Author: Pamela Weathers

“At Home in America? Part 2: A Three-Rabbi Panel” | January 15, 2020

Rabbis Andi Fliegel, Tuvia Brander, and James Rosen

At Home in America? Part 2: A Three-Rabbi Panel

Wednesday, January 15, 6:30 pm
Mandell JCC Innovation Center

Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Ave. West Hartford, CT 06117

Join Rabbis Tuvia Brander, Andi Fliegel, and James Rosen for a lively discussion about the past, present and future of Jewish life in America. How have the different denominations engaged with America and changed as a result of the encounter with the Golden Land?

Join us for an evening of dialogue, personal reflections, and lively conversation. Moderated by Professor Avinoam Patt

For more information contact Danielle Moghadam,, 860-231-6366 or visit the Mandell JCC website.

Sponsored by ALEPH: The Institute of Jewish Ideas, Mandell JCC, Jewish Community Foundation, UConn Center for Judaic Studies, Beth El Temple, Congregation Beth Israel, and Young Israel West Hartford

Matam high-tech park Haifa By Zvi Roger Haifa Municipality 2010

The Paradox of the Start-Up Nation

A leadership briefing with Suzanne Patt Benvenisti
Director General of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel

Thursday, December 12 | 8 to 9 a.m.
BlumShapiro | 29 S. Main Street, West Hartford

What's the secret to the high-tech sector’s success... and what’s stopping the rest of the economy from joining in?  Israel’s innovative high-tech sector is seen around the world as the crown jewel of the Israeli economy. Yet, productivity and wages in Israel are low, income inequality is high, and the poverty rate is among the highest in the western world.

Free by invitation | Light kosher breakfast | Validated parking available

RSVP by December 10 to Karen Nichols | 860.727.6130

Suzanne Patt Benvenisti profile


Suzanne Patt Benvenisti is Director General of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel. She has provided management, strategy and operations consulting to a range of NGOs in the United States, Israel and Rwanda.

JFED of Greater Hartford, Jewish Community Relations Council, UConn Judaic Studies

Photo: Matam high-tech park, Haifa. By Zvi Roger/Haifa Municipality, 2010.


Yale University Conference “Rokhl Oyerbakh: The Bridge Between Wartime and Postwar Testimony” Nov. 3-4

Rokhl OyerbakhRokhl Oyerbakh: The Bridge Between Wartime and Postwar Testimony

Sunday, November 3rd, and Monday, November 4th, 2019
Yale University, New Haven, CT


Center Director Avinoam Patt and affiliated faculty member Samuel Kassow will be participating in an upcoming conference at Yale University hosted by the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University Library.

This November, the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies will host the first ever international symposium dedicated to the legacy of writer, historian, and documentarian Rokhl Oyerbakh (Rachel Auerbach).

Rokhl Oyerbakh was a writer, essayist and a member of the Oyneg Shabes underground documentation project in the Warsaw Ghetto. As one of the only survivors of Oyneg Shabes, she helped recover the buried documentation after the war before emigrating to Israel. As a survivor-historian, Oyerbakh’s work to document first-person accounts of victims’ experiences continued after the war as Director of Yad Vashem’s Department for the Collection of Witness Testimony. She was responsible for curating survivor testimony for the Eichmann trial, and she played a prominent role as a survivor-advocate in the controversy surrounding Jean-François Steiner’s book Treblinka. These are but a few facets of Oyerbakh’s important contributions to our understanding of the survivor experience, and the history of the Holocaust.

Hosted by the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University Library, with keynote speaker Samuel Kassow, Charles H. Northam Professor of History, Trinity College

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, no registration required

With questions, please contact Stephen Naron at

Presenters and Speakers:
  • Leora Bilsky, Professor at the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, and Director of the Minerva Center for Human Rights, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Dr. Boaz Cohen, Western Galilee College, Akko, Israel
  • Havi Dreifuss, Professor in Jewish history, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Glenn Dynner, Chair of Religion Department, Sarah Lawrence College
  • Professor Dr. Efrat Gal-ed, Institut für Jüdische Studien, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Laura Jockusch, Albert Abramson Assistant Professor of Holocaust Studies, Brandeis University
  • Dr. Lisa M. Leff, Director of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Samuel Moyn, Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and Professor of History at Yale University
  • Avinoam Patt, Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, University of Connecticut
  • Sharon Pucker Rivo, Executive Director, National Center for Jewish Film, Brandeis University
  • Sven-Erik Rose, Professor of German and of Comparative Literature, University of California, Davis
  • David Roskies, Sol and Evelyn Henkind Chair in Yiddish Literature and Culture, Professor of Jewish literature, Jewish Theological Seminary
  • Karolina Szymaniak, Assistant Professor at the Department of Jewish Studies, University of Wrocław, Poland 
About Fortunoff Archive at Yale University Library

In 1979, the Holocaust Survivors Film Project began collecting video-taped interviews of Holocaust survivors in the New Haven area. In 1981, the collection was donated to Yale University and The Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, part of the Yale University Library, opened its doors to the public the following year. The Fortunoff Archive has been working to record, collect and preserve Holocaust witness testimonies — and facilitate the work of researchers, educators and the general public — ever since.

