17, Ken Wald, more info TBA

04/13-14/27, Shira Robinson, more info TBA

All events are Free and open to the public unless noted otherwise.

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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