Prof. Nick Underwood presented “The World of Yiddish Theatre in History and Digital” on July 13, 2020 as part of the new Virtual Festival of Yiddish Culture, a project of the UConn Center for Judaic Studies in partnership with the Jewish Hartford European Roots Project. The world of Yiddish theatre traverses the globe. Over roughly the past century and a half, Yiddish theatre, which has its roots in Purim, has engaged millions of people and has embraced several artistic and theatrical forms. Its story is not only in the past, however, it is still going strong, and has even found a home on the internet. Through an exploration of Yiddish theatre from its origins to today, participants will discover the world of Yiddish theatre and learn about the ways that the medium has come into contact with the digital age. Nick Underwood is Assistant Professor of History and Berger-Neilsen Chair of Judaic Studies at The College of Idaho.
On June 30, Professor Sam Kassow presented "Yiddish Culture in Wartime 1939-1945" for our new Yiddish Culture Series. The evening was co-sponsored by Voices of Hope.
The series Di Yidishe Velt: A Virtual Festival of Yiddish Culture is a project of the UConn Center for Judaic Studies in partnership with the Jewish Hartford European Roots Project.
Sam Kassow is the Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College.
The program is now available for viewing at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnBZNW87W8M
On June 16, Eddy Portnoy presented "Bad Rabbi: Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press" for our new Yiddish culture series Di Yidishe Velt: A Virtual Festival of Yiddish Culture. The series is a project of the UConn Center for Judaic Studies in partnership with the Jewish Hartford European Roots Project.
Eddy Portnoy is Academic Advisor and Director of Exhibitions at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. He received his Ph.D. from the Jewish Theological Seminary. A specialist in Jewish popular culture, he has published in numerous academic journals and also in The Forward and in Tablet Magazine.
The program is now available for viewing at https://youtu.be/639lspFmels
On April 22, 2020, Professor Avinoam Patt presented "Yom Ha-Shoah Veha-Gevurah: On Jewish Heroism, Martyrdom, and Sacrifice" for the Virtual Adult Education Academy. Dr. Patt is the Doris and Simon Konover Chair of Judaic Studies and Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at UConn.
The Virtual Adult Education Academy is presented by Beth David Synagogue, Beth El Temple, Temple Beth Hillel, Congregation Beth Israel, Temple Beth Torah, Congregation B'nai Tikvoh Sholom, The Emanuel Synagogue, Congregation Kol Haverim, Temple Sinai and Young Israel of West Hartford.
The program is now available for viewing at https://youtu.be/zkwQeK_deBI
Our online discussion held on May 13 of The Plot Against America is now available for viewing!
Director of the Center for Judaic Studies at UConn, Avinoam Patt, was joined by a panel of four scholars:
Victoria Aarons, Trinity University (Philip Roth scholar)
Susan Herbst, UConn (Political Science and President Emeritus)
Stuart Miller, UConn (Judaic Studies, Newark native)
Aimee Pozorski, CCSU (Editor, Philip Roth Studies)
The program was co-sponsored by ALEPH: The Institute of Jewish Ideas, the Mandell JCC, the Jewish Community Foundation, UConn Center for Judaic Studies, Voices of Hope, and the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford.
Virtual film discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian comedy Tel Aviv on Fire is now available for viewing. Profs. Maha Darwasha, Jeremy Pressman, and Avinoam Patt discussed the film Tel Avi on Fire which was screened on the UConn campus in early March. It is available to view here:
Our virtual book launch, hosted by Wayne State University Press on April 13, for Laughter After: Humor and the Holocaust is now available for viewing!
Dr. Avinoam Patt, co-editor of the new book, was joined by several contributors of the volume for an online discussion.
Our Zoom event, hosted by the Yiddish Book Center (yiddishbookcenter.org), "How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish" with Ilan Stavans, Josh Lambert, and Avinoam Patt, is now available for viewing at the following link!
On November 7, 2019, Professor Atina Grossmann, historian from the Cooper Union, presented "Shelter from the Holocaust: German Jewish Refugees in Iran and India" for the UConn Center for Judaic Studies annual Kristallnacht remembrance lecture. The event was made possible in part by the Center for Judaic Studies Frances and Irving Seliger Memorial Endowment Fund. In expression of the Center's solidarity with the Jewish community in Halle, Germany, which suffered a terrorist attack on Yom Kippur, it was a partner event of the Jewish Culture Days in Halle. In case you missed the event, or want to re-listen to it, please find our video recording below. Apologies for the disturbing noise; it disappears after the first five minutes.