The Fortunoff Archive currently holds more than 4,400 testimonies, which are comprised of over 12,000 recorded hours of videotape. Testimonies were produced in cooperation with thirty-six affiliated projects across North America, South America, Europe, and Israel, and each project maintains a duplicate collection of locally recorded videotapes. The Fortunoff Archive and its affiliates recorded the testimonies of willing individuals with first-hand experience of the Nazi persecutions, including those who were in hiding, survivors, bystanders, resistants, and liberators.

Testimonies were recorded in the language the witness preferred, and range in length from 30 minutes to over 40 hours (recorded over several sessions).

October 1, 2019, Writer-in-Residence Joan Seliger Sidney Presents at 7pm at the Co-Op Bookstore in Storrs Center

Don’t miss the Center’s own writer-in-residence, Joan Seliger Sidney, Tuesday, October 1, at 7:00 pm at the UConn B&N in downtown Storrs Center where she will participate in the Roar Reading Series, presented by Elephant Rock Books!

Joan Seliger Sidney

Joan Seliger Sidney is the author of Bereft and Blessed, Body of Diminishing Motion: Poems and a Memoir (an Eric Hoffer Finalist, 2015), and The Way the Past Comes Back. She has received individual artist’s poetry fellowships from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, also a Visiting Faculty Fellowship from Yale.  She’s writer-in-residence at the University of Connecticut’s Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life.  In addition, she facilitates “Writing for Your Life,” an adult workshop.


Prof. Susan Einbinder to Present “Jewish Physicians in Europe” on Sept. 26 for UConn CLIR Program

Susan EinbinderHow did Jews study medicine and who were their patients? What were their career options? What did they think of the great medical debates of their time, and what kinds of tensions characterized their professional and personal lives? How did they respond to the great pandemic of 1347-1352 known as the Black Death?

On Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, 1:15 to 2:45, Susan Einbinder, Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages, UConn, will present "Jewish Physicians in Europe's Middle Ages" for UConn Extension's Center for Learning in Retirement (CLIR). 

There is a fee to register: 
CLIR’s purpose is to provide intellectual stimulus for adults from all walks of life through informal classes and discussions. There are no academic or age requirements. Come join us in the Vernon Cottage on UConn’s Depot Campus, with free parking and access for the mobility impaired. (GPS address: Witryol Place, Storrs, CT 06269)  For registration questions ONLY, contact Marilyn Diaz at For all other questions, email CLIR President Steve Kenton at The CLIR schedule is also available on the Web at

Joel Blatt to Present “Mussolini, Italian Fascism, and the Jewish Question” Sept. 17, 2019

Joel BlattOn Tuesday, September 17, UConn Stamford Professor Joel Blatt will present "Mussolini, Italian Fascism, and the Jewish Question." The talk will be held at the UConn Stamford campus in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) from 6:00-8:00 pm.  

The talk is free and open to the public.  It is sponsored by the UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life and the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County. If you require an accommodation, please contact Stamford Coordinator for Judaic Studies Professor Fred Roden at or 203-251-8559.

About the Talk

This lecture will discuss the fate of Jews in fascist Italy from 1922-1945,tracing Mussolini's accelerated anti-Semitism from 1934 to the 1938 laws which ended Jewish emancipation. From September 1943 until the end of April 1945, about 15% of the Jews in Italy were murdered. This lecture will analyze Mussolini's shifting policies. The talk will also discuss Carlo and Nello Rosselli (two different kinds of anti-fascist resisters) and their mother Amelia Pincherle Rosselli. 

About the Speaker

Professor Joel Blatt teaches European History at the UConn Stamford Campus. A historian of the 20th century, his courses include the Holocaust, Personality and Power, and Fascism/Anti-Fascism in Italy and Nazi Germany (among others). He is editor of The French Defeat of 1940: Reassessments and author of a number of articles. His current project is a book on the assassination of the anti-fascist Italian Jewish Rosselli brothers. He has received numerous awards for his outstanding teaching and service at UConn-Stamford. 


Deborah Dash Moore to Present “At Home in America?” at Mandell JCC on September 8

Deborah Dash MooreOn Sunday, September 8, 2019, 4:00 pm, Professor Deborah Dash Moore (University of Michigan) will present "At Home in America? From 20th Century City to 21st Century Suburb" at the Mandell JCC Innovation Center (Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford).


The lecture is free and open to all.


Tickets: 860-231-6316,,
For more information contact Danielle Moghadam,, 860-231-6366.


The event is hosted by Aleph: The Institute of Jewish Ideas, a new community-wide Jewish learning initiative, supported by a community donor through their family fund at the Jewish Community Foundation, co-sponsored by the Mandell JCC and UConn Judaic Studies. 


About the Speaker


Deborah Dash Moore is the Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of History at the University of Michigan. A renowned historian, her work focuses on American Jews in the modern era. After teaching at Vassar College for nearly 30 years, she joined University of Michigan in 2005 as Director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies. Her recent work focuses on New York City, including a three volume history of New York Jews, City of Promises. Moore also published a synthesis of these three volumes, Jewish New York: The Remarkable Story of a City and a People. In April, 2018, her earlier book, GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation, formed the basis for a documentary on Jewish GIs, shown on PBS, GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II. Her current work focuses on Jewish American photographers of New York City.