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Judaic Studies News

New Approaches to American Jews and Movie Making During WWII

On Monday, November 7th, Dr. Michael Berkowitz gave a lecture in the Great Hall of the Wren Building on “New Approaches to American Jews and Moviemaking during WWII”. Dr. Berkowitz particularly discussed the role of Leo Rosten and his position as head of the motion picture division of the U.S. Office of Facts and Figures.

"Buying is Believing: Capitalism and Religion in Modern America"

Daniel Vaca (William & Mary '02) gave a lecture Thursday, October 27, on the ways in which capitalism and religion intertwine and have intertwined in America, particularly regarding the rise of evangelicalism and the role that market segmentation played in this.

Out of the Ashes of Holocaust

Dr. Joshua Fishbein showcased his five movement cantata recounting his maternal grandmother’s survival story as a seven-year-old Greek Jew living during the Holocaust, and the family who saved her.

Women in the Rabbinate

Rabbi Esther Lederman, the Union for Reform Judaism's Director of congregational innovation, discussed her work with the Central Conference of American Rabbis' task force on the experience of women in the rabbinate.

"From Gentile Inclusion to Jewish Christianity"

Professor Annette Yoshiko Reed visited from the Skirball Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies and the Department of Religious Studies at New York University.

The Museum of the Bible: A Symposium

Professors Cavan Concannon and Jill Hicks-Keeton sat down with students to discuss their upcoming book: "Does Scripture Speak for Itself? The Museum of the Bible and the Politics of Interpretation" (Cambridge University Press, Oct 2022).

How Judaism Became a Religion

Professor Leora Batnitzky of Princeton University discussed Judaism's shift towards a more modern notion of "religion."

Ithamar Gruenwald
Rituals & Religion

Professor Ithamar Gruenwald discusses how rituals are ‘the dynamic core of social and religious systems’, and also ‘vital for the orderly functioning of bureaucratic organizations and structures.’