Can Jewish Customs Be Crowd-Sourced?

By Shelley S. Hebert. Just over 100 years ago when the Russian activist and writer known as S. An-sky set out to undertake a Jewish ethnographic study in the Pale of Settlement, he used the best available technology of the era—including some of the earliest audio recording equipment developed by American inventor Thomas Edison. Now the tools […]

James Loeffler

Diller Lecture to feature talk on the history of Jews, human rights, and global democracy

By Scott Rappaport. Guest author and scholar James Loeffler will deliver the 2019 Helen Diller Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studieson Wednesday, February 20, at the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn on the UC Santa Cruz campus. He will speak on the topic: The Right to Be Heard–Jews, Human Rights, and Global Democracy. Admission is free and open to the […]

The Right to be Heard

February 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm // James Loeffler: “The Right to Be Heard – Jews, Human Rights, and Global Democracy”

In this talk, James Loeffler draws on his new book, Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century, to revisit the 1948 moment in which modern human rights was born. This talk will also address the challenges and opportunities for minorities and stateless peoples by focusing on Jewish human rights pioneers who saw the Jewish state as an expression of global democracy. Join THI to ask where Human Rights come from, how Jews are part of the story, and if Zionism is in conflict with the modern Human Rights movement?

Response to Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue

. . .קֹ֣ול בְּרָמָ֤ה נִשְׁמָע֙. . . רָחֵ֖ל מְבַכָּ֣ה עַל־בָּנֶ֑יה “A voice is heard in Ramah . . . Rachel is weeping for her children.” (Jeremiah 31:15)   Dear Members of the UC Santa Cruz Center for Jewish Studies Community, We write in mourning for the Jewish community of Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh and also in […]

Rachel Gross

November 8, 2018 @ 1:30 pm – Rachel Gross, The Jewish Deli Revival: Buying and Selling American Jewish Nostalgia

In recent years, there has been a nostalgic resurgence of interest in the Jewish deli menu. Restaurateurs and purveyors of Jewish food are deliberately making American Jewish food fit for the twenty-first century, emphasizing sustainability, local produce, and a nostalgic longing for family and communal histories. By selling and consuming a revitalized deli cuisine, American Jews […]

Diarna.org

Announcing Summer 2018 Diarna Fellows

Congratulations to this year’s Diarna Fellows!   Michelle Abraamian, Senior Major/Concentration: History, Americas and Africa Most Excited to: learn about digital mapping technologies and historical discoveries through geography relevant to modern issues.       Madeline Maria Carpou, Junior Major/Concentration: History Most excited to: get some hands-on experience in researching historical subjects, and also to engage more […]

Jewish Studies Shabbat

May 18, 2018 @ 7 pm – Prospective Student Shabbat

Interested in learning more about the Jewish Studies major and minor at UC Santa Cruz? Come meet our illustrious Jewish studies professors, Muray Baumgarten, Bruce Thompson, and Alma Heckman for a special Shabbat dinner at Santa Cruz Hillel! Come hear about next year’s exciting course line up, talk to current students in the program, and […]

Call For The Diarna Fellowship

Call For UCSC Diarna Summer Fellowship

UCSC Center for Jewish Studies Summer Fellowship at Diarna Now accepting applications for Summer 2018! Apply by April 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Organization: Digital Heritage Mapping (DHM), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, specializes in virtual documentation of global cultural heritage sites. DHM is partnered with the American Sephardi Federation at The Center for Jewish History […]

Pauline Lewis

May 10, 2018 @ 7:10 pm – Pauline Lewis: “Telegraphing Violence: The Role of Telegrams in the Armenian Genocide and its History”

Telegrams played a central role in the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Yet, unlike the plethora of scholarship on industrial technology and the Holocaust, few have examined the place of modern technology in the Ottoman government’s systematic removal and execution of Armenian citizens. In this lecture, Pauline Lewis will discuss the relationship between the Ottoman telegraph […]