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UCSC to receive $500,000 in support of endowed chair in Jewish Studies

The University of California, Santa Cruz, has announced a major new gift to support the campus’s Jewish Studies Program. By Scott Rappaport. The Helen Diller Family will contribute $500,000 toward the establishment of a new Baumgarten Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies. A previous gift from the Dillers in 1997 established the Helen Diller Family Endowment […]

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2013 Jewish Studies Undergraduate Research Awards

It is with great enthusiasm that the Center for Jewish Studies announces that the following undergraduates have received Jewish Studies Undergraduate Research Awards for the 2012-2013 year. Jessica Gala, “Creation and Love: Where They Meet in the Hidden World of Women”: This comparative study of Rebecca Goldstein’s Mazel and Isaac Bashevis Singer’s The Slave uncovers […]

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Leviathan Celebrates a Gargantuan Feat

The student-run Jewish journal, which turns 40 this year, ranks among the longest-running Jewish-themed campus publications in the country.   Imagine how hard it would be to publish a respected quarterly magazine with a 100 percent turnover rate every three or four years, and keep it going for four decades. The students of UC Santa […]

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Israeli Filmmaker to Screen Acclaimed Documentary about Famed Architect

Award-winning documentarian Duki Dror in-residence at UCSC this winter as visiting artist   By Scott Rappaport. UCSC’s Film and Digital Media Department will present a free public screening of award-winning Israeli documentarian Duki Dror’s acclaimed film Mendelsohn’s Incessant Visions on February 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Media Theater. The screening will be followed by a Q&A […]

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Holocaust Course Goes Hybrid

The Humanities Division is pleased to announce an online component for the Literature/History course, “The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry.” Co-taught for over 20 years by Murray Baumgarten, Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature, and Peter Kenez, Professor Emeritus, History, this hybrid course offers both online and on-campus elements and resources. Students on […]

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2012 Jewish Studies Undergraduate Research Awards

It is with great enthusiasm that the Center for Jewish Studies announces that the following undergraduates have received Jewish Studies Undergraduate Research Awards for the 2011-2012 year: Savyonne Steindler, “Being Baal Yeshivah” Sarah Edelstein, “Spielberg’s Holocaust: A Critical Analysis of Schindler’s List” Pamela Ong, “The Land of Exile and Humanity” Alicia Barnett, “Keep It In […]

UCSC Professor Joins Acclaimed Writers for New Passover "Users Manual"

Two weeks ago, author Jonathan Safran Foer (Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close) went on the Stephen Colbert show to promote his latest book New American Haggadah. Edited by Foer and translated by acclaimed writer Nathan Englander, the book is a new, alternative version of the Passover book used by Jews to celebrate […]

Peter Kenez to Deliver Annual UCSC Spring Emeriti Faculty Lecture

History professor and co-holder of Neufeld-Levin Chair in Holocaust Studies to share his research A Holocaust survivor and native of Hungary, Peter Kenez is a scholar of the history of Russia and the former Soviet Union. He is currently working on a book-length study of the Holocaust–a comparative study of the prerequisites for mass murder […]

Iraqi-Born Israeli Bringing Jewish Mid-East Music to UCSC

International composer, violinist, oud player, and singer Yair Dalal to present concert and lecture on campus, February 2-3, 2012. “Living in Conflict” is a recent documentary film about five Israeli Jewish and Palestinian people, who use art, science, music and poetry as a way of surviving conflict in a region full of constant tension, violence, […]

New Book Sheds Light on Survival of Jewish Culture

Art exhibition to celebrate publication at UCSC’s Cowell gallery Sept. 27-Oct. 11   By Scott Rappaport. By the early 1900’s, over 40 percent of the world’s Jews lived within the borders of the Russian empire. For more than a century, this large Jewish population was restricted to a region called the Pale of Settlement, where they […]