Spring 2019 Programming

Tues Jan 29 Jerrilynn Dodds

Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Medieval Spain: Art and Political Identity

29 January 2019 / 5:00 - 7:30PM

Jerrilynn Dodds

MPR room 108, UConn Stamford

Tues 2-5-19 Matt Parent

Outgunned: Israeli Military Innovation and the Talpiot Program

5 February 2019 / 12:30 - 1:30PM

Matthew Parent

Oak Hall 236, Storrs

Thurs Feb 7 Guy Mendilow Ensemble

The Forgotten Kingdom

7 February 2019 / 8:00 - 9:30PM

Guy Mendilow Ensemble

von der Mehden Recital Hall, Storrs

Sun Feb 24 Zamir Chorale of BostonThe Zamir Chorale of Boston: Four Centuries of Jewish Music

24 February 2019 / 4:00 - 5:30PM 

Zamir Chorale of Boston

Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford


Thurs Mar 7 Panel

Traditional Religion, Progressive Politics

7 March 2019 / 12:30 - 2:00PM

Panel Discussion Chaired by Prof. Beth Ginsberg

Room 129, UConn Stamford

Mon Mar 25 Esther Dischereit

Jewish Lives and the Situation in Germany - Regarding Others and "Us" in the Public Sphere

25 March 2019 / 12:30 - 1:30PM

Esther Dischereit

Oak Hall 236, Storrs

Mon Mar 25 Olga Gershenson

Film Screening: Children of the Fall 

Hosted by Husky Films as part of a 5-film festival

25 March 2019 / 7:30 - 10:00PM

Olga Gershenson 

Student Union 304, Storrs

Thurs April 4 Karen Stern

Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity

4 April 2019 / 12:30 - 1:30PM

Karen B. Stern

Werth Tower 112, Storrs

Mon Apr 22 Warren Klein

Why is this Book Different than all Other Books? A Glimpse into the Changing Imagery of the Illustrated Haggadah

22 April 2019 / 12:15 - 1:45PM

Warren Klein

UConn Stamford, MPR 108, Stamford

Thurs May 2 David N Myers

Annual Academic Convocation on the Holocaust

2 May 2019 / 5:00 - 6:30PM

David N. Myers

Dodd Research Center Konover Auditorium, Storrs


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The Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life sponsors a number of event series designed to support both scholarship and the arts.  

Each month, the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life sponsors a Faculty Colloquium that showcases the work of a scholar in Judaic Studies.  The informal gathering provides an opportunity for scholars to present and discuss their current research projects. The discussions are open to all, and a kosher lunch is served.

The Yiddish Tish luncheon discussion, established in 1982 by founding Director Arnold Dashefsky, convenes monthly to speak and read in Yiddish. The group welcomes new members of any speaking level!

The Fierberg Lecture in Judaic Studies sponsors the annual Academic Convocation on the Holocaust.  Guest speakers have included award-winning director Vassilis Loules and renowned Holocaust experts Timothy Snyder and Berel Lang.

Additional endowments such as the Ishier Jacobson Fund for Judaic & Middle Eastern Studies sponsors the Maria and Ishier Jacobson Lecture held annually at the UConn Stamford campus; and the Gene and Georgia Mittelman Lecture in Judaic Studies is held annually, featuring such speakers as Dr. Susannah Heschel.

Additionally, we have forged a partnership with Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford to collaborate on cultural and educational events. This relationship extends our capacity to support, sustain, and foster Jewish culture and the arts beyond the campus.

In the spirit of our mission to provide support and enrichment, we also collaborate with many departments, centers, and institutes across the University to fund various lectures and projects of mutual interest.

Past Programming:

Fall 2018

Spring 2018

Fall 2017

Spring 2017

Fall 2016