Spring 2020 Programming

Wed Jan 15 Three Rabbi PanelAt Home in America? Part 2: A Three-Rabbi Panel

15 January 2020 / 6:30PM

Rabbis Tuvia Brander, Andi Fliegel, and James Rosen

Mandell JCC, West Hartford


Tues Jan 28 Marion Kaplan

Hitler's Jewish Refugees: Hope and Anxiety in Portugal

28 January 2020 / 6:00PM

Marion Kaplan

Main Auditorium, UConn Stamford

Wed Jan 29 Marion KaplanHitler's Jewish Refugees: Hope and Anxiety in Portugal

29 January 2020 / 1:45PM

Marion Kaplan

Class of '47, Babbidge Library, Storrs

Tues Feb 18 Ayelet TsabariLanguage, Longing, and Belonging

18 February 2020 / 4:30PM

Ayelet Tsabari

Trinity College Hartford

Wed Feb 26 Avinoam PattTrauma, Testimony, and Time: Remembering the Holocaust in the 21st Century

26 February 2020 / 4:00PM

Avinoam Patt

Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center, Storrs

Monday March 2 Matthias HassWannsee Conference: State Bureaucracy and the Holocaust

2 March 2020 / 4PM Reception 5PM Lecture

Matthias Hass

Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center, Storrs

Wed March 4 Brian EslickHypnotist Performance

4 March 2020 / 7 PM 

Brian Eslick

UConn Hillel

Wed Mar 11 Tel Aviv on FireFilm Screening | Tel Aviv on Fire

11 March 2020 /  5:00PM

Tel Aviv on Fire

Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center, Storrs


Tuesday March 31 How Yiddish Changed AmericaHow Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish

31 March 2020 /  5:00PM

Online Zoom Program


Mon April 14 Laughter AfterOnline Book Launch | Laughter After: Humor and the Holocaust

13 April 2020 /  7:00PM

Online Zoom Program


Wed May 13 The Plot Against America
Online Discussion | The Plot Against America

13 May 2020 /  7:00PM

Online Zoom Program


Tuesday June 16 Eddy Portnoy
Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press 

16 June 2020 /  4:00PM

Eddy Portnoy

Online Zoom Program


Tuesday June 30 Sam Kassow
Yiddish Culture in Wartime 1939-1945 

30 June 2020 /  7:00PM

Sam Kassow

Online Zoom Program


Monday July 13 Nick Underwood
The World of Yiddish Theatre in History and Digital

13 July 2020 /  7:00PM

Nick Underwood

Online Zoom Program


Monday July 27 Mark Slobin
The Yiddish Song Today 

27 July 2020 /  7:00PM

Mark Slobin

Online Zoom Program


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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 2019

Spring 2019

Fall 2018

Spring 2018

Fall 2017

Spring 2017

Fall 2016